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Presenting the 2023 Award Winners


The 2023 Region II Head Start Association's Annual Conference served as an opportunity to recognize those individuals and programs making exceptional contributions to the early childhood education field. Congratulations to all of the award winners!


Emerging Leader

Pamela M. Acker

CAO- Community Action Organization- of WNY

Buffalo, NY

Innovation Award

This year we honored 3 individuals for their creativity and innovation:


Marilyn Gonzalez

LIFE- Labor and Industry for Education, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY

Carolyn Robinson

Gateway Community Action Partnership Head Start & Early Head Start

Ewing, NJ

Kelly Cerney

Long Island Head Start

Long Island, NY


Emergency Preparedness Award

Union Township Community Action Organization

Vauxhall, NJ.


Teacher of the Year

Jillian Borton

Community Action Organization (CAO)

North Tonawanda, NY

Director of the Year

This year we honored 2 directors for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Head Start Community:


Kristina Foster

Long Island Head Start

Long Island, NY


Myrna Carrero Vélez

Centro de Desarrollo Familiar Seasonal HS/EHS/CCP Diócesis de Mayaguez

Hormigueros, PR


Program of the Year

Centro de Desarrollo Familiar Seasonal HS/EHS/CCP Diócesis de Mayaguez




Andy Roszak and Iran Rodriguez present the 2023 Region II Head Start Awards in front of nearly 800 attendees

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