Pam Runkle, President - Pam is the Executive Vice President of Early Care and Learning for Quality Care for Children which houses the CCR&R of Metro Atlanta, CCR&R of North Georgia, and CCR&R of East Georgia and the President of GACCRRA. She has been working to improve the quality of early education in Georgia for 39 years and has spent the last 32 at QCC where she has been instrumental in developing and implementing many new programs. Prior to QCC, Pam had her own family child care business and taught in child care centers and school age settings. She has served on many taskforces and committees through the years and most recently serves on the DECAL Advisory Committee, Quality Initiatives Advisory Committee, State Leadership Team for Family Engagement, and the Workforce Knowledge and Competencies Work Group.
Pam is a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Social Work and an Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations graduate from The Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia. She also holds cerificates in Child Care Administration and National Leadership for Child Care from Wheelock college in Boston, Massachusetts.
Soraya Miller, Treasurer - Since 1994, Soraya has served as the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral of Southwest Georgia at Albany, a department of Darton State College until 2017 when the college consolidated with Albany State University where she now serves as Executive Director of the CCR&R. A 1985 Georgia Southwestern University graduate in Early Childhood Education, prior to her service in the CCR&R, she acquired ten years experience in the early education field as an elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, and an infant teacher in an accredited child care program.
During her 20+ year tenure as CCR&R director, she has served on a variety of local and state boards and committees existing to benefit children and families and was board chair for Dougherty for Children/Family Connection, 1997-2001. In 2002, she received the Darton College Foundation Woman of Worth award. An Albany native, she married, active in her church and enjoys time with her grandchildren.
Julie Phillips, Secretary - Julie is the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency of Central Georgia at Macon. The CCR&R, operating as Leap Early Learning Partners, is a program of Augusta University. Julie has served in this role since May 1998.
Julie holds a Bachelor's degree in Family & Consumer Sciences from Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Education from Augusta State University. Prior to working with the CCR&R, Julie served as a Child Protective Services investigator and as the Direct of a Day Habilitation Program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Gloria Calhoun - Gloria is the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency of North Georgia in Cartersville under Quality Care for Children. She has held this role since 2006. Prior to coming to QCC, she was a pre-school and afterschool teacher and also taught first and sixth grades in the Bartow County school system. Gloria also works as a part-time instructor in the Human Services Adult Degree program.
Gloria holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and English from Jacksonville State University, later completed graduate studies in Elementary Teacher Education, and also has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
Melissa Cole - Melissa is the Executive Director of the Region 5 Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Georgia at Savannah Technical College. In 2001, Melissa earned her BA in Political Science from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the same university in 2005. Melissa's experience in direct care ranges from working in Georgia's lottery-funded Pre-K program to teaching in the elementary school setting. Her previous roles with the Savannah Technical College since 2006 have been ECE Adjunct Instructor TA/Training Team Lead, Operations Manager, and Assistant Director of Operations.
Melissa is a member of NAEYC, SECA, GAEYC, and Child Care Aware. Currently, Melissa serves on the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition, Savannah-Chatham Public School System ECE Committee, and the Woodville-Thompkins/Savannah Technical College ECE Advisory Committee.
Kathy Garrett - Kathy is the Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency of North East Georgia in Athens under Quality Care for Children (QCC). She has been with Quality Care for Children since 2010. Prior to coming to QCC, she was the founding Director of a Child Care program and a Kindergarten teacher in Alabama. Kathy has also worked with the Georgia Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Gwinnett County PTA, and served as the Director of Pre-School Ministries.
Kathy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Development from Auburn University and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama where she completed graduate studies in Special Education. She has also completed leadership training through the Women on the Edge Leadership program with the Inward Bound Center for Non-Profit Leadership.
Patricia Sullivant - Patricia is the Director of Family Child Care Services (FCC) at Quality Care for Children, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) at Metro Atlanta. She has been in this position since 2004. Patricia has a long history with Quality Care for Children, formerly Save the Children, for close to 40 years. She has made many contributions in different capacities: Assistant Director of FCC Development, worked with the Non-Profit Faith-Based Child Care Project, Area Coordinator for CACFP, Consultant, and Warmline Child Care Specialist. She has also been a Bright From the Start state-approved trainer for over 30 years.
Patricia holds a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Lisa Belliston - Lisa is the Director of Professional Development and Center Services at Quality Care for Children, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) at Metro Atlanta. Her department of 15 Specialists supports early childhood and school age programs to become Quality Rated, Georgia's Quality Rating and Improvement System. She serves as an anchor for her region on the School Age Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS-U) and serves as Subject Matter Expert for Efforts to Outcomes the software used to track technical assistance and training efforts for Quality Care for Children.
Lisa earned her Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia and has previously served as the President of the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC).