Team Members


Executive Director

Name: Lori Moulton
Qualifications: AA in Early Childhood Education from Mater Dei College, BA in Elementary Education (K-6 with an Early Childhood Concentration) and MS in Reading K-12 from SUNY Potsdam.
Date of Hire: July 1998

Office Manager

Name: Naomi Scovil

Qualifications: AAS Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Canton, May 2000.

Date of Hire: June 2017

Program Assistant

Name: Linda Dashnaw
Qualifications: BA in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam, Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Professional Recognition, Preschool Teacher and Education Coordinator in a previous childcare setting.
Date of Hire: August 2007

Lead Infant Caregiver

Name: Heather Lauzon
Qualifications: Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.
Date of Hire: August 2003

Assistant Infant Caregiver

Name: Misty Haggett
Qualifications: High School Diploma, and currently working on the Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.
Date of Hire: August 2017

Lead Toddler One Caregiver

Name: Dana Bray

Qualifications: Associates Degree in Teacher Education from Gateway Community College, New York State Certified Teaching Assistant, Level 1, ABA Program at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Child Associate at Carthage Central School

Date of Hire: February 2021

Assistant Toddler One Caregiver

Name: MacKenzie Rockefeller

Qualifications: Certificate in Early Childhood from Seaway Tech BOCES

Date of Hire: November 2020

Lead Toddler Two Caregiver

Name: Brytney Laird
Qualifications: BA in Literature/Writing and Psychology; MST in Secondary Education and Advanced Certification of College Teaching
Date of Hire: August 2014

Assistant Toddler Two Caregiver

Name: Emmalyn Ellsworth (on maternity leave)
Qualifications: Certificate in Early Childhood from Seaway Tech BOCES
Date of Hire: December 2020

Lead Progressive Caregiver

Name: Molly Moniere

Qualifications: Associates Degree in Early Childhood from SUNY Canton.

Date of Hire: July 2016

Assistant Progressive Caregiver

Name: Jessey Pomainville

Qualifications: BOCES Early Childhood Program, former Teacher Assistant for Potsdam Headstart, and working toward a National CDA Credential

Date of Hire: February 2021

Lead Preschool 3 Teacher

Name: Stacia Jeroulis

Qualifications: Certificate in Early Childhood from Adirondack Community College; BA in Geology and MST in Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam.

Date of Hire: August 2018

Assistant Preschool 3 Teacher

Name: TBA


Date of Hire:

Lead Preschool 4 Teacher

Name: Kimberly Newton

Qualifications: AAS Degree in Early Childhood from Mater Dei College, May 1996.

Date of Hire: August 2017

Assistant Preschool 4 Teacher

Name: Hunter Neufang

Qualifications: BS in Biology and MS in Secondary Education.  Currently working on her teacher certification.  She has had teacher related experience at Brushton Moira School, Salmon River Elementary School, the Giggles & Wiggles Daycare in Malone and the St. Lawrence NYSARC in Norwood.

Date of Hire: September 2020

Lead School Age Teacher

Name: Jasmine Ruiz (Sub)

Qualifications: BA in Chemistry and Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam, Assistant Coach for SUNY Potsdam Track and Field, Girl Scout Leader

Date of Hire: October 2019


Name: Robin Snyder

Date of Hire: July 2020

Assistant Cook

Name: (TBD)

Date of Hire:

Alternate Assistants/Floaters/Substitutes

Amanda Averill

Erica Berger

Taylor Boehlert

Hanna Ceresoli

Spencer (Grace) Donie

Marsha Fitzsimmons

Mollie Gotham

Destinie Guillen

Sally Murray

Coral Pondysh

Jasmine Ruiz

Morgan Sabre

Taylor Scovil

Makenna Taillon

SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, Inc. employs substitutes and student aides on a part time basis.

Ongoing Training for Staff

All individuals working in the childcare profession must have at least 30 hours of training every two years. New York State designates areas of training in specific areas. Each childcare professional must have at least one training in each of the designated core body of knowledge areas listed below:

(1) principles of childhood development, including the appropriate supervision of children, meeting the needs of children enrolled in the program with physical or emotional challenges and behavior management and discipline;

(2) nutrition and health needs of children;

(3) child day care program development;

(4) safety and security procedures, including communication between parents and staff;

(5) business record maintenance and management;

(6) child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention;

(7) statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care;

(8) statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment;

(9) education and information on the identification, diagnosis, and prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome; and

(10) adverse childhood experiences, focused on understanding trauma and on nurturing resiliency.


Childcare CPR/AED/First Aid instruction is provided every two years.