Administrative Staff

Laura Stidham

Executive Director

Laura has been at CDC since 1995. She began her career as a student teacher in our program and was hired as a teacher upon graduating from EMU with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then became director of school age programs until March 2003 when she was promoted to executive director. Laura completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from EMU in April 2007.

Mary Anna Dickinson

Director of School Age Programs and Development

Originally from Port Huron, Michigan, Mary Anna came to came to the Ann Arbor area for school; she also met her husband here. She graduated from Eastern Michigan in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education and received an elementary teaching certificate. Mary Anna was the Program Director at Lawton Kids Club for 9 years before being named Director of School Age Programs and Development.

Sandra Swan

Preschool Director

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Sandra came to the Ann Arbor area for school. She attended college at Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a degree in elementary education. She met her husband at Eastern and stayed in this area. Sandra was an elementary school teacher for two years and a middle school teacher for two years before coming to CDC. Sandra was the Program Director at Burns Park for 6 years before being named the Preschool Director in 2012.

Rachel Tewari

Ann Arbor Learning Community Program Director

Rachel joined the CDC team in April of 2005. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Art Education and a K-12 teaching certificate, Rachel taught K-Care at Burns Park before piloting the Kids Club program at Ann Arbor Learning Community (AALC); she has been the Director there since 2009. Rachel enjoys cooking, being in the sunshine and on the water, reading and spending time with her family. email:

Michelle Slocum

Lawton Program Director

Michelle has been with CDC since Fall of 2004. She has spent the last 12 years at the Lawton Kids Club program. She attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned a degree in Special Education of Students with Cognitive Impairments. Originally from the tiny town of Manchester, she is happy to have a new home and family here at CDC. When not at work, Michelle loves to read almost anything, spend time outdoors geocaching with her dog Brady, and just enjoying all that our great state of Michigan has to

Amy Latham

Burns Park Site Director

Amy joined the CDC team in the Spring of 2010. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and went on to get her teacher certification from Eastern Michigan. Originally from the little-known town of Milford, MI, Amy loves living in Ann Arbor and cheering for her Michigan Wolverines. Amy started her career at CDC as a childcare counselor at Lawton, and was named the Director for Kids Club at Burns Park in 2012. When not busy with the kiddos at work, Amy loves to play with her dog, try her hand at DIY crafts, and spend time outdoors.

Dionne Gideon


Dionne started working at CDC in the Fall of 2012. She graduated from Wayne State and lives in Southfield. Dionne enjoys writing, watching sports and spending time with her grandchildren. email:


Teaching Staff

Diana Allen


Diana joined the CDC staff in August 2007 after graduation from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education. Diana has worked with our pre-kindergarten children since she joined the CDC family. When not at school, Diana enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog. She loves to camp, bike ride, and read.e-mail:

Beth Meza


Beth received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and worked with us for 3 years as the full time aide. After taking a sabbatical, she graduated from Medaille College with her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She has been a teacher at CDC since 2010. When not at school, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and her son. Beth is currently teaching our two and three year olds. e-mail:

Katie Davison


Katie joined our team in September 2011 and the teaching staff in June. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in December of 2011 after completing her student teaching at CDC. She has a degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood and Reading endorsement. Katie studied early childhood for a semester in England. She loves to dance and sing at CDC! She also likes to travel and read in her free time. Katie is currently one of our pre-kindergarten teachers.

Megan Thompson


Megan joined our team in January of 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood endorsement. Megan completed her student teaching at CDC with Diana. She is currently attending graduate school to obtain her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is being a part of the children’s excitement to learn. Megan is the first to admit she has a horrible singing voice, but she is proud of it! In her free time, she likes watching movies, reading, golfing, and spending time with her family, friends, and her pet bird “Bogey the cockatiel” (who visits CDC a couple times every summer)!e-mail:

Alyssa McNally


Alyssa began working at CDC in the summer of 2012, and is now the teacher of our youngest group. Alyssa completed bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance at the Crane School of Music in New York, and has also taken graduate level coursework in early childhood education. Outside of CDC Alyssa maintains a private Suzuki violin studio and plays with the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra and a Baroque Music Ensemble. In her free time Alyssa enjoys DIY projects, painting, cooking, and board games. email:

Becca Carver

Teacher’s Aide

Becca began working at CDC in the fall of 2013. Becca has an associates degree from Washtenaw Community College in Liberal Arts with a focus on elementary education. She works as a teacher’s assistant as well as a Kids Club Activity Specialist.

Elayna Hickson

Elayna joined the preschool team in 2012. She recently received her associates degree in childhood development from WCC, and will continue studying Early Childhood at EMU. When Elayna isn’t working she loves to exercise and play soccer. She also enjoys coming to the preschool everyday so she can learn and play with children. email:

Chris Clark

Chirs is from Holland, Ohio. He moved to Ypsilanti in 2012 to attend EMU. He is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration on Emotionally Impaired children with a minor in Communications. Chris enjoys dancing and singing! One of his many hobbies is theater, which has been part of his life for some time. He has done more than 15 productions and a few small town commercials. email: