Meet Our Teachers

Learn a bit about the people who touch your child’s life
  • Our Teachers & Team Members

    Our staff of highly-trained experts draws on their experience, education, and passion to help each child and family develop to their full potential.
  • The Center’s Teaching Teams: Which team do you want to “meet”? Click on a tab below to see who is part of each of The Center’s awesome teaching, therapy, and support teams.

    • Ginger Young
      Executive Director
    • Paula Litton
      Director of Operations
    • Nicole Papa Odegaard
      Director of Advancement
    Joined The Center: 2013

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Good Night Moon

    READ MORE ABOUT GINGER

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

    Executive Director 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 MORE 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: 2014

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wonder Woman

    READ MORE ABOUT NICOLE

    “Wonder Woman—because she is strong and runs fast in high heels!”

    Nicole Papa Odegaard finds her background as an art lover, fundraising enthusiast, and real estate attorney prepared her well for her work at The Childhood League Center.

    As Director of Advancement, she works with The League, volunteers, donors, and potential donors to further the mission of The Center while connecting us more closely with the community.

    • Jennifer Haddow
      Director of Early Childhood Education
    • Peter Tripp
      Director of Community Development
    • Cathy Kupsky
      Marketing & Communications Coordinator
    Joined The Center: 2016

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

    READ MORE 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.

    Joined The Center: 2015

    Favorite Superhero:
    Underdog

    READ MORE ABOUT PETER

    Peter Tripp joined The Childhood League Center as Director of Community Development. Peter brings to this role 31 years of non-profit experience where he served both national and local organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where he served as the Regional Director of Agency Development, and a local non-profit where he served as the Director of Donor and Investor Relations.

    Previously, Peter held the position of CEO for two different non-profit agencies, and for the past 15 years, he has consulted for the non-profit sector across the Midwest.

    “I was drawn to The Childhood League Center because of its positive impact on kids and their early education – a life-long passion of mine,” Peter says. “I look forward to sharing with individuals from broad sectors of our community about all of The Center‘s good work and the many ways they can get involved to help us do more.”

    Joined The Center: 2014

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Press Here

    READ MORE ABOUT CATHY

    “Press Here” is a fun book for kids and adults! It’s fun watching someone read it for the first time!

    Cathy’s background in teaching overseas and graphic design complement her role at The Center well. One of her favorite parts of working here is when she gets to spend time with the kids and take pictures. She enjoys seeing firsthand the changes happening in the children’s lives and sharing their stories.

    • Crystal Milner
      Program Coordinator
    • Tanvi Bhowmik
      Accounting Assistant
    • Joyce Burke
      Donor Services Coordinator & Admin. Assistant
    Joined The Center: 2011

    Favorite Animal:
    Puppies

    READ MORE ABOUT CRYSTAL

    “Puppies – I love their cute little faces and their puppy dog kisses.”

    She just completed her Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University.

    Joined The Center: 2016

    Favorite Animal:
    Cow

    READ MORE ABOUT TANVI

    Tanvi Bhowmik has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Rutgers University and an Accounting concentration from Columbus State Community College. Before coming to The Childhood League Center, Tanvi worked in the finance department of a tractor corporation and at an accounting firm.

    She was drawn to the position at The Center that was focused in her field of expertise, but she was equally happy to learn it would support the educational development of the children. Her favorite animal is the cow because they are extremely gentle and they provide us with milk.

    Joined The Center: 2016

    Favorite Animal:
    Bob the Black Lab

    READ MORE ABOUT JOYCE

    Joyce Burke’s favorite animal is Bob the Black Lab because dogs are always so happy to see you, but cats come in as a close second.

    After enjoying five years of retirement, Joyce wanted to return to work and sought out a job in a nonprofit organization. She previously worked as an Executive Assistant for the State of Ohio’s Department of Health.

    • Morgan Sindergard
      Receptionist
    Joined The Center: 2012

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    One

    READ MORE ABOUT MORGAN

    Morgan Sindergard is the friendly person who greets all visitors and callers to The Center. She can answer just about every question or find someone who can!

    She finds The Center an amazing place to work because she gains a sense of contribution bigger than herself.

     

     

    • Ms. Deborah
      Developmental Specialist
      Coaching Team A & B
    • Ms. Renee
      Developmental Specialist
      Renee's Team
    • Ms. Tiffany
      Developmental Specialist
      Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Darla
      Developmental Specialist
      Darla's Team
    Joined The Center: 2015

    Favorite Animal:
    Birds

    READ MORE 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: 2010

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Napping House

    READ MORE 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: 1994

    Favorite Animal:
    Gus, her golden retriever

    READ MORE 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: 2011

    Favorite Superhero:
    Wonder Woman

    READ MORE 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. Maggie
      Speech-Language Therapist
      Coaching Team A
    • Ms. Dee
      Occupational Therapist
      Coaching Team A & B
    • Ms. Susan
      Physical Therapist
      Coaching Team A & Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Melinda
      Speech-Language Therapist
      Coaching Team B
    Joined The Center: 2006

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Good Night, Gorilla

    READ MORE ABOUT MS. MAGGIE

    Maggie Gons, MA, CCC-SLP, has her BA from Ohio State and MA from the University of Cincinnati.

    In addition to serving as a speech-language pathologist, she is a certified PLAY Project Consultant, working with children with autism and their families.

