Our Community Advisory Board

LENA envisions a world where every child benefits from positive relationships full of responsive interactions. Through this board, we seek to ensure that the diverse voices of those using LENA technology and programs and those in the broader early childhood community inform key strategic decisions at LENA. The overarching focus of this board: What can LENA do to increase conversational turns?

Board members

Rob Duncan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Human
Development and Family Science
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana


Pilar Fort

Bilingual Certification Facilitator
Program for Infant/Toddler Care Trainer Institute, 
Early Childhood Care and Development Consultant
Carolina, Puerto Rico

Linda González, MA,

Special Program Coordinator
Early Learning Coalition of Orange
Orlando, Florida

Dr. Hills

Jennifer Hills, EdD

Chief Educational Visionary (CEV)
The Leadership Academy of
Creative Arts
Lancaster, Texas

Eva Jenkins

Eva Jenkins,  MEd, ECFA

Preschool Specialist 
Hixson United Methodist Church,
Child Development Center
Hixon, Tennessee

Pam Kage

Quality Improvement Specialist
Early Childhood Council of Yuma,
Washington, and Kit Carson Counties
Akron, Colorado

Rebecca Parlakian

Senior Director of Programs
Rockville, Maryland


TaWanda Payton, MEd, IECMH-E®

Education Coordinator
NEXT Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

Olga Pigul

Teacher Mentor
Youth Development Inc (YDI),
Head Start and Early Head Start Program
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Jamie Rayford

Jamie Rayford

Chief Operating Officer
Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Batesville, Arkansas

Kelly Slade

Kelly Slade

Professional Development
Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral
Association, (OCCRRA)
Columbus, Ohio

Brigitte Willis

FCC Director
Better Day CLC

President-Elect, ECE Advocate
Georgia AEYC
Grovetown, Georgia

Janelle Wydeven

Janelle Wydeven

LENA Specialist
YW Calgary
Alberta, Canada