Meet Our Staff

Learn a bit about the people who touch your child’s life
  • Meet our Teams

    Teamwork is a core part of The Center’s approach. Our staff of highly-trained experts draws on their experience, education, and passion to help children develop to their full potential. Our inter-disciplinary teams also partner with families to ensure the best possible outcomes for every child.

    Click on a tab to see who is part of The Center’s awesome teaching, therapy, and support teams.
    • Ms. Darla
      Developmental Specialist & Toddler Classroom Experience Teacher
      House 10
    • Ms. Deborah
      Developmental Specialist
    • Ms. Christina
      Occupational Therapist
    • Ms. Susan
      Physical Therapist
    Joined The Center: 1994

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wonder Woman

    Read About Ms. Darla

    -“Her “current favorite”—Gus, her golden retriever”

    In addition to home visiting, Darla Wojciechowski, EIS, leads our toddler classroom experiences designed for children who will benefit from spending time together in a social setting.

    Earlier in her career, she taught kindergarten and first grade, so she knows first-hand where the children in her classes are headed in a few years and what will best help them be prepared.

    Joined The Center: 2015

    Favorite Animal:
    Birds

    Read About Ms. Deborah

    “Birds can easily see the big picture any time they want and are able to sing early in the morning.”

    Deborah Lee, B.S., Ed, just eagerly joined our team. Her work with families and very young children with special needs began in 1985 in Massachusetts where she worked as part of a transdisciplinary EI Team.

    She is looking forward to a great year with our families!

    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Are You My Mother?

    Read About Ms. Christina

    Christina Johnson, OTR/L graduated from Rush University in Chicago with a Masters of Occupational Therapy following a Bachelors at The Ohio State University. She worked at an outpatient pediatric clinic with a focus on sensory integration before coming to The Childhood League Center.

    Christina came to The Center for the collaborative team approach in a place with growth potential that focuses on the social-emotional development of the child and the growth of families.

    She says her mother used to read “Are You My Mother” to her and her sister before bed.

    Joined The Center: 2009

    Favorite Animal:
    My dog Theo

    Read About Ms. Susan

    With a degree from Ohio State, Susan Shuff, PT, has experience in hospital and clinic settings.

    Working at The Center in the Early Intervention classrooms, she enjoys seeing children grow and develop over the years they spend with us.

    • Ms. Vicky
      Physical Therapist
    • Ms. Melinda
      Speech-Language Therapist
    • Ms. Courtney
      Speech-Language Therapist & PLAY Project Consultant
    • Ms. Wynne
      Child and Family Educational Support Specialist
    Joined The Center: 2000

    Favorite Animal:
    A horse

    Read About Ms. Vicky

    –”with so much power and grace, yet so willing to learn and serve to benefit others”

    Vicky Macklin, MA, PT, has worked as a physical therapist with a focus on children for more than 35 years and is now in our classroom and home-based EI program.

    She loves the safe, team-based environment at The Center. She even recruited her brother to volunteer with us every week!

    Joined The Center: 1998

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    A Peacock on the Roof

    Read About Ms. Melinda

    Melinda Boring, MA, CCC-SLP, loves to help children learn to express themselves. She also loves to work with family members so they, in turn, can help their children communicate and interact with others.

    In addition to her role at The Center, Melinda is an author, speaker, and therapy dog handler.

    Joined The Center: 2016

    Favorite Animal:
    My two dogs, Nike & Layla

    Read About Ms. Courtney

    Courtney Bardelang MA, CCC-SLP, received her BA and MA from the University of Akron. Her experience includes working as an early intervention speech-language pathologist and in clinical settings.

    Courtney says she loves early intervention and is excited to continue working with this population here at The Center. She enjoys working with families to help their children reach their full potential.

    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Crazy Hair Day

    Read About Ms. Wynne

    Wynne loves “Crazy Hair Day” because it promotes individuality and feeling comfortable with your own body and choices!

    Wynne Chessler, M Ed, came to The Center with a background in early childhood special education, specifically working with children on the autism spectrum, both in home and school environments. But her path to working at The Center actually came by accident when she took a wrong turn and ended up at our building! She was excited to learn about all of the amazing programs available and, after being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, she is thrilled to join a group of professionals who share a same vision for children with special needs!

