2016 Mothers of the Year®

Beth Wilder - Alabama

A native of Montevallo, Alabama, Beth lives in Birmingham with her husband and three children. After graduating from Auburn University, she began her career as a writer and editor in corporate communications, but decided in 1995 to become a stay-at-home mom to her young children. She enjoyed a decade of carpools and PTO, but never completely gave up working, serving as a freelance writer, reading tutor, and literacy advocate. In 2005, she helped found the Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama and served as its president before joining the board of the Literacy Council in 2006. She took over as director of that agency full-time in 2010 and guided it to unprecedented growth, implementing new adult programming and overseeing the construction of the Literacy Council Center for Lifelong Learning. She is a member of The Women’s Network, Sunrise Rotary, and serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Literacy Alliance.

Candice Jesclard - Alaska

Candice Jaye Jesclard was born in El Paso, Texas on August 5, 1952 to Jay and Georgia Riggs. She wasn’t even a year old when the family moved to New Mexico so her father could finish college. The big adventure came when her family loaded into a station wagon and drove the ALCAN Highway to relocate in Anchorage, Alaska. Candi attended junior high and high school in Anchorage. After graduation, she attended Western New Mexico University and Brigham Young University majoring in English. While attending BYU she met her husband, Lawrence (Larry) Jesclard. They were married and had their first son while still at BYU. The family moved back to Alaska and had five more children; four daughters and another son. Candi and her husband owned three businesses together, all of which were fire protection related. Larry passed away in 2009 and Candi still owns and operates their last business.

Erica Anderson - Arizona

Erica was the firstborn child of parents who taught her the meaning of love, faith and fortitude. She grew up in Southern California and after graduating from high school, attended Ricks College in Rexburg, ID, as well as Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She left college to serve a mission for her church in New Orleans, LA where she learned to speak Spanish. After returning home she met and married Doug Anderson. They have been married for 23 years and have four astounding children. Erica spends her weekdays working as the Principal's Secretary at a local elementary school. She finished her Associates in April 2015 and plans to go back to school the Spring of 2016 to finish her Bachelors. Erica was diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2015 and subsequently experienced surgery. She is currently finishing chemotherapy. She and her family ran in Phoenix's Undy Run in November 2015 and when Erica is done with chemotherapy she plans on volunteering with the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Christie Erwin - Arkansas

Christie Erwin’s deep love for children led her and husband, Jeff, to become foster parents in 1993, for a private, non-profit adoption agency. It was there that the foundation for Christie’s passion and driving concern for children in foster care was laid. The Erwin’s became foster parents for the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services in 2004. They fostered over fifty children during their twenty years of fostering. Christie’s book The Middle Mom is her story. Christie is a 2009 Congressional Coalition on Adoption “Angel in Adoption” award winner. She was the Chairman of the Pulaski County Adoption Coalition for 4 years as well as coordinator of the Pulaski County Heart Gallery and was a founding member of The C.A.L.L. Christie now serves as the Executive Director of Project Zero. The Erwin’s have 6 children ranging in age from 7-28; including two who are adopted, and one precious grandson!

Amy Hoyt - California

Amy Hoyt is the mother of five children, three of whom were born with varying abilities. Amy’s children have taught her to appreciate and work on behalf of children who are blind, deaf, or cognitively unique and have motivated her to learn ASL. Amy has a PhD in Women’s Studies in Religion and is a professor of Religion and Ethics. Her work focuses on experiences of motherhood for religious women, eradicating gender-based violence, and minimizing the influence of pornography on children. Amy’s current research focuses on examining the stories of women in Rwanda and South Africa who have survived national conflict and comparing models of transitional justice. Amy’s volunteer work includes writing grants for a school that serves children who are deaf, directing charity events to benefit special needs children, serving on the PTA at two schools, and teaching Sunday school at her local congregation.

