Board of Directors 2019

Jeanne Galbraith



Dr. Jeanne Galbraith is an Assistant Professor of Inclusive Early Childhood Education at SUNY Geneseo.  She serves as the co-chair of the Early Learning workgroup of Governor Cuomo's New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). Prior to coming to SUNY Geneseo, she was an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Early Childhood at SUNY Cortland. She has taught at public and private institutions and at a community college. She has classroom teaching experience in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education and holds a New York State Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Special Education (PreK-Grade 12). Her primary areas of interest in Early Childhood Education are play, inclusive education, curriculum, the Reggio Emilia Approach, and teacher education. She strongly believes in the importance of organizations like NAECTE and NYSAECTE to position themselves as advocates for Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Lynnette Haley O'Stewart

Vice President


Dr. Lynnette Haley O'Stewart is the Director of the Niagara QIP/Early Childhood Initiatives and an Adjunct Professor, Early Childhood Education at Niagara University. Dr. Lynnette Haley O’Stewart has an extensive educational background that spans almost thirty years, encompassing nearly all areas of early childhood. She has held the positions of preschool teacher, Head Start center director, early childhood education specialist/consultant, professor, administrator, as well as advisor and trainer for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program. For 13 years she served as the deputy director of the Head Start program in Niagara County. During her tenure, all six Head Start centers were awarded accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Lynnette holds permanent New York State Teacher Certification’s in Early Childhood (PreK-Grade 6) and School Administrator/Supervisor.


Since its inception in September of 2010, Lynnette has served as the director of Niagara University’s highly lauded Niagara County Early Child Care Quality Improvement Project.  Lynnette also served as the director of Help Me Grow WNY during its inaugural foundational year; then served as a key member of the HMG WNY leadership team in year two. She is now an active HMG WNY community partner training hundreds of nursing, early childhood and psychology students in developmental and social-emotional screening each year and facilitates linkage to child care programs to conduct screenings.  As a seasoned adjunct professor at Niagara University, and a past visiting professor at Corning Community College, she has taught several courses in the areas of child development, early childhood inclusive education, early childhood philosophy and practice, family engagement and early childhood leadership. Her primary areas of interest in Early Childhood Education are social-emotional development, the transition to kindergarten, play-based learning as an instructional strategy, professional practices of early childhood teachers, and early childhood leadership. Lynnette currently serves on the New York Pyramid Model State Leadership Team and is actively engaged in the WNY Chapter of NYAEYC.



Victoria Fantozzi



Dr. Victoria Fantozzi is an Associate Professor of Childhood and Early Childhood Education at Manhattanville College where she teaches courses in emergent literacy, early childhood foundations, and research methods. She earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Fantozzi has published her work international journals such as Educational Researcher, Young Children, and The Reading Teacher.

Julie Henry



Dr. Julie Henry is Chair of the Department of Elementary Education, Literacy and Educational Leadership at Buffalo State College, where she teaches classes in early childhood, childhood, literacy and research. She received her doctorate in early childhood from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has collaborated with educators and policymakers to advance the field of early childhood locally and throughout the state.  Dr. Henry’s scholarship examines teacher change and has been shared in numerous national and international publications and presentations.  

Beverly Falk

Member, At-Large


Beverly Falk is Professor and Director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at The School of Education, The City College of New York.  She is also Director of the High Quality Early Learning Project (, an online collection of videos and other multimedia resources about early childhood education.  Over the years Dr. Falk has served in a variety of educational roles: classroom teacher, childcare center director, public school founder and director, district administrator, researcher, and consultant - at the school, district, state, and national level.  

The founding editor of The New Educator, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal about educator preparation, Dr. Falk is the author of many publications.  Her most recent books are High Quality Early Learning for a Changing World:  What Educators Need to Know and Do (TC Press, 2018); Defending Childhood: Keeping the Promise of Early Education (TC Press, 2012); Teaching Matters:  Stories from Inside City Schools, co-authored with Megan Blumenreich (The New Press, 2012); Teaching the Way Children Learn (TC Press, 2008); and The Power of Questions:  A Guide to Teacher and Student Research, co-authored with Megan Blumenreich (Heinemann, 2005). 


Antoinette M. Howard

Member, At-Large


Antoinette M. Howard, Chair of the Teacher Preparation Department at Hudson Valley Community College. Antoinette oversees six programs, approximately 250 students, and 28 staff members. Her current rank is that of Assistant Professor. Antoinette has been employed at Hudson Valley since 2001 and was full-time instructor prior to her appointment as Chair in the fall of 2016. Most recently, she was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the OPEN SUNY Online Ambassador Award for Excellence in Online Instruction and Delivery.  

Sherry M. Cleary



Sherry M. Cleary is the Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, which is housed at the City University of New York within the Office of Academic Affairs.  She leads the work of a dynamic, intelligent, and passionate team dedicated to building essential systems to ensure a highly effective early childhood workforce for the state of New York and to guarantee that young children have access to excellence.  Sherry co-chairs Governor Cuomo’s Early Childhood Advisory Council.  Ms. Cleary has worked in the field of early childhood education as a classroom teacher, a program administrator, and as both a faculty member and higher education administrator at Erie Community College, the University of Pittsburgh and now, CUNY.  She has extensive experience in inner cities and rural communities. Sherry has served on several Boards of Directors and College Advisory Boards as well as presided over national and regional membership organizations.