    • Ms. Jaclyn
      Early Intervention Social Worker
    • Ms. Megan
      Early Intervention and Family Services Supervisor
    • Ms. Julie
      Occupational Therapist
    Joined The Center: 2019

    Favorite Animal:
    Her cat, Jonathan

    Read About Ms. Jaclyn

    Jaclyn Harstine came to The Childhood League Center for the chance to work more directly with children and their families. Her passion lies in connecting families with what they need.

    Before joining the Early Intervention Team at The Center, Jaclyn worked with adolescence in both behavioral health and foster care.

    Joined The Center: 2014

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Horton Hears a Who

    Read About Ms. Megan

    Megan Kloss, MSW, LSW, EIS, is a social worker and family services specialist in The Center’s Early Intervention program.

    Previously with a foster care agency, she says she values her relationships with children and families as they experience different life events.

    Joined The Center: 2019
    • Ms. Diane
      Teacher, Early Intervention Specialist & Teaching PLAY Consultant
      House 1
    • Ms. Bonnie
      Teacher Assistant
      House 1
    • Ms. Ashley
      Teacher Assistant
      House 1
    Joined The Center: 1990

    Favorite Superhero:
    Her mom

    Read About Ms. Diane

    Diane Ingber has taught at The Center for 25 years.

    She loves seeing children graduate at the end of the year, ready to move on to kindergarten, knowing she was part of a team that helped them on their way.

    Joined The Center: 1986

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Read About Ms. Bonnie

    Ms. Bonnie first became familiar with The Center as a parent.

    The Center is all about the kids, she says, and it’s why she joined the staff six years later and has been with us ever since.

    Joined The Center: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Read About Ms. Ashley

    Ashley Odenthal has been working with children for nearly a decade after graduating from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. She loves working with children and watching their excitement for learning through play.

    Ashley previously participated in an on-going early literacy research study where she taught new strategies to use in the classroom. She is excited to apply these new practices to benefit the children of House 3!

    • Ms. Lianne
      Teacher, Early Intervention Specialist & Teaching PLAY Consultant
      House 2
    • Ms. Sarah
      Teacher Assistant
      House 2
    • Ms. Chloe
      Teacher Assistant
      House 2
    Joined The Center: 2001

    Favorite Superhero:
    Batman

    Read About Ms. Lianne

    Lianne Elstun, M.Ed., has taught in House 2 for almost 15 years. She loves to support children as they grow, learn, and make new discoveries.

    An added twist: Lianne met her husband through a family in her classroom 8 years ago who introduced her to him!

    Joined The Center: 2012

    Favorite Animal:
    A lion, especially the cubs

    Read About Ms. Sarah

    Sarah Poe is a Teacher Assistant in House 2.

    The position gives her joy and pride as she watches each child grow and accomplish goals throughout the year.

    Joined The Center: 2017

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Pete the Cat

    Read About Ms. Chloe

    Chloe Hallman actually has two favorite books: “Pete the Cat” and “I Love My White Shoes”. Chloe graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She brings that background to The Center because she wanted to join an organization with such a phenomenal reputation and join in all the good work happening here for the community.

    • Ms. Mindy
      Teacher Assistant
      House 3
    • Ms. Kara
      Teacher
      House 3
    • Ms. Trisha
      Teacher
      House 3
    Joined The Center: 1992

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    There’s a Monster at the End of This Book

    Read About Ms. Mindy

    Ms. Mindy has worked as a teacher assistant at The Center for more than two decades.

    She says that every child in her classroom during that time has impacted her for the better in some way.

    Joined The Center: 2019
    Joined The Center: 2019
    • Ms. Molly
      Teacher Assistant
      House 4
    • Ms. Kristina
      Teacher, Early Intervention Specialist & Teaching PLAY Consultant
      House 4
    • Ms. Julia
      Teacher Assistant
      House 4
    Joined The Center: 2017

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Bea and Mr. Jones

    Read About Ms. Molly

    Molly Hagkull came to The Childhood League Center first as a League volunteer. She quickly joined as a substitute teacher and when the opportunity to come on full-time arose, she jumped at the chance! Molly brings with her a background as an elementary classroom and Kindermusik teacher.

