Program Staff

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 to see who is part of each of The Center’s awesome teaching, therapy, and support teams.

    • 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 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 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 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.

    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.

    • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
    Joined The Center: 1999

    Favorite Animal:
    Dogs

    Read About Ms. Ronda

    -“Dogs, because they love unconditionally and are always there to cheer people up.”

    Ronda Smith started at The Center as lunchroom worker and then became a preschool teacher assistant.

    For more than a decade, she has been a teacher assistant in our Early Intervention classrooms.

    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: 1994

    Favorite Animal:
    Gus, her golden retriever

    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: 2013

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Charlotte’s Web

    Read About Ms. Angie

    Angie McLarty first came to The Center when she joined The League and began volunteering in the classroom.

    After five years she became an Assisting Board Member before joining the staff in 2013. What does Ms. Angie get out of working here? “Happiness!”

    • 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
    Joined The Center: 2014

    Favorite Animal:
    Zebras

    Read About Ms. Ally

    –”Zebras, because each one is unique, just like each human being”

    While Allyson Veliz is fairly new to The Center, she has 15 years of childhood experience.

    She loves working here and being a part of helping children grow and develop each day.

    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.

    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.

    Joined The Center: 2003

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

    Read About Ms. Lisa

    —”There’s a Monster at the End of My Bed, a favorite since her 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. Megan
      EI Social Worker, Family Services Specialist
    • Ms. Liz
      Family and Child Therapist
    • Ms. Ann
      Registered Nurse
    • Ms. Jennifer
      Classroom Aide
    Joined The Center: 2012

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Color of Us

    Read About Ms. Megan

    Megan Zakany has also worked at The Center as receptionist, individual aide, and substitute teacher assistant.

    She has experience with children in many different settings and helped create Grrrls Rock Columbus, a music and arts summer camp for girls.

    Joined The Center: 2002

    Favorite Animal:
    A Turtle

    Read About Ms. Liz

    –”A turtle, who represents resiliency and the ability to calms itself”

    Elizabeth Davis, MS, LPC, has experience and education in the community mental health field.

    She enjoys supporting the social and emotional well-being of young children and their families, and gains deep satisfaction from being a part of their development and learning.

    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: 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. 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
    Joined The Center: 2005

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Any book by Mo Willems

    Read About Ms. Kara

    Kara Beckner-Evans has been a preschool intervention specialist and teacher in House 1 for the past 10 years.

    She values The Center as a welcoming, loving place that feels like family.

    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: 2015

    Favorite Animal:
    Stingrays

    Read About Ms. Lauren

    “I like stingrays because they are the puppies of the ocean.”

    Lauren Ashe recently returned from teaching kindergarten and preschool in South Korea. She has worked in early childhood education for five years. Lauren is new to our team and she is looking forward to learning from both children and coworkers.

    Lauren also helps as a substitute teacher in all of our classrooms.

    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!

    • 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
    Joined The Center: 2001

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew series as a child

    Read About Ms. Gail

    –”Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew series as a child, now Baby Beluga with her grandchildren”

    Gail Colwell has worked in EI and Preschool classrooms at The Center and has a Teaching Certificate from Ohio Dominican University.

    Gail describes The Center as a family in which everyone challenges and supports each other.

    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: 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.

    • 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
    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!

    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: 2015

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Any book by Sandra Boynton

    Read About Ms. Kirsten

    Kirsten Coggan has taught for the last 5 years in early childhood settings. She is most excited about watching the children’s growth throughout the year here at The Childhood League Center.

    What she says she gets out of joining our team is the joy of making such a big impact on the children. She’s looking forward a great year with House 4!

    Joined The Center: 2012 (year she joined the staff)

    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. Marty
      Speech-Language Therapist, Preschool Team Coordinator
    • Ms. Carla
      Preschool Social Worker, Family Services Specialist
    • Ms. Carol
      Speech-Language Therapist
    • Ms. Ashley
      Occupational Therapist
    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: 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.

    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: 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!E

    • Ms. Liz
      Family and Child Therapist
    • Ms. Tara
      Physical Therapist
      Renee's Team
    • Ms. Karen
      Teacher Assistant
    • Ms. Megan
      Individual Aide
    Joined The Center: 2002

    Favorite Animal:
    A Turtle

    Read About Ms. Liz

    –”A turtle, who represents resiliency and the ability to calms itself”

    Elizabeth Davis, MS, LPC, has experience and education in the community mental health field.

    She enjoys supporting the social and emotional well-being of young children and their families, and gains deep satisfaction from being a part of their development and learning.

    Joined The Center: 2006

    Favorite Animal:
    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.

    Joined The Center: 2012

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Little House

    Read About Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen joined The Center as a teacher assistant after 36 years as an elementary teacher and counselor in Reynoldsburg City Schools.

    Now, she loves playing with and teaching 3, 4, and 5-year-olds.

    Joined The Center: 2014

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Horton Hears a Who

    Read 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.

    • Ms. Ann
      Registered Nurse
    • Ms. Jennifer
      Classroom Aide
    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: 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. Kristin
      Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Rachel
      Service Coordinator
    • Ms. Brittany
      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: 2015

    Favorite Superhero:
    Spiderman

    Read About Ms. Rachel

    Rachel Biederman, LSW, recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in social work where she focused on child welfare. Rachel also held an internship at Franklin County Children’s Services in the ongoing unit.

    She says, “I am extremely excited to join the mission here at The Childhood League Center with Help Me Grow! It gives me a chance to actively participate in something I am very passionate about: fostering growth in children through working with families and helping to meet their needs!”

    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.

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