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.”


Chief Financial Officer


Rene Hodges

Early Head Start Manager – 7C


Tanya Alestock

ERSEA/Data Manager

Tanya Alestock has been with Higher Horizons for nine (9) years, starting out as an Administrative Assistant and moving up to ERSEEA/Data Manager. Tanya oversees ERSEA (Enrollment, Recruitment, Selection, Eligibility and Attendance); Child Plus for data tracking and analyzing for both Higher Horizons and Seven Corners. She ensures monitoring,  agency collaboration and tracking enrollment services. Tanya has been involved with Head Start for years, starting out as a parent of two young boys at Gum Springs Children’s Center and hired as a Administrative Assistant overseeing Child Plus for Gum Springs Children’s Center. Tanya is also the staff liaison for the Higher Horizons Policy Council.

Leon Sims

Education Manager

Leon Sims joined the Higher Horizons team in January 2020. He has ten years of Early Childhood Education experience, five of those years being with Head Start. He started his Head Start career as a Teacher with The Campagna Center in Alexandria, Virginia and ended his tenure with them as the Curriculum Specialist for Early Childhood Programs. He currently serves as the Education Site Supervisor for the Bailey’s Crossroads Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Leon earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development, with honors, from the University of the District of Columbia. He recently earned the Certificate of Mastery: The Academy’s Director Credential from the National Association of Head Start. As a former Head Start student, he aims to give back to the program that gave him his “head start”, and to continue to advocate, support, and teach the children, families, and staff that he has been called to lead and to serve.

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

Family Resource Manager

Brittany Scott 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.

Secia Campbell

Health Services Manager

My name is Secia Campbell, and I have been in Head

Start and Early Head Start for about 4 years. I hold a

bachelor’s degree in Community Health and a Masters

in Health Promotion and Leadership, both obtained at

Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. My

education, work experience, and professional

development has given me the tools that I need to best

serve Head Start and Early Head Start families.  I started my work with low-

income families back in 2013 when I became a Family Resource Specialist at

Illinois Action for Children. My primary focus is to be an advocate for

children and to empower and educate their families to be self-advocates as


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.