80 Waddell Road
Manchester, CT 06040

Looking to make a difference in the lives of Manchester children? If so, the Manchester Early Learning Center invites you to consider joining its Board of Directors. As a board member you are required to attend 6 meetings per year and to serve on board sub-committees. For more information feel free to contact Jennifer DiMaso, Executive Director or contact the Board of Directors directly at bod@melearning.org.

Current Manchester Early Learning Center Board of Directors

Bethany E. Babbitt

Member of MELC Board of Directors since: 2009

Currently serving as the MELC Board President

Bethany is a practicing attorney with over nine years of experience litigating cases in Connecticut’s State and Federal Courts. Attorney Babbitt earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1999. Attorney Babbitt has done volunteer work for the “Keep the Power On” program which assists individuals who are behind in their electric and gas bills by negotiating payment arrangements with their utility companies.

Fun Fact:
Bethany ran in the Manchester Road Race for the 1st time in 2010, had a great time and plans to do it every year – it is a great family event!

Jeri Beckford

Member of MELC Board of Directors since: 2017

Jeri holds a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology (with a Criminology emphasis) from the University of Denver. Jeri is the owner of Equal Rights Investigators and Contract Compliance Analysts, LLC, a diversity, inclusion and equity program design firm. At ERICCA, Jeri utilizes her over 10 years of experience to coach public and private employers, and their employees, on how to comply with federal, state and regulatory civil rights mandates such as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidelines, and the State of Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities’ (CHRO) Regulations, to name a few. Certified in mediation and negotiation techniques, Title IX, and in the investigation of workplace discrimination complaints, Jeri also mediates and investigates employee initiated complaints, including ADA and sexual harassment complaints.

Fun Fact:
Jeri and her family enjoy tent camping in the summer and making frequent visits to her childhood home in Colorado.

Ellen Buus

Member of MELC Board of Directors since: 2009

Ellen was a certified Child Life Specialist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for 11 years. She now is the Volunteer Coordinator at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Fun Fact:
Ellen is an avid travel buff. She has traveled and lived all over the world in places like Ireland, New Zealand, Botswana, Fiji, Costa Rica, Europe, Brazil, and 46 of 50 states.

Ricky Frimpong

Member of MELC Board of Directors since: 2013

Currently serving as the MELC Board Treasurer

Ricky has about 10 years of public accounting experience providing accounting, tax, business consulting services and litigation support services to privately-held business entities and non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Connecticut CPA Financial Reporting Standards Committee.

Fun Fact:
Ricky loves traveling and soccer. His wife's name is Lucy. I am yet to watch the show Ricky loves Lucy.

Tanya Gill

Member of MELC Board of Directors since: 2017

Tanya holds a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting with a minor in Legal Studies from Bryant University and a Masters in Taxation from Northeastern University. Tanya is has been working at Aetna since 2014 and is a part of the Experienced Financial Leadership Development program, currently in her third and final rotation. Prior to joining Aetna, Tanya spent 5.5 years at PwC where she specialized in mutual fund and hedge fund taxes. She then joined EMC and spent 2.5 years focusing on Financial Planning and Analysis for the Americas.

Fun Fact:
Tanya is a WNBF Professional Bikini Competitor and enjoys doing anything she can to push herself. She also is a Board of Directors member at Donate Life CT and is very passionate about giving back.


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Our son looked forward to going to preschool everyday and seeing his favorite teacher, and his friends! - Sylena, parent

MELC is a great school, my son built a great relationship with all the students and teachers in such a short time. I love how they have events for the family and how they celebrate holidays for the kids to participate in (Valentine's, St. Patrick's, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, etc.) Everyday is an exciting day for my son J.J. He has learned so much here. - Cassie, parent

MELC has been a great place for my son to start his education. He has learned so much already and surprises me more everyday. Now he tries to teach his younger sister also. The teachers in the Bird Room are great and really care about the students. My son, Danny is excited to come in everyday and see what he's going to learn. - Heather, parent

I've had two children in MELC and both look forward to attending school every morning. They've developed great social skills and I can tell through their structure that they have learned a great deal. I would recommend MELC to anyone looking for a great learning experience for their child. - Edward, parent

My experience with MELC has been great. My daughter Deonnah has accomplished a lot since she started here, the teachers are great. They work one - on - one with your child. They show the kids a lot of love and your child is learning from the things they do and say. And as for the staff on a whole they work patiently with and make sure your child stays in school regardless on circumstances and situation. MELC is there for you and your child. - Tamika, parent

Awesome! MELC's programs are great. I sent my oldest to another program and my youngest to MELC and I can definitely see the difference. Now, all of my children come to MELC and they love it. - Jason (parent)