Program Staff

Rachel Houseknecht

Rachel Houseknecht

Rachel Houseknecht is the Program Coordinator of ECELS (Early Childhood Education Linkage System) at the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP).   Rachel has 20+ years of Early Childhood Education professional experience and more than half of those years have been in the non-profit sector.  These roles have included teaching, developmental assessments as an Early Intervention Specialist for children 0-5 years of age, program management and program expansion.  Rachel has a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology from Lycoming College.  In her personal time, she enjoys any adventure with her husband and 9 year old son especially sports related activities.  Rachel is passionate about children’s health and wellness and is excited to join the team here at PA AAP.

 

Nancy Alleman

Nancy Alleman

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.

 

Marcia Banze

Marcia Banze

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Marcie is a Registered nurse with 35+ years of varied nursing experiences, from acute care to geriatrics. She received her training initially from St. Margaret’s Nursing School and over the years furthered her education, first obtaining her BSN and then her MSN with a focus on families. She has worked many of these years with children, families, and staff as a Health Services Coordinator for Head Start. She has provided Child Care Health Consultation and trainings in the past for ECELS and other agencies and has served on various committees relating to child and family health. She recently joined the ECELS team as Training and Technical Assistant Coordinator.

 

Sandy McDonnell

Sandy McDonnell

Sandy McDonnell is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with experience in a variety of pediatric health care settings. In the 40 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

 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.