Leadership & Staff
The School is led by experienced educators who are passionate about its mission. A lead teacher and assistant teacher are present in each of the eight classrooms, with additional staff in place to support our children’s nutrition, safety, and learning needs. All teachers meet or exceed the minimum state requirements for education level, years of experience, and health & safety training.
Program Manager, Family Engagement
Jessica joined CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health in May of 2020 as the Family Engagement Manager for the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families. She is committed to helping families achieve the most out of their life goals and guiding children toward a love of learning through curiosity and exploration.
Prior to joining CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, Jessica worked in center-based childcare and Head Start programs as a Pre-school lead teacher, mentor, and an Early Learning Coordinator. Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University with her teaching certificate for children Birth thru Sixth grade.
When not caring for children in a center, Jessica is a devoted wife and mother of two young children at home. Jessica finds comfort in exploring the outdoors, a quiet beach, or a peaceful campfire with friends. Jessica can often be found singing and is excited to share that passion with the children in our center.
Program Manager, Curriculum
Heather joined CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health in August 2017 as a Community Education Coordinator working with Hank the Health Hero to cultivate healthy habits in the children of the Lancaster Community. She is passionate about the curiosity, wonder and peace that comes from the power of play.
Prior to joining CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, Heather taught a play-based Kindergarten program and mixed-age preschool classrooms. Heather has her Bachelors of Early Childhood Education degree and PreK-4 teaching certificate from Millersville University.
Heather returned to school for her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Services from Arkansas State University. Eager to foster resiliency, perseverance, and creative thinking, Heather holds a Play Coach Certification through the Institute for Self-Active Education and is a two time NAEYC presenter.
A Pacific North West Native, Heather finds solace walking or biking the Columbia River Trail with her husband and their dog.
Program Manager, Food Service & Nutrition
Michelle joined CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health in September 2019 as the Community Health Coordinator for Healthy Columbia and became the Food Service and Nutrition Manager for the St. john Neumann School for Children and Families in May 2020. Michelle comes to us with 20 years of customer service and management experience in the restaurant industry, accounts receivable, medical billing and nutrition and fund management with MH-IDD. The promotion of health through nutrition, cultivation and local foods is Michelle’s passion.
Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2018 from West Chester University as well as an Associates of Arts in Restaurant and Food Service Management in 2015 from Harrisburg Area Community College. She plans to continue her education with the pursuit of a graduate degree in the near future.
She recently purchased her second home in Marietta and is looking forward to spending time on the local trails with her dog, Rue. Michelle enjoys time spend with family and friends, cooking and creating new recipes as well as traveling.
Vice President of Education
Lori has led the Community Health Education efforts at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health since 2015. She has 20 years of experience designing national and regional programs that motivate and inspire community improvement – working closely with educators, families, and children to craft educational programs that foster healthy habits.
Lori is an engaging story-teller and effective educator. With an eye for innovation, a commitment to health, and a passion for early childhood education, Lori has brought to life Hank the Health Hero and the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families.
Lori earned a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Religion from Muhlenberg College. Lori is a proud graduate of Reading High School and she regularly weaves her experiences as a city kid, world traveler, and mom of three into her work.