Trainers

Meet Our Professional Development Team
Jaime Price | Ashley Cleaver |Carrie Frasch | Meredith Lester
Brenda Epperley | Patty Beall | Sarah Worthington | Vanessa Hedrick|Samantha Cochran

Jaime Price

Quality Improvement Outreach and Support Specialist

Jaime Price works as a Quality Improvement Outreach and Support Specialist covering the fifteen counties of MountainHeart North Child Care Resource and Referral out of the Elkins office. She assists early childhood education programs to help them become knowledgeable about WV’s Tiered Reimbursement System and quality improvement. Jaime provides consultation to directors of child care centers, family child care facilities, and family child care home providers regarding tiered reimbursement, often referred to as Tier II. While working with early childhood education programs, Jaime helps them to raise the quality of care they offer by linking the program or provider to other members of MountainHeart’s Professional Development Team. These referrals to other team members involve a process of on-site technical assistance utilizing such strategies as problem-solving, mentoring, observation, consultation, and referral to additional resources. For programs that currently have Tier II status, she assists them with any questions or issues they may have to maintain their ranking of a higher level of quality. In addition, she provides community education to families about tiered reimbursement, the importance of seeking higher quality child care, and what to look for in a high-quality program. Jaime graduated from Fairmont State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science.  She also holds a Master's degree from Walden University in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Teaching Adults in Early Childhood.  Over the years, she has held other various positions within the early childhood field including that of Child Care Center Director and Teacher, Head Start Teacher, and completed an internship with WV Birth to Three. Jaime can be reached at 304-637-2840 or 1-877-862-3103.

   

 Ashley Cleaver

Infant Toddler Specialist

I am Ashley Cleaver, Infant/Toddler Specialist located in the Petersburg office. I started with MountainHeart in August 2017. I provide the West Virginia Infant/Toddler Professional Development Program (WVIT) and Technical Assistance for our 15 county region. I graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I can be reached at the Petersburg office at 1-877-211-5437.

   

Carrie Frasch

Behavioral Consultant

My name is Carrie Frasch and I am a Behavior Consultant for MountainHeart Community Services. I am located out of the Martinsburg office for MountainHeart North. I cover 15 counties including: Barbour, Hardy, Preston, Tucker, Taylor, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Pendleton, Grant, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson. I graduated from Wilmington College University in 1995 with a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  I earned my Master's Degree in 2007 in Supervision and Administration in Education.  I have over 17 years of experience teaching children ages 2 through 1st grade.  I began working for MountainHeart Community Services in 2014 as the TRAILS Early Childhood Specialist in Martinsburg and became a Behavior Consultant in 2017. I can be reached at the Martinsburg office at 304-262-1584.

   

Meredith Lester

Behavioral Consultant

I am Meredith Lester, a Behavior Consultant for MountainHeart Community Services. I graduated from Liberty University in 2013 with a BS in Education.  I graduated from Capella University in 2018 with distinction, earning a MS in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have many years of experience teaching children and modifying behavior.  I began working for MountainHeart Community Services in 2019. I am located out of the Martinsburg office for MountainHeart North. I cover 15 counties including: Barbour, Hardy, Preston, Tucker, Taylor, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Pendleton, Grant, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson. I can be reached at the Martinsburg office at 304-262-1584.

Meredith Lester
   

Brenda Epperley

TRAILS Early Childhood Associate

Hello, my name is Brenda Epperley and I was hired March 16, 2015 as the MountainHeart Community Services, Inc., TRAILS Associate in the Grafton office. I take great pride and work hard in my position with the TRAILS program to ensure that the TRAILS resources are available and in excellent condition for the wonderful providers we service. I love my position as a part of the MountainHeart TRAILS program.

P.O. Box 32,
956 Yates Avenue,
Grafton, WV 26354
Phone: 1-877-811-5437

Brenda Epperley   Grafton
   

Patty Beall

TRAILS Early Childhood Specialist

My name is Patty Beall and I am an Early Childhood Specialist for TRAILS in the Martinsburg office. I graduated from Shepherd University in 2012 with an RBA, my focus was on Elementary Education and Early Childhood. I worked as a Preschool teacher for 11 years until accepting my position in November 2018. I can be reached at the Martinsburg office at 304-262-1584.

 PattyBeall
   

Sarah Worthington

TRAILS Early Childhood Specialist

Sarah Worthington holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University where her focus of study was human development and supportive counseling. Sarah worked for MountainHeart in the Subsidy Program from 2015 – 2018. Some of Sarah’s other work experience includes social work at DHHR and Berkeley Senior Services. Sarah is excited to rejoin the Mountainheart team and looks forward to providing quality services to our community. She can be reached in the Martinsburg office at 304-262-1584.

   

Vanessa hedrick

Early Childhood Specialist

Vanessa Hedrick is an Early Childhood Specialist for MountainHeart North stationed in the Elkins office. Vanessa is part of the Professional Development Team at MountainHeart, providing Technical Assistance and Training for our 15-county region that covers Northeast West Virginia. Vanessa graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Technology along with obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development from West Virginia University. Vanessa can be reached at the Elkins office at (304) 637-2840.

Vanessa Hedrick
   

Samantha (Sami) Cochran

Early Childhood Specialist

Sami Cochran is an Early Childhood Specialist for MountainHeart Community Services. She graduated from WVU in 2017 with a BS in Child Development. She taught Head Start in Fairmont, WV for 4½ years. Sami began working at MountainHeart Community Services in April 2022 and is ready to help other childcare professionals find joy and help them provide excellent care and education to young children in the 15 counties that she will serve. Sami is located out of the Grafton office; feel free to reach out to her anytime at (304) 265-0142.

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