25 Act Early Ambassadors Selected for 2013

March 21, 2013

2013 Act Early Ambassadors in Atlanta
2013 Act Early Ambassadors in Atlanta

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs have announced that 25 new Act Early Ambassadors have been selected as liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program.

Act Early Ambassadors will work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents, such as Head Start and Early Head Start, WIC, home visiting, and others, and health care and child care professionals to improve early identification of developmental delay and collaborate with state agencies and campaign partners to improve policy and programs for early identification. Twelve of the Ambassadors are also actively involved with a MCHB/HRSA-funded LEND program


Learn more about the Act Early Ambassadors project and read biographies of each Ambassador here.

2013 Ambassadors

  • Alabama: Anna McConnell
  • Arizona: Ann Mastergeorge
  • Arkansas: Peggy Shaefer Whitby
  • Colorado: Debra Efird
  • Connecticut: Tierney Giannotti
  • Hawaii: JoAnn Yuen
  • Illinois: Tracy McKinney
  • Indiana: Stephan Viehweg
  • Kansas: Louann Rinner
  • Kentucky: Scott Tomchek
  • Louisana: Maria Blanco
  • Maine: Nancy Cronin
  • Massachusetts: Elaine Gabovitch
  • Montana: Ann Garfinkle
  • New Hampshire: Jennifer Doris
  • North Carolina: Rebecca Edmondson Pretzel
  • Ohio: Shana Kralovic
  • Oklahoma: Bonnie McBride
  • South Carolina: Jane Witowski
  • Tennessee: Toni Whitaker
  • Texas: Pauline Filipek
  • Utah: Tracy Golden
  • Vermont: Janet Kilburn
  • Virginia: Deana McGuire Buck
  • Wisconsin: Gail Chodron