Management, Leadership, & Administration
Dawn Meyerski, Executive Director
Patty Black, Director of Fundraising
Helen Bock, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships
Steven Mustacchi, Director of Finance and Operations
Ruth Goodman, Social Worker
Suzanne Heyer, Registered Nurse
Ana Montoya, Feed Me Fresh Food Service Director
Ingrid Chacon, Receptionist
Infant A Head Teacher, Victoria has worked with children of all ages but she especially loves working with infants because she enjoys watching them grow in many different ways. She loves to help them create new friendships and start to recognize different objects and sounds. Every day is a chance for the children to learn from one another.
Infant B Head Teacher and Infant Program Supervisor, Giovanna Pennella, has rejoined MKCCC, having previously held Head Teacher positions in Toddler and Pre-K K classrooms. Giovanna has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special & Regular Education and has worked with children in EI, CPSE and other areas of early childhood education as both an educator and administrator. Giovanna is very happy to be back at MKCCC and working with our littlest ‘students’!
Toddler A Head Teacher and Toddler Program Supervisor, Vanessa Kardos, became a teacher out of her love for children and for the rewarding experience in helping them build a solid foundation for the rest of their lives. She loves reading to her toddlers and feels strongly that emphasizing literacy at a young age strengthens these foundations. Vanessa also believes the JEWEL program is a special experience that emphasizes the importance of role models in a young child’s life.
Toddler B Head Teacher, Alyssa Poccia, has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoys working with toddlers because of their creativity and imagination. Every day is an opportunity to play, learn, discover and grow with toddlers. The world is full of possibilities with toddlers and we learn from them every day.
Toddler C Head Teacher is Deja Spruill. Deja most enjoys talking with the children to hear them tell tall tales about their daily adventures!
Pre-K A Head Teacher and Preschool Program Supervisor, Laura Rubin believes that every moment is an opportunity to learn. She brings this attitude to her preschool classroom and instills in her students a sense of curiosity. Inside, Laura watches the eagerness with which her students learn about cooking new foods, and outside she both plays with her kids and teaches them about the environment.
Pre-K C Head Teacher Sloane Hinkley has been with MKCCC for 9 years. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Sloane enjoys working with the children and incorporates their sense of curiosity into the classroom. Learning is fun when it’s done through lego creations, art drawings, conversations, and focusing on the children’s individual interests. Their personalities and sense of humor shine through!
Pre-K K Head Teacher Kerry Wilson has loved working with children for as long as she can remember and has worked with kids of all ages. She is very perceptive about the ways in which children learn – in particular, she has found that her pre-schoolers learn a lot from group discussions, free play, and the positive examples set by the older kids. She also teaches her students the importance of naptime, which, on their spirited days playing and learning, demonstrates how to calm and regulate their bodies.
After School Supervisor, Stacey Ford, has been with MKCCC for ten years. She worked in the preschool classrooms for 8 years and has been overseeing the after school program for 2 years. She brings her love of sports to the program from her son and ensures the children get outside and play after a full day at school! She is also responsible for planning great activities for school vacation days and ensuring the Summer Camp program is the best it can be. The Feed Me Fresh gardening program is one of her favorites, as well as spending time with the seniors in our JEWEL program.
MKCCC 2019 Board of Directors
Peter Schwarz, President – Principal, Integral Derivatives
Elizabeth Marwell, Vice President – Art Collections Manager
James Moore, Treasurer – Retired, Commercial Banker
Antoinette Kelly, Secretary – Retired educator and community volunteer
Lisa Bart – Executive Recruiter
Marty Brodbeck – Chief Technology Officer, Priceline
Sarah Dirsa – Architect
Carol Gill – Consultant, College Admissions
Hillary Harrison – Physician/Psychiatrist
Kathleen Higgins – Registered Nurse
Linda Mahon – Vice President and Relationship Manager, Wealth Management Division of a national bank
Tony Mamo – Attorney and Counsellor at Law
Fran Osborne – Community advocate and volunteer
Anne Papaelias – Vice President of Human Resources, Curtis Instruments
Doris Seidlitz – Real Estate Agent, Houlihan Lawrence
Keira Treanor – Community advocate and volunteer
Benedict S. Caterinicchio
Phyllis Wharton Clement
Dr. Bruce and Judy Golden
Michael Goodwin, Jr.
Beverley and Sabin Streeter
Twink and Jim Wood