CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

STAFF

 


CDC SUPPORT TEAM

Special Projects Coordinator

Julie Alsep

Julie grew up in Lynchburg and learned of God's love through her next-door neighbor who took her to Bible school and choir practice.  She loves being able to assist the families and staff at Timberlake. Julie's favorite books/podcasts are The Bible, Pillars of the Earth, and To Kill a Mockingbird. In her spare time, she loves to travel, going to the ocean with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Manager of Billing & Collections

Susan Blanks

Before Timberlake, Susan spent the previous twenty years at Campbell Co Schools . While working at Timberlake, she knows there is a special sense of purpose. Her favorite books are Chasing God by Angie Smith, A Heart Like His and Feathers from My Nest by Beth Moore. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking, traveling, and seeing new places. She also enjoys football, especially Virginia Tech.

Business Manager

Beth Francis

Beth loves being a part of the daily ministry and life of Timberlake and the CDC.  She grew up in Amherst County and graduated from Lynchburg College and worked as a CPA in Richmond and in Lynchburg before coming to Timberlake.

Beth's favorite books are The Shack by William Young, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, and Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony, and their children, Elizabeth and Spence (both are young adults), and their pug dog, Ranger.

Welcome Desk Attendant

Chloe Simpson

Chloe is a hard-working Lynchburg local. She will be graduating from Brookville High School and will be heading to college soon and is undecided which career path is next. She enjoys getting to know all the staff and children at the Child Development Center. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, soccer, and hanging out with friends. Jeremiah 29:11 is her favorite bible verse.






Welcome Desk Attendant

Rebecca Swanson

Rebecca and her husband have been married for over 35 years and have 4 sons. They are blessed to also have 3 daughters-in-love and 3 granddaughters. Rebecca joined us in 2014 and has worked in many areas of our program including a floating aide, before school care, infant care, 2-year-old teacher, and is now as Welcome Desk Attendant. In her spare time, she LOVES to be with her family, but especially her granddaughters. She also loves being outdoors, hiking, and helping others in need.

CDC Staff

Carson D'Orio

Carson was born in Lynchburg. At age 5, she moved to Washington State for 4 years and then moved back to Lynchburg. She loves her mom's cooking and people who are kind. Carson loves how nice the staff is at Timberlake and working with the children and families at the CDC. She loves to travel, eat good food, and spend time with her family. She also likes to relax by binge-watching TV shows.

INFANT & TODDLER CARE TEAM

Infant & Toddler Program Leader

Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca grew up in Bedford County and went to Liberty University for the nursing program but decided to follow her passion of working with children. She is a wife and a mother of two children.

When not at work, she spends her time with her family and is always on the water in the warm months. She loves Italian and Mexican food.





Infant Teacher

Jill Dent

Jill grew up in New York and moved to Lynchburg to attend LU. She graduated in May 2021 with a degree in Family and Consumer Science, focusing on Early Childhood, and minoring in Psychology. She has worked in childcare since graduating.

Jill loves to read, cook/bake, and travel. Her favorite food is Mexican and Italian. She loves to work with children to help them learn and grow.

Her favorite song is Amazing Grace and her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31 and Proverbs 3:5-6

Toddler Teacher

Mary Johnson

Mary  loves the passion and unity among the teachers and children at Timberlake. She grew up in Maryland and became a medical researcher in Las Vegas. Mary's son has been the most important impact in her life by reminding her about the strength and courage that she has when times are tough. She enjoys seafood, gardening and grooming flowers. When she makes mistakes, she knows to acknowledge them and learn from them. Being a mom is the most important thing that makes her excited and alive!

Infant & Toddler Substitute

Libby Lankford

Libby's favorite bible story is when Jesus feeds the 5,000.

Libby is from Rustburg, VA and before coming to Timberlake, she was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Bedford County Nursing Home. She loves that we are one big family at Timberlake and she pretty much likes all food. Libby enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and going to fairs and local events.

 

 

 

 

Lead Toddler Teacher

Hannah Schiferl

Hannah is a senior at Liberty University pursuing a degree in Teaching English as a second language. Her dream is to teach children in other countries the English language as well as the love of Jesus. She has experience working with children of all ages. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite food is Kimbap, Korean Sushi.


