Meet the Illinois AEYC Staff
Christy Horn - Executive Director
Christy is looking forward to her first year as Illinois AEYC Executive Director/Statewide Accreditation Project (SAM Project) Coordinator. She brings 16 years of experience in Early Childhood. Christy and her husband, Josh, reside in Southern Illinois. They, along with their children , Gracyn and Caden, enjoy being outdoors, sports, and spending time friends.
Lee Ann Mowers - Administrative Assistant for Member and Chapter Relations
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.