Melonie Matarozzo - Colorado

Melonie Matarozzo lives in western Colorado with her husband, Tony, and two daughters, Dakotah and Mackenzie. She has worked as a Victim Services Advocate, being named Advocate of the Year in Colorado. While working to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault she helped create a sexual assault awareness program that was adopted in the local middle and high schools. When her daughter, Mackenzie was three she was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.  Mackenzie has been the Goodwill Ambassador with MDA and the family spends time every month doing public appearances on behalf of MDA. Melonie works for the Town of Collbran where she sits on the Economic Development Committee. The family enjoys their western way of life spending time with their horses, hunting, riding atv's, camping, and snowmobiling.

Michelle Wall - Delaware

Michelle Wall was born in San Jose, CA.  She has lived in 8 states but has called Delaware home since 2009. Michelle graduated from James Madison University (JMU) with a degree in Political Science and Political Communications.  After graduating from JMU, she was chosen to be a Virginia Governor's Fellow. She began her career at the Virginia Governor's Office and has worked for North Carolina State University, the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Arizona Republic. Michelle is an alumnus of Leadership Delaware (2014) and a volunteer for the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she was named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year.   In 2015 she was elected to the Appoquinimink School Board and is currently working as the fundraising and events coordinator for Ken Simpler, LLC.  Michelle is a Girl Scout Troop Leader and resides in Middletown with her husband and their 2 daughters.

Fern Clark - District of Columbia

Fern Clark was born to a single mother on November 8, 1955 in Washington DC. She lived with her mother and paternal grandmother until age 10. She never met her father. At age 10 her mother re-married and Fern had 4 sisters and two years later a brother. Fern was adopted by Dr. Robert Crawford and Fern was happy as one of 6 children in her new blended family. In high school Fern meet her high school sweetheart and later married Marty Clark. They have two children from that union of 25 years. Fern is a Christian and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church for 26 years where she is a Deaconess, church school teacher and previously the superintendent. Fern worked for Computer Sciences Corporation for 23 years as a Finance director. In 2013 she started DC Medical Services, a medical billing company, which provides billing and credentialing services for doctors.

Chinita Davis - Georgia

Born in Dublin, GA to Hardwick and Reva Davis, Chinita is the youngest of six children and the first in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree. Following graduation, she moved to Atlanta where due to a medical emergency she was told by her doctor that she would be barren. God saw things differently! Within a few brief years she gave birth to two amazing sons, Qualon and Jalen Bobbitt. Shortly afterwards, she found herself single, unemployed and on welfare for several months. Today, she has been employed at AT&T for almost 16 years, her son Qualon is a sophomore at Morehouse College and her youngest son Jalen is a senior at Arabia Mountain, now enrolled to attend LSU this fall. Chinita also serves as V.P. for the Morehouse College Parents Association, V.P. of Academics for Arabia Mountain PTSA and Senior Advisor for her sons’ non-profit organization Teens T.U.R.N U.P.

Lorraine Ball - Idaho

Lorraine and Ralph Ball, married 55 years, reside in Nampa, Idaho. Being the mother of nine children, grandmother of 45, and great grandmother of 32 is her greatest joy! Her greatest heartache was losing their eight-year-old son in an accident. When she was ten, her mother became seriously ill for one year. As the oldest daughter, Lorraine took on the role of mother to her three month old baby sister and four siblings. She loves cooking, sewing, quilting, and sharing their half-acre garden with family, friends, and their Assisted Living facility. She taught sewing in high school, and private lessons. She enjoys catering, and interior design. She has been a substitute teacher and tutor for 23 years. She writes children’s stories and enjoys water and snow skiing. A highlight of her life was serving an 18 month church mission with her husband, and they are currently teaching a regional adult institute class

Lisa Nieves - Illinois

Lisa Nieves, and her identical twin sister Lori, were born in May, 1964, joining three older siblings. Her parents, Clifton and Carol Black, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Lisa married young and became a mother at 18 to a daughter, Jodi Colonius. Lisa entered nursing school right after graduating High School, and has been a Registered Nurse at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois for 29 years.  Lisa remarried at 37 to Dan, becoming a stepparent to Cassidy, then 5 years old. In 2004 Lisa gave birth to Reagan and in 2005 gave birth to twins, Adan and Livia.  Dan and Lisa have enjoyed good health, and feel they have been blessed with great children. They now have a son-in-law, Aaron, and three wonderful grandchildren.  Their free time is spent driving children to and from dance, piano, guitar, and voice lessons, tumbling classes, baseball practices and going to church.

