Training Consultants

The following businesses/individuals have requested inclusion in the NIHSDA consultant list as providers of Head Start/Early Head Start training/technical assistance services.  NIHSDA does not endorse, recommend, or assume responsibility for the work of any consultant, listed or otherwise.  Anyone using the consultant list assumes full responsibility for confirming the consultant’s professional qualifications, performance history, and references and for fulfilling the terms of a professional services contract.

Patty Brown


Areas of Expertise: Patty has rich experience in a variety of early learning settings: including, faith based, family and center-based childcare, State Preschool, and former Director of a Tribal Head Start, and National Tribal Child Care Center. Patty is an active participant at the local, State, and National level, serving as the School Readiness Coordinator for Siskiyou County, Director Mentor for the State of California, and past President of the National Indian Head Start Directors Association. Patty has been a workshop presenter and trainer for California Head Start Association Conference, NIEA, and Child Care of California Resource and Referral.


​Patty Brown has more than 35 years’ experience in education and program management working with children from infant through school age as a teacher, program director and administrator. Her specialties include child development, family engagement, program management, leadership, mentoring, and training.  Patty has effectively worked in partnership with parents, families, caregivers, and administrators in a variety of programs and early childhood settings including both tribal and non-tribal center based, family childcare, State Pre-School and College Lab School.  Patty has excellent communication, coordination, facilitation, organizational, and collaboration skills. A lifelong learner and advocate for cultural competency and equity, Patty supports educators and administrators by developing and implementing workshops, policies, and program management. Workshops and trainings are specifically designed to meet the participants where they are at in the classroom environment, and to improving overall experiences in program management.  Patty has planned, developed and facilitated workshops and webinars to support providers and programs. Patty has always maintained an open-door policy throughout her career, giving opportunities for accessibility and time to share concerns and ideas to support individual and program growth.

Melvin Gravely

Chief Executive Officer, The Gravely Group
3195 Genevieve Dr., Columbus, OH 43219

Areas of Expertise for The Gravely Group: Program Governance, Effective Meetings, Finance Management, Parent Engagement, CLASS, Program Manangement

As the CEO of The Gravely Group, Melvin Gravely has over 20 years of excellence in training programs for various local, national, and state Head Start Agencies and Associations. Melvin brings a unique combination of trainer, skill building authority and results oriented instruction to the field of Family Advocacy. His skill includes assisting program management staff with instruments and resources needed to enhance organizational structure.  The success of the Gravely Group developed from Melvin’s involvement in family and children advocacy programs. Melvin has had the opportunity to train more than 100 Head Start programs in Head Start compliance areas that relate to delivery of program area content and program governance.  Melvin is a Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), the President of the Ohio Charter of Parliamentarians, and a Certified Parliamentarian Trainer with the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP).  Melvin is also the Parliamentarian for the National Academy of Television Arts and Science and the National Medical Association.

Cindy Griffin

Owner, Heart Consulting
907 E 7th, Ada, OK 74820
580-332-9451   cell 580.279.9347

Areas of Expertise: Grant Application Process, PIR, Self-Assessment, Community Assessment, Early Childhood and Health Services, Family and Community Partnerships, Program Design and Management, ERSEA, Expectant Families, School Readiness, Parent, Family, Community Engagement, EHS Start-Up Planner, Strategic Planning, Wage Comparability Study, Annual Report, EHS-CC Partnerships,  and Quality Improvement Plans.

​Cindy Griffin is owner and lead consultant for Heart Consulting, which provides training and technical assistance to EHS and HS programs.  She has 24+ years in early childhood education which began as a teacher’s assistant before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  After college, she began her career in Head Start as a center supervisor, early childhood manager and then director, before becoming a full-time consultant, which gives her more than 17 years of EHS and HS experience combined.

She is passionate about programs providing the best possible services to low-income children and their families.   She recognizes that programs can achieve greatness and provide optimal services to children and families when staff, parents and governing bodies receive support, appropriate trainings and tools needed to effectively perform their jobs.

Janet Humphryes


Consultant, Coach
6292 Torrey Pines Drive, Larkspur, CO 80118

Areas of Expertise: Ed Staff: Coaching, Guidance Strategies/Executive Function Skills, B-5 Child Development, Cognitively Enriched Environments, School Readiness, Math & Science, Nature/Playgrounds, Parent Engagement in SR. Leadership: Coaching Systems, Teaming, Professional Development, CCDF Quality Improvements, MOU with LEA/states, Professional Boundaries, Strategic Planning.

