Family Child Care Partnerships
206 Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 844-3208 (office)
(877) 892-FCCP (toll free)
(334) 844-4515 (fax)
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Monday - Friday
Dr. Ellen Abell, Director since 1999 Dr. Abell provides leadership and is responsible for the activities of the FCCP Staff. She is an Extension Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Abell's research and extension work focuses on the development and care of young children. She wants to make research-based information understandable and available to people who care about children, so that they can provide information children with the high quality environments and interactions that foster healthy growth and development. Dr. Abell enjoys performing arts, handicrafts, art glass and beading and wire craft. She enjoys travel, reading, contradancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Ellaine Miller, Program Coordinator since 2000 Ellaine provides content support, crisis management, data analysis, program evaluation, mentor training, and conducts client visits to promote successful accreditation attempts. Her professional interests are teacher-child relationships, children's social and emotional development, children's friendships and children's self-esteem. Ellaine's personal interests are sewing, gardening, travel, antiguing, reading Stephen King book, playing games, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Lisa Ditchkoff, Budget Manager and Executive Assistant since 2002 Lisa earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University. Lisa's job responsibilities are managing budget, updating web site, and working as a liason with Department of Human Resources and university administrative offices. Her professional interests are impacting lives of children and families, event coordinating, budget management, networking with people, and learning new challenges. Lisa enjoys traveling, water skiing, exercising, antique shopping, playing cards and board games, and spending time with her husband and two children and friends.
Apredee Harris, Program Manager since 2002
Joy Bowden, OfficeManager
State of Alabama Program Mentors
Zana Allen Zana serves Morgan, Cullman, and Blount Counties in Alabama. She is a graduate student at Alabama A & M University and will graduate in the Fall of 2003 with a Master's Degree in Special Education. She is a mother of two wonderful children and spends every spare moment enjoying them! Cindy Carden, mentor since 2002 Cindy serves Lawrence, Franklin, Marion, and Colbert Counties. Cindy is an active participant in her community and local church. She enjoys collecting children's books and porcelaine dolls. Melonease Clark, mentor since 1999 Melonease serves Houston, Coffe, Henry, and Dale Counties. She worked in her home as a home day care provider for eight years prior to FCCP. Melonease's professional interests are vacationing with her family, sewing, and reading. She actively participates in helping with church related functions. She enjoys working with children and providers. Cathy Collier, mentor since 2000 Cathy serves Huntsville and Madison Counties. She is interested in Quality ChildCare for all children. She believes that every child should receive appropriate developmental learning opportunities regardless of their economic, mental, or physical being. Cathy enjoys reading in her spare time. Cathy served on the board for Mentally Retarded Adults at the Opportunity Center in Huntsville. Elizabeth Crocker, mentor since 2000 Elizabeth serves Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Bibb, Lamar, and Fayette Counties. Elizabeth is a certified Child Life Specialist. Her thesis work for her master's degree focused on parental presence during anesthesia induction of their child. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with friends and family and her husband to be. she works with infants and toddlers in her church. She enjoys the performing arts, movies, traveling, reading, and music. Gloria Day Gloria serves Lee and Macon Counties. Gloria has worked as a Preschool Teacher and an Assistant Director of a DayCare Center. Gloria enjoys being a mother of three children, gardening, and reading. She always enjoys learing new information about childcare. Dionne Edison, mentor since 2002 Dionne serves Greene, Hale, Marengo, Sumter and Choctow Counties. In addition to working as a mentor, Dionne's professional interests are working as an education consultant and working with youth. Her personal interests are Girl Scout Leading, Volunteering with AmeriCorps, the elderly and church. Dionne enjoysarts and crafts. Her specialty is crocheting one of a kind afghans. Vernetta Foster, mentor since 2001 Vernetta serves Calhoun and Etowah Counties. Her interests are working with all aged children in different settings. It is her desire to share her time, knowledge, and resources with anyone who has a desire to enrich the lives of children and helping them reach their full potential. Vernetta enjoys hands on home decor such as room arrangement, painting, wallpapering, flower arranging, and holiday seasonal set up.
