Faculty and Staff
No matter how enlightened the philosophy of a school or child care center, the real experience comes down to people. This is what sets CCC apart. The unique nature of our community is reflected in our faculty and staff: their tenure with CCC, their rich experience as teachers, and their demonstrated commitment to excellence and—most important—to children.
Ninety percent of our teachers hold a degree in early childhood education or a related field and almost 20 percent hold advanced degrees. Our average teacher has taught at CCC for 10 years and has 15 years’ experience in the field of early childhood education.
Teachers stay at CCC because it is an exceptional place to teach and work and learn. You can tell a lot about the quality of education at CCC by looking at our community. Not only do one-third of our teachers have children enrolled at CCC, but nearly one-third of the families who select CCC have a parent who works in education. People who know children and value education choose CCC.
PAT NELSON, Executive Director, joined CCC in August 2004, bringing 20 years of experience working with nonprofit human service and community mental health programs, most recently as the coordinator of the Center for Parents and Teachers and the Concord Carlisle Community Partnership for Children. An active participant in the Concord community, Pat is a member of the Concord Town Finance Committee, treasurer of the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance, and co-chair of the Regional Early Childhood Advisory Council. She also participates on the advisory board of the Concord Area Preschool Association. Pat holds a Master’s degree in education and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Boston University.
JOANNE SAIDEH, Administrative Director, joined CCC in 1983 as a teacher. She was the program director at the West Concord site (then the Harvey Wheeler program) for more than 10 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and a Master’s in education administration from Lesley University.
MELISSA PERDUE GALLO, Business Manager, joined CCC in 2016. Prior to joining CCC, Melissa was a Project Manager and Office Operations Manager in Partners in Health and also served as Business Manager at First Parish in Concord. Melissa received her B.A. in English and Speech Communication from Case Western Reserve University.
JENNIFER SAXE, Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator, joined the CCC staff in 2011. Prior to joining the staff Jennifer was a board member and co-chair of the CCC Development Committee. She has worked in nonprofit fundraising since 2000 in the U.S. and Europe. Jennifer holds a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Soviet Studies from the University of Florida.
CANDICE CAMPBELL, Administrative Assistant, joined CCC in 2017. She brings over 10 years of experience in events and marketing, including with Lesley University and Barefoot Books. She holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from Simmons College and is working toward her M.A. in Early Childhood Education at Lesley University.
JENNINE LESSER, Emerson Program Director, joined CCC in 1995. Before directing the Emerson program, Jennine spent 14 years teaching at the preschool level and has taught all ages at Emerson. Jennine has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and early childhood education from Regis College.
AICHA BOUNAR joined CCC in 1998 working with infants. Aicha has a wealth of experience in the family child care setting and is taking courses in early childhood education.
KERRIE BRIGUGLIO joined CCC in 1996. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in human development form Lesley University, an Associate degree in early childhood education and has completed all course work for her Master’s degree program in special education.
LAURA CARPENTER joined CCC in 2004. She has a Bachelor’s degree in education with a specialty in communication disorders and has a certificate in sign language interpreting. She has worked with children ranging from infants through high school age.
ERIKA GUTERMUTH joined CCC in 1996 and has been an infant teacher for all her years with us. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has taken several classes in early childhood education. Erika brings her love of music into the classroom.
MARY HEINSOHN-ROE joined CCC in 1994. Initially, she joined us as an afternoon teacher and taught the mixed-age group, 3-4s and Toddlers at Ripley. This year will be her first year at Emerson. Previously, Mary worked at the Willow Hill School in Sudbury, a school for adolescents with learning disabilities. She has completed course work in early childhood education.
ALEXANDRA LOGINS joined CCC in 2011. Before coming to CCC, Alex spent two years teaching preschool-aged children. She is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
SASHI QUALITZ joined the CCC staff in 2013. Prior to coming to CCC she taught in early childhood classrooms for 5 years. She is currently enrolled at Middlesex community college pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
LYNN ST. GERMAIN joined our Emerson program in 1988 as a toddler and two teacher and has spent the past 25+ years with the age group. She has a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a concentration on infants and toddlers.
PENNI HENSLEY WAGNER, Ripley Program Director, joined CCC in 1984. She became the program director at Ripley in 1987. She has taught the after-kindergartners at Ripley, the mixed-age group at Emerson, and the 3–4s and 4–5s groups at Ripley. Penni taught 4–5s and mixed-age groups in Medford and Cambridge before joining CCC. She received a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Indiana University.
SUSIE BARKER joined CCC in 2005 and was a teacher with the after-kindergarten group for four years before becoming an afternoon teacher in preschool. Susie has 18 years of experience teaching young children in Massachusetts, most recently with the Lincoln Country Day School, where she was with the 3- and 4-year-olds. Susie has a Master’s in education from Antioch University.
KATE BOTTEGO joined CCC in 2011. She has 14 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, and preschool children in Acton and Western MA. She has completed course work in early childhood education.
PATRICIA COLLINS joined CCC in 1999 and has taught in our 3-4’s, 4-5’s and after-kindergarten groups. She has also taught a variety of ages in many programs for the Concord Recreation Department. Patricia has taught theater, creative dance, and sacred dance for children and adults. She has an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and is a certified teacher in Noyes Rhythm.