Barbara Wittmer - Iowa

Barbara was born in Wheeling West Virginia on January 27th 1937. Her father was a salesman so the family moved a lot. Before getting married and moving to Iowa on Jan 1st 1957, she was a city girl and lived in Bluefield, West Virginia, Dayton, Ohio, Marion, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois , and Hammond, Indiana. Barbara had 5 children from 1957 to 1967. In 1973 the family moved to the farm where she still lives. In 1980 her youngest son Ed was killed in a farm accident and this lead to taking in their 1st foster child. Barbara was diagnosis with breast cancer in 1987 and after 52 weeks of chemotherapy, she is 29 year survivor. Barbara is proud to have been chosen an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker in 1990. Warren passed away of a heart attack in 1995. With her Son, Bob , Barbara continued Dairy farming till a Grandson took over in 2007. Today that same grandson is farming the family farm -.She is proud of her 4 surviving children, 4 grandsons and her growing great grandchildren. Today many of her foster children still call on her for advice and check in with her as they raise their own children and go out into the world.

Kricket Anderson - Kansas

Kricket is a business owner, mother of two, grandmother of five, great grandmother of three. She has spent the last 43 years in Smolan, Kansas, population of 200, serving on the City Council for the past 20 years. She served three terms as President of Central Kansas Flywheels, an antique museum and organization primarily related to farming, located in Salina, Kansas. After losing her oldest daughter at 23, Kricket helped raise two grandchildren. Facing personal loss, again, when her husband died after a short bout with cancer, Kricket kept their machine shop business, Anderson Machine, operating with the help and support of family and friends. Kricket recently won her own battle with breast cancer, experiencing a double mastectomy. Kricket has faced many challenges and triumphs in her life with extraordinary commitment to her family, her friends and her community. When time allows, she enjoys camping and boating.

Kathie Davenport - Massachusetts

Kathie Davenport was born and raised in Dedham, Massachusetts to Eileen A. and John F. Davenport, Jr. Kathie’s mom and dad were extremely passionate in their relationship with God and the power of prayer. Her parents passed these beliefs on to their family. Kathie’s faith in God has been the foundation in which she bases her life. At the age of 23 God blessed her with a beautiful baby girl, Rachelle. Kathie was a single parent and because of that the bond between mother and daughter was unbreakable. Kathie’s greatest joy comes from spending time with her family and being a devoted Nana to her 11 month old grandson, Logan. Along with spending time with her family, Kathie also loves to fellowship with her church family, volunteer helping the homeless and hosting city children at her horse farm.

Lisa List - Minnesota

Lisa List grew up in a rural community in Northeast Nebraska. She is the oldest of 4 children. Growing up her parents instilled in her the importance of family, faith and a strong work ethic. Lisa’s mother had a home daycare for several years and Lisa was her side kick, helping care for the little ones. She always knew that someday she wanted to be a Mom and and wanted a career working with children. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earning her Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders and her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology. In July of 1996 she married her husband Mike. They made their home in Bloomington, MN. Lisa has worked for the Bloomington Public Schools for the past 18 years as an Early Childhood Speech Language Pathologist. She enjoys her career but her most treasured job is that of being a Mom to daughters, Madison, 14 and Molly, 11.

Jessica How - Montana

Jessica How was born March 12, 1989, in Portland, OR. She attended Tamarack Springs Academy in Polebridge, Montana and as a child, enjoyed fishing, horses and playing in the great outdoors! She went on to join the Montana Army National Guard and became an active member of the Honor Guard .Later Jessica enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She has two children ages 3 and 8. She manages Remedies day Spa, where she is also a licensed massage therapist. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors and any adventures that may come her way.

