Blair Hyatt, Executive Director
Blair Hyatt has been the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Head Start Association since the fall of 2004. Blair is a life-long resident of Pennsylvania. His professional and community work has focused on improving the lives
of young people and their families. He graduated with a Master’s in Social Work degree from Temple University’s School of Social Administration where he completed his master’s thesis the “Oppression and Liberation of Youth”. Previous to being the ED Blair had been working as the Manager of Family and Community Partnerships for Philadelphia Parent Child Center, Inc. He has also: taught parenting skills and started a parenting center, helped start a therapeutic nursery for preschool age children, built a model “wrap-around” services program and worked doing “Family Services Systems Reform” through the Center for Schools and Communities. In his community work, Blair has taught peer counseling and mentored peer counseling leaders for over twenty years. He has led workshops for young people, young adults, families and men as a part of this work. He is the Director of the University of the Poor’s School of Parent and Youth Leadership working to end poverty through the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC). Blair has worked with the PPEHRC to build broad support for Head Start and the efforts to save Head Start. He has developed a partnership with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign developing a workshop that; educates people about their economic human rights, shows how Head Start supports people’s economic human rights and how any effort that threatens Head Start is a threat to people’s economic human rights.
Kara McFalls, Associate Executive Director
Kara joined PHSA in November of 2018. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Dynamics with Teaching Certification. Her career has blended the growth and development of staff, advocacy on the behalf of families and children, non-profit operations and community leadership. Kara has worked in three Early Head Start/Head Start programs and two curriculum companies, run a non-profit and provided consulting services. She and her family live in Hanover.
Carrie Spina, Office Manager
Carrie Spina joined the staff of PHSA in June 2018. Born and raised in York, Carrie graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been active in the early childhood education community in York for nearly two decades. Her passion for providing quality child care and advocating for teachers and parents has brought her from center director to Head Start teacher to PHSA.
Michelle Smith, Outreach Manager
Michelle Smith is the Outreach Manager with PHSA. She attended HACC where she became involved with Capital Area Head Start as a parent on Policy Council. She transferred to Shippensburg University to complete her degree in Social Work. During this time, she was a Head Start and an Early Head Start Home Visitor, and served on the PHSA Board of Directors. Michelle holds a Master of Social Work degree. As the Outreach Manager, Michelle leads PreK for PA activities, works with programs to identify staff to serve as Liaisons and supports Liaisons as they lead advocacy efforts. Michelle lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband and four daughters.
Kayle Richardson, Professional Development Director
Kayle Richardson joined the PHSA staff part time as Professional Development Director in January of 2018. Kayle also works for Capital Area Head Start as the Director of Employee and Program Development, where she has been employed since 2010. Kayle attended Lebanon Valley College and graduated with a degree in elementary education and English. Prior to coming to PHSA, Kayle taught 4th grade, preschool, and was an Early Head Start Instructional Coach. She currently lives in the Carlisle area with her wife and two sons.