Meet the Illinois AEYC Staff
Tonya J. Frehner - Executive Director
Lee Ann Mowers - Administrative Assistant for Member and Chapter Relations
Betsy D. Mitchell - Legislative Consultant
Currently, her client base ranges from child care and early learning to hospice & pediatric palliative care, to osteopathic physicians and psychiatrists, to national outdoor advertising to municipal water, and intentional neighborhoods. Betsy’s comprehensive background provides her with the ability to quickly understand complicated issues and discuss issues effectively. Above all, she provides each client with effective, customized strategy and constant communications.
In addition to her own firm, Betsy Mitchell is affiliated with the firm of Cook-Witter, Inc., a highly respected governmental consulting firm in Springfield. Health care, banking, manufacturing, real estate, transportation, revenue, agriculture, and local governments rely on Cook-Witter to achieve their legislative and administrative goals. Many associations utilize the firm’s services to further enhance their governmental relations programs. The firm represents more than 100 years of lobbying experience with contacts established at all levels of government.
Throughout the years, Betsy Mitchell has been an energetic participant for various community, state and national organizations. She earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University.
Betsy is a life-long resident of Illinois and resides in Champaign, Illinois with her husband. They have two adult children, and two beautiful granddaughters. Together as a family, the Mitchell’s enjoy the sport of hot air ballooning throughout North America.
Denny Cave - Web Developer
I have helped over 20 sites to received their accreditation. I currently have a Co-Hort group with twelve active sites. I am trained in NAEYC and NAC Accreditations Procedures.
Tracy McCowan joined the SAM Mentor program in 2016 as a mentor for programs pursuing NAEYC accreditation and re-accreditation. Tracy spent most of her time in the field of ECE as an Executive Director, serving community-based and corporate-sponsored NAEYC accredited programs. Tracy is currently a mentor and gateway approved trainer
Barbara Lattimore has been a member of a team of consultants who visited community colleges across the United States. This team visited colleges in an effort to assess how their curriculum for Early Childhood Professionals met the national standards for excellence. She has served as a member of the Gateways to Professional Development Trainer’s Registry. . Barbara Lattimore is a volunteer of Women on Call, a nonprofit organization assisting nonprofit organizations and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several privately owned Day Care Centers. She is a graduate of De Paul University with a degree in Child Development, a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Administration from Erikson Institute, and a Masters Degree from Roosevelt University in Training and Development. Barbara Lattimore is also the CEO of B & J Early Childhood Consulting. She is currently working on creating a project that involves the introduction of art appreciation to preschool children focusing on art from the Harlem Renaissance. Ms. Lattimore has published several articles and had paper presented at the National Mental Health Conference in Mexico, 1991.