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Meet Our Team

Board of Directors

rcboard@redcaboosechildcare.org

Aaron

Aaron Stephenson

Board President

I am a Red Caboose parent of two children, a daughter in the preschool program, and son who has participated in the school age program. In my professional life, I work with the US Geological Survey as a Senior Developer and Solutions Architect. In my free time, I enjoy reading, getting outdoors to hike and canoe, and attempting to become a decent cook.  I am excited about the future of Red Caboose as we continue our work of serving children and families in Madison.


ColinColin Stroud

Board Vice President

I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. My family and I found out about Red Caboose when we moved back from Washington D.C. I am grateful that we found such a vibrant, diverse, and loving environment for our two children and that I get to be part of this vital organization. In my professional life, I work as an attorney focusing primarily on civil rights.

 


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Cindy Gillis

Board Treasurer

I grew up in Stevens Point, but have called the Madison area home for over 30 years. I currently work for UW-Madison, but my previous employer is an accounting firm specializing in non-profits. That is how I became involved with Red Caboose as I did their monthly accounting. Their staff and mission inspired me to join the Board.

 


Phil O'LearyPhil O’Leary

Board Secretary

I currently operate my family farm in Rock County Wisconsin and am an emeritus University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professor. I am an agricultural and environmental engineer. As Engineering Professional Development chair, I coordinated outreach programs across a wide range of engineering disciplines. I also created and directed, Camp Badger Engineering Summer Program, a large middle school experiential leaning initiative.

 


KCKC Gilbertson

Board Member

I have a social work degree and have been working with children and families for many years including as a Site Supervisor and Camp Director with Red Caboose since 2008.

 

 


RC_Heiman_Cheryl_01081Cheryl Heiman

Board Member

I have been a teacher with Red Caboose since 1974 and have been the Lead Teacher in the Turtle Room for most of those years.  Things have changed over the years, but our commitment to providing exceptional care and early childhood education continues.

 

 


Kris Moelter

Board Member

I have been part of the Madison community for over 20 years. My community work revolves around strengthening families and trying to make our systems more equitable and inclusive, including serving as a peacemaker with the Dane County Community Restorative Court, and being a member of the Community Response Team and Dane County Timebank.

 


Robby 2Robby Schiller

Board Member

I worked at Red Caboose for many years and wish to continue to contribute to the success of this organization that I love and that has done so much for me. I feel as if I will be a valuable resource and contributor and bring a unique perspective to the table. I hope to focus on events, piloting new programs, and engaging with the greater Madison community as well as learn from the other members of the Board.

 

 

 

Leadership Team

Anderson

Jason Anderson

Executive Director, Board Member (non-voting)

director@redcaboosechildcare.org

My career has been dedicated to creating the conditions that support the social and emotional development of children through quality child care, after school programs and summer camps.  I am eager to connect with families and become part of Red Caboose’s quintessentially Madison story while collaborating with our staff and community partners to write the next chapter.


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Lisa Fiala

Project Administrator

admin@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been with Red Caboose for many years in various roles including School Age Program Director, Executive Director and now Project Administrator.  I am excited to be working on Red Caboose’s new facility project and our New Tracks Capital Campaign to make it happen.

 


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Wendy Rakower

Director Emeritus

emeritus@redcaboosechildcare.org

I served as the Executive Director at Red Caboose for many years.  I am grateful to continue to support Red Caboose’s development efforts.

 


Ashlee CauseyAshlee Causey

Preschool Program Director, Board Member (non-voting)

ppd@redcaboosechildcare.org

I’m excited to join the Red Caboose Family! I’ve worked in Early Childhood Education for the past 11 years as a teacher.  I’m originally from Southern California and received my Bachelor of Science in Child Development from Fresno State. I’ve always been passionate about working with children, families, and colleagues who share that same passion. I believe in order to create a safe and fun space for children to flourish, staff must feel the same! This is the environment I hope to cultivate with all of you!


Laura Rogers NEW

School-Age Program Director, Board Member (non-voting)

school.age@redcaboosechildcare.org

I am the School Age Program Director. I have been working with school age children since 2005. In 2012 I earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. I was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.

