Nancy is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with over 40 years of public health nursing experience. Nancy has been part of the ECELS Training and Technical Assistance staff for over 20 years. She works part-time for ECELS from the ECELS "satellite" office from her home in the Harrisburg area.
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 updates health and safety workshops and self-learning modules. Her hobbies include photography, computers and travel.
Kristin Haegele Hill
Kristin Haegele Hill is the Director of Community-Based Initiatives for the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP). In her role, she is responsible for the support and development of innovative, community-based projects and programs that improve access to health care and promote preventive health services for children and families in PA. As part of these efforts, she oversees both the Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC) and Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) programs. Kristin has an undergraduate degree in Print Journalism from Ithaca College and a Master of Science in Education Research from West Chester University. With over 13 years in the non-profit sector, Kristin has extensive experience in project management, grant writing, program evaluation and coalition building.
Lauren Kuda joined the ECELS program as a program assistant in March 2019. She is responsible for assisting the Program Director and other program staff in program implementation. Along with maintaining a technical understanding of the program content, she coordinates the program’s daily operations, manages program materials. Lauren holds her MS in Nutrition from Stony Brook University and her BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She became especially interested in child health and nutrition after collecting data for a NIH-funded research project promoting healthy eating behaviors and physical activity in preschool-aged children. In addition to her nutrition knowledge, Lauren has experience in the areas of holistic health and health content development. In her spare time she enjoys being active, creating healthy recipes, and visiting local farmer’s markets.
Jen is a Certified School Nurse as well as a Pediatric Nurse with over 16 years of pediatric nursing experience. She has received her BSN from Immaculata University and her CSN from Eastern University. She has spent most of her nursing career working in the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia taking care of acute and chronically ill children and young adults. Jen joined ECELS in September 2020 as a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator where she works part time. Jen is passionate about children’s health and wellness both in the hospital and in the school setting. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family including her husband and 3 young daughters, traveling, reading, and baking.
Steph joined the ECELS program in January 2021 as a program assistant. She is responsible for assisting the Program Director and other program staff in program implementation. Steph has her BS in Public Health from La Salle University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Admisitration from La Salle University. She is also the program assistant for Immunization Initiatives.
Lauren is a Certified Pediatric Nurse with 17 years of pediatric experience in a variety of Pediatric Health Care settings. Lauren has worked in Inpatient Cardiology- caring for complex hospitalized pediatric cardiac patients, Cardiac Procedural area- prepping & recovering cardiac patients from anesthesia & sedation following procedures, Urgent Care, Occupational Health, and lastly School Nursing. She earned her BSN from Villanova University in 2004. Lauren joined the ECELS team in 2021, excited to focus more on the Health & Wellness aspect of caring for children. When she is not working she is spending time with her three children and husband…enjoying hiking, camping and spending time at the beach.