Policy Council

KCHS Policy Council is a leadership group made up mostly of current Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community representatives. The Policy Council is similar to a parent/teacher organization in a school, but operates with real authority. The Policy Council helps the Board of Directors and the Executive Director to govern the agency. Members of the Policy Council help the leadership of Head Start to understand the ideas and the needs of parents in our program. They also remind us of the parent’s perspective when we consider how our program is designed for children and families.




Current Members

Gary Phalen, Chair, Community Representative


Chandra Hall, Vice-Chair, EHS Home-Based Representative


Sheila Lambert, Secretary, Community Representative


Clorisha Arndt, EHS Home-Based Representative


Catherine Griffith, Centerburg Representative


Hazel Coe, Centerburg Alternate


Samantha Rettig, Fredericktown Representative


Samantha Hollar, Fredericktown Representative


Patricia Dawson, New Hope Representative


Iesha Stewart, New Hope Representative


Patricia Ragor, Northgate Representative


Leah Hettinga, Northgate Representative


Courtney Byler, Northgate Alternative


Hannah Groah, Preschool Home-Based Representative


Courtney Perkins, Preschool Home-Based Alternate





The Policy Council must be made up of at least 51% of current Head Start and Early Head Start parents. Often, former parents will continue to serve for a time on the Council, to lend their experience to current parents. Community members serve as well. Members may serve for a maximum of three years and are re-elected annually. It is a great opportunity to meet other parents within the County, to learn more about programs that serve your child, and to help all of the members of KCHS make it the best it can be!



Interested in Serving?

If you are interested in serving in one of the open positions, please contact Tarama Anderson at 740-397-1344, ext. 208.



Vacant spots can be filled any time, but there is an application process. Contact Tamara (above) for details. Full elections (where all slots become o pen for voting at each of the centers by all parents of enrolled child) are held in September, and a new Policy Council is seated each year in October.




Current open positions include:

  • 1 from Danville
  • 1 from Gambier
  • 1 from Family Child Care Partnerships
  • 2 from New Hope AM/PM


Policy Council assists the Board of Directors and Agency leadership in establishing the direction of the Head Start program in Knox County, and specifically gives input into and recommends for approval to the KCHS Board of Directors:

  • Funding applications or changes to funding applications
  • Hiring and/or termination of most employees
  • Budgets 
  • Policies and procedures 
  • Program design

The Policy Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in Conference Rooms 30-31 at the New Hope Early Education Center. In order to encourage parent participation in the Policy Council, dinner and child care is provided, along with a small travel stipend.