    When asked her favorite children’s book, she said it was like asking her to choose her favorite child – impossible. So feel free to ask if you’d like other great book suggestions!

    Joined The Center: 2013

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Pete the Cat’s School Shoes

    Read About Ms. Kristina

    Kristina Miller teaches in House 4 – our half-day preschool classroom for children who are transitioning from EI to Preschool.

    She is a strong advocate of The Center’s approach that focuses on each child and the family.

    Joined The Center: 2012

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Giving Tree

    Read About Ms. Julia

    Julia Myers has a rich history with The Center as a League Member, classroom substitute, and now teacher assistant.

    Each time her service was supposed to end, she signed up for more! Her three daughters have also volunteered with us.

    • Ms. Renee
      Developmental, Early Intervention Specialist & Teaching PLAY Consultant
      House 6
    • Ms. TaVonna
      Teacher Assistant
      House 6
    • Ms. Tiffany
      Developmental, Early Intervention Specialist & Teaching PLAY Consultant
      House 8
    Joined The Center: 2010

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Napping House

    Read About Ms. Renee

    Renee Miscovich, M.S. Ed., EIS, earned her bachelor’s degree in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences and master’s in Special Education.

    She worked in Boston and Pittsburgh with children and adults with special needs, before moving to Columbus in 2010 and joining us soon afterwards.

    Joined The Center: 2019
    Joined The Center: 2011

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wonder Woman

    Read About Ms. Tiffany

    Tiffany Burghart, EIS, has been an Early Intervention Specialist for 12 years.

    She has a degree in Child and Family Studies and is certified in Pre-Kindergarten, Early Intervention, and Early Education of the Handicapped.

    • Ms. Susan
      Teacher Assistant
      House 8
    • Ms. Becky
      Teacher Assistant
      House 8
    • Ms. Emily
      Classroom Assistant
      House 10
    Joined The Center: 2019
    Joined The Center: 2002

    Favorite Animal:
    Puppies

    Read About Ms. Becky

    -“Puppies—they are great to love and cuddle”

    Becky Nickell began as our cook and ran the kitchen at The Center for 11 years before becoming a bus driver.

    Becky loves children and has a soft spot for those with special needs.

    Joined The Center: 2019
    • Ms. Darla
      Developmental Specialist & Toddler Classroom Experience Teacher
      House 10
    • Ms. Maria
      Classroom Assistant
      House 10
    • Ms. Judi
      Classroom Floater
    Joined The Center: 2011

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wonder Woman

    Read About Ms. Darla

    -“Her “current favorite”—Gus, her golden retriever”

    In addition to teaching, Darla Wojciechowski, EIS, coordinates The Center’s Early Intervention Team.

    Earlier in her career, she taught kindergarten and first grade, so she knows first-hand where the children in her classes are headed in a few years and what will best help them be prepared.

    Joined The Center: 2019
    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Animal:
    Elephants

    Read About Ms. Judi

    Ms. Judi has enjoyed getting to know all of the children attending The Center. She most looks forward to watching their progression throughout the year!

    • Ms. Carol
      Speech-Language Therapist
    • Ms. Marty
      Speech-Language Therapist, PLAY Project & Teaching PLAY Consultant
    • Ms. Tara
      Physical Therapist
    Joined The Center: 2007

    Favorite Animal:
    Dogs

    Read About Ms. Carol

    Carol Rodriguez, MA, CCC-SLP, has provided services to children in both our Preschool and Early Intervention programs.

    In addition to serving on the staff, her other connections to The Center include as a parent, as the daughter and daughter-in-law of Center volunteers, and as the wife of a volunteer who dons a certain red suit and white beard at holiday time! /p>

    Joined The Center: 1992

    Favorite Superhero:
    Blue Ear

    Read About Ms. Marty

    –”Blue Ear, Marvel’s new superhero who wears a listening device.”

    Martha Starkey, MA, CCC-SLP, helped establish The Center’s Early Intervention services in the 1990s, then moved to the Preschool Team in 2000.

    She provides speech-language therapy interventions for our preschool children and is the coordinator for our entire Preschool Team.