Janet Humphryes has 43+ years of experience in the early childhood (EC) field, with 20 in Head Start & 13 as a TA Specialist/Manager with Regions VIII and XI. Janet offers a wealth of expertise: 18 years as an EC teacher, 10 years as an EC program director, 20 years as faculty at colleges/universities teaching 18 EC courses, 27 years as an advocate supporting state EC systemic change, and 19 years developing/teaching EC coaching competency and coaching systems in programs and states. She led the creation of and co-instructs the EC Coaching Certificate Program at the University of CO. Currently, Janet is working with admin and teaching staff at a few tribal programs supporting quality improvements required for CCDF funding. Janet's published articles and books and her keynotes/speaking engagements attest to her ability to connect, inspire and transform lives. She has a M.A. in EC Ed, a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, and an AMI Montessori teaching credential. Janet is committed to best practice implementation with children/families and is a strong supporter of shared services enabling small organizations to join with others and share expenses for coaching and consultation services.

Lakeshore Professional Services Group


Lakeshore Learning Materials
2695 E. Dominguez St., Carson, CA 90895

Areas of expertise for Lakeshore Professional Services Group (PSG): content-based professional development across multiple subjects in early learning, elementary education, special education, family and community engagement; classroom product trainings; customized learning materials and educational publishing services; quality-improvement services; and conference support for keynotes, preservice workshops and conference sessions. 

Lakeshore’s passion for supporting teachers, administrators and families doesn’t end with the products we develop. Professional Services Group (PSG) offers personalized, hands-on learning services designed to address what is most important to you—from professional development and conference workshops to quality-improvement services for early learning and school-age programs. PSG staff is comprised of educators and subject-matter experts, top-level trainers, consultants and presenters committed to furthering education goals at the individual level, classroom level and program level. Popular areas of expertise include STEM/STEAM, social-emotional development, before/after school, intervention, family engagement and more. Flexible scheduling options include half-day sessions, full-day sessions and multiday series.

Betsy McDougall, Ph. D.


Consultant, Migizi Consulting
1519 Main Street, Waubun, MN 56589

Areas of Expertise: Management Systems, Program Planning, Ongoing Monitoring, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Data Collection, Individualized Technical Assistance

Dr. Betsy McDougall is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from Belcourt, North Dakota.  She received her doctorate in Education from the University of North Dakota in 1998.  Since that time, she has dedicated her career to improving the lives of American Indians through education and advocacy.


Dr. McDougall has written millions of dollars in grants as well as provided oversight and administration.  She provide program support in the area of strategic planning. board training, systems development, fiscal oversight, family and community partnership, educational development, culture and language development,team building, and understanding historical trauma.  

Working with other specialist, technical assistance and training opportunities will help to develop sound systems management as well as effective solutions and successful outcomes.


Dr. McDougall understands tribal communities and tribal sovereignty.  She integrates that cultural understanding into her services and relationships. 

Elizabeth Miller

RN/Child Care Health Consultant, Child Care Health & Safety, LLC
P.O. Box 153, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Areas of Expertise: Expert Child Care Health Consultant, TA Coordinator in Health and Safety, via on-site, telephone /e-mail. Trainer of Health & Safety Professional Development Workshops: Ages and Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ, ASQ:SE) / American Heart Association (AHA) BLS & all Heartsaver® including Pediatric First Aid with Child-Infant CPR / Asthma / Bloodborne Pathogens: Keeping Safe When Touching Blood / Caring for the Caregiver / Cavity Free Kids / Common Illness / Food Allergy / Head Bumps Matter: How to Protect Young Brains / I Am Moving I Am Learning / Infant-Toddler Health and Safety / Medication Administration Overview / Medication Administration Skills Checklist (ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA) / Sun Safety.


​Betsy Miller has over forty years of nursing experience and is a Board Certified Community/Public Health nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In late 2010, she founded Child Care Health & Safety, LLC to provide research-based, best practice Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) on health and safety issues to early education and school-age providers.
She serves remotely as the Child Care Health Consultant to Rural American Initiative Dakota Transitional Head Start in Rapid City, SD. Betsy collaborated in presenting Professional Developments for the National Center on Health, Region the Head Start Region XI at 2012 NACFC Conference, and Navajo Head Start practitioners at the Navajo Technical University (Crownpoint Institute of Technology Tiistos’ozi Child Care Center). She has provided TA in New Mexico for Cuba Head Start / Early Head Start, Torreon Chapter: Ojo - Encino Torreon Head Start Program and Torreon Navajo Family and Child Education Program.

