Our Leadership


Carrie Theall | Chief Executive Officer

Carrie Theall was born and raised in Central Florida. She attended both Mercer University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her interest in early childhood literacy led her to earn a master’s in library and information studies at UNCG. She also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. 

Carrie has served children and their families at the state and local levels for over 30 years, in the areas of evaluation, early childhood literacy, home visiting, parenting, and child care quality. Prior to joining the Coalition, she was Executive Director of Alamance Partnership for Children in North Carolina, where she was awarded the Good for Kids Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics North Carolina Pediatrics Society. Carrie relocated back to Florida and joined the ELCMC in 2023. 

Susan Rose | Chief Financial Officer

Susan Rose joined the Coalition in 2024 and is responsible for all aspects of the financial operations under the direction of the CEO and the Board of Directors.

Susan has a bachelor’s degree in business and management with a concentration in accounting from the University of Maryland.  She has over 30 years of financial management experience with 20 of those being in the non-profit industry.  Prior to coming to the Coalition, she was VP of Finance at an early learning center in Colorado, where she resided for 30 years before starting her new adventure in Florida.

LaTrisha Sims | Chief Operations Officer

LaTrisha is responsible for directing the day to day operational aspects of the Coalition under the direction of the CEO and the Board of Directors, including ensuring all rules, regulations and legislative requirements are adhered to.

She is a member of the Ollin Women International group and award recipient of the Superwoman of the year award for 2019. She is a graduate of Rasmussen College with an AS degree in Business Administration and a BS degree in Criminal Justice.

LaTrisha is the proud parent of three  and enjoys reading.

Her most quotable statement is, “It is not what we do that determines who we are, it is who we are that determines what we do.”

Elizabeth Deola | Chief Programs Officer

Elizabeth Deola, Chief Programs OfficerElizabeth has been a part of the ELC team since 2004 when she joined as our Quality Assurance Director. She has been the driving force behind implementation of successful programs in our community for early learning including TS Gold, the mindSpark Educator Accelerator Program and various Early Learning Curricula.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Everest University with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. She has accumulated over 900 hours of additional training experience to expand her knowledge in the field of early learning. Elizabeth was recognized for Outstanding Service in Early Learning 2018.

While she has held many titles professionally, she will smile when she tells you the most important title in her world is “mom.” Her son Aiden is the joy of her life and brings unmeasurable satisfaction and meaning to her world.

Elizabeth’s most quotable statement is, “There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.”

Todd Panzer | Acting Board Chair

Todd PanzerAPRN-C, FNP-C, is the founder and lead provider at Panzer Concierge Medicine. Prior to starting PCM, he was practicing at Ocala Family Medical Center since 2005. He is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at USF. He also sits on the boards of the ELC and the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Ocala.

Todd and his wife, Lisa, reside in Ocala, where they’re raising six children to love this peaceful horse-country as much as they do. They are passionate about fostering and adoption. They are members of Meadowbrook Church, where they attend and serve. They enjoy any time spent on their boat, in their RV, or cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.



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