 

 

Administrative Team

Jen RoughenJennifer Roughen

Billing Coordinator

Billing: billing@redcaboosechildcare.org

Joining the administrative team at Red Caboose is an opportunity to combine my accounting experience and my child care experience.  I am also utilizing my childcare nutrition experience to support our Nutrition Program. I am looking forward to working with and supporting all of our Red Caboose families.

 


Beth Feeney

Beth Feeney

Enrollment Coordinator

sapenroll@redcaboosechildcare.org

I am a Madison native who recently moved back from Los Angeles with my daughter. I have a degree in Secondary Education from UW-Whitewater, and have been working with youth of all ages for over 12 years in various capacities and regions of the country, including Brooklyn, NY and San Diego, CA.

 

 

Nutrition Program

Kaylidh Gunnon

Kaylidh Gunnon

Nutrition Coordinator

rc-nc@redcaboosechildcare.org

My family and I relocated to Madison from Colorado high country. I have been in the culinary industry for over 10 years and am a professionally trained chef with specialties in French and wellness cuisine. I’m excited to merge my cooking career with being a mother and cooking at Red Caboose while growing with this community.

 

 

Preschool Program Teams

Turtle Room Team

RC_Heiman_Cheryl_01081Cheryl Heiman

Turtle Room (11-24 mo.) Lead Teacher, Board Member

turtles@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been a teacher with Red Caboose since 1974 and have been the Lead Teacher in the Turtle Room for most of those years.  Things have changed over the years, but our commitment to providing exceptional care and early childhood education continues.

 


Kathy

Kathy Barkus

Turtle Room (11-24 mo.) Teacher

I have over 25 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. I am fortunate to have worked with a vast and diverse population of children over the years. I earned an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated with high academic honors.

 

 


Morgan

Morgan Cutler

Turtle Room (11-24 mo.) Teacher

I have been working in the early childcare field for a few years. I recently graduated from Madison College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. A couple of years ago I got recommended to come and work at Red Caboose, and I have been here ever since.

 

 

Elephant Room Team

Katie Draeving

Elephant Room (2-3 yrs.) Lead Teacher

elephants@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been working with children for over 20 years and have been with Red Caboose since 2015.  I enjoy craft projects and hobbies like sewing.

 


Kristi

Kristi Cherry

Elephant Room (2-3 yrs.) Teacher

I have more than 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and started at Red Caboose in 2019.  I live in Evansville with my dog and two cats.  I have an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and love football, especially the Green Bay Packers.

 

 


Ida BrownIda Brown

Elephant Room (2-3 yrs.) Teacher

I have been working with children in an early childhood education setting for five years.  I like to interact and play with the children both indoors and outdoors.  I was born in Milwaukee, and grew up in Madison.   I love Red Caboose!  I am excited to be part of a team where everybody is so warm and welcoming.

 

 

Bumblebee Room Team

Heidi SHeidi Schaaf

Bumblebee Room (3-4 yrs.) Lead Teacher

bumblebees@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been in the field since 1999 and started at Red Caboose in 2002. In 2007, I left to spend time raising a child and worked at another center here in Madison. I returned to Red Caboose in June of 2020.  I continue to study Early Childhood Education (ECE) at UW Milwaukee’s School of Education, where I most recently earned the Leadership Credential.


Resa FullerResa Fuller

Bumblebee Room (3-4 yrs.) Teacher

I have worked with children ages three and older in a community theatre playhouse.  I planned and coordinated events and classes and created curricula for children’s theatre camps. I am excited to join the team at Red Caboose and work with the children in the Bumblebee classroom.

 

 


Jane McCarthy

Bumblebee Room (3-4 yrs.) Teacher

Photo and bio coming soon!

 

 

Grasshopper Room Team

Kassi Woods

Grasshopper Room (4-5 yrs.) Lead  Teacher

grasshoppers@redcaboosechildcare.org

Photo and bio coming soon!


STAFF_SZUCH_LEIGH00068Leigh Szuch

Grasshopper Room (4-5 yrs.) Teacher

I have been an early childhood educator for over twenty-eight years! For seventeen of those years I was a Teacher in the Grasshopper Room here at Red Caboose and am very excited to return. Every day there are new things to discover about this world, inside the classroom and outside. I get to really know each child in my care, mostly by using my sense of humor, knowledge of art, and by really listening to the kids. There’s no other job like it, and nowhere I’d rather be!


Erika WaltersErika Walters

Grasshopper Room (4-5 yrs.) 4K Teacher

I enjoy working with kids because they are so much fun to be around. They are full of life and I learn so much from them. I have worked as a teacher, reading interventionist, and a para at various schools in Idaho. This is my first school year at Red Caboose. I am looking forward to teaching 4K this year!

 

 

 

 

School Age Program Teams

Lapham After School Program Team

Sydney Warwood 3Sydney Warwood

Lapham After School Site Supervisor

lapham@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been part of Red Caboose since 2018. I am most proud of the variety of my work with kids for the past 8 years, ranging from lead teacher at an accredited daycare to substitute teaching at all grade levels. I earned a Bachelors in Education from University of Montana-Missoula, and happy to be living in Madison now! My mission as a supervisor and in my work with kids is to treat everyone with respect and care, and to ensure that everyone is included and celebrated in our community.


Freida Escamilla

Freida Escamilla

Lapham After School Assistant Teacher

I started working the the children and families at Red Caboose back in November of 2021.  This is my first position working with school age children and Red Caboose is a great place to learn new skills from the experienced staff here.

 

 


Meghan Prudlow 1Meghan Prudlow

Lapham After School Substitute

I am a Sophomore at UW Madison studying Elementary Education and Education Studies. I worked in child care for the last year.  I did two years of classroom placements, and spent three summers working as a camp counselor. I am very excited to get to know all of our students this year.

 

 


Zarena Secord

Lapham After School Assistant Teacher

Photo and bio coming soon!

 


AlyssaAlyssa Wolf

Lapham After School Teacher

One of my favorite things about working with children is being able to watch them grow and blossom. I look forward to assisting with that growth and supporting this development through play. I have experience working with children in many settings including summer camps, nannying, volunteering with individuals with multiple abilities, and supporting children in a hospital setting. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in Child Life at Edgewood College with the intent of becoming a Child Life Specialist.

 


Haley RHaley Roughen

Lapham After School Assistant Teacher

I am excited to join the team at Red Caboose and work with the students at Lapham.  I have completed Assistant Teacher early childhood coursework and worked with children for one year at a childcare center in Deforest where I grew up.

 

 

 

 

Marquette After School Program Team

Beth Feeney

Beth Feeney

Marquette After School Site Supervisor

beth@redcaboosechildcare.org

I am a Madison native who recently moved back from Los Angeles with my daughter. I have a degree in Secondary Education from UW-Whitewater, and have been working with youth of all ages for over 12 years in various capacities and regions of the country, including Brooklyn, NY and San Diego, CA.

 


Ciara Nash 2Ciara Nash

Marquette After School Assistant Site Supervisor

I have been with Red Caboose since 2018. I was program leader with MSCR for 3 years. I am studying and have done volunteer work in art therapy. I have also done administrative work with Dane Arts and the Goodman Community Center. I want to be the person and teacher I never had growing up while attending after-school programs and community centers.  I am looking forward to building relationships with the students and families.

 


Jamie Summer 2022Jamie Cunningham

Marquette After School Teacher

I have worked in child care settings for two years. I work with children to help influence and guide them into successful adults in the future. I’m looking forward to creating relationships and connections with the children and families. Children experience a range of emotions and I look forward to helping them learn to express them.

 


Jasper

Jasper Harth

Marquette After School Teacher

I have been working in education for two years. I taught English in Vietnam, was an AVID tutor at Memorial High School, and a Site Supervisor with MSCR. My goal is to earn a master’s of education degree and continue work in education.

 

 


Delaney KiernanDelaney Kiernan

Marquette After School Teacher

Hi! My name is Delaney Kiernan and I am a senior at UW-Madison. I love working with kids because it brings me joy seeing them grow and get excited about new things as they continue to experience the world! I have been babysitting since I was 15, have had practicum in different elementary classrooms, worked as a special education camp counselor, and a tumbling coach. I am very excited to be a Captain at Red Caboose this summer!