Helen Murphrey

Fiscal Consultant
P.O. Box 12293, Austin, TX 78711

Areas of Expertise: Fiscal Management, Uniform Guidance, Reporting, Non-Federal Match, Cost Allocation, Budgeting, Fiscal Policies and Procedures, Fiscal Monitoring Preparation


​Helen Murphrey is an experienced fiscal consultant and training and technical assistance provider.  With a background of over 20 years in fiscal management, Helen served as Finance Director of a large non-profit organization and Head Start grantee.  Her experience also includes positions such as Fiscal Specialist for the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations and as a Head Start Fiscal monitoring reviewer.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas State University and attended law school at South Texas College of Law. 

Michelle Sarche

Associate Professor, University of Colorado/Colorado School of Public Health, Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

13055 E. 17th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

Michelle Sarche, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado School of Public Health.  Dr. Sarche has worked with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities for over 20 years.  Her work includes the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, the Native Children’s Research Exchange, the Maternal Child Health Link program, and the Buffering Toxic Stress Consortium.  Her work has been supported by the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, Mental Health, and Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  Dr. Sarche is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe.  

Beginning with her involvement in the former American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center (2005-2011) and continuing with the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, Michelle has worked with ACF federal program staff, tribal Head Start directors, and researchers from higher education and research institutions to collaboratively identify and address the most important issues facing early childhood educators in tribal communities.  Her involvement was critical in the development and implementation of the American Indian and Alaska Native Family and Child Experiences Survey.  She is a pioneer in tribal early childhood education research and an advocate for our programs, communities, and the children and families that we serve. 

Debra Shuey

P.O. Box 515, Kenai, AK 99611

Areas of Expertise: EHS/HS; Program Design and Management; Health; Family and Community Engagement; Community Needs Assessment; Self Assessment; Mental Health; Strategic Planning; EHS Start Up Planner

​Debra strives to work collaboratively to support and serve others in developing a love of learning that honors culture, language, values, family, health, and community as the foundation for their journey through life. She has many years of experience in the education, health, behavioral health, social services, research, and human resource fields. For the last 20 years she has worked with AI/AN Head Start programs in program development, systems management, and culturally responsive practices. Her career in the early childhood field consists of ten years working at a Tribal Head Start program. After that she worked with Head Start Regional Offices X and XI providing T/TA.  She opened her own business, Lighthouse Consultation Services, and has worked as an Early Head Start Start-Up Planner, a consultant for several OHS National Centers, OHS Grant Reviewer, researcher for the Tribal Language Report 2012, and currently sits on the steering committee for the Tribal Research Center.  For the last 6 years she has worked closely with two OHS National Centers on the development, writing, training, implementation, and rewrite of Making It Work, a cultural curriculum tool.  In addition to her work in the early childhood field, she has worked as a registered nurse in elementary schools, behavioral health prevention efforts for youth and adults, and coordinator for disability services. She currently is a board member for her local rural hospital,  and chairs the quality committee for the hospital board.

Rebecca Spiridis

Head Start/EHS Consultant

678 Citadel Drive, Westmont, IL 60559


Areas of Expertise: Grant Writing & Grant Reviews (5 Year, DRS and Expansion), Community Needs Assessments, Performance Standards T & TA, CLASS™ Observations, Federal Review Preparation and Webinars. 

Rebecca Spiridis has been a member of the Head Start Community for 23 years, serving as a Director and Coordinator at a Region V grantee with funding of over $9,000,000.  Since 2013, Rebecca has provided both on-site and virtual consultant services to Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the Midwest and country. She is currently a Federal CLASS™ Reviewer and was an Early Head Start Grant Reviewer for the Office of Head Start in 2014. 


Change in Head Start is inevitable; the increasing pace of change brings an increasing demand on time and staff resources.  Rebecca’s mission is to Lighten the Load for you, so your focus can remain on your every day mission of providing comprehensive and quality services to children and families. Rebecca provides a high standard of expertise, integrity and personalized services for any project, large or small.

Call Us: 1-405-360-2919   /   /  P.O. Box 6058, Norman, OK 73070

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