Sue Venteicher - Nebraska

Sue Venteicher was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She grew up with 4 siblings and her mother and stepfather, Mary and Steve Johnson. Sue attended Marian High School and the University of Nebraska in Omaha.  As an employee for 23 years, she currently works as the Phlebotomy Trainer and Educator at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Sue’s greatest joys in life are her children - Magann(29), Lexi(28), Jordan(27), Colten(25), Hillary(24), Dylan(22) and Brooklynn(19).  This fall Sue and Steve became “empty nesters” for the first time. Their home remains busy as they spend the week caring for their grandchildren - Stephen, Hailey, Kylie and June. Sue has always been active in her church and community. She volunteers both as a mentor with Catholic Charities of Omaha and as a Supervised Visitation Worker. Giving back to the community and helping children are two of Sue’s highest priorities.

Amy Ellsworth - Nevada

Amy Ellsworth was born and raised in beautiful, sunny southern California to amazing parents who taught her well. She is the second of six children. She considers her siblings and parents to be a great treasure. Her family (both the one she was raised in and the one she has now) is her greatest gift in this life. She wisely married her sweetheart only seven months after meeting him saying, “If it’s right, why wait”. They have been married for 21 years and have adopted 4 children at birth and a sibling group of 3 children. She is very involved with her church and has served in multiple capacities such as teaching youth, overseeing 200 children, family history teacher, and young women’s instructor.  She is also involved with the Boy Scouts of America cub scouts program and has volunteered at the Red Cross.  Amy has also served as a foster mom. God and Family are the top priorities in her life.

Lisa Ure - New Jersey

Lisa Beck Ure was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She is one of five children, her mother emigrated from Germany at age 8; her father was born and raised on a farm in Oregon. Lisa has extensive international experience. She served a full time mission to the island of Kosrae (Micronesian Islands) where she taught family values and provided service for 18 months. She also participated in a study abroad program in Jerusalem, and a humanitarian aid mission to Kenya. Lisa married the love of her life and is raising seven beautiful children. Lisa can most often be found in the kitchen creating her own recipes (and delivering them to families in need) and cooking along side her children. She enjoys organizing her home and playing games with her family. Lisa is adventurous and enjoys the outdoors including, water-skiing, snow skilling, hiking, biking, and has climbed Mt Kilamanjaro. Lisa holds a bachelors degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University.

Dianne Hughes - New Mexico

Fifty-one years ago, Dianne married John Hughes, a godly man and her childhood sweetheart. She is the mother of two beautiful children and grandmother of one girl and four boys. Dianne graduated with a BFA from Texas Christian University and has volunteered with numerous organizations in Fort Worth, Texas, where she and John lived; First Grandmother’s Club, Young Life Committee, Bible Study Fellowship, Junior League, Jewel Charity Ball, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni, Fort Worth Woman’s Club; Roundelay Club, Windsor Club, Cook Children’s Hospital Woman’s Board, Horseshoe Club President, Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas Board, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher, McKinney Bible Church building committee and Ladies Day, Tarrant County Campaign Headquarters Director for George W Bush for Texas Governor, Pet Partners, Inc., Delta Hearts of Gold President, and HOPE AACR. Recently, she and John moved to Red River, New Mexico, a place where their family has vacationed since 1973 and where Dianne currently serves as a board member for the Community House, and is a volunteer for special events in the Red River and Taos area.

Jenifer Moss - New York

Jenifer Moss loves blue skies, crayon drawings, blowfish kisses on her windows, and vases full of wilted dandelions.  Learning to mother 8 children has been her greatest education and her deepest joy.  She is married to a darling business professor.  Together they pretend they know how to raise cows, a horse, a bunny, free-range chickens and free-range children on their little farm in Upstate New York.  Working with her local Tully School PTO, the Red Cross, InterFaith Works of Syracuse, Hope for Accreta Foundation and as a Public Affairs Representative for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints keeps her involved in her community.  Jenifer’s life has been spared many times.  Because of this she knows that hard times refine our souls and that each day is a gift.  She is grateful to find joy in small moments and to live her happily ever after.

