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.

Chris HerrmannChris Kipp, Director
cherrmann@niu.edu

NIU AllyChris is the Director of the Center and oversees the entire program. She has been the Center director since 1989. Chris has a bachelor's degree in Child Development and a master's degree in Applied Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University.


Kristin SchulzKristin Schulz, Associate 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.


Lisa SchmidtLisa Schmidt, Associate Director
lschmidt@niu.edu

NIU AllyLisa has worked at the Center since 1996. Lisa has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University.


Janene BoyerJanene Boyer, Secretary
jboyer@niu.edu

Janene is the Secretary and 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.


Diane ColemanDiane Coleman, Teacher

Diane is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 1989. Diane has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University.


Kathy CoffmanKathy Coffman, Teacher

Kathy is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2004. Kathy has an associate's degree in Child Development from Waubonsee College.


Stefanie EcholsStefanie Echols, Teacher

NIU AllyStefanie is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2007. Stefanie has a bachelor's degree in Family and Individual Development from Northern Illinois University.


Kellie FussKellie Fuss, Teacher

Kellie is a Teacher in the toddler 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.


Kristi HaywardKristi Hayward, Teacher

Kristi is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2000. Kristi has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University.


April KaiserApril Kaiser, Teacher

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.


Krystal KennedyKrystal Kennedy, Teacher

NIU AllyKrystal is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center as a student since 2008 and as a professional staff since 2012.  Krystal has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University.


Diane MathisonDiane Mathison, Teacher

Diane is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2000. Diane has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University.


Kendra NeniaKendra Nenia, Teacher

Kendra 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.


Sherie NewmanSherie Newman, Teacher

Sherie is a Teacher in the infant 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.


Jamie PetersonJamie Peterson, Teacher

NIU AllyJamie is a Teacher in a preschool classroom. She has worked at the Center as a student since 2007 and as a professional staff since 2009. Jamie has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University.


Carol SchroederCarol Schroeder, Teacher

Carol is a Teacher in the toddler classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2003 and previously worked for 14 years as a preschool teacher in Wisconsin. Carol has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University.


Karen SmithKaren Smith, Kitchen Helper

Karen is our full-time kitchen helper. She has worked at the Center since 2003.

 


Jen YoungJen Young, Teacher

Jen 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.


Barbara ZemanBarbara Zeman, Teacher

NIU AllyBarbara is a Teacher in a 2/3's classroom. She has worked at the Center since 2007. Barbara has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kishwaukee College.


Pam YockeyPam Yockey, Teacher

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.