Serving the Needs of Children & Families
At Columbus Early Learning Centers we believe the strength of our program is the education, experience and best practice of our staff. Staff are expected to meet the highest standards and continue to engage in professional development throughout their career with us.
Meet our Leadership
Gina has served as Columbus Early Learning Center’s Executive Director since June 2015. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in environmental and biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati, she attended The Ohio State University where she received a Master’s degree in educational policy and leadership and a PhD in workforce development. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Gina spent more than ten years in the nonprofit sector working on fundraising and development.
As the Executive Director, Gina is responsible for overseeing the long-term strategic leadership organization by fundraising, engaging in community outreach, and providing support for center directors and teaching staff. It is Gina’s goal to take the Columbus Early Learning Centers into its next chapter by expanding the fundraising capabilities of the organization. Specifically, she plans to accomplish this by developing strategic partnerships with local businesses and community foundations, utilizing her grant writing experience, and also by engaging past supporters of the organization.
Director of Program Operations
Stacy has been with the Columbus Early Learning Centers since May 2015. She previously served as the Center Director of our Champion Avenue Center. Stacy has a Master’s degree in early childhood education, an Ohio Administrator’s Credential, and twelve years of formal conscious discipline training. Prior to working at CELC, Stacy worked at the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association, where she was a mentor teacher and professional development coordinator. She also brings twelve years of experience working at one of the nation’s leading Head Start programs.
Stacy’s role of Director of Program Operations keeps her responsible for supporting the center directors and managing the uniform operation of contract and government regulation across all four centers. During her time at the Columbus Early Learning Centers, she looks to increase the quality of education provided at our center by providing high-quality training and professional development opportunities to our staff.
Mary Regina Meadows has served as the Director of Finance at Columbus Early Learning Centers since November 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting from The Ohio State University, her CPA License, and Ohio Treasurer’s License. She started her career working for an eastside settlement house in Columbus in May of 1991 and has now worked over 22 years at 3 different not-for-profits in the Columbus area.
As the Director of Finance, Mary handles all accounting and human resource functions for CELC’s four centers. This includes all billing and reporting requirements for the various funding sources, processing payroll and accounts payable checks, and maintaining personnel files and employee benefit packages. By compiling financial reports for the Board, funding sources, and grantors Mary helps ensure that the agency is financially responsible and that resources are available to be used for planning and expansion efforts.
Jessie Crawford, M.A.
Jessie Crawford is the Development Coordinator for Columbus Early Learning Centers and manages aspects of development, marketing, and volunteer coordination for the agency. Jessie earned her Master's Degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University in 2016, and her Bachelor's in Music, General Studies, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Jessie has worked in many aspects of education, from childcare group leader to piano lesson teacher to graduate teaching assistant, and remains a passionate advocate for educational policies and practices. While she no longer serves in a direct teaching role, she loves coming in to work every day knowing that she is still making a difference in the lives of Columbus kids and their families by helping CELC's development initiatives.
Michele has worked at Columbus Early Learning Centers since March 2015. She began as a classroom teacher, the Literacy Specialist, and now our Projects Director. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Evansville, she attended Indiana University where she received a Master’s degree in library science. Prior to joining CELC, Michele worked as a children’s librarian in both public libraries and schools.
As the Projects Director, Michele coordinates programs and services to further support our children and their families. These programs include Foster Grandparents, the Parent-Child Home Program, and monthly parent education meetings. Michele is also our “chief decorator” and room designer.
Tyler has served as Columbus Early Learning Centers’ Operations Assistant since July 2017. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Urbana University and has been working to help families and children since 2013. Working at a rural emergency shelter, children’s services, and a group home facility, he has experience in both direct care and administrative services.
As Operations Assistant, Tyler provides support for Gina, works to bring in new staff, and manages benefits for all employees. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys engaging his community through local arts projects, community events, and serving in a local youth group.
Meet Our Center Directors
For more information on our Centers, please visit each of our Location pages.
Our staff members have the education and experience appropriate for their positions working with children and families. All staff engage in professional development, including college coursework and community-based training, to increase and enrich their knowledge and skills.
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