Our Staff


Roseann Fricks
Chief Executive Officer

Portrait of Roseann Fricks, Chief Executive OfficerRoseann Fricks is the Chief Executive Officer, with a mindful, dedicated spirit, Roseann has made a commitment to supporting the education and healthy development of our communities’ children and families. She has accomplished this by leading the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County for more than 15 years.

Roseann is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a BS degree in Management and holds an MBA from Webster University.

Currently she is a member of Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Healthy Start of North Central Florida, Kiwanis Club of Ocala, Altrusa International of Ocala and Association of Early Learning Coalition.

Recognition received by Roseann include Outstanding Service in Early Learning 2016 and she was inducted into the Florida Family Childcare Association Advocate Hall of Fame in June 2018.

Her continued motivation is inspired by her six grandchildren, who are the light of her world!

Roseann leads by example and one of her most quotable statements is, “If we are not working to build it, we are working to break it.”

DeAnna Johnson
Chief Finance Officer

DeAnna Johnson, Chief Finance OfficerDeAnna Johnson is the Chief Finance Officer. In this position, she overseas all aspects of the Coalition fiscal operations ensuring that all funds received by the Coalition are utilized to the fullest while staying in compliance with the different grant agreements.

DeAnna is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a dual degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

DeAnna has a heart for serving the community (especially children) and she has dedicated her career to working with small non-profit organizations and loves seeing what they able to achieve with the resources they are provided with. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

DeAnna’s most quotable statement is, “It’s all about the children.”

Anita Winter
Chief Operations Officer

Anita Winter, Chief Operations OfficerAnita Winter is the Chief Operations Officer. She 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 coordinating public relations, community awareness and facility maintenance, ensuring all rules, regulations and legislative requirements are adhered to.

Anita is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association Ocala Chapter and the Continuum of Care Board of Governors.

With more than 20 years of experience in public relations and resource development, Anita previously worked with The Salvation Army, a local manufacturing company and an Advertising/Public Relations firm in the areas of resource development, human resources, media buying and copywriting.

Anita, a Marion County native, has a BA degree in Communications from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Webster University. Passionate about rescue dogs, she currently shares her home with two senior dachshunds.

Anita’s most quotable statement is, “Education gives you options.”

Elizabeth Deola
Chief Programs Officer

Elizabeth Deola, Chief Programs OfficerElizabeth Deola is the Chief Programs Officer. She has been a part of the ELC team since 2004 when she joined as our Quality Assurance Director. Elizabeth 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”. Four-year-old 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.”

Robert Colen
Board Chair

Robert Colen is an experienced leader and professional with more than a decade of expertise in construction services, property management, programming, government relations, and community outreach. Robert is a building contractor with On Top of the World Communities. He received his Bachelor’s degree from American University and his Master’s degree from the University of Florida.

In 2015, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Robert as Chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County. Robert was also appointed by the Marion County Commission to serve as a Commissioner on the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission.

A Florida native, Robert is a graduate of Leadership Ocala/Marion Class XXV and served on the Leadership Ocala/Marion Board of Regents. He is married to Carolina Colen and they are the proud parents of three sons.

Robert’s most quotable statement is, “Attitude Reflects Leadership”



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