Rhian Evans Allvin serves as Chief Executive Officer of NAEYC. She is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization as well as overseeing the daily operations. With more than 70,000 members and 300 Affiliate components across the United States, NAEYC serves as the leading voice on behalf of young children and early childhood educators. Through its publications, accreditation of programs for young children, accreditation of Associate Degree and higher education programs, public policy, conferences, and research, NAEYC strives to meet the ideal that all young children have access to high-quality early learning experiences and that early childhood educators be able to attain the higher education and professional development that inspire high standards and innovation inevery early education setting and classroom. Continue reading
Walter F. Drew
Walter F. Drew, EdD, is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Self Active Education and serves as a facilitator for the Play, Policy and Practice Interest Forum of NAEYC.
For almost 40 years, he has researched and conducted hands-on adult play experiences with open-ended materials as a process for awakening creativity, strengthening early childhood practice, and as a way of generating hope and optimism across the human life span. Drew has pioneered the development of “Reusable Resource Centers” as a community-building business/education/environmental partnership to provide an on-going supply of free creative open-ended materials to help teachers strengthen early STEM and art making skills with young children and families. He is the creator of Dr. Drew’s Discovery Blocks, chosen Best Toy of the Year by the Parents Choice Foundation in 1982. He co-authored an exciting new book published by NAEYC, titled, "From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers Play with Children's Learning". He is the recipient of Patricia Monighan Nourot Award in 2009, and serves on the Board of Directors for The Association for the Study of Play.
Joshua Hutchinson, LCSW has many years of diverse experience in mental health. He specializes in infant mental health and child development (0 to 5 years), addiction recovery, depression, stress and anxiety management, and leadership development. Josh earned his Master's degree in social work from Louisiana State University.
As President of Lakeshore Learning Materials, Kevin Carnes has been instrumental in expanding the company's reach to meet the needs of educators nationwide. Promoting Lakeshore's innovative materials for over 35 years, Kevin has seen the company grow from a small, reginal enterprise to a leading force in education - with thousands of products for birth through 5th grade, over 60 stores and more than 2,000 employees from coast to coast. Kevin is enthusiastic about all aspects of the learning experience. Particular areas of interest include outdoor learning, STEM/STEAM and play as a component of deepening knowledge.