MELC’s dedicated staff work as a team to provide the highest level of care and programming for the children we serve.
Our Head Teachers and Program Managers are required to have formal education in the field of education or child development and each location has staff trained in First Aid, CPR, Medication Administration and Epi-pen Administration.
Our Administrative Team:
Jennifer Wagner, Executive Director – Jennifer@melearning.org
Jennifer began working at MELC in 1999. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University.
John Layer, Director of Operations – John@melearning.org
John has been working at MELC since 2012. John has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Central Connecticut State University.
Allie Strauch, Assistant Director of Operations – Astrauch@melearning.org
Allie began working at MELC in 2010. Allie has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from UCONN.
Larisa Albrecht, Preschool Director – Larisa@melearning.org
Larisa has been working at MELC since 2002. Larisa has a master’s degree in education from Quinnipiac University.
Ben Carlson, High School Director – Bcarlson@melearning.org
Ben started at MELC in August 2018. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in community recreation and youth development from Southern Connecticut State University.
Jackie Olson, School – age Director – Jolson@melearning.org
Jackie began working at MELC in March 2021. Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from UCONN.
Erin Osuna, School – age Program Coordinator – Eosuna@melearning.org
Erin began working at MELC in December 2019. Erin studied early childhood education at Manchester Community College.
Our Programming Team:
Ashley White, Owl Room Head Teacher – Awhite@melearning.org
Ashley began working at MELC in July 2021. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in child studies from Post University.
Laura Smith, Fox Room Head Teacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura began working at MELC in 2022. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Westfield State University.
Heather Carey, Bird Room Head Teacher – Hcarey@melearning.org
Heather began working at MELC in August 2022. Heather has a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Cynthia Walker, Duck Room Head Teacher – email@example.com
Cynthia began working at MELC in 2023. Cynthia has a master’s degree in counseling from Central Connecticut State University.
Sabrina Perez, Turtle Room Head Teacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabrina began working at MELC in January 2022. Sabrina has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College.
Jayden Regisford, Bennet Program Manager – Jregisford@melearning.org
Jayden began working at MELC in August 2022. Jayden studied political science at Western Connecticut State University.
Madison Quealy, Bowers Program Manager – Mquealy@melearning.org
Madison began working at MELC in 2021. Madison is studying for a degree in early childhood education at Manchester Community College.
Annie Sullivan, Buckley Program Manager – Asullivan@melearning.org
Annie started at MELC in September of 2020. Annie has a degree in parks and recreation management from Southern Connecticut State University.
Corey Nickson, Keeney Program Manager – email@example.com
Corey has been with MELC since March 2023. Corey has an associate’s degree from Capital Community College.
Tim Weed, Odyssey Program Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim has been with MELC since October 2023. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in Community and Youth Development from Southern Connecticut State university.
Joseph Whaley, Waddell Program Manager – Jwhaley@melearning.org
Joseph has been with MELC since March 2013. Joseph studied health & exercise science at Manchester Community College.
Monique Meghie, Verplanck Program Manager – email@example.com
Monique has been with MELC since March 2023. Monique has an associate’s degree from Bronx Community College.
MELC’s Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of members who are responsible for governance of our organization. Board members come from widely diverse backgrounds within the community. They bring with them a wealth of varied expertise, giving the Board a broad perspective in providing direction to our agency and overseeing our programs. If you are interested in joining our board please contact our Executive Director, Jennifer Wagner at Jennifer@melearning.org.
Tanya Gill, Board President
Emanuel Jiminez, Vice President
Mark Stiner, Treasurer and Secretary
Pari Ghetia, Board Member
Jim LaTaille, Board Member
Kristian Thomas, Board Member