Infant & Toddler Teacher

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie has grown up in Lynchburg and graduated from LCA in 2018. She is currently a sophomore at LU and is studying Family and Child Development. She has been volunteering in her church’s nursery for 9 years and has babysat for many families for the last 6 years. Her favorite dessert is ice cream and her favorite food is spaghetti.

 

Infant Teacher

Olivia Golden

Olivia was born in Alabama but grew up in Minnesota. She moved to Lynchburg in 2012 and loves it here! She loves to bake as often as she can, she loves music, a good book, skiing and hiking. Olivia is working toward a degree in Early childhood education. Besides being the second of 8 children, she has experience being a nanny, a nursery worker, and an English teacher for Magic Ears. Her favorite bible verse is Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever on the Lord.


Toddler Teacher

Ericka Pyle

Ericka grew up in Virginia with her Parents and younger brother. She attends UVA Wise and is majoring in Education. She is also a cheerleader at UVA Wise. She enjoys helping others and being a light. In Ericka’s free time she enjoys being outside; hiking or walking with her mom. She also enjoys cheering on her brother at his baseball games.

Ericka’s favorite bible verse is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven”.

EARLY LEARNING CENTER TEAM

ELC Teacher

Skyler Ayres

Skyler is a Toddler Teacher in our Child Development Center. She loves working with children because it is her passion to help them grow and learn. She also works in the church nursery on Sundays.


Skyler grew up in Forest and loves reading (Harry Potter and thriller books), spending time with friends, and watching movies with popcorn!

ELC Teacher

Suzy Bowman

Suzy and her husband, of 30 years, have four children, three boys and one girl. My oldest son is an Army Ranger, my middle son is married and lives in TN, my daughter is in college, and my youngest son is in high school. I have been teaching preschool for over 15 years and had an in-home daycare for 5 years.  In my free time, I love my family and outdoors, I love basketball and football live and on TV. 

ELC Teacher Assistant

Haley Cain

Haley grew up in Lynchburg. Her favorite foods growing up were green beans and french fries. While working at Timberlake, she loves being able to see the positive impact she has on the children.

Her favorite books/podcasts are Twilight, Harry Potter, Eleanor, and Park. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, dance, and spend time with family.

ELC Teacher

Pam Cain

Pam is married to her husband Michael, and they have two daughters, Haley and Emily, who attended Timberlake UMC's Early Learning Center.

In her  spare time, she loves taking long walks, swimming, reading, and being with her family.




ELC Teacher Assistant

Kiannah Hyde

Kiannah grew up in Lynchburg and attends LU. She loves spending time with family and friends, especially if it involves music and the outdoors.

Kiannah has always had a soft spot for children and is constantly amazed by their joy.

When she is not around people, Kiannah is either running, walking outside, singing, or reading. Her favorite place to be is at church surrounded by believers and worshipping the Lord.

ELC Teacher Assistant

Karly McKinney

Karly is from Northwest Indiana where she graduated high school and worked as a paraprofessional in a special education early childhood classroom.


She moved to Lynchburg in 2020 to finish her degree in zoo and wildlife biology at Liberty University.






ELC Teacher

Crystal Morris

God is with her, she will not fail psalm 46:5

 

Crystal is from Amherst County. She has been in the child care field since she was 18. In her spare time, she loves to hunt, fish, and garden. Her favorite thing to can is spaghetti sauce.

 

 

ELC Teacher

Kristie Newcomb

Kristie is a graduate of Jefferson Forest High School and Longwood University. She retired after 30 years of teaching in Campbell County. This is her second year of working with the summer program. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite food is Mexican.

ELC Teacher

Vicki Yutzy

Vicki has a passion for helping children learn and watching them grow as children of God.

She has a daughter whom she enjoys spending time with. She also enjoys baking and being outdoors; whether it be going for walks or gardening.

Her favorite color is sea glass green and her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:7….And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

ELC Teacher

Chris Smith

Chris has taught at Timberlake ELC for over 7 years. She started as a substitute, and then became a 4-year-old teacher and now she is one of the 3 year old teachers.

 

Chris has 3 children: Erik at the University of Louisiana, Noah a sophomore at Jefferson Forest High School and Lauren, a 5th grader at Otter River Elementary. She am involved in the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the schools that my children attend.

