MCCC is governed by a Board of Directors, Parent Policy Council and Executive Management Team. Both the Board of Directors and the Parent Policy Council play an integral role in governance as required by Head Start Performance Standards, while the Executive Management Team ensures all agency operations are compliant with state and federal regulations.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is legally and financially responsible for administering and overseeing MCCC programs, including safeguarding federal funds. They play an active role in program development, planning and evaluation , as well as establish proceduces for recruitment.

  • Elke Towey - Chair , Hood River Co
  • Anthony Connors - Vice Chair, Klickitat Co
  • Barbara Young - Treasurer, Skamania Co
  • Cheryl Park - Secretary, Hood River Co
  • Kim Granville Taylor - Director, Wasco Co
  • Kris Goodwillie - Director, Klickitat Co
  • Daniel Blevins - Director, Klickitat & Skamania Co
  • Julia Cardiel - Policy Council Chair

Parent Policy Council

The Parent Policy Council is comprised of parents who have a child actively participating in an MCCC program and elected by their peers from each site. The council is responsible for approving and submitting to the Board, all decisions regarding activities that promote parent involvement in program operations, responsiveness to community needs, and program activities.

Policy Council meets the last Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00PM at MCCC’s Central Office – 1100 E Marina Way, Suite 104., Hood River, Oregon 97031.

During COVID-19, and until further notice, all Policy Council meetings are conducted virtually via Zoom meetings.


  • Julia Cardiel - Chair
  • Ian Hugen - Vice Chair
  • Angela Brooks - Treasurer
  • Korryn Copher - Secretary

Executive Management Team

  • Paul Runyon - Chief Executive Officer
  • Velvet Cooley - Chief Operating Officer
  • Lucretia Brown - Chief Financial Officer
  • Amy Phelps-Oakley - Human Resources Director
  • Freddy Gonzalez - IT Facilities & Transportation Director

Management Team

  • Rhonda Hull - Child Care Director
  • Vacant - Accounting Manager
  • Dennis Potter - IT System Administrator
  • Kenneth Talley - Training Manager
  • Erin Parsons - Education & Disability Manager
  • Karen Porter - Family Services Manager
  • Ellie Dirks - Health, Nutrition & Safety Manager
  • Julia Garcia-Ramirez - Area Manager (Hood River County, Oregon)
  • Vacant - Area Manager (Wasco County, Oregon)
  • Traci Kessinger - Area Manager (Klickitat & Skamania County, Washington)