Leadership

Carol Burnett is Executive Director of Moore Community House, a community center in the diverse community of east Biloxi providing Early Head Start services and Women in Construction job training to support low-income women’s economic security. Carol has served as Mississippi’s federal CCDF Child Care Administrator where she significantly increased child care subsidy funding. Carol was a delegate to the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, she attended the White House Summit on Working Families, and she serves as a Center for American Progress Faith and Reproductive Justice Leader.

 

Carol has received many awards including the Lighthouse BPW Woman of Achievement award, the Ms. Foundation for Women’s Woman of Vision award, the MS Religious Leadership Conference Founder’s award, and the MS State NAACP Vernon Dahmer award. Carol holds a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is a United Methodist clergy (one of the first women in MS to become ordained).

 

Julie Kuklinski is the Program Director for the Moore Community House Women in Construction Program. Julie came to the Gulf Coast in May of 2006 as a hurricane relief volunteer, rebuilding homes affected by Hurricane Katrina. During this time, she led all-female crews in mold remediation work, demolition work and other types of residential construction. Julie’s experiences working in east Biloxi and her experience working in construction led her, with great enthusiasm, to the Women in Construction Program in 2008. Julie has raised funds and has programmatically seen WinC through its pilot years, shaping it into the solid and successful program that it is today. Under her leadership, the program has graduated 27 classes, totaling more than 300 women, and maintained a 70% graduate placement rate. Julie has worked on over 200 homes alongside her students, was the project manager of an all-women-built home and championed building a new and improved Women in Construction Training and Resource Center built by the hands of women in the program.  She endlessly advocates alongside her students for women’s economic justice.  She has been recognized for her advocacy work for women’s rights by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010.  She currently serves on the board of Directors for the Women’s Fund of Mississippi and the Faith in Women Coalition and serves on the leadership team for the MS Women’s Economic Security Initiative. She is a member of the National Tradeswomen Taskforce. Additionally, she serves on the DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Mega Project EEO Committee, DOL Office of Apprenticeship Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship ad hoc committee for women in apprenticeship, and the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program planning council. Julie was born and raised in Wisconsin and received her Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology/anthropology at St. Norbert College. 

 

Mary Harrington is the Early Head Start program director with Moore Community House. In this role, Mary leads a dedicated team providing all aspects of caring for and educating the youngest children, while providing parenting and personal support to their families.

Mary has dedicated most of her professional and personal life to caring for children.  While in graduate school studying for her master’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations, she discovered the Head Start philosophy of caring for the whole child – providing for his/her physical as well as educational needs in order to raise resilient and self-sufficient adults.

Drawing on her education, a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Louisiana- Lafayette, and the training Head Start provides, Mary relies on updated information and techniques to guide her staff.  Mary has 28 years of varied experience in the Early Childhood Education field, including 15 years with Head Start, working in the positions of preschool teacher, college adjunct teacher, center director, EHS home visitor and EHS program director. These experiences provided the perfect foundation for connecting with staff and parents in the joys and challenges in caring for children.

Mary believes in an open door policy and is available as much as possible for her families and staff. She also can be reached at 228-436-0881 or by email at mharrington@moorecommunityhouse.org.

 

Katie Huang is MCH’s Transportation Coordinator. Katie and her family are originally from Mobile, Alabama, but since 2004, they have called Ocean Springs home. She is a graduate of Ocean Springs High School and Louisiana State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. From Baton Rouge, she moved to New Orleans to work at Tulane University as a research lab technician in a developmental biology lab studying vascular disease and defects.  

 

 As the transportation coordinator, Katie will research transportation solutions for MCH families and launch the transportation pilot program funded by the Foundation for the Mid South.  

 

In her spare time, Katie enjoys learning how to cook    Chinese cuisine from her parents, playing ultimate frisbee, listening to live music, playing music with her friends and biking around the coast. 

Evelina Burnett is MCH's Communications Director. In this role, she is responsible for a wide array of internal and external communications, including media relations, marketing, community outreach and social media. She considers herself fortunate to be able to share the story of Moore Community House, its programs, staff and families with our partners and the general public.

Prior to coming to Moore Community House in 2016, Evelina was the Gulf Coast Reporter for MPB News. From 2006 to 2013, she was the editor and publisher of the Pass Christian Gazebo Gazette, a weekly newspaper she founded after Hurricane Katrina. Evelina grew up in Atlanta and attended Simon's Rock College, Swarthmore College and Columbia University, where she earned a master's in journalism. She has also lived and worked in her hometown for the Atlanta Business Chronicle; in London for Dow Jones Newswires in London; and in Cairo, Egypt, during a one-year journalism fellowship from the Phillips Foundation.

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