Dr. Susan Canizares

Co-Chair, Policy Committee / Chief Academic Officer

Learning Care Group

Susan Canizares is responsible for leading all aspects of the educational mission of Learning Care Group, including refining curricula and the policies and practices that address academic achievement. Prior to joining Learning Care Group in October 2012, Susan was senior vice president and general manager of the English Learner Group at Pearson Education, where she led strategic planning and comprehensive program development.

Previously, she was president of the Harcourt Achieve Supplemental Group, then senior vice president and publisher for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's K-12 Division. During her tenure at Scholastic, Inc., Susan served as product manager of the Early Childhood Group before becoming editor in chief of the Early Childhood Group.

Patrick Murray

Co-Chair, Policy Committee / Vice President of Government Relations

KinderCare Education

Patrick Murray leads KinderCare Education’s advocacy efforts, working to ensure government policies and programs benefit all children, regardless of background or economic status. Patrick joined KinderCare from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he led the development and implementation of the foundation’s federal advocacy strategies for education and health. Previously, he served as a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. During his time on the Hill he led the negotiations on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Early in his career, Patrick worked as a middle school science teacher.

Joanna Cline

Chair, Website Committee / Vice President Marketing & Customer Experience

Learning Care Group

Joanna Cline is responsible for developing and executing a strategy for LCG to become the Third Party Provider of Choice in the early childhood education industry and building/executing a company-wide strategy for quality improvement & accreditation in LCG schools.

She is a proven leader with a history of improving sales, performance and customer service for high-profile US brands and retailers online and in stores. She is responsible for leading the strategy, planning and execution of marketing initiatives across traditional, digital media, owned properties and partnerships to maximize lead and tour development and retention strategies.