Districts Representatives

Each county in Georgia has two GAEYC District Representatives. If you have ideas to share, or want to know more about what’s happening at GAEYC, contact the representatives from your district. If you’re not sure which district is yours, check the District List.

Lisa Kingry, District 1

Lisa KingryLisa Kingry currently serves as the Director the Family Tree Child Development Center of Phoebe Health System in Albany. She has over 30 years experience working with children and families. She began her career in Turner County, as an elementary school teacher in the public school system. During her 28 years in Turner County, she taught 3rd and 4th grades, served as the school system’s Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator, Student Support Team Coordinator and taught Early Childhood Education classes at Moultrie Technical College. For 9 years, she served as the executive director of Turner County Connection-Communities In Schools of Turner County, the local non-profit Family Connection collaborative and CIS local affiliate organizations. Lisa resides in Turner County with her husband of 31 years. She is the proud mother of 4 children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, the beach and spending time with her family.

OPEN, District 2

Bio coming soon.

Channie Frazier, District 3

Channie Frazier is a native of the small country town known as Riceboro, Georgia which is outside of Hinesville. She is the mother of four sons ages 15, 11, 6, and 1. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, shopping, and spending time with her family. She is currently the Lead Pre-K Teacher at Kid's World Learning Center in Statesboro, Georgia. She is in her 12th year of teaching Georgia Pre-K. In 2004, she graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development. In 2011, she graduated from Ashford University with a Master’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education and again in 2012 with a Master’s in Teaching and Learning with Technology. She has also worked as an Adjunct Instructor in Early Childhood Education.

In September 2016, Channie received two special awards. First, she was named Certified Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC). In September 2016, Georgia's Pre-K Program made history. For the first time, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning announced two Pre-K teachers of the year. Channie was chosen as the Teacher of the Year for the private sector. This was a big surprise and quite an honor for Channie. She is excited to be serving as District Representative for the Coastal region (District 3). She looks forward to meeting new people and keeping her district informed and up-to-date with GAEYC news.

Kay Wilson, District 4

Kay WilsonKay Wilson has been in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education for 26 years. She began her career as a family child care provider and after school program director. During the time she was beginning her education, she became the Child Care Resource and Referral Director at Swainsboro Tech. She was in that position for 13 years. She resigned her position as director to become an Instructor within Swainsboro Technical College, teaching Early Childhood Care and Education classes both online and in the classroom. She received her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Swainsboro Technical College, her Bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education online from the University of Wyoming, and her Maste’rs from Fishler School of Education and Human Services at Nova University. She is currently working on her doctorate from Nova University in Educational Leadership. Kay has four children (2 boys and 2 girls), all of whom are graduates from college and have blessed her with six grandchildren. She has a wonderful husband who is retired military and works for a window company. Children and families are so important to her. Training and providing information to students, parents and childcare providers, to make a positive difference in the lives of children, is one of the most rewarding things she has accomplished. All children need people to advocate for them and make a difference in their life. Teaching allows Kay to educate her students on this importance.

Erin Frazier, District 5

Erin Frazier Erin Frazier is the Director of The Children’s Center at Mulberry, located in downtown Macon, inside the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. She has more than 13 years working with children and families, and is involved in several committees and boards to advocate better outcomes for young children and their families.

Rhea Bentley, District 6

Rhea Bentley has been a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with UGA Extension for 16 years. This past year Rhea was named County Extension Coordinator for Columbus Muscogee Extension and a Department Head with the City of Columbus. The staff of 23 that Rhea manages is the largest County Extension staff in Georgia. She also serves as Grants Manager Great Start Georgia Columbus. Rhea earned her Bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University in Home Economics Education and a Master's in Family Education from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management at Capella University. Rhea has won numerous of awards through her professional association affiliations. She has held two national offices in the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) and is currently a member of the National Fraternity of Epsilon Sigma Phi and serves on the Scholarship, Grants and Recognition committee. Rhea is also an active participate in American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). She is active with Live Healthy Columbus and serves on the governing board. She is also a member of the Muscogee County School District Wellness Committee. Rhea enjoys traveling and cooking. She is passionate about her job and impacting families in the Columbus Community.

Lee Shaw, District 7

Lefonza "Lee" Shaw is a Program Coordinator with Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers. He brings almost two decades of experience, ranging from a family support specialist to President of Kiwanis Club. Lee also has extensive experience with program management and working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and severe disabilities.

Dina Treff, District 8

Dina Treff is currently an Assistant Teacher in the Preschool classroom at the Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center at the University of Georgia. She began working at the Child Development Lab in 2007. Prior to that she was a lead teacher in a mixed-age Early Head Start classroom for 5 years. Dina has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Georgia. In December 2018 she will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Concordia University, St. Paul. Dina has presented at numerous local, state, regional, and national ECE conferences. She is passionate about the profession and has a special interest in inclusion. Dina was awarded the first ever Peggy A. Gallagher Award for Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs.

Yasmeen Diggs, District 9

Yasmeen Diggs serves as an Early Care & Education Specialist for Quality Care for Children. In her position she applies her passion and love for children by mentoring and coaching early childhood educators in improving their skills as they prepare for national accreditation and Georgia’s Quality Rated Program. Yasmeen holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University. She has more than 10 years experience both advocating and supporting children and families in the early childhood field.

Renee Gudermuth, District 10

Renee Gudermuth is an experienced early childhood educator and advocate whose 20-year career includes early care and education and child abuse prevention. A Georgia State Best Practices Childhood Educator with a B.A. in Education, Renee has worked as a Director in Child Care and as an early childhood education consultant for fortune 500 companies, and is currently an Assistant Project Director with Best Practices at Georgia State University. She has countless hours of continuing education in early education and early childhood studies. In her role as Assistant Project Director Renee develops and presents professional development to enhance quality early care and education for professionals who are working with children and families locally.