    Joined The Center: 2006

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Charlotte’s Web

    Read About Ms. Tara

    Tara Keller, MPT, is a Preschool and Early Intervention physical therapist.

    Before joining us, she worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as an Outpatient Physical Therapist.

    • Ms. Ashley
      Occupational Therapist
    • Ms. Rachel
      Occupational Therapist
    • Ms. Jennifer
      Chef
    Joined The Center: 2012

    Favorite Superhero:
    Any Disney Character

    Read About Ms. Ashley

    Ashley Brown, OTR/L, came upon The Center a few weeks after moving here from Indianapolis. She calls herself “one of the lucky ones” to work here with a group of people who are all passionate about improving the lives of children and their families, and who support each other. And we are lucky she found us!

    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Animal:
    Giraffe

    Read About Ms. Rachel

    Rachel Kriedler, OTR/L has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years. She says that, “everyone I have known, both professionally and personally, speaks very well of The Childhood League Center. I love working here!”

    The reason giraffes are her favorite animal? They are sleek, graceful, powerful creatures.

    Joined The Center: 2014

    Favorite Animal:
    A Cat

    Read About Ms. Jennifer

    –”A cat, who keeps you laughing and is always getting into something.”

    A graduate of the Columbus State Community College Culinary Program and an instructor at Local Matters, Jennifer loves cooking for children and hearing their feedback.

    She recognizes the importance of cooking for children with different needs and tastes, as well as the important role nutrition plays in a child’s healthy development.

    • Ms. Anne Marie
      Kitchen Assistant
    • Ms. Ann
      Registered Nurse
    • Ms. Carla
      Preschool Social Worker & Family Services Specialist
    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Little Blue Truck

    Read About Ms. Anne Marie

    Ms. Anne Marie joined The Center after 13 years in the corporate business world. She loves her position as it is “the perfect blend of all my passions: cooking good food, working with kids and enough time to spend with my own family!” She looks forward to getting the children to try new foods!

    Joined The Center: 2013

    Favorite Animal:
    A Dog

    Read About Ms. Ann

    —”A dog, whose unconditional love provides comfort and reassurance”

    Ann Kolopus, RN, BSN, is The Center’s nurse, a role in which she aims to bring brightness to each child with whom she interacts.

    She has held other positions at The Center as well, including teacher assistant, student aide, bus driver, and classroom volunteer.

    Joined The Center: 1993

    Favorite Animal:
    Dogs

    Read About Ms. Carla

    Carla M. Bearden, LSW, is a social worker and family services specialist for The Center’s Preschool program.

    The best part of working here for her is assisting families and children reach their maximum potential by watching their growth and successes.

    • Ms. Wynne
      Child and Family Educational Support Specialist
    • Ms. Sheila
      Preschool Supervisor
    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Crazy Hair Day

    Read About Ms. Wynne

    Wynne loves “Crazy Hair Day” because it promotes individuality and feeling comfortable with your own body and choices!

    Wynne Chessler, M Ed, came to The Center with a background in early childhood special education, specifically working with children on the autism spectrum, both in home and school environments. But her path to working at The Center actually came by accident when she took a wrong turn and ended up at our building! She was excited to learn about all of the amazing programs available and, after being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, she is thrilled to join a group of professionals who share a same vision for children with special needs!

    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

    Read About Ms. Sheila

    Sheila Torio, Ed. S, came to The Center with 31 years of experience in various roles in early childhood education and early intervention. She leads the entire preschool team and she loves being a part of the wonderful programming for Center-based children and families.

    • Ms. Kristin
      Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Lauren
      Help Me Grow Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Christina
      Help Me Grow Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Brittany
      Help Me Grow Clinical Supervisor & Service Coordinator
    Joined The Center: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life

    Read About Ms. Kristin

    Kristin Clark brings her strong background in Early Intervention and Social Services to bear as Help Me Grow Service Coordinator, working with families in their homes.

    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Animal:
    Safari Animals

    Read About Ms. Lauren

    Lauren Holland, BA, studied psychology at Ohio University before she began working in early childhood fields. Lauren previously worked for Head Start, the Buckeye Ranch and Action for Children. She sought out The Childhood League Center because she wanted the opportunity to work more hands on and effectively with families directly.

