Our Team

Meet the highly qualified staff that make up the Children’s Center of Mercer County

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Sarah Lehman

Sarah has been serving as the executive director since August 2018. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special education. After working in school districts in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, Sarah found herself at the doors of the Children’s Center of Mercer County!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - The Lorax


Stephanie Vellente

Stephanie is the heart and soul of CCMC. She has dedicated the last 22 years for the children and staff at the center. She holds a current Child Development Associates Certificate and always offers a smiling face or helping hand when you walk in the front door.

“Everyday is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile, and start again.”

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Miss Amy

Amy has a bachelor’s degree in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education for Slippery Rock University. This is her tenth year teaching. She spends all her free time with her 5 year old son in Kindergarten.

“Don’t give up, I believe in you all. A person’s a person no matter how small.”

-Dr. Suess

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Miss Makayla

Makayla is a Penn State graduate, with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is from Greenville, PA and lives there with her husband and three children who she loves to spend her time with.

“Today you are you, that is truer that true, there is no one alive, that is more youer than you”- Dr. Suess

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Miss Chris

Chris will celebrate her 20th year at CCMC in August 2019. She holds a current CDA and her love for children has kept her with the center.

“Living the dream”

Miss AMi

Ami is one of our newest employees! She is a Youngstown State University graduate with a degree in Education.


Miss Amber

Miss Amber is a SRU graduate with teaching certificate in Early Childhood and Elementary Education! This is her third year Pre-K at CCMC. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben and daughter, Emma.

“Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education” -MLK JR


Miss ROxy

Roxy has always had a special place in her heart for children. She has worked at CCMC for the last 16 years. She earned a Child Development Associates Degree for infants and toddlers at Penn State.

“One kind word can change someone’s entire day.”

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Miss T

Taysia Has been at the center June of 2019. She just recently graduated high school and is working towards her CDA credential!


Miss Anna

Miss Anna is a Westminster graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. She currently leads our Preschool classroom. She spends all of her free time with her family.

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Miss Sam

Sam has been working in childcare for the last 22 years. She holds a current Child Development Associates Degree. Her greatest joy in life is her young daughter.

“It is always an adventure.”

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Miss Gayle

Gayle has been working in childcare for 25+ years. She has experience working in Mercer County Head Start as well as a financial background. She spends some of her time at the center as our Financial Officer.