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Get to Know PennAEYC's Staff 

Jodi Askins, Executive Director

Jodi has more than 20 years of service working on behalf of children and families across the state. In February 2009, she was hired as the first executive director of PennAEYC after having worked for 10 years at Early Connections, Inc. a social service agency in Erie, PA specializing in children’s early care and education, community outreach and professional development services.  

Jodi’s expertise includes non-profit management, fundraising, community organizing and advocacy. Through her leadership, PennAEYC has been recognized as achieving Tier Two Standards for Excellence in Non-Profit Management through the Pennsylvania Association for Non-profit Organizations.  Recognized as a state leader in advocacy, Jodi is currently the Co-Chair of the Early Learning PA Campaign and a principal partner in the Pre-K for PA Campaign. 

Jodi has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Science in Community Counseling from Gannon University.  She also currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Early Learning Council and has served on several local boards and early care and education committees. 

Jodi is married to Todd and mother of Alexa and Julianna Askins.


Stephanie Mock, Director of Public Policy and Outreach                                                                                

Stephanie Mock began her career and discovered her interest in early childhood education as a substitute teacher and paraeducator for  Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 and several school districts in Lebanon County.  As a substitute teacher and paraeducator, she worked in special and regular education classrooms and with students from pre-kindergarten through high school. She then worked for Lebanon County Head Start as a Teacher's Assistant and as an Early Head Start Home Visitor. Prior to joining PennAEYC, Stephanie worked for the Pennsylvania Head Start Association as its Outreach Coordinator for the Pre-K for PA Campaign. 
Before becoming involved with early childhood education, Stephanie worked as an attorney in New York City for 10 years. She specialized in employee benefits and worked for two multi-national law firms, Paul Hastings and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. She also was the Assistant General Counsel for the 1199SEIU Healthcare Employees Benefit & Pension Funds. 

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornell University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. She was born in New York and lived there her entire life before moving to Pennsylvania in 2009. She and her husband live on and own Windswept Farms, a Christmas tree farm in Lebanon County.


Rose Snyder, Director of Member & Affiliate Affairs

Rose Snyder is a graduate of Northeastern Christian College with an Associate of Arts Degree specializing in Early Childhood Education and Eastern Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Development.  Prior to joining the team at Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC), Rose served for 23 years as Director/Administrator for Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown PA.  As leader of a dedicated team of professionals, Rose and   her staff achieved and maintained NAEYC Accreditation for more than 15 years. Additionally Rose has served as a Mentor for Child Care Directors and Early Care Providers the  Lancaster area as well as being a PQAS certified trainer in the Pennsylvania South Central Key.

Rose, active in the Lancaster Association for the Education of Young Children, serves on the Lancaster Area AEYC Board of Directors as Treasurer. She also served on the Pennsylvania AEYC Board of Directors as Vice President of Membership and most recently as Vice President of Development.


Tracy Weaver, Outreach Coordinator

Tracy Weaver has been with PennAEYC since 2010 serving in a variety of capacities, including coordinating electronic communications and social media as well as helping to organize the company's events.  She is a PQAS certified specialty discipline instructor and enjoys conducting professional development sessions with early education professionals in the areas of advocacy, leadership and family relationship development. 

Tracy serves as lead staff person on PennAEYC's work with the Pre-K for PA Campaign. The bulk of her time is spent working to build the campaign efforts and presence in Central Pennsylvania. In her early years with PennAEYC, Tracy was one of the leaders in organization's BEST Initiative where she worked with approximately 35 school districts across Pennsylvania to share the importance and benefits of engaging with the early education community. 

Tracy has been involved in early care and education for 14 years with a focus on helping school districts and early care and education programs work together to support children and families in meeting the educational needs of children. Prior to PennAEYC, she coordinated the Early Care and Education Project (LEARN Team) at Community Action in Jefferson and Clarion Counties for 8 years. Tracy has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Family Development Credential from Temple University and lives in rural Clearfield County.