Dr. Kimberly Gordon Biddle
Dr. Biddle has a double BA in Psychology and Music from the University of Redlands. She also has
an EdS in Program Evaluation and a PhD in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University
School of Education. She taught in various preschools as an assistant teacher as she worked while
completing her years of higher education. She has over 20 years experience as a college professor and
has numerous accomplishments and awards, including early childhood grants. She has written over 15
publications and presented at more than 40 conferences. Currently, she is a Professor of Child
Development at Sacramento State University where she prepares students to teach young children.
Dr. Wanda Roundtree Henderson
Dr. Wanda Roundtree Henderson has been intimately involved in the design, implementation,
execution, and evaluation of early childhood and family support programs within the
New York City metropolitan area, California, and throughout the country for approximately
30 years. In her current position as Interim Director of Child Development at the Sacramento
City Unified School District, Dr. Roundtree Henderson provides fiduciary and programmatic
oversight for the department, which serves approximately 3,000 children, ages 0 to 12 and
their families. Dr. Roundtree Henderson is also a part-time adjunct lecturer at Sacramento
State in the Department of Child Development.
Dr. Henderson holds a B.A. Degree in Psychology and Education from Hunter College of the City
University of New York. She also holds a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology from
Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Masters of Education and a Doctorate degree in
Early Childhood Education/Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University
in New York City.
Dr. Lawanda Wesley
Dr. Wesley has a BA in Child Development and a minor in Psychology along with a MA in
Educational Leadership and Public Policy. She received her Ed.D. in Educational
Leadership and Management with a concentration in Higher Education from Drexel University.
Dr. Wesley was recognized in May/June 2015 by Child Care Exchange as an international
promising leader in the field of early care and education. She has overseen and led the
implementation of three state funded professional development initiatives to increase the
skills and competencies of the early childhood workforce. As a professional development
facilitator/trainer, adjunct community college professor and previous toddler, preschool
and school age teacher, she has combined over 20 years of experience in the early childhood
field to serve as an advocate for closing the achievement gap starting with young children.
Dr. Wesley is currently working for Alameda County in California as the Quality Improvement
Navigator for its locally, statewide, and federally funded Quality Rating Improvement System.
Dr. Ana Garcia-Nevarez
Dr. Ana Garcia-Nevarez is the Chair of the Undergraduate Division in the College of Education and
a Professor at California State University, Sacramento. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Child
Development from California State University, Northridge. She was a Regents' Graduate Academic Scholar
from Arizona State University where she received her masters' and doctoral degrees. Dr. Garcia-Nevarez
has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Elementary and Bilingual Education.
Her primary research interests include pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward diversity, civic engagement,
and, career development. Professor Garcia-Nevarez is the author of several publications and regularly
presents at conferences.
Dr. Alicia Valero-Kerrick
Dr. Alicia-Valero Kerrick is a lecturer of Child Development at California State University, Sacramento.
She received her PhD in Education from the University of California, Davis. She also holds a double BA in
Psychology and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis. Previously, she worked as a cohort
instructor in the Early Development, Care and Education program at California State University, Sacramento.
She also has worked as a bilingual school psychologist, an evaluation coordinator, a training coordinator
and as a private educational consultant. Dr. Valero-Kerrick has experience with staff development and
trainings for early childhood education teachers working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarteners.