Our leadership and administration lead our organizational wide efforts to establish new areas of research and academic exploration, engage the expertise and commitment of partnerships and funding sources and raise public awareness to improve the education and quality of life of children, youth and families.
Laura Justice, PhD
Dr. Justice is an expert in developmental vulnerabilities in language and literacy acquisition in young children. Her work focuses on teacher and parent interventions on children’s learning, including the effective use of storybooks. She also studies classroom quality in early childhood and how quality affects children’s gains within the classroom. She has received the Annie Glenn Leadership Award in Speech-Language Pathology, the Editor’s Award (from American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology), the Early Career Publication Award (from Division of Research, Council for Exceptional Children), the Erskine Fellowship (from University of Canterbury), and the Fulbright Scholar Award. Dr. Justice has served as the co-director of Risk and Prevention in Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program, and as an associate professor at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. Dr. Justice also received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (from President G. W. Bush). She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
Kelly Boone, MA
Associate Director of Research
Kelly develops strategic directions for enhancing the work of the CCEC and the SFC in areas related to research and policy; helping to build synergies among research, practice, and policy in the organization; overseeing dissemination activities; and supporting research staff and their activities. She has previous experience in program evaluation aimed at improving levels of school readiness and in leading multiple longitudinal and large-scale cross sectional studies, including randomized clinical trials.
Elaine Marie Joy, MS
Elaine manages the Graduate Research Assistantship program, enhances the connection of faculty associates and affiliates to the center, tracks key strategic deliverables and represents the CCEC to the leadership team. She has previous research experience working on the Language and Reading Research Consortium (LARRC) project and as an intern with the International Conflict Research Institute in Northern Ireland.
Jamie Davies O’Leary, MPA
Associate Director of Policy
Jamie has worked in education policy and advocacy for over a decade. Most recently, Jamie was a Senior Policy Analyst for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she analyzed policy, led advocacy efforts for a group of high-performing public charter schools, and wrote extensively on education policy. Jamie leads CCEC advocacy efforts with the university, city-based groups, elected officials, and other policy and decision makers.
Melanie manages SFC and CCEC events and is responsible for organizational wide marketing communications, including social media and Web development. She formally served as the Director of Development Communications for Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and has 20 years’ experience building brand in higher education. She is the recipient of three American Advertising Awards from the American Advertising Federation.
Mark manages the overall financial portfolio of the organization and leads operational activities. He has previous budget experience at the Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital where he implemented cost cutting strategies to maximize profitability margins.