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 M. Ginn, PhD.
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Ashley Wilcox
Chief Programming Officer

Ashley began at CELC in 2016 as a lead teacher. She then became the Champion Avenue Center Director, served as the Director of Program Operations and in 2022 was promoted to Chief Programming Officer. 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.

Mary Meadows
Chief Financial Officer

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.

Andrea Clark
Senior 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.

Teresa Brown
Director of Human Resources

Bio coming soon…

Melanie Wilson
Director of Education

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.

Meet Our Center Directors

Alum Creek: Ashley Wilcox (Interim)
Broad Street
Champion Avenue: Alkia Page
Main Street: Martisha McCarrel
Myrtle Avenue: Andrea Clark (Interim) –

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.