BRINNA CONLEY joined CCC in 2016. She worked at our Emerson location before moving to Ripley to teach in our toddler room.
MARIE DIPACE joined CCC in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in early childhood education; most recently teaching preschoolers at Technology Children’s Center at Lincoln Lab in Lexington, Mass. Marie received a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, elementary (K–8), and physical education from Boston College.
JENNIFER GIUFFRIDA joined CCC in 2015. She has five years’ experience working with preschool children. She earned her undergraduate degree in Education and Special Education from Rivier College in New Hampshire.
RAINAH GOGUEN joined CCC in 2015. She is a recent graduate of Colby-Sawyer College with a degree in Sociology. She comes to us with three years of experience with young children in Townsend and in New London, New Hampshire.
CICI GROVE joined our Toddler team in 2015. She was part of the Center for Parents and Teachers a few years ago, has run playgroups at First Connections, and is currently a reading tutor in the mornings at Willard. She earned her undergraduate degree in Art of Education from the University of Vermont.
EMILY OSTROW joined CCC in 2014 after working for four years with preschoolers in Newton. Emily received her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is certified in Early Childhood Education. She is an alum of Concord Children’s Center.
NICHOLE PIRO has been with CCC since 1998. She started her career at Ripley teaching our mixed age group (3-5’s) and 4-5’s and then worked in our West Concord program for 11 years before returning to our Ripley program in the 4-5’s class. . Nicole received her graduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University and her undergraduate degree in Human Services and Psychology.
CARMEN POTTER joined CCC in January 2014. She has her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Embury Institute for Education in South Africa, her home country. She came to the U.S. as an au pair in 2010 and completed her graduate degree in Early Childhood Education with Creative Arts from Lesley in 2015.
DOTTY WHITTIER joined CCC in 2007 and has taught in the 4–5s and Afterschool classrooms. Dotty was a preschool and kindergarten teacher in New York for more than 20 years before coming to CCC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education from Chatham College and a Master’s degree in literacy studies from Lehman College.
ANNE DOHERTY, West Concord Program Director, joined CCC in 1988 and taught until 2001 when she became program director. She received a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a Master’s degree in special education from Lesley University.
MARCELA BEAN joined CCC in 2007 with our Emerson program and then moved to West Concord in 2008. She graduated from the University of Presov in Slovakia with a degree in education and earned an Associated Degree in Early Childhood Education from Middlesex Community College.
KAYLA BLAKE earned a Master of Education in School Counseling from University of Massachusetts. Her experiences include working with children in a variety of settings including, preschool and elementary schools.
AMANDA BRYSON joined CCC in 2015 and has worked in the field of early education since 2010. Amanda graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem State College. She has worked with infants, preschoolers and school aged children.
TIFFANY CLARK has worked at both our Emerson and West Concord locations since joining CCC in 2010.Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s degree in child development from Mills College.
HANNAH COLBY joined CCC in 2016 as an Afterschool teacher. Prior to joining CCC she worked with children in a variety of settings, including summer camps. Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts in English with an Education minor from Florida State University
JAMES CONTI [J.C.] joined CCC in 2004 and has taught in both the preschool and afterschool programs. JC graduated from Lock Haven University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.
ELIZABETH DOLHAM graduated from Eastern University in Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor’s of Education. She has been working with children that range from age three to five years old since 2007. For the past two years and currently, Liz is our primary infant room teacher.
SUSAN HEGARTY worked at CCC from 2007-2009 and taught in our Mixed age class. She then went to teach at Children’s Village in Cambridge before returning to CCC as an Afterschol teacher. Susan holds a Master of Science in Child Development from Wheelock College.
DIANE KRUG has been with CCC for more than 30 years. She studied early childhood education at Northeastern University and Middlesex Community College.
AUTUMN LUCAS joined us in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Keene State. Her degree is in Education and she is certified in Elementary Education K-8.
JESSICA MANCINI joined CCC in 2005. Her past experience includes working in special education with children ages 3–18. She has a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and a Master’s in special education from Framingham State University.
KATHY MANERO has been a member of the CCC staff since 1999 and has worked with children ranging in age from 2 to 7. She has an Associate’s degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.
JULIA MELL joined CCC in 2012 from the Andover School System. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wheelock College with a concentration in early childhood education. Her teaching experiences include preschool through middle school aged students. She is a CCC Alumni.
ISABELLE RADDASSI joined CCC in 2014 and works afternoons in the Preschool Program. She earned a Ph.D in Biochemistry from Paris University in France and holds an Early Education Certification from Middlesex Community College. Since 2007, Isabelle has worked with infants, toddlers and preschool age children in various settings.
MICHAEL RILEY joined CCC in 2015. He is working towards an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Middlesex College. Michael’s experience with children involves coaching soccer and being actively involved in his children’s elementary school here in Concord.
HOLLY SWANSON has been with CCC since 2001 and has more than 25 years of early childhood experience. She has worked at all three CCC sites with both infants and preschoolers. Holly attended Mount Waschusett Community College and is certified in early childhood education.
JEN TURINI joined CCC in 1999 and has taught children ranging in age from 3 to 6. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Westfield State College.