Staff 2017

Staff Credentials and Certifications

Each of our LLCC staff are screened to insure that your child will be around trained, caring, loving, and responsible individuals.

  • All teachers and substitutes must be a minimum of 18 years of age (16 years for aides) and must pass criminal and sexual offender records checks through both the State Police and Social Services.
  • Each of our staff members will receive CPR and First Aid training and certification and are required to attend various workshops and trainings every year for personal and professional enrichment.
  • Each are also required to provide annual staff health reports certified by a practicing physician stating that the staff member is free from any disability which would prevent them from caring for children
  • Lead preschool teachers should have or currently be pursuing one of the following educational backgrounds:
  • An endorsement or bachelor’s degree in a child-related field from a college or university
    Have three months of childcare experience and either a one year early childhood certificate or a child development credential
    Other staff are required to have between 12-24 hours of course training, depending on the position for which they are hired.
  • All staff are required to participate in on-going training and education annually.

Your Little Lights Admin Team

Holly Cramer

Little Lights Childcare Center

About Holly...

Holly has a Bachelors in Education and has been working with children since her teenage years. She worked as a substitute for the Gloucester County public schools and taught first and second grade for 4 years at a private school. For the past 12 years she has served as both Director or Administrator for L.L.C.C. where her passion for loving and nurturing children as well as serving families is paramount.

Dawn McDermott

Facilities & Systems Manager

About Dawn...

Dawn has been with Little Lights since September 2012 and has been an asset to this team. Before working at LLCC, she worked in the public schools in Lancaster and New Kent Counties. She graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies in May 2009. She has 2 teenage sons who like to play sports which keeps her busy as well as her love for serving at Bridgeport Church.

Jena Wells

Marketing Director & Finance Manager

About Jena...

Jena has an A.A. in Applied Science and Business Management .She has worked with both marketing and children in many of her career fields including her position of managing a TaeKwonDo studio and her previous church working as the Director of Operations. Jena loves sharing her life with her husband and 2 sons. Her passion is to inspire woman and children alike through reminding others that we are all here for a purpose!

Nicki Gray

Child Development Specialist

About Nicki...

Over the past 20 years, Nicki has trained in many areas of the Childcare field, with a focus on special needs: autism, TBI, ADHD and domestic violence. She had earned certificates from Oklahoma State and an A.A. from R.C.C. She is CPI certified and her second language is American Sign Language.

Kristen Volpe

Staff Development and Hiring Manager

About Kristen...

Kristen has been in the Early Childhood field for 24 years and has held positions ranging from being a teacher to a director . She graduated in 1997 from Holy Family College in Philadelphia with a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Heather Jonas

Office & Center Manager

About Heather...

Heather has worked in the Early Childhood field for 14 years . She is currently enrolled at Walden University planning to graduate at the end of 2017 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with a specialization in Administration and Management.


Two-year-old Supervisor and Lead Teacher


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Natasha Miller

Toddler Supervisor

About Natasha...

Originally from Indiana, Natasha has had the privilege of working in a Pre-K /Head Start school as a teachers assistant since 2009. She has been married to her best friend for over 17 years and has 4 beautiful children arranging from 12 to 23 years of age.She loves seeing the twinkle in the eyes of a child when they learn something new and looks forward to loving & cherishing your children!

Infant Program Staff

...and though"they" be but small, "they" be fierce...
~ William Shakespeare

Staff & Teachers

Lindsay Caparuolo
Theresa DeGraw
Tayla Thibodeau
Kaitlynn Gray
Rebecca Autry

Three's Program Staff

Let them sleep, for when they awake, they will move mountains!
~ Napoleon

Staff & Teachers

Anna Donoflio
Christine Metz

Toddlers Program Staff

Toddlers are
Germ-Warfare machines in Cute packages.
~ Debora Geary

Staff & Teachers

Vickie White
Tia Billups
Jasmin Scott
Alonie Harris
Jennifer Dean

Four's Program Staff

The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four — of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.
~Jim Trelease,

Staff & Teachers

Nicki Gray
Karla Valenzuela
Ciarra Smith
Heather Rogers

Two's & Transitional Two's Program Staff

Sometimes you need to talk to a 2 yr old, just so you can understand life again.
~Author, Unknown

Staff & Teachers

Chrystal Stump
Alyssa Macula
Bridget Heisler
Reagan Littlefield
Qiana Blackburn
Jennifer Donnelly

School Age Program Staff

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~Frederick Douglass

Staff & Teachers

Ruby Gray
Chelsea Zabel
Shyla Berger
Bree Cook
Vickie Lyell
Sylmarie Miner
Kelly Revere