Andrea Cooke - Ohio

Andrea Cooke was born on April 2, 1977 in Hampton Virginia. She devotes her life to serving the community, the destitute around the neighborhood and most importantly her family. She spent many years building her family after and business in Columbus, Ohio is where she lived most of her adult life. Andrea belongs to a non-denominational church, where she loves giving hugs. Andrea has five children, three biologically and two step children who she raised no differently, but feels that being a stepmother made her a stronger woman. When she has extra time, she loves relaxing in the Jacuzzi for some peace and quiet or enjoying her favorite dessert, chocolate chip cookies.  She's an only child and married to the love of her life, Michael Cooke Jr. Andrea is a loving person whether you’re a stranger or family.

Shouna Olson - Oklahoma

Shouna was raised in El Reno and graduated from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.   She has been married to Gary for 41 years in a beautiful life partnership. Being a wife, parent, and homeschool mom for 21 years to their three children has been a priority. Shouna has enjoyed using her gift of hospitality to host international students from around the world for home stays.  Inspired by their son Preston, who has Down Syndrome, she served on the team that created “Camp Perfect Wings,” became the co-founder and director of the “Joyful Sound Choir”, and co-founded the “Wings Special Needs Community”.   Gary and Shouna also serve as guardians through TARC for their friend Michael, who needs an advocate.  TARC is a network of programs and services that provides education, advocacy and support in order to empower people with developmental disabilities.  It enables families to maximize the quality of life.

Rachel Oring - Pennsylvania

Rachael E. Oring was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Johnson and Wales in 1997 with a BS in Hospitality Management. Upon graduation, she worked in the event planning industry. Rachael left the corporate life after having her third son five years ago and now focuses her time on raising her three boys and giving back to the community.  In 2014 Rachael founded Breakfast Club for Seniors™, a nonprofit organization that provides meals to Bucks County seniors in need. Rachael proudly serves as Vice President of Education at the local religious school her children attend and also volunteers in other organizations like Big Brother Big Sisters of Mercer County with their annual Christmas gift drive and golf outing. Rachael lives in Yardley, PA with her husband, Richard and their three sons Ethan, Myles and Logan.

Zoraida Marrero- Vázquez - Puerto Rico

The mother of 4 children, Tans Saad, Antonio Saad, Emanuel Figueroa and Zoraima Figueroa, Zoraida was born in Puerto Rico in 1948. The happy grandmother to 3 granchildren, Licer Saad, Mila Saad and Yael, she graduated as a laboratory technician from the University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus in 1970. Zoraida once dreamed of becoming a Nun, but recognized that she could continue helping the needy and be a mother, as well.  In l985, Zoraida founded Laboratorio Clinico Bayamon. Her success has allowed her involvement with local shelters, such as the Ombusman Shelter of Citizens, New Hope House, Sicopedagogic Institute, De Jesus Food Bank, and the Association for the Blind. As President of various other community organizations, she has served as a link between the entity and government as to obtaining funding for the operation of these entities.

Katie McGauley - South Carolina

Katie was born in Charleston, South Carolina and has spent her whole life in this beautiful city. She attended The College of Charleston where she majored in Early Childhood Education. She met a wonderful man and they were married in 2001. They became involved in the foster care system and adopted two amazing sons. Shortly after they had three beautiful daughters. Katie homeschools her four children who are still at home. Her oldest is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denver Colorado. Katie is very involved in her church youth group and loves working with the young women there. Katie loves to read, spend time with her family and serve those around her.

Laurie Visser - South Dakota

Laurie was raised in South West Minnesota and attended Bible school in Oklahoma. She moved closer to home to live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and soon married the love of her life, Greg Visser.  Greg served in the Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq for a year, while Laurie continued to work at the hospital and began nursing school. Greg returned home in 2005 and began the struggle of readjusting to civilian life. Two years later, Laurie graduated from nursing school at the University of South Dakota when the family moved to Yankton, South Dakota, where they currently reside with their four children, Lauren (14), Graham (11), Gabe (5), and Nora (4). Laurie loves her position as a traveling registered nurse. Recently, their family had the privilege of Laurie getting to be a gestational carrier for a family on the east coast. It was a wonderful experience the whole family will always cherish. Laurie is currently returning to school with aspirations of becoming a certified family nurse practitioner.  She absolutely loves being a mom and knows she is going to one day miss all of the craziness in life trying to balance a career and family.

Diane Roche - Tennessee

Diane is a mother of 3, stepmother of 4 and a grandmother of 7. After her youngest child was in college, she applied to medical school to become a Physician Assistant. Her medical training has required her to travel around the United States and work in many hospitals, clinics and rural areas. Diane believes that motherhood has provided her with the ideal training for this second career. She credits her children and husband for her success. They have been the driving force to encourage her to dream and succeed. Diane and her husband, David, live in Sneedville, Tennessee.

Junia John-Straker - US Virgin Islands

Junia John-Straker has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the
Virgin Islands, Inc., the largest non-profit in the Virgin Islands, since February, 2007. Before her appointment to CEO, She served the organization for over 16 years as Chief fiscal Officer. She oversees a number of residential and non-residential programs that serve the needs of children, low-income adults and seniors, and the disabled of all ages. Ms. Straker has over 33 years of financial and management experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Her experience includes nine years with a Certified Public Accounting firm. Junia has served and currently serves on several non-profits and governmental boards to include a national board. She is a devout Christian and happily married to her soul mate, Michael Straker, owner and manager of Straker Motor, LLC. Junia has two wonderful sons, David and Michael (College Students).

Renee Hawkes - Utah

Renee Neilsen Hawkes resides in North Logan, Utah. Employed by the Cache County School District, she has taught kindergarten for 23 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and later earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Utah State University. She received the “Hats Off Award” for Outstanding Teaching in 2007, Teacher of the Year in 2009, served on the Cache District’s Math Committee, and taught other educators in Utah through the Elementary Core Academy. She was married to J. Bryant Neilsen, who was killed in a pedestrian accident in 1992, leaving her with two sons. She was married to Chad Hawkes, father of six sons, from 2001 to 2008, and they were blessed with a daughter. She has three granddaughters.

Katie Thompson - Vermont

Katie grew up in a small town in Berkshire Vermont and became a young mother at the age of nineteen. She has three children whom she adores and does everything for. Katie is a very independent and determined woman and always has her children's best interest at heart. Two years ago she started a business and has grown an organization of 50,000+, Uplifting, Empowering & Validating women across the globe. Her passion is to help others. One of Katie's daughters is a special needs child with two rare neurological diseases. She built her business to make sure that anything ever needed wouldn't ever be a burden to the family. The kids would always have what they needed,  medically and financially. Katie's life hasn't always been easy, but she has always had her children front and center, they are her reason for living.

Maggie Richards - Wisconsin

Maggie Richards was born and raised on a farm. There she learned the value of hard work. She thrived in school. She graduated valedictorian and attended Brigham Young University. There she met her husband and began her path to motherhood. At age 21, Maggie had her first baby and moved to Wisconsin. They quickly fell in love with Wisconsin and made it their home. Maggie now has eight children ranging in age from 4 to 19.  She has served her community by volunteering at her children’s schools, sitting on various committees, and serving faithfully in her church. Fall of 2016 will bring another major change in her life when her baby starts kindergarten. Maggie will return to school at UW-Madison to earn her nursing degree. Her dream is that someday she will be able to travel to Africa and use her nursing skills to aid children in orphanages.

Donna Harrison - Wyoming

Donna Harrison has been blessing the lives of Riverton, Wyoming children for 35 years. Since opening a preschool in 1980, she has taught exactly 1,668 students, many of those multiple years. Due to the preschool’s success, she and her husband, Dee, were asked by a development entity in Riverton to accept a $1.5 million grant to build and run a much needed 80 child daycare center. She works tirelessly to provide the best education and care for Riverton’s children and has no desire to retire. Donna has also served in the community teaching courses as a college adjunct professor and has presented at many Early Childhood conferences around the state. Additionally, as a Professional Development Specialist, she helps others across Wyoming to receive their early childhood education credential. Donna has also taught classes at the local hospital helping expectant parents know how to stimulate their infants’ intelligence and growth. She says her joy in working with other children is only surpassed by her own five children, who are all currently or will soon be graduated from college and married with families of their own.