Nancy Gabriel, President
I have worked in the early childhood field for over 40 years as a teacher of young children, program director, presenter/trainer and for the last 25 years in higher education. I fell in love with teaching future teachers and have had the good fortune to be surrounded by colleagues who feel the same. Our early childhood program has been nationally accredited since 2009. I have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, the NYSOD Award for Exemplary Teaching in 2007 and the Trustee Recognition Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2008 and the NYAEYC Champion for Children Award in 2018. I have been a member of ACCESS for over 20 years and have served the organization in a variety of roles and am truly honored to be the current president. My husband and I have three adult children and are blessed with 5 wonderful grandchildren.
Sharon Carter, President Elect
I have worked in the field of early childhood over the last 40 years. I have served as a teacher, director and now a professor in the field. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education and my graduate degree is in Early Education and Leadership. I have served in leadership in NC-aeyc and NC ACCESS serving as president of both organizations. I have served on the ACCESS Board as a state representative, VP of Professional Development and now as President Elect.
Mary has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 30 years. Currently, she is the Department Chair for Early Childhood Education with Rasmussen College. Mary earned a Master degree in Early Childhood Education Administration from National Louis University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Early Childhood Education with Walden University. Her experience extends from working with infants through preschool, center leadership and administration, professional development, mentoring and coaching adult educators in the field. In 2018, Mary was selected as an Exchange Leader for Exchange Magazine and was a featured subject matter expert in the Exchange Press Turn Key Video Series, “The Heart of Infant and Toddler Care.” In 2019, she was honored to serve as an IL Gateways to Opportunity Faculty Fellow supporting the development of competency-based education in IL. Mary is also the published author of “Family Engagement in Early Childhood Programs Quick Guide” with Redleaf Press. She is a strong advocate for high quality education programs for both adults and children.
VP of Collaboration
Western Kentucky University
D’Lee Babb earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Relations from Oklahoma Baptist University and her Master of Science in Child Development where she research father involvement with their children. She obtained her Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a concentration in Child Development from Oklahoma State University in 2010. Her dissertation topic was Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Practices in Oklahoma Public Schools: Influence of Teacher and Principal Beliefs and Characteristics.
D’Lee Babb currently serves as an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Child Studies Western Kentucky University in the department of Applied Human Sciences. Dr. Babb currently teaches courses such as: Child Development, Assessment of Young Children, Guidance and Problem Solving Approaches for Young Children, Development and Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers, and The Role of Play in Child Development. In the past, D’Lee has taught in preschool, toddler, and infant classrooms, led conferences about working with preschoolers, worked with early interventions, and conducted research. Her current research interests include working with third culture children in acculturation in public preschools, developmentally appropriate practices in public preschools, and teacher education. She is heavily involved with the National Association for the Education of Young Children Higher Education Accreditation system and is the Vice President of Collaborations for ACCESS.
Dr. Anu Sachdev has over 40 years of experience in the field as faculty, consultant, director, supervisor and teacher. She has a Ph.D. in comparative and international education. She also specializes in Montessori education and ESL and has worked extensively in Cambodia. She is passionate about advocacy for children and families and serves on boards of community organizations locally, state level and nationally. She currently teachers at Lehigh and Carbon Community College and East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.
R. Taylor is the Dean of Business and Technology, Early Childhood Education, and Visual Communications at Chemeketa Community College. She was formerly a full-time faculty member in Early Childhood Education and continues to teach courses part time. She has held numerous direct service roles working with children and families, including those as a home visitor, classroom teacher, and program director. She is an active advocate on multiple boards and committees for children and educators in her community.
Debra G. Murphy, Ph.D.
VP of Membership
Debra has been professor and early childhood education program coordinator at Cape Cod Community College since 1989. She is an executive editor for NAEYC's online teacher research journal, Voices of Practitioners. She is representing ACCESS on the Power to the Profession task force and transition committee.
Danielle Savory Seggerson
VP of Communication
Danielle has been a professor in the Child Development and Early Education program at Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan since 2011. Her training at the Bank Street College of Education inspired her work in the early childhood classroom and now guides her work in higher education.