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P5FS benefits from the expertise of several consultants who bring deep experience across various aspects of the prenatal to five system, supporting the work of P5FS in states and communities. Biographies of consultants who work primarily with P5 are detailed below. 


Alejandra Portillo

Alejandra Portillo has over a decade of experience in social research. She received her master’s degree in Education from SJSU and her B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Raza Studies from San Francisco State University. She has also received formal training in group facilitation, process management, and building sustainable agreements. Her work has focused on making data accessible and culturally relevant for community members and stakeholders; working with families, youth, and children; and evaluating academic support and career readiness programs. Her projects have included: an evaluation of four Best Start communities within Los Angeles County, including data management, community capacity-building, and training on data use; a GIS mapping-based evaluation of services for A Place Called Home, a youth-serving organization in Historic South Central Los Angeles; leadership of the Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation efforts at Child360, where she designed and facilitated staff trainings aimed at increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity in evaluation and research designs; and co-facilitating the strategic planning efforts of the Multilingual Support Division (MSD) in the California Department of Education. As a former foster youth, Alejandra has a deep passion for social justice, inclusion, and systems change. Alejandra is also the proud mother of a seven-year-old dual language learner and resides in Southern California.

Carina Lane

Carina Lane has worked with children prenatally through adolescence for about 18 years as a teacher, home visitor, Head Start & Early Head Start Programs both in urban and suburban areas. She has also most recently worked in infant and early childhood mental health, Early Intervention and child welfare advocating for what is best for young children and their caregivers. She has mostly worked supporting P5 in during provider input sessions, specifically leading or co-leading Spanish speaking sessions.

Casey Amayun

Casey Amayun has over 20 years of experience in the prenatal to five sector. Casey’s work at P5 focuses on conducting provider input sessions and supporting cost modeling. After starting as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, she worked for many years in child care administration, leading several for-profit and non-profit high quality child care centers. Casey then transitioned into systems building work supporting local and regional communities ensuring all children had access to quality early care and education experiences. Casey holds a M.S. in Child Development specializing in Administration from Erikson Institute and a B.S. in Child and Family Services from Iowa State University. Originally from rural Iowa, she currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and children. She is the Secretary of her local School Board and serves as a board member of a nonprofit in her community.

Danielle Fuentes Johnson

Danielle Fuentes Johnson comes to P5FS with over 20 years’ experience in supporting and advocating on behalf of those furthest from opportunity. Danielle’s early experiences in Early Intervention and intellectual/developmental disability case management, special education classrooms, unaccompanied minors shelter programs, the child welfare system, and Early Head Start led to a desire to make a greater impact through systems change.

At P5FS, Danielle serves as the Chief of Staff for the organization, supporting a variety of equity focused systems building projects, including building Latiné Leadership in early childhood systems. Danielle is excited to continue her previous efforts to have home-based child care (HBCC) recognized and supported on par with school-based settings, support indigenous language reclamation/restoration in ECE settings, embed emerging bilingual learners in ECE systems, and explore how the immigration and refugee process impacts young children.

Danielle grew up inside the Beltway and now resides with her family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Eli Pessar

Eli Pessar began his career in Early Care and Education as a Head Start teacher, where he was nationally recognized as a Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award winner. As an Organizational Development and Systems Change consultant, Eli has more than a decade of experience helping nonprofits and public agencies manage change and increase impact. In addition to his strategic planning, team development, and systems change portfolio of work, Eli also specializes in developing and managing early education programs from design to evaluation. At P5, Eli brings his state-wide planning and implementation expertise to aid state agency and community partners as they develop robust prenatal to five systems. Eli holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Eli lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys writing short stories for his daughter.

Jessica Rodriguez Duggan

Jessica Rodriguez Duggan is an experienced professional in the prenatal to five field with over 20 years of work focusing on program development, community collaboration, technical assistance, and systems building. She has worked extensively within the home visiting, child care, education, and child welfare sectors. She has provided a broad range of support and technical assistance across different states and communities, focusing on systems work to develop strategies and programming to improve the quality of the prenatal to five system. Jessica also has expertise in creating and implementing information and referral systems and has supported various states and communities in designing their own to best leverage existing resources, identify gaps, and streamline processes across programs. Jessica’s work with P5 utilizes her professional experience to support comprehensive fiscal analyses and cost modeling projects across several states and communities. Based in Delray Beach, FL, Jessica is a native Spanish-speaker and also provides fiscal modeling content expertise for Spanish-speaking professionals on behalf of PS. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Science in Child Development from the Erikson Institute.

Karen Rhinehardt

Karen Rhinehardt has 25 years of experience in the early childhood field, most recently working in early childhood policy. She has worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher, child care center director, Head Start disabilities manager, and as North Carolina’s Head Start Collaboration Office Director. Prior to joining P5, Karen was the Deputy Director of Early Learning at The Hunt Institute. At P5, Karen focuses on building relationships with policy leaders to support building state and community fiscal capacity and building robust prenatal to five systems. Karen is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Katie Fallin Kenyon

Katie Fallin Kenyon has over two decades of experience in birth to early childhood research, policy, and systems change. At P5, Katie provides support on fiscal mapping and cost modeling, with a focus on data collection, survey design and implementation, as well as data analysis and report writing. Since 2018, Katie has worked as an independent consultant providing support to nonprofit, philanthropic and government clients in areas such as strategic planning, research and evaluation and programmatic and policy development related primarily to child care and early learning. Prior to becoming a consultant, Katie served as Director of Early Care and Education as well as Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation at First 5 LA, an independent public agency created by California voters to change systems and policies to better support children birth to age 5. Katie holds a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Psychology from Scripps College. Katie lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband Matt, their daughter Camille, and their pug Mimi.

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