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Mission: The Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children’s mission is to connect professionals, build leadership, and support those committed to the needs, rights, quality care, education, and well-being of young children and their families. 

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Phone: 405-949-1495

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Our Board

The Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Visit the NAEYC WOYC website to learn more.




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Collette has a two-year certificate in Youth Ministry, Associates in Administrative Management, and Bachelors's in Organizational Leadership. She has worked in the early childhood profession for over 30 years. Her experience ranges from a classroom teacher to a director as well as a trainer, coach, and mentor. She has assisted numerous programs with NAEYC accreditation/renewal and is currently part of the only Accreditation Facilitation Project recognized by NAEYC in Oklahoma. Her passion is helping administrators develop the leader within them, empowering them to lead their program with vision and purpose.


Mansur Choudry

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I hold a Degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and Masters in Special Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and am a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).  Presently I am is working on my Ph.D. in Special Education at Oklahoma State University. I am a member of NAEYC, DISES, Ex-Vice President Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma, Council of Exceptional Children, Autism Society of America, Southern Early Childhood Association, and Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. I am also the Trainer for the First Start and the Master Consultant/Educator with the Council of Early Childhood and Professional Development for children and adults with special needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Who are OKAEYC members?

OKAEYC members are a network of professionals who want to make a difference for young children. They want to learn more about early childhood and connect with other early childhood professionals. The board and membership reflect Oklahoma’s diversity with representation from many cultural and ethnic orientations; urban, suburban, and rural perspectives; a full range of early care and education professions; as well as parents, advocates and individuals concerned with quality education for Oklahoma’s children.

First Time Membership

Vice President - Chapters

Caitlin Walker

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I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor’s in Education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR.  After I graduated I traveled to 11 countries in 11 months with a non-profit organization.  We taught English, did manual labor – you name it, we did it!  After I returned from overseas I taught 7th grade English in a high poverty/low socioeconomic school for 2 years.  I moved to Tulsa in 2016 and started working in Early Childhood.  I am passionate about being an advocate for children.  Other hobbies include: spending time with my fiancé, Michael, watching sports/attending sports, playing with my 2 dogs, and spending time with family & friends.

Vice President - Membership

Jana Cornelius

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I have more than 33 years of experience in the early childhood field–7 years as a public-school teacher, 21 years as an administrator of a NAEYC accredited early childhood program and an Adult Educator/Consultant. In my current position as CECPD’s Education Services Quality Assurance Coordinator and Certified PAS/BAS Assessor, I conduct assessments on early childhood programs, develop and approve professional development curricula, and facilitate professional development. I have a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, B.S. in Elementary Special Education with a concentration on Mild and Moderate Disabilities and Speech Impairments, and an M.Ed. in Education Administration.

Becoming a member is easy!

You have 3 options to choose from:

  1. Join NAEYC, OKAEYC, and SECA

  2. Join NAEYC and OKAEYC

  3. Join SECA and OKAEYC

Step one: Choose one or more national associations you would like to join.

Step two: Once you choose the national membership you want to purchase. Choose OKAEYC as your state affiliate.

Step three: You are now an OKAEYC Member…

Enjoy the benefits of membership!     Member Benefits


Misty Glynn

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My name is Misty Glynn, I am married to my wonderful husband, Tony Glynn. We have 5 children, that range in ages from 8-14, one of whom is visually impaired.  I have been employed at Play and Learn Preschool for 18 years, where I am the CFO as well as the Director. I’ve served on committees at the Little Light House of Tulsa, PTA at Berryhill, Oklahoma School for the Blind, and Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy.  In my free time, I like to support my children in their athletic adventures and we like to ride our Harley all over the United States.

2021 Board Members

President:  Collette Sawyer

President-Elect:  Mansur Choudry

Past President:  Charlotte Hollarn

Vice-President/Chapters:  Caitlin Walker

Vice-President/Membership:  Jana Cornelius

Treasurer:  Marti Nicholson

Secretary:  Misty Glynn

Historian:  Dr. Lori Beasley

Member-at-Large Conference Co-chairs:  Jenny Platt & Sarah Albahadily

Member-at-Large Public Policy:  Stephanie Lippert

Member-at-Large – Public Relations: Kim Kelly

SECA Representative:  Kelly Ramsey, M.S.

Representative to OKDHS Child Care Advisory Council: Stephanie Lippert

Representative to Advisory Board Head Start State Collaboration Office:

Gina Richardson

Nominating Committee: Mansur Choudry, Misty Glynn, Jana Cornelius

Awards & Scholarships Committee Chair: Gay Synder

NAEYC Accreditation Advisory Committee Chair: 

OKAEYC Business Manager: Dr. Susan Tabor

The 2022 Governing Board election is ongoing - November 30 - December 6, 2021. Vote via email issued to membership.

Service on the OKAEYC Board is a chance to help drive the decisions of our highly-respected national and state associations. Holding an office on the state board is also an opportunity to work with other leaders in the state, guide OKAEYC strategic goals, and influence programs, training, and issues in the state. Board service is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience, and make lasting connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals.  

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Tammy Lawson - President-Elect


I have been married for thirty years with two girls and one grandbaby. I graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree with a teaching certificate in Special Education.  I taught Special Education for eleven years before moving to the State Department of Education, Special Education Services.  In 2014, I joined the Special Care team as the Education Director.   

Melonie Johnson - Member at Large - Public Relations


My name is Melonie Johnson, and I am the Early Childhood Director and Instructor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. I have taught in public education for 14 years and am currently in my 5th year teaching in higher education. I received both my bachelor's and master’s degrees from East Central University and am currently working on my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. I currently live in Norman, Oklahoma. I am interested in serving as a board member for OKAEYC for the opportunity to connect with other professionals and to be an advocate for young children.

Carina Amrine - Member at Large - Conference Co-Chair

My name is Carina Amrine and I have been an advocate for early childhood since I was in high school. That passion led me to my bachelor's in early childhood from the University of Oklahoma and a master's in instructional leadership and academic curriculum for early childhood education. I am currently the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Coordinator at Oklahoma City Community College and I enjoy working with adult students. 

Misty Glynn- Treasurer


My name is Misty Glynn, I am married to my wonderful husband, Tony Glynn. We have 5 children, that range in ages from 8-14, one of which is visually impaired.  I have been employed at Play and Learn Preschool for 18 years, where I am the CFO as well as the Director. In my free time, I like to support my children in their athletic adventures and we like to ride our Harley all over the United States.