Management Staff

Tyrone Bradley

Board Of Directors Chairperson

Mr. Bradley has been a member of Higher Horizon’s Board of Director’s since 2007. Prior to being elected Chairman, he served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Bradley is an architect and principal owner in the firm, Bradley/Parker & Associates, Alexandria, VA. He is a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, where he serves and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Bradley is also a member of the Board of Directors, Burke & Herbert Bank, Alexandria, VA. He is a licensed architect and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern University, Baton rouge, Louisiana. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. As the Chairman, Mr. Bradley pledges, on behalf of the Board, to continue the tradition of providing great support and guidance to the Higher Horizon organization as the Board has done from its’ inception.

Mary Ann Cornish

Executive Director

Maryann Cornish, Executive Director at Higher Horizons Head Start and Early Head Start since 1977 is a tireless advocate for low-income children and families. Her work in the diverse community of Falls Church, VA has resulted in a strong reputation at local and national levels for sharing success stories regarding the role of culture and family in early childhood education, meeting the needs of dual language learners, preserving native languages and collaborating with community organizations. She has served in leadership positions within state and regional Head Start associations, resulting in collaborative efforts aimed at building effective early care and education systems.

In 2000, she served on the faculty of the National Child Development Institute “Ensuring Quality through Leadership”. Her presentation, “Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners and Preserving Native Languages was made to over 3,000 leaders in Head Start and Early Head Start grantees and delegate agencies throughout the county.

A Howard University graduate and a 1977 Head Start Johnson and a Johnson Management Fellow. She was awarded the Helen Taylor Award for Management Excellence by the Head Start Johnson and Johnson Fellows Program at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA in 2001. In 2013, she received the Golden Eagle Award for her work in early care and education by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International.

Ms. Cornish worked with NAEYC for its School Readiness Connections – video cast – a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded project. She was recently featured on a webinar in the Early Head Start National Resource Center’s Early Essential Series focusing on Self Care and Professionalism.

Her focus continues to be working with early childhood professionals who are entering the work force and encouraging them to develop leadership skills. “I place a high premium in trying to ensure that employees have the tools to do their jobs. Head Start programs offer many opportunities for professional growth and development; I encourage staff to use this opportunity as an investment in their future while contributing to the greater community.”

Nekeya O’Connor

Chief Financial Officer
With 10 years of cumulative accounting and finance experience, Nekeya O’Connor currently serves as the Financial Manager/Chief Financial Officer where she oversees the fiscal operations for Higher Horizons . Nekeya holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from Howard University, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Long Island University-Brooklyn. She is also a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional awarded by the Fiscal Management Associates Institute. Prior to joining Higher Horizons, Nekeya served as the Financial Analyst for The Bowery Mission, a faith-based organization in New York City that provides compassionate care, shelter, and life transformational services to homeless and transitional men and women and mentoring services to at-risk children, for five years. She has also worked with the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Morgan Stanley, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Nekeya has a passion for organizations becoming fiscally responsible, accountable, and transparent. She is dedicated to “making numbers less intimidating” and helping program managers understand how to be proper stewards over their respective budgets.

Francine Williams

Early Head Start Manager – 7C

Francine Williams earned her Bachelor’s in Speech & Language from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She is a former Consultant and has many years of experience with the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Francine began as a Consultant for Higher Horizons in 2009; she was hired as the EHS Manager at Seven Corners in October 2012.

Julie Nethon-Williams

Education Manager

Julie Nethon-Williams manages the overall planning, assessment, direction and support for the Head Start Program at Higher Horizons. A native Oklahoman, Julie fell in love with Early Childhood Education when she was a child. Inspired by her third grade teacher, Julie quickly developed a deep passion for hands on learning and instruction. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get her BS in Early Childhood Education and a MS degree in Curriculum Studies from Oklahoma State University. Over 12 years later, Julie continues to work in the field of Early Childhood Education and is happy spending her days working with the teachers, children, and families of Higher Horizons.

Kim Alverson

Program Operations/HR Specialist

Kim Alverson originally began with Higher Horizons in January 1984 as the schools’ first full-time Secretary until April 2001, moving on to Fairfax County Public Schools as an Administrative Assistant for 2 years. Kim then worked in her family’s construction business for several years before she returned to Higher Horizons once again in November 2011. Kim earned a PHR (Professional in Human Resources) Certification from the Society of Human Resource Management in 2000, and currently is the Program Operations/HR Manager with Higher Horizons.

