The Center offers open enrollment throughout the year. In addition to infant, toddler and Pre-K, we offer an 8-week full day Summer Camp for Kindergarten thru 5th grade. -   -  

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


Teaching Staff

Victoria Rivera

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.

Giovanna Pennella

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’!

Vanessa Kardos

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.

Alyssa Poccia

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.

Deja Spruill

Toddler C Head Teacher is Deja Spruill. Deja most enjoys talking with the children to hear them tell tall tales about their daily adventures!

Laura Rubin

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.

Sloane Hinkley

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!

Kerry Wilson

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.

Stacey Ford

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


Advisory Group

Benedict S. Caterinicchio

Phyllis Wharton Clement

Tom Coleman

Mary Farley

Dennis Gochuico

Dr. Bruce and Judy Golden

Michael Goodwin, Jr.

Robert Greene

David Griff

Nancy Hack

Marian Hamilton

Linda Heath

Jeanne Hinrichs

Dottie Jordan

Wendy Lipp

Gretchen Menzies

Martha Nierenberg

Sharon Pollack

Clark Robson

Janet Schloat

Maryann Simpson

Cecily Stone

Beverley and Sabin Streeter

Twink and Jim Wood

Steven Wysmuller

William Zeltner