Our Staff

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 M. Ginn, PhD.

Chief Executive Officer

Gina has served as Columbus Early Learning Centers' 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 in fundraising and development.

As the Executive Director, Gina is responsible for overseeing the long-term strategic leadership of the organization by fundraising, engaging in community outreach, and providing support for center directors and teaching staff. It is Gina’s goal to take 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. 

Stacy Butler-Chopek

Chief Operating Officer

Stacy has been with Columbus Early Learning Centers since May 2015. She previously served as the Center Director of our Champion Avenue location. 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.

In the position of Chief Operating Officer, Stacy is responsible for supporting the center directors and managing the uniform operation of contract and government regulation across all four centers. She looks to increase the quality of early childhood education provided at all locations by providing high-quality training and professional development opportunities to our staff.

Mary Meadows

Chief Finance Officer

Mary has served as the CFO 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 25 years at 3 different not-for-profits in the Columbus area.

As the Chief Finance Officer, 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.

Ashley Wilcox

Director of Program Operations

Ashley has served as the Director of Program Operations since December of 2018. Before becoming the Director of Program Operations, Ashley served as the Champion Ave. Center Director and as a lead teacher. Prior to joining CELC in 2016, she student taught and interned in various early childhood and special education classrooms in public schools in New York. Her experience in these classrooms has provided her with a skill set to engage with and teach children of varied developmental, cultural and skill levels. Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management as well as a Master’s from Hofstra University in Early Childhood and Special Education.

In the position of Director of Program Operations, Ashley is responsible for supporting the center directors and managing the uniform operation of contract and government regulation across all four centers. She looks to increase the quality of early childhood education provided at all locations by providing high-quality training and professional development opportunities to our staff.

Amy Deverson Roberts

Development Director

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Amy attended Ohio University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology/Criminology. While attending OU, Amy found her passion in advocating for children and families by becoming involved in community based programming.  Amy possesses 22 years of experience in the child abuse and neglect field working for Prevent Child Abuse Ohio and the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers.  Additionally, she has 15 years of experience in planning special events for UA Crew, the Junior League of Columbus and other nonprofits in central Ohio.  At CELC, Amy coordinates all efforts for fundraising, including but not limited to grant writing, donor relationship development, special events and volunteer management. She is an avid hockey fan (Penguins and Blue Jackets), loves to read and travel. Amy is married, has two stepdaughters, and three dogs.

Teresa Brown

Director of Human Resources

Bio coming soon...

Andrea Clark

Director of Compliance and Enrollment

Andrea has worked at Columbus Early Learning Centers since July of 2017. She began as a Teacher Coach, then Assistant Director at our Main Street center, and now as our Director of Compliance and Enrollment. Andrea holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining CELC, Andrea worked in various licensed childcare centers as a lead teacher and administrator.

As the Director of Compliance and Enrollment, Andrea is responsible for ensuring that centers are fully enrolled and that state regulations and agency procedures are being followed in all centers consistently. Andrea works with families through the entire enrollment process, from first contact to touring our program to completing the required paperwork.

Michele Turner

Projects Director

Michele has worked at Columbus Early Learning Centers since March 2015. She began as a classroom teacher, then 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.


Meet Our Center Directors

Sydney Sanford

Champion Avenue Center Director
614.253.5525 Ext. 4

Ashley Wilcox

Broad Street Interim Center Director
614.253.5525 Ext. 5

Melanie Wilson

Main Street Center Director
614.253.5525 Ext. 6

Gwendolyn Milligan

Myrtle Avenue Center Director


For more information about our Centers, please visit each of our Location pages.

Teaching Staff

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.