Judy Willard - Founder/ Executive Director

Lovingly and Strictly drawing children to their fullest potential.

Valerie Smith-Johnson - Site Director

Valerie joins our team with GREAT passion for children and for the Lord.


Shelby M. McQuiller - Campus Pastor/SEL Director

Shelby is currently a licensed independent social worker and supports staff and students with social-emotional learning at The Learning Center as well as weekly Bible lessons.

Ken McQuiller - Assistant Director

Ken serves as both team leader and assistant director at the Learning Center helping the children both academically and spiritually. As assistant director, he helps grow TMPLC through grant writing and other operational support.

Lauren Durkalski - Preschool Director

With a Master's in early childhood education from Ursuline, Lauren provides necessary tools and training to expand the staff's knowledge regarding curriculum, classroom control, and our leveled reading program. 

Kay-Lee Willard - Team Leader

Volunteering her time since 2011, Kay-Lee now serves as team leader.

Daynet Little - Team Leader

Raised locally and a graduate of John Adams High School, Daynet is passionate about our students and encouraging them to reach success. 

Kai Gaskins- Team Leader

After serving at City Year at a CMSD school, Kai continues to grow a passion to support the students through academics and the arts. 

Dana Little- Team Leader

Born and raised on the east side, Dana brings a love for the smaller children with her to help support the younger children in their early schooling years. 

Board of Directors


     At the Meeting Place Learning Center we take pride in what we do. Our Board of Directors meet to discuss ideas and future plans for TMPLC. Each member is directly invested in the goals and vision of the Buckeye neighborhood. They recognize that children can be world changers and are willing to reach into their lives.

Call Us: 216-938-9400   /   jwillard@tmplc.org   /  mailing address: 2636 E. 115th St. Cleveland, OH 44104


physical address: 12406 Buckingham Ave, Cleveland, OH 44120

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