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July 11, 2008




(JACKSON, Mississippi)-Governor Haley Barbour has appointed Lisa Romine, of Jackson, to the State Early Childhood Advisory Council, a newly-established council that meets requirements in the federal Head Start Reauthorization Act of 2007. Designed to advance the development of a coordinated state early childhood system, the Council will provide leadership and assistance to early care and education programs as well as state agencies that provides services for children from birth to school entry.


“This is an important group designed to help advance the development of our state’s early childhood education system,” Governor Barbour said, “and I am proud that highly qualified individuals like Lisa have accepted this meaningful assignment. Lisa will bring a unique set of skills to the table, and I look forward to her contributions.”


Romine is the bureau director of Interdisciplinary Programs at the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, where she has worked for 31 years. Previously at the agency, Romine served as division director of Community Mental Retardation Services, program planner/evaluator, early intervention program director, and parent educator. Professionally, she is a certified public manager, DMH licensed MH/MR administrator, certified retardation therapist, and certified mental health therapist.


A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Romine holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and a master’s degree in community counseling from the institution. She also completed the John C. Stennis Institute’s State Executive Development Institute.