Meet the Board

Meet the Fox Valley AEYC Board Members


President - Linda Luxion
LindaLuxionLinda became a member of the Waubonsee Community College (WCC) group, sponsored by the Fox Valley AEYC (WCC Fox Valley AEYC) when she was a student there.  She has since served as Secretary for the WCC Fox Valley AEYC and the Fox Valley AEYC and most recently as President Elect. As the new President, she brings over 34 years of early childhood experience to share with the Board and its’ membership. She has taught in private Montessori schools in the United States and overseas, run a home daycare center while home schooling her three daughters and taught in both private and public schools. She holds an AAS in ECE from WCC, including four certificates in ECE, a BA from GSU and an MS Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ECE. Linda is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at WCC and teaches in the East Aurora School District.  Linda was elected as President-elect in 2014 and assumed the duties of President in June 2015. If you'd like to contact Linda, please feel free to send an email by clicking on this link: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
President(s)-Elect - Joyce Hemphill & Laura Scheinholtz
This year we have two people sharing the postition of President-Elect.
Joyce Hemphill - 
JoycePhotoJoyce has been a member of Fox Valley AEYC since 2012 and served as Conference Chair for the 2014 “Got Play? Realize the Benefits” Symposium. She describes herself as a play advocate, though some refer to her as the “Queen of Play”. She enjoys giving “Playing from Scratch” workshops showing others how to create playful learning activities using household stuff. These activities are highlighted in her monthly columns for the US Play Coalition and Fox Valley AEYC newsletters, as well as The Power of Playful Learning, a book coauthored with Heather Von Bank and fellow board member Laura Scheinholtz. Joyce moved to the area in 2012 after retiring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she taught child development, adolescence, cognition & learning, and a course on the importance of play. 
 
 
 
Laura Scheinholtz
LauraScheinholtzLaura moved to Illinois as of 2014 and joined the Fox Valley AEYC shortly thereafter. Co-author of the book, The Power of Playful Learning: The Green Edition, she has worked for years to promote the value of play in early childhood development and education. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she met co-authors Joyce Hemphill and Heather Von Bank, and began her mission to make unstructured play central to kids’ lives. She is currently in the middle of her most demanding job to date: mother of a 3-year-old. She welcomes any and all adult conversation!
 
 
 
Treasurer - Marion Bond
mlbsmallMarion was new to the Fox Valley AEYC board in 2013 and was elected Treasurer in 2014. Her past experience in corporate finance enables her to maintain the financial and tax records of the organization. She has worked for several years with non-profit and volunteer organizations and her business marketing background provides perspective that aids in promoting our group. She also developed and maintains the current Fox Valley AEYC website. Marion was employed at the Waubonsee Community College Early Childhood Center, at both the Sugar Grove and Aurora Campuses from 2013 to 2016. Marion's was re-elected as Treasurer in 2016.
If you'd like to contact Marion, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Secretary - Lynn Tigges
 
Membership Development - Marilyn Luna
MarilynLuna Marilyn Luna has been part of the Fox Valley AEYC for almost four years. She served as Secretary from June 2013 to June 2015, and has now taken over for Membership Development.  Marilyn earned her AAS in Early Childhood Education from Waubonsee Community College and is now the Early Childhood Center lead teacher at the Sugar Grove campus. Marilyn is currently working on earning her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College. Marilyn truly enjoys working with children because it is really a life-long adventure. It is exciting, ever changing, and never boring.
 
 
 
 
 
Conference Chair - Open Position
 
Accreditation - Terri Hockett
TerriHTerri is the founder and Executive Director of Shopping for Knowledge, which is a newly developed, unique and quality learning experience, not found anywhere else that supports the surrounding community, family and children. Terri has been in education for over thirty years. She started as an assistant teacher and quickly took on the role of teacher and promoted to a directorship level in private and corporate daycare environments. She wrote and was awarded an accreditation grant for her school and received the Cheryl Hoyer Grant to create a supportive educational environment for special needs. In addition, for the past decade, Terri has been employed in the special needs department at the local school districts and employed by the special recreation association of Fox Valley.   Terri strongly believes and is a strong advocate for a high quality learning environment for all because she believes quality care is a person's right. Since Terri has been a member of NAEYC for many years, she is excited to be on the Fox Valley AEYC board to promote and be an advocate for the Fox Valley AEYC and the accreditation process.
 

Public Policy/Advocacy - Sheila Henson
SheilaHSheila is the founder and Executive Director of Brown Bear Daycare and Learning Center, a 3 Star Center as awarded by the IDHS Quality Rating System.  This is her first year serving on the Fox Valley AEYC Board. Currently serving as Public Policy and Advocacy chairperson, Sheila stays informed about legislation at the state and national level that impacts the education of young children, families, and educators and helps inform our membership of the need to advocate for the rights of children, families and professionals in the Early Childhood Education arena. She is looking forward to working with the other board members of the Fox Valley AEYC to bring a greater awareness to the early childhood field and to promote our field to a higher level of respectability.

 
 
Newsletter - Laura Scheinholtz
LauraScheinholtzLaura is new to Illinois as of 2014 and, therefore, new to the FVAEYC. Co-author of the book, The Power of Playful Learning: The Green Edition, she has worked for years to promote the value of play in early childhood development and education. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she met co-authors Joyce Hemphill and Heather Von Bank, and began her mission to make unstructured play central to kids’ lives. She is currently in the middle of her most demanding job to date: mother of a 2-year-old. She welcomes any and all adult conversation!
To contact Laura, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
Scholarship - Linda Anderson
LindaAndersonPicLinda was on the start-up board of Fox Valley AEYC and is happy to be back. When elected president in 2013 she brought over 35 years of child care practice to the board. Linda served as President for two years and then as Past President until 2016. She teaches early childhood classes at Waubonsee Community College and Rasmussen College and has owned two day care centers in the past. In 2012 she earned her Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning at NIU and has taught early childhood classes for NIU. She currently has a company called Anderson Consulting which provides Professional Educational Consulting and helps child care centers problem solve.
 
 
 
Board Member At Large - Amy Sussna Klein
AmyS.Klein
For over a quarter of a century, Dr. Amy Sussna Klein has dedicated herself to just one vocation - early childhood education. As an educator, she has taught a wide variety of Early Childhood courses in university and community college settings. In addition, she was a toddler, preschool and primary school teacher for several years. Dr. Sussna has presented nationally and internationally. She has consulted for such prestigious companies as Pearson Education and Arthur D. Little, and has rendered professional and community service to various state and local educational communities. She has been a member of the AEYC for over twenty years, and served 2 years as the president of its greater Kansas City chapter.
 
Board Member At Large - Kim Schneider
 

 

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