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NC Division for Early Childhood



NC DEC Board of Directors


Jessica Amsbary, PhD * (

University of North Carolina Charlotte
President-Elect Kaitlin Jackson, PhD * ( Fayetteville State University

Vice President

Meagan Beam, MEd * (

OTTER Reading 

Past President

Mabel Rivera, PhD * (

University of North Carolina Pembroke


Glennda McKeithan, PhD * ( University of Kansas


Deborah Parker, MSE, CAS * ( Liberty University

Social Media Director

Jocelyn Ruffin, EdS ( East Carolina University

Professional Development Chair

Debra Prykanowski, PhD * ( Appalachian State University

 Student SCEC Advisor


Community & Family Outreach Director

Kristina Trujillo Stephens * ( NC Department of Public Instruction

Region 1 Representative


Region 2 Representative

Cedonna Barrett-Ward (  

Region 3 Representative

Sofia Crawford Mapp, EdD ( Garner Webb University

Region 4 Representative

Jocelyn Ruffin, EdS * ( East Carolina University

Region 5 Representative

Allison Gunter, PhD ( Perspectives Educational Consulting Group

Region 6 Representative


Region 7 Representative

Region 8 Representative Amanda Berry ( First WNC

Interested in serving on the NC DEC board? Contact our president, (

Last Updated:  4 March, 2021

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