Brittany Scott-Pinkney

Family Resource Manager

Brittany Scott-Pinkney graduated from Bowie State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Brittany also graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Brittany has over eight years of experience advocating and working with families. Brittany believes in keeping children and families together. Prior to working with Higher Horizons, Brittany was a Recovery Specialist Supervisor at D.C. Child and Family Services where she worked closely with parents to reunify with their children in a sober and safe home environment. In 2016, she began her career at Higher Horizons as the Family Resource Manager.

Bryana Head

Health Services Manager

Bryana Head has over ten years experience in long-term care, home health and out-patient settings with a background in Geriatrics and Mental Health. She studied Psychology and Human Service Counseling at Old Dominion University. Her passion is developing polices and procedures to ensure the quality of services which lead her to earn a Master’s in Health Care administration from Walden University. In 2016, she began her career at Higher Horizons as a Health Services Manager.

 

Merill Abbate

Quality Assurance Manager

Merill Abbate began her career with Higher Horizons in February 1978 as a classroom teacher and Disabilities Assistant until February 1980 when she left the organization to raise her children. Merill returned to Higher Horizons in January 1990 as Automation Specialist and now holds the position of Quality Assurance Manager.

David Evans

Transportation/Facilities Manager

David Evans comes to Higher Horizons with a love for children and a desire to make some difference in their lives, be it with a smile, handshake or just a simple “hello”. He, also, comes with a wealth of knowledge and experiences as a supervisor and a transportation specialist. He grew up in Martinsville, Va. and educated in the Henry School Public School system. Later, he attended St. Pauls College in Lawrenceville, Va. potentially pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. After much thought, He decided to follow in the footsteps of His cousins and uncles and become a professional driver. His driving experiences started with him at the age of 18 driving a 54 passenger motor coach and ending with driving a gasoline tanker for 25 years. Needless to say, he is licensed and qualified to operate all motorized vehicles. In addition to David’s successful driving experiences, he has been in supervision for many years. His first job was with A. L. Hodge Contacting Hauling. Some of the projects he was responsible for were helping to pave the runway at Ronald Reagan Airport, to extend the runway at Dulles International Airport, and to excavate the land for the erecting of the five buildings named for the United States’ presidents in Crystal City, Va. After the excavation job, he became a gasoline tanker driver for 25 years and later the operations manager for Fannon Petroleum. He supervised 11 drivers and ordered products and equipment for the company. After a total of 37 years, he retired in 2014. He is a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va. where he is chairman of the Deacons’ Ministry, van driver, and a former Sunday School teacher of 1st and 2nd graders. David feels that it is an honor to be on the management staff of this great learning institution. He will continue to help make it a safe and comfortable environment for all.

Mai Nguyen

Early Head Start Site Supervisor – Bailey’s Crossroads

Mai Nguyen graduated from the University of California Riverside with a BA in Psychology, with an emphasis in Child Development. Mai has taught in classrooms ranging from ages 0-5 and has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 14 years. Mai transitioned to the administrative side of Early Childhood Education and loves it. Prior to working at Higher Horizons, Mai was the Supervisor at Pediatric Care Services in Claremont, CA; serving developmentally delayed children. Early Head Start is a great foundation for education and growth. Children at an early age learn so much. At Higher Horizons we provide support to allow the children in our program to thrive.

Tanya Alestock

Administrative Specialist

Tanya Alestock is a University of Phoenix Alumni, receiving her degrees in: Associates in Information Technology; Bachelors in Management and Masters in Psychology. Tanya has been with Higher Horizons since 2012. Before coming to Higher Horizons she was employed with Gum Spring’s Children Center for over 11 years. Tanya is a former parent who has two sons who attended the Edison House Parent and Child Center and then on to Gum Spring’s Children Center, she was also a member of the Policy Council, holding several positions. Tanya currently works with the parents from Seven Corners and Bailey’s site on the Policy Council. “As a former parent, who served on the Policy Council, I can help new parents who join get over the fear and talk to them about the importance of parents joining the Policy Council and becoming strong advocates for their children”.