Staff Directory

Barbara Duffield, Executive Director

Patricia Julianelle, Senior Counsel

Lance Bordelon, Digital Marketing & Communications Associate

Camille Fleming, Controller and Senior Manager of Operations

Nikki Hannon, Education Initiatives Specialist

Ashanti Jones, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager

Leconte Lee, Director of Communications and Marketing

Bree Levy, Federal Policy Fellow

Rodd Monts, Director of State Policy

Erin Patterson, Director of Education Initiatives

Roshanda Pinson, Program Manager, Youth Leadership & Scholarships

Karen Rice, Senior Program Manager of Education Initiatives

Jordyn Roark, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships

Jillian Sitjar, Director of Higher Education Partnerships

Kevin Spears, Director of Revenue & Operations


How to Contact your McKinney-Vento Liaison

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, every local educational agency is required to designate a liaison for homeless children and youth. The local educational agency liaison coordinates services to ensure that homeless children and youths enroll in school and have the opportunity to succeed academically.

Click HERE to find the contact information of your local homeless education liaison.

Note: This contact information may change frequently due to staff turnover. If you have problems finding the right school district homeless liaison, please contact your state homeless education coordinator.

Consulting Services

SchoolHouse Connection is the nation’s leading expert on the early care and education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. With 25 years of experience, we are highly sought after for our expertise and impactful advocacy efforts. Our staff helped craft the McKinney-Vento Act through amendments by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act. We have spent decades listening and learning about the best, evidence-based practices to implement it. We also work at the intersections between homelessness and privacy, disabilities, discipline, resilience, and immigration status. We are experts on financial aid policies for unaccompanied youth and how early childhood programs can best serve families experiencing homelessness.

Learn more about the services we provide and examples of our work.

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