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Registry Advisory Committee

The Nevada Registry Advisory Committee serves as a body to guide, advise and make recommendations concerning issues related to Nevada's professional development and training approval systems. The Committee operates in accordance with The Nevada Registry’s Vision, Mission and Goals.

Composition of the Registry Advisory Committee

The Nevada Registry Advisory Committee is an advising body with a broad range of professional representation across the state. The Committee is comprised of representatives from Early Childhood Programs who guide the vision of The Nevada Registry.

Agency representatives are invited to participate based on the population represented by their program/agency (Higher Education, Center-Based Care, Home-Based Care, etc.) as well as the individual’s connection to, and understanding of, the child care industry in Nevada.  Members include, but are not exclusive to, at least one individual representing the following:
  • Funding Agent
  • Higher Education including 2 year and 4 year institutions
  • State Department of Education
  • Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • Child Care Licensing (State and County)
  • Statewide Early Childhood Scholarship Program
  • Nevada Pre-K Standards
  • Head Start/Early Head Start
  • School District-Based Pre-K Program
  • Child Care Resource & Referral/Subsidy Contractor
  • Licensed Center-Based Child Care Provider (Urban and Rural)
  • Licensed Family Child Care
  • Tribal Child Care 
  • Community Member at Large*

Identified agencies have a standing position on the Committee.  Positions on the Advisory Committee are voluntary; however, agency representatives are asked to commit to a minimum of a 2-year term*. If an agency is unable to participate in accordance with the Member Agreement by maintaining representation on the Committee, another agency representing the same or similar population will be invited to join the committee.

* The Community Member at Large position is filled through an application process. Applications are reviewed, and the member is selected by a subcommittee of the Advisory Committee. The Community Member at Large serves a 1-year term.


Duties of Advisory Committee Members 

  • Provide guidance to The Nevada Registry Program Director in accordance with the Member Agreement
  • Serve as an advocate for The Nevada Registry within the ECE community and at public hearings for Child Care Licensing and other Boards, Committees, etc. where the Registry is being discussed
  • Act as a sounding board during the planning stages for new programs, services and miscellaneous activities of the Registry
  • Help create policies and procedures that govern specific aspects of The Nevada Registry’s Training Approval and Career Development systems 
  • Participate on project-specific subcommittee(s) of interest
  • Serve on appeals panels when applicable
  • Sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Conflict of Interest Policy annually. 


Meeting Schedule and Location 

The Advisory Committee corresponds primarily via email and conference calling; however, formal face-to-face meetings are scheduled as deemed necessary by the Registry Program Director. In addition, independent subcommittees are formed periodically to work on project-specific tasks. All face-to-face meetings are scheduled by The Nevada Registry staff and typically occur at the Professional Development Center in Reno at 240 S. Rock Boulevard, Ste. #143.  

Reporting Structure 

The Advisory Committee functions independently from the day to day operations of The Nevada Registry to provide feedback, input, and recommendations to the Registry. The Nevada Registry has final decision-making authority.


2018/2019 Registry Advisory Committee Members

Funding Agent/State Department of Education Representative
Agency: Nevada Department of Education
Melissa Burnham 
Higher Education: 4 Year Institution Representative
Agency: University of Nevada, Reno
Cheryl Westfall 
Higher Education: 2 Year Institution; Southern Nevada Representative
Agency: College of Southern Nevada
Crystal Swank
Higher Education: 2 Year Institution; Northern Nevada Representative
Agency: Truckee Meadows Community College
Lisa Torgerson
Child Care Licensing; State/Southern Nevada Representative
Agency: Division of Public and Behavioral Health - Child Care Licensing Unit
Kristy Baker
Child Care Licensing; Washoe County Representative
Agency: Washoe County Social Services
John Cregg
Early Childhood Scholarship Program Representative
Program: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ®Nevada
Tina Springmeyer 
Nevada Pre-K Standards/District Representative
Agency: Washoe County School District - Child and Family Services Department and Nevada Pre-K Standards
Jencie Davis
 Child Care Resource & Referral/Subsidy Contractor
Agency: The Children's Cabinet
Licensed Center-Based Child Care Provider/Urban & Head Start Representative
Program: TBD
Mona Timmons 
Licensed Child Care; Center-Based/Rural Representative
Program: St. John's Room to Grow Child Care - Fallon
Licensed Family Child Care Representative
Rhonda Laughlin
Tribal Child Care Representative
Agency: Reno/Sparks Indian Colony Head Start
Dione Gantt
Community Member at Large
Program: Teaching the Teacher