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May 18, 2021
As vice president of advocacy, Michael leads efforts to raise public awareness of children’s issues and increase public support for children. He also serves as director of Kentucky’s Voice for Early Childhood (link), a state-wide online advocacy network for children. Before joining Learning Grove (formerly Children, Inc.), Michael was director of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative and helped lead efforts to increase philanthropy and strategic grantmaking in Kentucky with a particular focus on early childhood. Prior to that, Michael was president of Vision 2015 and its predecessor, Forward Quest where he helped build broad-based support for regional strategic plans to improve the economic vitality, educational attainment and quality of life of the region.
Michael served in the Brereton Jones administration from 1991-1996 initially making appointments to KY gubernatorial boards and commissions and later served on the KY Health Policy Board which led efforts to implement health reform. From 1977-1991, Michael practiced law in Covington.
Michael and his wife, Kit, live in Park Hills. They have three children; the oldest is Katie, who has a master’s degree in early childhood education and is the director of the Fort Wright Elementary Preschool and a 2021 Golden Apple Teacher awardee. His son, John, who has an MPA degree, is the HOME/CDBG Coordinator in the Housing Department of the City of Covington. His daughter, Tess, is director of marketing & communications for Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky.
Sandra (Sandy) Woodall is the Executive Director/CEO of the newly founded EC Learn Inc in Florence, Kentucky. Prior to this role, she was employed at 4C for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio as the team lead/strategic director of the Northern Kentucky office. Her responsibilities included the daily operations of the office, strategic planning for the Northern Kentucky region, collaborating with local and state agencies on programs that promote kindergarten readiness, and supporting the professional development of early childhood professionals in the community.
Woodall’s path to her early childhood education career began by obtaining her Child Development Associates Credential (CDA) in 1999. Along her career journey in early childhood education she gained an Associates Degree of Science in Early Childhood in 2004, followed with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Early Childhood Education from Walsh University in 2012.
Sandy has worked in several aspects of the early childhood profession gaining leadership knowledge in each position. She has taught, directed a center, coached, and trained early childhood professionals. Along the way she met mentors that showed her the vision of servant leadership and helped mold her into the leader she is today.
Her passion for children was inspired by her first-grade teacher Mrs. Ross, who left a lifetime impression on her. This teacher’s interactions demonstrated a support for a young child’s education by providing hands on quality learning experiences. Woodall’s philosophy was scripted by her early years as she believes children learn through play and play is the essential work of children’s foundation to educational success.
Woodall strives to enhance and influence early childhood experiences and the profession of early childhood industry. Using her voice to advocate for children, families, and early childhood professionals with her appointed seat on the Child Care Advisory Council of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Sandy values relationships and family. This could explain her enjoyment of spending time with her husband John, her two sons, four grandchildren and close friends. She enjoys camping and finding a treasure in her thrift shopping adventures.