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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.


Jennifer DeBell, Associate Executive Director                        


Jen has more than 15 years of experience in public policy and government relations advocating for children and families through roles in Pennsylvania state government and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining PennAEYC in October 2017, Jen was the Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, serving as the primary advisor on policy issues and strategic planning in the department, consistent with the goals of Governor Wolf.  Jen worked for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), a non-profit, non-partisan children’s advocacy organization prior to her work in the Wolf Administration. She began as Government Relations Director, was promoted to Vice President of Public Policy and focused her work on children’s health care and early care and education policy and government relations.

Before joining PPC, Jen was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning where she served as a key advisor on early care and education legislation, regulations and policies.  During Governor Rendell’s Administration, Jen worked in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s (now DHS) Office of Legislative Affairs, where she was promoted from Legislative Specialist to Director. Jen began her career as a Legislative Assistant to then State Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz.

Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University. She lives in Hummelstown with her husband, Ben, and two children, Brett and Kennedy.


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.