Program Staff

Libby Ungvary

Libby Ungvary

Libby Ungvary is a health educator and director of the Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS). She received her master's degree in Community Health from Temple University. Before coming to ECELS in 1993 as a training/technical assistance coordinator, Libby was a Head Start Health Coordinator in Philadelphia.   In 2004, she became director of ECELS.  As director, she oversees all program operations, including workplans, budgeting and staff management.  Libby has presented educational sessions for early learning practitioners at the PA Early Childhood Summit, for PA STARS managers, and Child Care Health Consultants. In addition, Libby serves on several statewide workgroups. She and her husband Mike have three children. They enjoy skiing, water sports, tennis and traveling.

Susan S. Aronson

Susan S. Aronson

‘Dr. Sue’ is a pediatrician and the founder of ECELS-Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania.  Currently she is an author of several national publications. She serves as an advisor, the webmaster and editor of Health Link Online for ECELS-Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania. She is an advisor to three federally-funded national resource centers working to improve quality in child care and an advocate of child care initiatives of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Early in her career, she was the founder and executive director of a child care center for children from infancy through school age, including some with special needs. She has served as a consultant for Head Start, and an advisor to federal agencies, as well a NAEYC Accreditation Standards Commissioner. All five of her grandchildren have attended early education and school age child care programs.

Nancy Alleman

Nancy Alleman

Nancy is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and certified school nurse with over 30 years of public health nursing experience.  She moved to Pennsylvania in 1987 and began developing a specialty within her home care nursing position to provide education for early education and school age caregivers/teachers.  ECELS contacted her in 1989 and she began her affiliation with ECELS through her employment at Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Central PA.  Eleven years ago Nancy joined the ECELS Training and Technical Assistance staff.  She works part-time for ECELS and specializes as a mentor for Child Care Health Consultants and ECELS instructors, serves as a liaison with the AAP for PedFACTs, and coordinates health and safety professional development events throughout Pennsylvania. Nancy is originally from Iowa and lives in southcentral PA. She works in the ECELS "satellite" office from her home in the Harrisburg area.

 

Sandy McDonnell

Sandy McDonnell

Sandy McDonnell is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with experience in a variety of pediatric health care settings. In the 30 years since graduating from Villanova University, Sandy has worked in acute, primary and home care. Subsequent to earning a MS in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, she began her career as a pediatric nurse practitioner and child care health consultant (CCHC). She expanded her role as a CCHC in 2001, when she joined ECELS as a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator. Since 2006, Sandy has taught early care and education professionals a variety of health and safety topics. Sandy also works as an independent CCHC. In addition to assisting early learning practitioners/CCHCs with health and safety questions, Sandy works on special projects and creates health and safety professional workshops and self-learning modules. Sandy coordinates the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Grant. She also works in the Nursing Resource Lab at Temple University. Her hobbies include photography, computers and travel.

Rosemary Johnston

Rosemary Johnston

 

Rosemary is a nurse who works part-time for ECELS- Healthy Child Care PA providing technical assistance to early education and child care providers.  In addition, she develops and revises workshop and self-learning module materials and reviews self learning modules for credit. Rosemary collaborates in ECELS program planning and development.  She has worked independently as a Child Care Health Consultant and has provided numerous health and safety workshops for early education practitioners for over 10 years. Rosemary coordinated data collection and interventions for a national SIDS study in PA.  Also, she participated in filming the national PedFACTS video.  Rosemary is a graduate of Villanova University.  Rosemary is married and has 2 teenage children.

Sandy Sandos

Sandy Sandos

Sandy has been an ECELS program Assistant for 11 years.

She handles self learning module requests and prepares workshop materials. Sandy also provides technical assistance to WellCare Tracker users. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys spending quality time with her 4 grandchildren, photography, and playing the ukulele.

 

Cheryl Frank

Cheryl Frank

Cheryl is a registered nurse and early childhood educator with over 30 years of experience in classrooms for adult and child learners, community health, and as a nurse in schools.  She began her early childhood career when her three daughters were young, teaching preschool for 10 years.   At Capital Area Head Start she served as Director of Health and Special Needs.  Her affiliation with ECELS began 17 years ago while she was working for the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Pennsylvania as a maternal child health nurse.  She taught various workshops for ECELS, and was a Child Care Health Consultant for the Success by Six Wellness Project in Cumberland County, focusing on improving nutrition and increasing physical activity.   Cheryl finished her full time career as an RN health room aide in Central Dauphin School District. She is currently the Technical Assistance Coordinator for The Pennsylvania Child Care Wellness Mini-Grant Project.  Cheryl and her husband,  are both semi-retired and  enjoy their grandchildren and traveling.  She is an avid reader, pie baker, and dabbles in knitting and sewing.  In all her work she believes, “Soli Deo Gloria!”