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Judy Willard - Founder/ Executive Director

Doing what you love to do is the best job in the world! Helping others understand the racial disparities that exists in our city.


Valerie Smith-Johnson - Site Director

Valerie joins our team with GREAT passion for children and for the Lord. She mentors all of us!



Rev. Shelby M. McQuiller, LISW -

Campus Pastor/Programming 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-HR-Grant development

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. As well as performing many tasks to help TMPLC operate smoothly.


Daynet Little - Assistant Preschool teacher/Team Leader

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


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 learning 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.

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