Anna Eaton, Executive Director
For the past six years, Anna Eaton served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont located in Statesville, NC. There, she led efforts to build the program and a new facility to serve primarily disadvantaged children from the Statesville and Mooresville communities.
With a Master of Public Administration, concentrating on Non-Profit Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Anna’s first goal is to successfully lead the DCCDC capital campaign to expand and renovate the center so that DCCDC can serve and positively impact the lives of more children.
Jason Jordan, Director of Operations
Jason is the Director of Operations and has been with DCCDC since 2018. Jason was in the NC Teaching Fellows Program at UNC-Charlotte and earned a B.A. in History and Secondary Education. He also completed his continuing education credits in Early Childhood Education through Stanly Community College. He comes to us with much experience as he began working in education in 1998. Jason previously taught Science and Social Studies to middle school students and History to high school students. During this time, he coached cross country, basketball, baseball, and softball.
Jason soon came to realize if you want to make a big difference in children’s lives, it’s best to start early! This shift in thinking lead him to teach preschool (ages 3-5) for over 10 years. In addition to his teaching role, he served as Assistant Director. Jason eventually moved to the Director position for 2 years and was an NC Pre-K Site Administrator. Jason loves being able to serve as a positive male role model to young children which is very unique in early childhood education.
Jason lives in Concord with his wife and 2 dogs- Darcy and Magnolia. He is an avid sports fan with baseball being his favorite. He pulls for NC State, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers! When not working, Jason enjoys traveling to sporting events with his brothers, playing golf, and spending time with family.
Ms. Betsy, Nutrition Specialist and Chef
Betsy Verhey is the chef of DCCDC. An important facet of child development is, of course, nutrition, and Betsy is well-suited to the task of preparing delicious, wholesome meals every day. We are proud to say Betsy was awarded the 2020 Algernon Sydney Sullivan award for community service by Davidson College!
A native of Michigan, she is a graduate of Hope College where she majored in English and Communications. She then decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts, completing a two-year apprenticeship in a hotel in Indianapolis and followed that with a position as a restaurant chef for twelve years. Following that she worked as personal chef and a caterer. She began working at DCCDC in 2013 as the center's chef.
She states, "I love food and I love kids. I consider it a huge privilege to feed kids and I am trying to set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating."
In her spare time she enjoys reading, eating, sports of all kinds, especially Detroit Red Wings hockey, Detroit Tigers baseball and Duke basketball, and also spoiling her five nieces and nephews.
Patricia "Pat" Pleshar, Finance Manager
Pat joined DCCDC in April 2018 as part-time Finance Manager. She is a retired CPA with a BA in Accounting from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and a Masters in Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. After a 30-year Chicago-based career in Finance and Accounting, primarily with Arthur Anderson and Preferred Hotels and Resorts, Pat retired from her VP of Accounting position in June 2012.
After a lifetime in the Chicagoland area, Pat decided to move to NC to join her daughter and family when they relocated with Bank of America. Pat moved to Cornelius in November 2014, and quickly grew new roots in the Lake Norman area.
Before DCCDC, Pat did volunteer work at Serenity House and St Mark’s Alzheimer’s Respite Ministry, both in Huntersville, as well as part-time work with St Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, Illinois, and The Brixton Group and Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte. “There’s an advantage to being retired,” Pat says. “I get to use my education and experience in areas that interest me, and still have time to explore my creative side. And DCCDC is a special place with a 50-year history that has captured my heart.”
Pat has two grown children and three grandchildren. Her son Mark lives in Salt Lake City, UT with Ava (14) and Zander (13). Daughter Stephanie lives in Cornelius with her husband Tim, their son Logan (9), and Rocky the lovable one-year-old 100 lb bull mastiff puppy.
Ms. Gerri, Infant I Classroom Lead Teacher
Ms. Gerri has been with DCCDC since 1993 and has been working in early childhood education since 1979. She possesses her NC Childcare Credentials and has furthered her education at CPCC and Stanly Community College where she completed Childcare Administration I and II coursework.
She is passionate about giving children a loving, nurturing environment where they feel safe and secure, and where they reach their developmental milestones appropriately.
In her spare time, she has a passion for her family, friends, and (mostly rescued) furbabies.
Ms. Kieta, Infant II Classrooom Lead Teacher
Ms. Kieta is the Lead Teacher in our Infant II classroom. She has been with DCCDC since 2017. Ms. Kieta began working with children at the age of 14 by volunteering at the Ada Jenkins center, and then transitioned to an Assistant Teacher in 2014. She is a certified notary for the state of NC and has an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administration.
Fun fact: Ms. Kieta attended DCCDC as a child!
Ms. Kieta loves children and has always enjoyed being around them. She finds joy in teaching children new things.
In her spare time, Ms. Kieta enjoys traveling and crafting. On the weekend, you can usually find Ms. Kieta spending quality time with her daughter and husband.
Ms. Jasmin, Toddler Classroom Co-Teacher
Ms. Jasmin is a co-teacher in our Toddler Classroom and has been with DCCDC since January of 2020. She has been working in early childhood education since 2010. Ms. Jasmin has her Associates in Arts with a focus in Early Childhood Development from Spartanburg Community College.
