Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Advisory Board


The Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) Advisory Board is a group of community volunteers who assist the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program by providing input and approvals on specific issues, questions and concerns related to the MSHS grant. The Advisory Council is not constrained by legal requirements. However, it does operate within a set of guidelines outlined in the Head Start Performance Standards.

IDHS - MSHS provides childcare and comprehensive services to children of low-income agricultural workers who reside in Illinois temporarily or permanently. Contracted delegate agencies serve the families through support services which include parent education, referrals, translation, transportation, children's medical and dental treatment and assistance for children with disabilities. In addition, delegates collaborate with social-service and educational entities in the local community to enhance assistance to families.

Board Requirements

Training Requirements

Please visit the link above to view the training requirements for this Board/Commission/Committee/Task Force.


Regular meetings of the MSHS Advisory Board shall be held at least quarterly. All meetings are open to the public as prescribed in the Illinois Open Meetings Act.


Member MSHS Representative Role
Abel Rodriguez, Chair Accountant / Former MSHS Recipient
Suzanne Brown, Vice Chair Founding Executive Director of the Immigration Project
David Gutierrez Former Director of Migrant Education, ISBE
Molly Joseph-Parker, PC Liaison Former Migrant Head Start Director & Early Childhood
Dr. Osvaldo Wesly Doctor
Esperanza Gonzalez Director of Operations and Vice President of Illinois Migrant Council

IDHS Administrative Support

Board's Administrative Contact information: Elva.DeLuna@Illinois.gov

Ethics Officer Contact Information: DHS.Ethics@Illinois.gov

Legislative Liaison Contact Information: Kassandra.Silva@Illinois.gov