 

ELC Teacher Assistant

Kayla West

Kayla joins us from Northern, VA where she grew up and worked before moving to Lynchburg to attend college. In her free time she enjoys spending time with the Lord and her fiancé. She enjoys watching anything Steven Furtick. Kayla likes that Timberlake provides a sense of family among staff while giving children a Christian foundation. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the Lord in whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

ELC Teacher

Brenda Wilkerson

Brenda Wilkerson was blessed to be brought up in a Christian home with loving parents. She accepted Christ at a young age and is thankful to call Him her Lord and Savior.

 

Early in her life, God placed it in my heart, to work with children. God gave her a career of 33 years as a public-school teacher and has granted her the privilege of working with the children at Timberlake.

 

ELC Teacher

Abigail Wilmington

Abigail spent her childhood as a pastors child and was very involved in community missions outside of Atlanta.  

She moved to Lynchburg when she was 12.  Prior to joining us at Timberlake, she worked at another local daycare for 4 years. She enjoys nature, time with her family, listening to music, traveling, and being a part of a community. Her favorite foods are Mexican and Italian. Her favorite bible verse is, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35.

ELC Teacher Assistant

Joelle Yutzy

Joelle is a part-time floating aide at Timberlake. She works wherever she is needed, such as cleaning and helping with pick-up. In 2020 she graduated with her Associates Degree of science and art from CVCC. She is currently attending Liberty University with the goal of being a children’s counselor. She loves working with children and sharing with them how much Jesus loves them. Outside of work, she enjoys being outside, and spending time with her mom.


 ELC Teacher Assistant

Emma Porterfield

Emma grew up in Gretna, VA. She is currently attending Liberty University and is pursuing a degree to become a child life specialist. She hopes to have a future career at St. Jude hospital. She loves to read, garden, and watch movies in her free time. She loves to hang out with friends and attend a small group for Christian fellowship. She has worked in childcare, babysat, and nannied for several years. Her favorite verse is Psalms 46:10, and her favorite Bible story is Ruth and Joseph.




Substitute

Karen Penalva

Karen married and moved to Lynchburg in 1993.  She and her hubby Lou, have three grown sons.   She has worked with adults with physical and mental challenges and taught preschool.  She stayed at home with her boys and returned to work when her youngest was in middle school.  Karen taught at a local Day School and was Children’s Ministry Director for 5 years. Karen and Lou attend Timberlake and participate in Life Groups. Karen enjoys reading, taking vacations with Lou and loves family time.  When her kids are at home and around the table she is happiest.

Subsitute

Laura Scott

Laura grew up in the Lynchburg area and is married with one daughter who lives in Richmond. Laura has many years experience working with children, and she also has her CDA for preschool. She enjoys traveling, concerts, reading books of all kinds, and the beach! She is an animal lover but cats are her favorite. Laura loves her time with the children and she enjoys watching them grow and learn. It is very rewarding! 

ELC Teacher Assistant

Courtney Smith

Courtney has grown up in Lynchburg and has been a member at Timberlake all her life. She enjoys hanging out with friends and taking pictures as a side hobby. Some of her favorite childhood memories are those she created while playing with friends outside during long summer days. Her favorite books include Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Everything Everything. 

 

ELC Teacher Assistant

Jordan Bondurant

 

 

 

 

ELC Teacher Assistant

Erin Hedrick

Erin is a graduate of Brookville High School and a current student at Clemson University. Erin is dedicated to Timberlake and enjoys coming back during college breaks to help in multiple areas. 

SCHOOL AGE TEAM

 

Rising

Kindergarten

Sarah Rosser

Sarah was born in Pennsylvania and also lived in Michigan before moving to Lynchburg almost 25 years ago. She is married and has two sons. Her older son is 24 and lives in Richmond, and her younger son is 17 and a senior at Brookville High School. She has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education and has spent the last 14 years as the Lead Pre-K teacher and Co-Director at a local preschool.

Rising

Kindergarten

Ashley Hudson

Jasmine grew up in Memphis, TN and attends Liberty University. Jasmine enjoys spending her free time outdoors. She enjoys hiking, hammocking, and spending time with friends. Jasmine’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

 

Rising Kindergarten &

1st Grade, 3 Day

Faith Thomas

Faith attends Longwood University for Nursing School. She is a member of Timberlake, and is a very active volunteer in the Sunday school classes and nursery. She is excited to start her 2nd year of Summer Camp and to meet everyone!  