Ms. Jasmin says she loves working with children because she loves to see the learning and growth that happens during the year they are in her classroom. In her spare time, you can find Ms. Jasmin hanging out with her friends and family. She often splits her time between Charlotte and Greenville, SC. Ms. Jasmin also enjoys reading, crafting, and considers herself a foodie!
Ms. Teshana, Toddler Classroom Co-Teacher
Ms. Teshana is a teacher in our Toddler classroom. She has been with DCCDC since October of 2020. Ms. Teshana began working in early childhood education in 2005 and attended Central Piedmont Community College where she completed early childhood coursework.
Ms. Teshana says, "the early childhood field is where I want to be because I enjoy watching children grow and reach their developmental milestones. Seeing them laughing, smiling, and being happy is contagious!"
Ms. Martha, Two's Classroom Assistant Teacher
Ms. Martha is the Assistant Teacher in our Two’s classroom. She is a graduate of Mitchell Community College and of the Carolina Beauty School. She holds a cosmetology license in addition to her Early Childhood credentials. Ms. Martha is one of our long-term employees of the center, with well over twenty years’ experience. She began as a part-time teacher and eventually became the center's cook. Ms. Martha now enjoys working directly with the young children in her classroom.
She states, "I like working at DCCDC because I love seeing the children’s smiles and happy little faces." In her spare time, Ms. Martha enjoys traveling, reading, and being with her family.
Ms. Joanna, Three's Classroom Lead Teacher
Ms. Joanna works in our Threes classroom and has been with DCCDC since December 2020. She has her BA in Psychology, 29 units of Child Development classes, as well as a MA in Child Development. Collectively, Ms. Joanna has been a substitute teacher in a preschool setting for 3 years and was a teacher’s aide in an infant room for 1.5 years. She has been trained in Conscious Discipline and works to implement the strategies in her classroom.
Ms. Joanna never thought of being a teacher until she started volunteering in the playroom of her local children’s hospital. When showing one of the children how to complete something, the thought of teaching as a career struck her. Shortly after she signed up for child development classes, joined the Child Development Club, and never looked back. She wants to gain as much knowledge as she can to create the best environment for young children and their rapidly developing minds. Ms. Joanna finds it inspiring to see the joy on a child’s face as they master a skill or discover something they find interesting.
Ms. Joanna grew up in Southern California near Disneyland and visited the parks all the time. She recently moved from California to NC to be with her boyfriend and experience what life is like outside of So Cal. On her days off she likes to read, play board games, walk her dog, and spend time with her boyfriend exploring new places.
Ms. Candace,Three's Classroom Assistant Teacher
Ms. Candace works in our Three's classroom as the assistant teacher and has been with DCCDC since 2018. She began working in early childhood education in 2012. Ms. Candace has her Early Childhood Credentials and is pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Stanly Community College.
Ms. Candace has always had a passion for working with children. She says, “they are so funny and I just love being able to make a difference in their lives.” In her spare time, Ms. Candace enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.
Ms. Marrain, Pre-K Classroom Lead Teacher
Ms. Marrain is the Lead Teacher in our Pre-K classroom. She has been with DCCDC since 2018. Ms. Marrain began her early childhood career in 2000 working in her mother’s home daycare center. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Delaware Technical Community College as well as a minor in Elementary Education, and is finishing her Bachelors in Education at Ashford University.
Ms. Marrain loves knowing she can make a difference and help shape the future of young children’s lives. She enjoys providing love, lessons, and comfort to children.
When not working, you can find Ms. Marrain spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling and sightseeing.
Ms. Terry, Pre-K Classroom Assistant Teacher
Ms. Terry is the Assistant Teacher in our Pre-K classroom. She is one of our longest employed teachers and has been an amazing asset to DCCDC since 1999. Ms. Terry has been working with children since 1972. She has been rated CCC I and II, and has over 100 hours of childcare training.
Ms. Terry loves the joy and happiness that children share each day. She also enjoys the honesty and truthfulness that children so naturally exhibit.
In her spare time, Ms. Terry enjoys traveling with her church family, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ms. Barbara, Floater
Ms. Barbara is integral to DCCDC as a floater and works in all our classrooms. She has been with DCCDC since 2014 and has been working in early childhood education since 1982.
Ms. Barbara loves working with children because they keep her young at heart! She says it’s a blessing to watch them learn and grow. Ms. Barbara finds it enjoyable to watch their journey into new adventures.
In her spare time, Ms. Barbara enjoys reading, and listening to all genres of music. You may also find Ms. Barbara enjoying one of her hobbies- antiquing!
Ms. Paige, Floater
Ms. Paige works with all of our students as a floater. She has been with DCCDC since February of 2020. Ms. Paige possesses her NC Early Childhood Credentials and is continuing her education at Central Piedmont Community College. She began her early childhood career in 2017 as a nanny and then moved onto preschool.
Ms. Paige says she enjoys working with children because they always keep the day interesting and she loves watching them learn new things with such enthusiasm. In her spare time, Ms. Paige enjoys spending time with her son, family, binge watching Netflix, and doing art!