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. Our team is 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 Centers’ Chief Executive Officer 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 Chief Executive Officer, Gina oversees the strategic mission of the organization. She manages fundraising efforts, leads staff, and builds partnerships within our Columbus community to grow the reach and quality of our program.
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 Program 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 has served as the Cheif Financial Officer 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 Financial 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 began at CELC in 2016 as a lead teacher. She then became the Champion Avenue Center Director and now serves as the Director of Program Operations. Prior to joining CELC, 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.
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.
As the Director of Development, 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 two dogs.
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Melanie joined the CELC team in July 2017 as the Main Street Center Director. Prior to CELC, she worked for a local Head Start agency for seven years and ran her own childcare center for three years. Melanie knew she wanted to work with children since she completed her high school’s career center program for early childhood. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Public Agency Service from Northern Arizona University. She is also currently working toward her Master’s degree in Early Childhood with a concentration in Administration.
As Director of Education, Melanie collaborates with Center Directors and teachers to prepare and provide the highest quality of education possible for our students. Outside of work, Melanie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children, crafting, sports, and volunteering as a Girl Scout Troop Leader.
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.
Meet Our Center Directors
Early Learning Specialists
Our staff members have the education and experience appropriate for their positions working with children and families in the classroom and in the home. All staff engage in professional development, including college coursework and community-based training, to increase and enrich their knowledge and skills.
Join our CELC Family
If you want to help young learners develop, families succeed, and neighborhoods thrive we want to hear from you. We are looking for motivated individuals who are passionate about early childhood education and understand the transformative power of developmentally appropriate practice in the early years.