Our Administrative, Teaching, and Kitchen Staff

Our staff of child care, non profit, and food service talents represents some of the best of St. Louis. Some of our staff have only been with us for a year or two, while some have been with us for more than 30. Yet all are near the top of their field in terms of both skill and quality. But above all else, what we pride all our administrative, teaching, and kitchen staff on the most is their commitment to not just their careers, but to our cause. We are proud of all our staff and their dedication to our children, as well as all of the hard work they do every day.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch. If you would like to get in touch with our teaching or kitchen staff, please ask an administrator in the list below to put you in touch.

Our Administrators

Karen Lucy

Executive Director
(314) 865-5244 ext. 131


Toni Jackson

Center Director
(314) 865-5244 ext. 119


Tracey Dorenbusch

Office Manager
(314) 865-5244 ext. 100


Ta’Lisha Franklin

Teacher and Family Resource Director
(314) 865-5244 ext. 118

Markie Hempen

Office and Operations Assistant
(314) 865-5244 ext. 133


Carissa McCleery

Business Manager
(314) 865-5244 ext. 132
Board Member 2009-2016


Jami Melton

Development Specialist
(314) 865-5244 ext. 132


Dani Smith

Director of Development
(314) 865-5244 ext. 134

Our Teachers

By Age and Room:


The Ducks
LaRonda Lewis

The Lambs
Adrian Brown
Jessica Lee

The Penguins
Christina Buckley
Marian Crane



The Pandas
Michelle Campbell
Tanisha Tunstall

The Puffins
Kelli Brissette


Two Year Olds

The Bunnies
Jeanette Johnson

The Teddy Bears
Debra Clark
Doris Leachman

2 ½ – 3 ½ Year Olds

The Blue Jays
Audrey Breeden


3 to 5 Year Olds (Pre school)

The Bears
Teresa Prince-Danes
Wendy Robinson

The Explorers
Constance Moment

The Lions
Toni Moore
Kathy Podor

The Tigers
Vanessa Anthony



Joanie Bishop
Marie Carbin
Gladys Gorji-Kalu
Sarah Hemphill
Audrey Ladage
Alicia Lovan
Debbie Novara
Nicole Roberts
Shanta Scott
Elle West


Cornerstone Pod

Julie Scherck, Teaching Facilitator

Our Kitchen Staff

CC Mason
Alice Washington