Linda Warren, Ph.D.,
Founder and President of ECA, Inc. & the Warren Institute
“Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Linda Warren, Ph.D., Founder and President of ECA, is a leader in the fields of early childhood education, research and policy development. Linda has had an impact nationally and in Massachusetts as a researcher and evaluator across educational settings to identify conditions that successfully produce change for students and teachers. She has an excellent reputation among clients and staff alike for being an effective, knowledgeable teacher, a charismatic presenter, and a wonderful partner to clients who is generous with her time, intellect and energy. Linda won a three-year contract to conduct observations of mentees across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts participating in a groundbreaking Peer Assisted Coaching project. She anchored the Steps to Success (STS) Mentor-Coaching Program for the National Office of Head Start, and has evaluated coaching interventions across the country, including EEC’s recent three-year statewide PAC Pilot. She spearheads efforts to improve alignment in education systems, and she has created and implemented Birth to Grade 3 Alignment Models in several cities and school districts. Linda continues to work to build education leaders’ capacity to better understand, improve, and transform educational systems
Benita Danzing, M.B.A.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Benita Danzing, M.B.A., possesses broad knowledge of applied research in the many areas of child well-being, including poverty, pre-K-12 education, health, safety, community collaboration, and nutrition. Her strengths reside in managing research projects, shaping data into client reports that improve program quality and sustainability, and communicating research results that convey clear, compelling messages. Benita has led many evaluations for ECA, from federal Innovation for Teacher Quality and preschool expansion grants to peer-assisted coaching projects. Benita has served as a strategic planning consultant and developed school turnaround plans for under-performing schools. She also served as Data Consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation-funded Massachusetts Kids Count Project.
Meghan McGinley Crowe, M.Ed.
Meghan McGinley Crowe, M.Ed., Meghan conducts research on an array of federal and state programs. She designed the Preschool Centers of Excellence program and created Sprouts Academy, a formal in-house training program offering all 400 Little Sprouts employees over 200 hours of professional development that is aligned with state core competencies yearly. She was the lead developer and facilitator of the Relationship-Based Coaching series for the PAC project and currently collaborates with ECA on the development of the Guiding Change, Impacting Quality TA competencies course for EEC. She designed the Business Course for the family child care and center-based programs for EEC. Meghan is involved in Massachusetts Preschool Expansion Grant and manages the Peer-Assisted Coaching Trainer of Trainers (ToT), supports development of the Coaching for Change online training series and CEU applications, and contributes to the TA competency training series.
Katie Miksis, M.Ed.
Katie Miksis, M.Ed., Katie brings to ECA a strong background in classroom teaching as well as consulting in the field of environmental engineering. Katie contributes this layered experience both to ECA’s internal administration and external consultations, where she manages ECA’s financial management system to ensure that all ECA project deliverables are submitted on time and within budget. She supports the administration of ECA educational research, evaluation, and mentor-coaching projects. Prior to arriving at ECA, Katie taught middle school science in Alexandria, Virginia for five years. Before teaching, she worked as an environmental engineer in Boston and Washington, D.C. Katie holds a M.Ed. from the Marymount University in Virginia.
Marsha Miller, M.Ed.
“When excellence is possible, good is not good enough.”
Marsha Miller, M.Ed., a Senior Associate at ECA, focuses on the design and implementation of long and short term professional development plans for programs that lead to strong child outcomes and improved school readiness. Marsha brings extensive expertise in working with the varied and diverse professionals in the early care and education workforce. She assesses staff training needs for hundreds of practitioners at Early Head Start and Head Start EHS and HS, and develops annual agency-wide training plans for child development staff serving the birth to five year old population and their families. Marsha has provided coaching and mentoring for coaches to achieve measurable growth in their own ability to strengthen the practices of teachers working with young children.
Lisa Sullivan, B.A.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
Lisa Sullivan, B.A., manages all aspects of ECA’s data collection initiatives including recruiting, hiring, training and managing observers and assessors, arranging site observation logistics, ensuring that protocols established for projects are adhered to and that data collection is efficient and seamless. As a prior preschool teacher, she understands the importance of high quality environments and evidence based instructional practices in supporting young children’s learning and development. Lisa is a certified CLASS Infant, Toddler, Pre-K and K-3 observer. She is a respected and trusted expert by teachers and observers alike at conducting pre and post observations and debriefing with teachers/teams productively. Lisa co-led the work on creating an evaluation component for the TALENT™ video-based classroom observation data analytic platform.
Natasha P. Ramanayake, M.A.
Natasha P. Ramanayake, M.A., Natasha brings strong research, clinical, and teaching experience in applied statistics to fields ranging from education to global health to children’s mental health. Natasha received her MA in Clinical Psychology at the Teachers College at Columbia University. Ms. Ramanayake has received numerous awards, including the Graduate Administrative Fellowship, Suffolk University, Psychology Teaching Assistant Workshop, Suffolk University Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence, Winter Institute in Global Health, BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India; Global Health Certificate jointly issued by BITS-Pilani and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As a pre-doctoral trainee, she is researching barriers to mental health care and use of complementary and alternative methods of treatment among Asians and Asian Americans. Natasha is proficient in French and Sinhalese.
Ann E. Ramminger, M.S.
“Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.”
Ann E. Ramminger, M.S., Ann is interested in the benefits of mindfulness and nature, as well as cross-system collaboration. Her experience in a variety of early childhood systems, including Head Start, public schools, special education, home visiting, child care, mental health, universities, and state early childhood systems has helped to shape her perspective on collaborative strategies. Ann has co-authored three books about child development through Redleaf Press focusing on nutrition, cognition and social emotional development. She is passionate about connecting and presenting research and practice for the early childhood profession, related professionals and the public, in practical, user-friendly and accessible ways. In 2014, the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association and Division of Early Childhood (Special Education) honored Ann with an Outstanding Service Award. She joined Early Childhood Associates in March 2016.