311 Professional Center Drive
Suite 100
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Phone: 707.591.0170
Fax: 707.591.0171

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Michele Rogers, Phd.

Executive Director/Cofounder
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Michele Rogers, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Early Learning Institute. Ms. Rogers has her PhD in psychology with an emphasis in early childhood mental health/neurobiology. She worked for several years on Sonoma County’s Early Childhood Mental Health task force, focusing primarily on creating a system of care for children 0-5 that includes social-emotional supports. Ms. Rogers is a certified childbirth educator andlactation specialist; has been NCAST certified at the research level and completed a Fellowship in the UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program (Napa site). She serves on the public policy committee of the Infant Development Association, on the steering committee for the national Home Visiting Applied Research project (HARC) and on First 5 Sonoma’s Professional Community Advisory committee. Ms. Rogers is also an established trainer for the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (Screening tool), and a frequent speaker on Leadership, Staff Development and Executive Management topics. The Early Learning Institute was a key site for California First Five’s Special Needs Project and is currently a Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative site. In celebration of all these efforts, Ms. Rogers was recently honored as the 2014 Sonoma County Champion for Children by the Community Child Care Counsel.

“If not me, who? If not now, when?” – Mikhail Gorbachev

Irene Torres

Executive Assistant   
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I recently got promoted to Executive Assistant,  I discovered I really do enjoy budgeting, billing and invoices! I’ve worked for ELI since 2006. I have a background in banking and insurance. I used my formidable organizational skills for over 9 years to help grow the “Watch Me Grow” into a program that supports screenings for nearly 1000 children per year in Sonoma County. I also have collected an extensive knowledge of community resources for children and families and serves to help parents and professional’s access needed support services. Some of my hobbies are Yoga, gardening and Netflix. I live for “Taco Tuesdays!” 

Paula Elizabeth Trejo, B.S.

Human Resources Manager  
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Graduated from SSU with a B.S in Business Administration with emphasis in Business Strategies and Financial Management. The support of the ELI team was an important key through my education endeavor.  I enjoy working in every department of the agency as I like providing assistance with development and implementation of new tools and strategies as the agency adapts to the new needs of the community.


Kendra Tavonatti

Administrative Assistant
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I graduated from the Junior College in hospitality. I have been working at Early Learning Institute for about two years. I work as a Administrative Assistant. On my free time, I like to take walks with friends and swim.
“You can do anything you put your heart, mind and soul into. Far more then you can imagine.” -unknown

Liz Lushenko

Administrative Assistant
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I have been working at ELI since June of 2015. I am a part of the Administration team of the Group Program. I am also a full time student at the Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in International Relations. I am currently finishing up my last year there before possibly transferring.

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