 

 

 

 

Rising

1st Grade

Rachel Riordan

Jasmine grew up in Memphis, TN and attends Liberty University. Jasmine enjoys spending her free time outdoors. She enjoys hiking, hammocking, and spending time with friends. Jasmine’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Rising

1st Grade

Jasmine Williams

Jasmine grew up in Memphis, TN and attends Liberty University. She enjoys hiking, hammocking, and spending time with friends. Jasmine’s favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 

Rising

2nd Grade

Gabby Roberts

Gabby grew up in Woodbridge, VA. She is currently in school for a nursing major and special education minor at The University of Lynchburg. When Gabby is not in school, she likes to cook, spend time with friends and family, and read. Her favorite author is Jodi Piccoult, and her favorite book is Small Great Things.  

Rising

2nd Grade

Skylar Wright

Skylar grew up in Lynchburg, VA and is a senior at the University of Lynchburg. She is married to her husband Brandon and they have a dog, Ellie. She has attended Timberlake for 5 years and also serves on the AV team. Her favorite things to do are shopping, watching Friends and Criminal minds, and going to the beach. Her favorite bible verse is Luke 43:2. 

 

 

 

Rising

3rd Grade

Terry Lee

Terry Lee is from Woodbridge, Virginia. He moved to Lynchburg to  attend the University of Lynchburg  and run track. He majored in Elementary Education and minored in English in 2017 and received his masters in Educational Leadership PK-12 in 2019. He currently coaches track for the University of Lynchburg and is receiving his second masters in Early Childhood Special Education. He loves sports, playing and watching. 

Rising

3rd Grade

Allie Mays

Allie is originally from Amherst County and is currently attending Liberty University where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She previously worked at a childcare facility and has experience with ages ranging from 2 years old to school age children. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and watching movies. Her favorite bible verse is Luke 1:37, "For with God nothing shall be impossible". 

Rising

4th Grade

Becca Sipper

Becca has worked at TUMC for the past 5 years. This will be her 6th summer and she is so excited. She loves music and outdoor activities. Her favorite thing about working with kids is getting to watch them experience new things.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rising

4th Grade

Bryan Polk

Bryan graduated from JF High School and currently attends Clemson University. He is a psychology major and plans on going to Occupational Therapy school in the future. Bryan loves to spend time with friends, play sports, and go on adventures. He spends much of his time being involved with Clemson Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

 

Rising

5th & 6th Grade

Esra Jensen

Esra is a graduate from Liberty University with a B.S. in Human Services a minor in Psychology and Sociology, and a Masters in Human Services Counseling Executive Leadership. He has been a teacher for the ELC and School Age Programs. He is excited to start his 2nd year of working at Summer Camp. 

 

 

Rising

5th & 6th Grade

Sarah Brumfield

Sarah has been working at Timberlake for the past two years. She attended Longwood University, has taught middle school English, and is currently the teacher over the publications program at Brookville High School. Sarah loves chai tea, running, and reading. 

Floating Aide &

Substitute

Faith Stanley

Faith just finished her third year at Longwood University. She is studying to be an elementary school teacher. She subs for Campbell County Schools. This is her third summer here at Timberlake. She is so excited to be back and cannot wait to meet everyone. 


Floating Aide &

Substitute

Alexis Hargis

Alexis is a Lynchburg local. She is currently enrolled at Liberty University pursuing a degree in Strategic Communications. She loves building relationships with all the children. Outside of work she dedicates her time to volunteering as a life group leader for middle school girls and managing multiple social media accounts.  

Floating Aide &

Substitute

Lizzy Braud

Lizzy is a senior at Lynchburg College, studying Elementary Education. This is her third summer working at TUMC. She is very excited about seeing everyone and is looking forward to having a great summer! 





Admin Support

Tiana Schiferl

Tiana is a graduate from Liberty University with a BS is Religious Studies concentration and a MA in Theological Studies. After working for Timberlake for many years she is now a Mental Health Associate for Rivermont Schools. She enjoys still being a part of Timberlake in many different ways.