About Us

Child Care Staff

Listed below are the names and titles of the professional staff at the center. We also supplement our program each semester with Student Workers, Interns, and Volunteers.

Please feel free to call us at 815-753-0125 or send us e-mail to our addresses below with any questions you may have.

Kristin SchulzKristin Schulz, Director
kschulz@niu.edu

NIU AllyKristin has worked at the Center since 2004. Kristin has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5, Director level 2.


Amy-LofthouseAmy Lofthouse, Assistant Director
alofthouse@niu.edu

NIU AllyAmy has worked at the Center since 2015. Amy has a bachelor's degree in Child Development and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5, Director level 2.


Janene BoyerJanene Boyer, Office Manager
jboyer@niu.edu

Janene has worked at the Center since 1989. You can contact Janene if you have any questions regarding the Center, enrollment procedures, billing, etc., by phone at (815) 753-0125 or e-mail.


Leslie DolanLeslie Dolan, Teacher
ldolan@niu.edu

Leslie is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2017. Leslie has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona.


Kellie FussKellie Fuss, Teacher
kfuss@niu.edu

Kellie is a Teacher in the infant room. She has worked at the Center since 2000. Kellie has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree in Family and Individual Development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5.


April KaiserApril Kaiser, Teacher
akaiser@niu.edu

NIU AllyApril is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2004. April has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kishwaukee College. Illinois Gateways Credentials: ECE level 4.


Ann KutaAnn Kuta, Teacher
akuta@niu.edu

Ann is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2016. Ann has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a master's in Education from Ashford University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5, Director level 2.


Diane MathisonDiane Mathison, Teacher
dmathison@niu.edu

Diane is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2000. Diane has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5, Director level 1.


Kendra NeniaKendra Nenia, Teacher
kkirkham@niu.edu

NIU AllyKendra is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2004. Kendra has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 4.


Sherie NewmanSherie Newman, Teacher
slnewman@niu.edu

Sherie is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2003. Sherie has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Illinois State University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.


Katilyn OstensonKatilyn Ostenson, Teacher
kostenson1@niu.edu

Katilyn is a Teacher in the toddler classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2014 (in addition to previous time as a student worker). Katilyn has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.


Hillary RosherHillary Rosher, Teacher
hrosher@niu.edu

Hillary is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2015. Hillary has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 4, ECE level 5.


Karen SmithKaren Smith, Kitchen Helper
smithk@niu.edu

Karen is our full-time kitchen saff. She has worked at the Center since 2003. Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification.


Jennifer WeberJennifer Weber, Teacher
jbecker6@niu.edu

Jennifer is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2016. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University.


Bri WickerBri Wicker, Teacher
bbrandon1@niu.edu

Bri is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2015. Bri has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5, Director level 2.


Jaquida WynnJaquida Wynn, Teacher
jwynn@niu.edu

Jaquida is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2014 (in addition to previous time as a student worker). Jaquida has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.


Pam YockeyPam Yockey, Teacher
pyockey@niu.edu

Pam is a Teacher in the infant classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2010. Pam has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kishwaukee College. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 2, ECE level 4.


Jen YoungJen Young, Teacher
jwessel@niu.edu

NIU AllyJen is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2001 and as a professional staff since 2004. Jen has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.


Barbara ZemanBarbara Zeman, Teacher
bzeman2@niu.edu

NIU AllyBarbara is a Teacher in the toddler classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2007. Barbara has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. She also has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kishwaukee College. Barbara has achieved both an infant/toddler and early childhood credential through Gateways IL. Illinois Gateways Credentials: Inf/Tod level 5, ECE level 5.