    Joined The Center: 1999

    Favorite Animal:
    Dolphins

    READ MORE ABOUT MS. DEE

    Dee Keller, OTR/L, works to strengthen children’s fine motor skills and sensory processing in our classroom and home-based Early Intervention programs.

    She is also a certified PLAY Project Consultant, working with children with autism and their families.

    Joined The Center: 2009

    Favorite Animal:
    My dog Theo

    READ MORE 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.

    Joined The Center: 1998

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    A Peacock on the Roof

    READ MORE 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.

    • Ms. Vicky
      Physical Therapist
      Coaching Team B
    • Ms. Dara
      Occupational Therapist
      Renee's, Darla's & Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Courtney
      Speech-Language Therapist
      Renee's, Darla's & Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Tara
      Physical Therapist
      Renee's Team
    Joined The Center: 2000

    Favorite Animal:
    A horse

    READ MORE 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: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    City Dog, Country Frog

    READ MORE ABOUT MS. DARA

    Ms. Dara, OTR/L, earned her BA from Butler University and MOT from the University of Indianapolis. She has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 2011.

    Ms. Dara is most looking forward to expanding her knowledge of and experience with the children in early intervention here at The Center.

    Joined The Center: 2016

    Favorite Animal:
    My two dogs, Nike & Layla

    READ MORE 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: 2006

    Favorite Animal:
    Charlotte’s Web

    READ MORE 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. Megan
      EI Social Worker, Family Services Specialist
    • Ms. Lisa
      Early Intervention & Help Me Grow Coordinator
    Joined The Center: 2014

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Horton Hears a Who

    READ MORE ABOUT MS. MEGAN

    Megan Glathart, 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: 2003

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

    READ MORE ABOUT MS. LISA

    “There’s a Monster at the End of My Bed, a favorite since my own childhood”

    Lisa Welsh, M.Ed., EIS, holds a bachelor’s degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences and master’s degree in Early Childhood Intervention.

    She has served The Center in several roles: as a home-based teacher, a Help Me Grow Service Coordinator, classroom teacher, and home-based coaching teacher.

    • Ms. Renee
      Developmental Specialist
      Renee's Team
    • Ms. Dara
      Occupational Therapist
      Renee's, Darla's & Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Courtney
      Speech-Language Therapist
      Renee's, Darla's & Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Tara
      Physical Therapist
      Renee's Team
    Joined The Center: 2010

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Napping House

    READ MORE 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: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    City Dog, Country Frog

    READ MORE ABOUT MS. DARA

    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: 2016

    Favorite Animal:
    My 2 Dogs, Nike & Layla

    READ MORE ABOUT MS. COURTNEY

    –”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.

    Joined The Center: 2006

    Favorite Animal:
    Charlotte’s Web

    READ MORE 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. Ronda
      Teacher Assistant
      Renee's Team
    • Ms. Becky
      Classroom Aide
      Renee's Team
    • Ms. Darla
      Developmental Specialist
      Darla's Team
    • Ms. Angie
      Teacher Assistant
      Darla's Team
    • Ms. Ally
      Classroom Aide
      Renee's Team
    • Ms. Tiffany
      Developmental Specialist
      Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Susan
      Physical Therapist
      Coaching Team A & Tiffany's Team
    • Ms. Lisa
      Early Intervention & Help Me Grow Coordinator
    • Ms. Megan
      EI Social Worker, Family Services Specialist
    • Ms. Liz
      Family and Child Therapist
    • Ms. Ann
      Registered Nurse
    • Ms. Jennifer
      Classroom Aide
    • Ms. Kara
      Teacher and Early Intervention Specialist
      House 1
    • Ms. Mindy
      Teacher Assistant
      House 1
    • Ms. Lauren
      Teacher Assistant
      House 1
    • Ms. Lianne
      Teacher & Early Intervention Specialist
      House 2
    • Ms. Gail
      Teacher Assistant
      House 2
    • Ms. Sarah
      Teacher Assistant
      House 2
    • Ms. Diane
      Teacher and Early Intervention Specialist
      House 3
    • Ms. Bonnie
      Teacher Assistant
      House 3
    • Ms. Ashley
      Teacher Assistant
      House 3
    • Ms. Kristina
      Teacher and Early Intervention Specialist
      House 4
    • Ms. Kirsten
      Teacher Assistant
      House 4
    • Ms. Julia
      Teacher Assistant
      House 4
    • Ms. Marty
      Speech-Language Therapist, Preschool Team Coordinator
    • Ms. Carla
      Preschool Social Worker, Family Services Specialist
    • Ms. Carol
      Speech-Language Therapist
    • Ms. Ashley
      Occupational Therapist
    • Ms. Liz
      Family and Child Therapist
    • Ms. Tara
      Physical Therapist
      Renee's Team
    • Ms. Karen
      Teacher Assistant
    • Ms. Megan
      Individual Aide
    • Ms. Ann
      Registered Nurse
    • Ms. Jennifer
      Classroom Aide
    • Ms. Kristin
      Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Rachel
      Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Brittany
      Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Maggie
      Speech-Language Therapist
      Coaching Team A
    • Ms. Dee
      Occupational Therapist
      Coaching Team A & B
    • Ms. Vicki
      Play Project Consultant
    • Ms. Mónica
      Special Project Manager
      for the PLAY Project Center
    • Ms. Patricia
      Assistant Project Manager
      for the PLAY Project Center
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