    Joined The Center: 2018

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Colors of Us

    Read About Ms. Christina

    Christina Holmes came to The Childhood League Center with a bachelor’s of science in human ecology from The Ohio State University. Her early childhood education background includes five years as a preschool teacher and four years as an infant/toddler teacher.

    Her passion for her work comes from her desire to be an advocate for families and empowering them through her work.

    Joined The Center: 2014

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wolverine

    Read About Ms. Brittany

    Brittany Williams brings four years of home visiting experience to her position in The Center’s Help Me Grow Program.

    As she interacts with families and their children, she particularly enjoys providing resources and information any ways she can.

    • Ginger Young
      CEO
    • Paula Litton
      Chief Operating Officer
    • Jennifer Haddow
      Chief Program Officer
    Joined The Center: 2013

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Good Night Moon

    Read About Ginger

    “I loved reading this book every night to my son. When he began to read, he loved reading it to me.”

    As Chief Executive Officer, Ginger Young brings a long career of service and leadership to The Childhood League Center. Her experience includes serving as Director of the YWCA’s Family Center and Women’s Programs and as Vice President of Clinical Operations at St. Vincent Family Center.

    She also worked with the deaf and hard-of hearing community for more than 15 years. With strong connections in Central Ohio’s nonprofit community, she is leading The Center to make an ever-greater impact in the future.

    Joined The Center: 1999

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wonder Woman

    Read About Paula

    Paula Litton supports the mission of The Center by being responsible for budgeting, investments, and human resources, and overall internal operations.

    For more than 15 years, she has witnessed the amazing impact of The Center teachers, therapists, and staff on children and families.

    Joined The Center: 2016

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Monster at the End of This Book

    Read About Jennifer

    Jennifer Haddow, MS Ed, has a background which includes: teaching elementary students with intellectual delays and students with emotional disturbance, time as a behavioral specialist, facilitator of a school climate grant, administrative experience as a Special Education Coordinator for South-Western City Schools, and most recently, as the Director of Student Services of Grandview Heights Schools.

    Additionally, Jennifer is trained as a certified trauma specialist and worked with The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. What attracted her most to The Center was the excellent staff and their vision for the future.

    • Scott Solomon
      Chief Advancement Officer
    • Andrea Gryzbowski
      Development Manager
    • Margaret Mason
      Morning Receptionist
    Joined The Center: 2019
    Joined The Center: 2017

    Favorite Superhero:
    Sally Ride, the first American woman in space!

    Read About Andrea

    Andrea Gryzbowski came to The Center from Chicago, IL by way of Baltimore, MD. She has always worked for organizations focused on children’s development and health outcomes, and she is thrilled to continue that passionate work here.

    She says what inspires her work here is that, “The minute you walk in and see our kids, you’re captivated! I love working with our incredibly creative staff and seeing the impact they have on our kids every day!”

    Joined The Center: 2017

    Favorite Animal:
    Alpacas

    Read About Margaret

    Ms. Maggie greets the children every morning with a big, warm smile as they come to The Center. She brings with her a background in customer service and it shines as she welcomes the families, helps answer questions, offer directions or refer people to the right resources they need. Maggie says that alpacas are her favorite animals because they are so darn cute!

    • Cynthia Turner
      Afternoon Receptionist
    • Nick Petrello
      Marketing & Communications Manager
    • Victoria Wheeler
      Program & Compliance Manager
    Joined The Center: 2017

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Ballerina Shoes

    Read About Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia Turner’s favorite children’s book is The Ballerina Shoes because it was her first long chapter book. Cynthia came to The Childhood League Center after retiring from Alvis, Inc. after twenty years working in the Workforce Development Department as an Employment Specialist. What brought her to The Center was the opportunity to work in and with the community.

    Joined The Center: 2019
    Joined The Center: 2019
    • Jenica Metzler
      PLAY & Training Coordinator
    • Megan Kloss
      Early Intervention and Family Services Supervisor
    • Jordan Gramlich
      Office Administrator
    Joined The Center: 2019
    Joined The Center: 2014
    Joined The Center: 2019
    • Sheila Torio
      Preschool Supervisor
    Joined The Center: 2018
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