Board of Directors 2022


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 the 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.



Claudine Campanelli



Claudine J. Campanelli, Director of Career Services and Higher Education at NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Claudine oversees the undergraduate and graduate early childhood programming at CUNY School of Professional Studies in partnership with the Institute. She also leads the Career Services team at the Institute supporting early childhood professionals in their pursuit to obtain qualifications and roles in early childhood throughout New York State. Prior to Claudine’s appointment with CUNY in 2017 she was the director of an International Montessori program offered as a benefit to parents of a Fortune 500 IT company with schools in the United States, India, England and Australia.

Kate McCormick



Kate McCormick, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department at SUNY Cortland. Kate is a former preschool teacher, who has been teaching and researching in the field of early childhood education for over ten years. In her current position, she assists in preparing over 600 teacher candidates through the Early Childhood/Childhood dual certification teacher education program. Kate serves on several local and regional early learning-focused advisory boards including the Onondaga Community College Human Services and Teacher Education Department Advisory Board, SUNY Cortland Child Care Center Board of Directors, and the SUNY Cortland Professional Development School Advisory Council.

Bridget Turner

Member, At-Large

Dr. Bridget Turner has a PhD in Infant & Early Childhood Development with an Emphasis in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Turner has acquired a MA in Early Childhood Education/Administration & Supervision from New Jersey City University and a BS in Health Education. She is formerly a full time Professor of Education at Essex County College, in Newark, New Jersey. However, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at Essex County College where she teaches education courses. Dr. Turner also is an Adjunct Professor for CUNY teaching CDA courses and CPAC courses. She is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Essex County. She is court appointed to advocate for children and speak up for their best interest in court. Dr. Turner’s passion and focus has been centered on Early Childhood Education and Mental Health and assisting children with developmental disorders.

Jen Gilken

Member, At-Large


Jennifer Gilken, is the Deputy Chair and Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education program at Borough of Manhattan Community College.  Jennifer helps support 3 education programs in the Teacher Education Department, which has approximately 30 faculty members, and over 800 early childhood students.  Jennifer began her career at BMCC as an adjunct faculty member in 2001, she was appointed as a full time instructor in 2011 and an Assistant Professor in the spring of 2018.

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 the Governor'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.