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Consortium Coordinators

Anna Miller M.Ed

Ms. Miller is the Consortium Chiar. She is also a lecturer in Early Childhood Education in the Teacher Education Division of the College of Education and the Executive Director of both the College of Education Early Childhood Center and the Merrill
Palmer Skillman Institute Early Childhood Center, the two preschool programs located on Wayne State University’s campus. Ms. Miller has worked with young children and their families in the Detroit area for more than 30 years. She oversees the Michigan Department of Education Great Start Readiness Program Grant and the U.S. Department of Education Child Care Means Parents in School Grant. In addition, she serves on several committees related to young children and provides professional development to early childhood programs. She is a highly sought after and active presenter at professional development trainings for early childhood educators.


Hilary Ratner, PhD

Dr. Ratner is the co-chair of the consortium.  She joined the faculty of Wayne State University in 1981 within the Department of Psychology and was promoted to Professor in 1994. She has served in a number of leadership roles, including Vice
President for Research and Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. Her new role combines teaching, esearch and program development at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. Dr. Ratner’s research expertise is focused on memory and learning, primarily among preschool and school-aged children. She has published widely in these areas and has received funding from many agencies and foundations to support her research. She is a Fellow of the American
Psychological Association and has served as a member of the editorial board of a number of journals.


Beverly Weathington, MSW

Ms. Weathington is co-chair of the Consortium.  She also leads the Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program (HUF) at MPSI. HUF reaches hundreds of families and thousands of professionals each year by presenting information that is meaningful and accessible. Ms. Weathington has a Masters in Social Work and has worked with families for over 25 years in such capacities as coordinating onsite child care resources and referral programs in the tri-county area, family counseling, program development, child welfare and research projects.​

Lucy McGoron, PhD

Dr. McGoron is project manager for the Consortium, and is an Assistant Professor at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2012. Dr. McGoron's work focuses on understanding and promoting positive parenting in high-risk families with young children. She is interested in creating a technology-based system to detect and respond to early parenting challenges; with the vision of implementing such a system in pediatricians. She is currently conducting research to better understand the challenges parents and pediatricians face in caring for young children and openness to an online parent education system.

Sarah Schrag

Sarah Schrag is the project assistant for the Consortium. She has worked for five years as a research assistant on federal and state grants in the Wayne State College of Education and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. In this capacity she builds and maintains databases, collects data, tracks student performance, and oversees budgeting and accounting. She also serves as a liaison for Wayne State students participating in grant programs and helps faculty develop grant proposals. Ms. Schrag has been active with the Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium since its inception and manages group communications.

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