The Stepping Stone School Educational Advisory Board is an esteemed group of professionals who provide support and guidance for our early care and education programs.
These distinguished national experts counsel and offer research-based recommendations on educator development programs, curriculum enhancements and other state-of-the-art improvements designed to maximize the quality of Stepping Stone School.
An Educational Advisory Board of this caliber distinguishes Stepping Stone School from all others.
Dr. Sandra Briley
Dr. Sandra Briley is an acclaimed educator and consultant with more than 35 years of early childhood education experience. In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University in the field of family and consumer sciences, Dr. Briley is the founding director for the University of Texas Child Development Center.
An expert with vast experience in the areas of early childhood education and child development, Dr. Briley is a member of the NAC Advisory Council and has served as an instructor at Incarnate Word College, The University of Texas at Austin, and Austin Community College.
Dr. Briley earned a B.S. in child development at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received a Ph.D. in early childhood education. Dr. Briley earned her M.A. in early childhood education from the University of Texas in San Antonio.
Dr. Briley’s passion for education is reflected in her extensive work with organizations such as the National Association for Child Care Professionals. In addition, her commitment to serving children of all ages is illustrated by her history of esteemed positions, including director of the University of Texas Child Development Program and numerous local and national prestigious consulting opportunities.
Dr. Joyce Juntune
Dr. Joyce Juntune is a nationally renowned consultant, trainer, professor and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. An instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness and creativity. Not only has Dr. Juntune worked with college students, she has taught a diverse array of children from nursery school through middle school.
Dr. Juntune’s wealth of educational knowledge has been utilized throughout her celebrated career. She has served as the executive director of the National Association for Gifted Children, the American Creativity Association, and the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University. She shares her expertise in instructional improvement, creativity, thinking development and gifted education through her training sessions as an educational consultant.
A widely published author of 25 journal articles and books, Dr. Juntune is also a keynote speaker and educational pioneer who has presented 30 papers at numerous conferences and conventions, reflecting her extensive research in areas such as creative thinking and gifted education.
Dr. Juntune earned her M.S. in curriculum instruction from St. Cloud University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.
Over the course of her notable career, Dr. Juntune has been invited to appear on leading television programs such as The Phil Donahue Show and The Today Show. She has also been honored with a variety of awards, including the Texas A&M University Distinguished Award in Teaching.
Dr. Dennis Romig
Dr. Dennis Romig is the nationally recognized CEO of Side by Side, Inc., a multidisciplinary performance improvement consulting and training firm. Through Side by Side, Dr. Romig has shared his leadership and consulting knowledge with companies such as Vastar Resources, Inc., Texas Instruments and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). With an expert understanding of strategic planning, team empowerment and organizational development, Dr. Romig knows what it takes to achieve success.
Dr. Romig serves on the advisory council for Texas State University’s Communication Studies Department and is a former board member for MetroNational Corporation. This premier leadership coach has also served as a valued consultant for the boards of directors at Agrium, D2Audio and Tellepsen Solutions.
Dr. Romig received his Ph.D. in educational psychology and management from the University of Texas, where he also earned his M.A. in counseling psychology.
A top-ranking keynote speaker and award-winning writer, Dr. Romig has penned 30 journal articles and research reports for publications such as Excellence Magazine, Professional Psychology and Future Fab International. He is also a widely published book author whose high-praised works include Side by Side Leadership: Achieving Outstanding Results Together, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller.
Shannon Moody is the executive director of the Jeremiah Program, a nonprofit that empowers single mothers to break the cycle of poverty and create a fulfilling life for themselves and their children. A successful nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of experience, Shannon has honed her expertise through roles in a variety of key areas, such as nonprofit management, development, marketing, communications and special events.
Shannon has brought her energy and natural leadership abilities to a range of prominent positions, serving as the director of development for organizations such as the Austin Film Society, Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region, and the Austin Children’s Museum.
Shannon’s ongoing support of education and nonprofit success is evident in her rich history of community leadership. In addition to her position on the Stepping Stone School Educational Advisory Board, Shannon is the former president of Marathon Kids, where she is a current member of the board of directors.
Shannon’s commitment to education is illustrated by her service to schools such as Good Shepherd Episcopal School, where she volunteered and filled the role of school photographer, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, where she is a current volunteer and former advisory board member. Shannon has also served on the boards of directors for leading organizations such as SafePlace, Planned Parenthood of Austin, Heritage Society of Austin and the Austin Children’s Museum.
Dr. Dan Terwelp
As one of Austin’s leading pediatricians for more than 30 years, Dr. Dan Terwelp has a vibrant history of sharing his zest for medicine with the pediatric community and serving the children of Central Texas.
After nearly 20 years of private practice as a member of a pediatric group in Austin, Dr. Terwelp began his own practice in 1998. An expert in children’s developmental issues, he has served as chief of pediatrics at Brackenridge Children’s Hospital and St. David’s Hospital, as well as president of both the Austin Pediatric Society and the Central Texas Pediatric Physicians Alliance.
Dr. Terwelp received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1975. He completed his three years of internship and residency training in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, where he remained a fourth year as chief resident for 70 interns and residents and joined the teaching faculty.
Dr. Terwelp is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Terwelp honors his commitment to children’s health through his volunteer work at Caritas Medical Clinic, where he has seen pediatric patients for more than 20 years. He is a committed supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, and he has served as a board member for both Caritas and the Brackenridge Foundation.
Dr. Terwelp’s many professional affiliations include the Texas Medical Association, Travis County Medical Society and Central Texas Pediatric Physicians Alliance.
A devoted cyclist and runner, Dr. Terwelp was a member of the 1969 and 1970 University of Texas national championship football teams.