Our Mission

Our mission is to lead the community of early childhood professionals from all programs by providing educational opportunities, support, general information, and resources to ensure high quality, developmentally appropriate programs.

Our Vision

We envision equal opportunity for care and education for all children, birth through age eight, and their families through an inclusive delivery system of high quality, comprehensive programs and services.

Our Value Statement

AEYC of WNY values quality programs for all children. We promote this through excellent training, information and resources to early childhood professional

Executive Committee


Barbara Stone Reden
Mater of Education
Director of Early Childhood Services
Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Inc.

Incoming President

Kathleen Kiblin
Master of Education, Education and Training Specialist
Child Care Resource Network

Vice President, Professional Development Chair

Karen Dearing
Master of Education

Instructor, ECC Early Childhood Department


Tracey Banks
BS Elementary Education
Early Childhood Direction Center
Coordinator of Early Childhood Program

Recording Secretary

Maryann Ciskal
BS in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Ed
Education Specialist at the CCRN, Graduate certificate in Adult Ed

Corresponding Secretary

Kathi James
Director: University @ Buffalo Child Care North


Governing Board

Membership Chair

Caitlyn O’Connor
BA – English and History
Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development
Teacher: Westminster Early Childhood Programs

Accreditation Chair

Kim Stewart
BS in Elementary Education
Director of the Family Help Center

Scholarship & Recognition Chair

Kelli Simpson
Bachelor’s degree in Human Services/Early Childhood; Sourcer & Recruitment Coordinator, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Communications Chair

Sandra Heaney
BS Early Childhood Development and Social Work
Lead Teacher: Westminster Early Childhood Programs

Public Policy Chair

Christina Fecio
Educational Consultant

Higher Ed, Board Governance

Judy Piskun
Master of Education
Assistant Professor
Director of Experiential Learning

Events Co-chairs

Liza Franz
Master of Education
Instructor: ECC City
Early Childhood Dept.

Lori Fallon
Master of Education
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Dept.

Week of the Young Child Chair

Lindsay Kilijanski
MS Ed NYS Cert. B-6
Holy Cross Head Start

Angie Amenta

Lead Teacher: Westminster Early Childhood Programs

Liaisons to the Board

Head Start Liaison

Kate Coffman

MS ED, Disabilities/Mental Health Coordinator

Early Childhood Head Start Partnership

Lindsay Kilijanski
MS Ed NYS Cert. B-6
Holy Cross Head Start

Special Education Liaison

Deborah Cleary
Master of Education, SDA
Director of Community Services & Evaluation Unit @ Baker Victory Services

Student Liaison


Family Child Care Liaison

Elizabeth Brooks
Owner/Director of Little Spanish Garden
Partner of Community Action Organization in WNY
Early Head Start Program

Child Care Center Liaison

Jennifer Horner

Director of Education Development for Doodle Bugs!

Children’s Learning Academy