Geneva King Serves Madison County. Geneva would like to do everything possible so that children can be provided with the highest quality of care so that they can grow to reach thier fullpotential. She enjoys cooking, shopping, and reading. Geneva also enjoys the performing arts, especially orchestra.
Michelle Keesee Michelle serves Lee and Russell Counties. In additional to working as an FCCP mentor, Michelle works statewide mock observerer to promote accreditation standards. Michelle earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. She worked in the Auburn University Child Study Center. Michelle is loves Auburn football and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Karla Martin Serves Marshall and Jackson Counties. Karla worked as the director of a child care center for nine years. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses, and playing softball.
Brenda Nielson, mentor since 2002 Serves Mobile and Washington Counties. Brenda also works as an early education instructor for GRCMA. She isalso writing and illustrating a children's book. Brenda loves all kinds of music. She is an avid reader and enjoys crafts of all kinds, especially knitting.
Lisa Nimmer, mentor since 2000 Serves Butler and Montgomery Counties. Lisa enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, and fitness.
Ellouise Pennington, since 1999 Serves Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee, and Barbour Counties. Ellouise worked in day care for more than 15 years. Her professional goal is to work hard and help every home provider to become accredited. Ellouise would like to see all children reach their potential. She enjoys family, sewing,travelling and singing in her church choir.
Hannah Shakespeare, mentor since 1999 Serves Covington, Crenshaw, and Butler Counties. Hannah's professional interests are to aid providers in her coverage area to become one of the best quality child care providers in the state by helping them advance their quality of care. Hannah enjoys her two children, her family and her church. She enjoys helping community children strive to do their best and acheive all they can and especially to never give up before reaching their goals. Karyl Spillman Serves Dekalb, Jackson, Cherokee, and Marshall County. Karyl is a licensed social worker who also works with a local faith based Hospice Program, works as a church secretary, and is a drama team member. Karyl enjoys raising and breeding Bassett Hounds. She will be writing, producing, and directing her first church drama. Sylvia Spratling, mentor since 2002 ServiesTallapoosa and Elmore Counties. Sylvia also works as a Trainer/Childcare Consultant for her local CMA. Her professional interests are to open a childcare center in her hometown or to open a quality family childcare center. Sylvia enjoys attending all sporting events, reading, spending time with her family, and attending church services. Gloria Jean Sutton, mentor since 2000 Serves Mobile and Baldwin County. Gloria's main professional interests are to help providers recognize what they do. As a former child care provider, Gloria has great passion for FCCP and helping to educate her providers and serve their children better. Gloria is the Vice President for the Hospitality Department in her church. She enjoys making others feel good and smile-therefore, enjoys making her providers feel like she cares for them by making gifts and giving them ideas through motivational techniques. Gloria has many creative skills. Mamie Thomas, mentor since 2001 Serves Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale Counties. Mamie is a former daycare director and also worked for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC.) Mamie enjoys sewing, cooking, and church related functions. Kellie Tolar, mentor since 2001 Serves Dale, Geneva, Barbour, Houston, Henry, and Coffee Counties. Kellie's ultimate professional goal is to provide family child care providers with resources to enable them to provide quality care. Kellie loves music, movies, and being with her friends and family. Medella Watson, mentor since 2000 Serves Talladega, Calhoun, St. Clair, Etowah, Randolph, and Cleburne Counties. Medella's professional interests are her love for children and caring to enhance quality care for children across the state. Medella enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, and long walks. Augusta Watters, mentor since 1999 Serves Marengo and Dallas Counties. Augusta is also a certified passenger safety technician. She loves participating in various church activities and spending time with her family.
Barbara Wright, mentor since 2002 Serves the Birmingham area including Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Barbara has worked in Early Childhood for about 20 years. She also worked as a home childcare provider for eight years. She really enjoys working with children and hope to improve the quality of their lives. Barbara enjoys painting and a variety of crafts. She reads just about anything she can and enjoys gardening and cooking.