Meet our Team
Jaime Holevas, Professional Development Program Supervisor
Jaime has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education along with an Infant Toddler Credential and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. For 20 plus years she has been in the early childhood field and was inspired by the endless opportunities teachers have to make a difference. She is committed to inspire, motivate, and support others.
Amanda Houston, Professional Development Coordinator
Amanda has a degree in early childhood development and over 15 years of experience in various roles within the early childhood field. She believes that children deserve a solid foundation for learning and that it is the responsibility of those in the early childhood field to create an environment that supports intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth for all children.
Elizabeth Dixon, Training & Development Specialist
Liz is from Clearwater, FL and has been in the Human Service field for over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College, and is skilled at assisting families with special needs and providing services for preschoolers, school age children, teens and adults. Liz is a mother of three daughters and has four young grandsons. In the community she enjoys giving back by working with the youth and building relationships at the local recreation center; she is also the president of the mass choir, a church greeter, and orchestrates BINGO and senior activities at her church. Liz loves being in this field to inspire success while providing quality services to our providers and families. She believes in making a difference in our future by enhancing the developmental skills in children and building relationships with families.
Brett Engisch, Training & Development Specialist
Brett has taught children and teachers from Pre-Kindergarten to College over the past forty-five years. She has a Master’s in Education and had certifications for Kindergarten, Specific Learning Disabilities and Administration. Children inspire her to see the best in everyone. She commits to find the best ideas for them and their teachers to be successful learners in life.
Mallory Akers, Infant/Toddler Specialist
Mallory is a Florida native and has been in the Pinellas area since 2011. She has been working in the early childcare field for nearly 10 years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Preschool Studies. Mallory is a certified PreK CLASS Observer and is working toward her certification for Infant and Toddler. She is also in the process of becoming an Early Learning Florida Lastinger Coach as well as a trainer for Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI). While she has worked with every age group, the majority of her experience is with infants and toddlers, which is her passion. Mallory’s goal is to share her knowledge with teachers in order to help create a more positive and loving environment for the children they care for each day.
Angela Loring, Trainer
Angela holds a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from USF, and has worked in the early childhood industry for almost 25 years. The birth of her son inspired her to enter the early childhood field. Angela strives to increase child outcomes by providing dynamic training opportunities for early childhood professionals.
Catrenia Wilson-Paul, Administrative Specialist II
Catrenia is originally from NE Pennsylvania, where she attended school at ESU. She is currently attending SPC studying Mass Communications. Catrenia has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years and is currently a member of SAC and PSTA at Northeast High School, where her son attends school. She is committed to providing support and excellent service to providers to ensure their success through PDI.