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About Us

head start teacher and students

Pinal Gila Community Child Services Inc. (PGCCS) is a family centered, community based, not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for pre-school children and promotes self-sufficiency for families, in order to build stronger, healthier communities.

PGCCS is the Head Start Grantee and Operator in Pinal & Gila counties serving prenatal to five-year-olds:

802 PGCCS Head Start Enrollment Slots

599 slots = 35 Preschool Center Base Classrooms

33 slots = 4 Toddler Center Base Classrooms

170 slots = 17 Home Base

Board governance

Jesse Kraus, President

Caryl Chase, Vice President

Linda Good, Treasurer

Tracy Anders, Secretary

Aimee Powell, Member

Carolyn Lopez, PC Member

Christina Bailey, PC Member

preschool head start classroom teacher


Senior Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer
Charity Russell MBA

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Claudine Sabel M.A.

Operations Director
Stacy Hernandez

Family Engagement Manager

Health Manager
Connie Morrison

Facilities Manager
Juanoka Hall

Home Base Manager
Kimberly Williams

Lead Education Area Manager
Amy Hust

Education Area Manager
Barbie Moreno

Finance Director
Vanessa Mendoza MBA

Family Engagement Director
Carla Ramsey

Technology Systems Manager
Anthony Felix

Child Development Director
Jason Clark

Finance Manager
Paula Smith

Human Resource Manager
Rosa Talamantes

Planning & Data Manager
Sonia Loya

Disability Manager
Toni Limbrick

HQEL Manager
Gina Perez


Compliance Specialist
Pat Davis

Program Quality Specialist
Carol Giddens

Health Specialist
Luz Anderson

Health Specialist
Norma Rodriguez

Nutrition Specialist
Jaida McLemore

Family Engagement Specialist
Katrina Relph-Mueller

Home Base Supervisor
Sara Maestas

Home Base Supervisor
Cassandra Honeycutt

Lead Coach
Carmen Velarde

Teresa Morton
Tiffany Clark
Krista Alfredo

Human Resource Specialist
Melissa Hernandez

Human Resource/IT Specialist
Mariana Madrid

Mental Health Specialist
Richelle Kimura

Mental Health Consultant
Adriana Soto

Lead ERSEA Specialist
Leticia Guzman

ERSEA Specialist
Janet Aguilar

Education Specialist

Home Base Specialist
Tami Hoover

Home Base Coach
Marybel Beltran

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