Our Staff

Standing left to right:
Lisa Marquand, Stephanie Rottmayer, Maureen Campbell, Jenifer Bojanowski, Amy Rudawsky, Susan Roscigno, Lara Pelleriti, Molly Cultice, Sejal Kothari, Dawn Nauman

Sitting left to right:
Sarae Pacetta, Chris Crannell, Angela LaMonte, Denise Jacobs, Gudrun Herzog, Julie Ballinger, Ellen Cook, Holly Adams

Teacher Qualifications

The most important criterion we use in selecting SYC teachers is their rapport with children and their respect for children’s ideas and feelings, but all have training as required by Ohio Daycare Licensing and are qualifed as teachers and assistant teachers by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

Co-Directors (we teach, too)

Susan Roscigno 
I hold a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Human Development and Family Sciences. I taught grade school in NC for a few years, stayed home with my children  for a bit, and have been at SYC since 1993. Outside of SYC, I love to knit, travel and read. Little known fact: My favorite number is 87.
Amy 2014
Amy Rudawsky 
I’m a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Development. Since, 2000 I have been involved in the early childhood field, as a teacher and administrator, research assistant, contributing writer to Ohio’s Infant and Toddler’s Guidelines, a consultant to Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (O.C.C.R.R.A.) and as Mom to Nate and Natalie (both SYC Alums). Little Known Fact: In my spare time I enjoy running, CrossFitting, and spending time outdoors with family.


Julie Ballinger
Julie Ballinger
I have a B.S. from The Ohio State University in Natural Resources. After college, I taught Environmental Education . I have been teaching at SYC since 2003 – I started because I wasn’t ready to leave SYC when my children had “graduated”! Little known fact: After college I led canoe trips in Virginia for middle and high school aged students educating them about the Chesapeake Bay.
Jenifer Bojanowski
I have been teaching at SYC since 1992 (with the exception of 6 years when I was in California- too long of a commute). I hold a Bachelors of Science from Bethany College in West Virginia. Little known fact: When I am not at SYC I can be found amongst my many beads creating jewelry.
Maureen CampbellMaureen Campbell
I am originally from New Hampshire, but moved around a lot as a kid.  My family moved to Ohio when I was in high school, and I have lived in Columbus since 1997, when I started college at Ohio State. I spent 10 years at home with my children, and now that they are all in school, I’m able to focus more on the many other things going on in my life! Little known fact: In 1998 I had the opportunity to spend 10 weeks living with a family in Mexico. It was awesome!
Ellen Cook
Ellen Cook
I graduated from Xavier University with degrees in Elementary Education and Montessori Preschool Education. I have worked in the field of early childhood education as a teacher, parent mentor and a trainee at The Ohio State University’s interdisciplinary leadership program. My husband, Dave and I have four children: Tori, Drew, Mitchell and Noah. Little known fact: I am the youngest child of five, all of us born within three and half years.

Chris Crannell
I received my undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in art, from Fairmont University in West Virginia. I went on to earn a Masters degree in counseling from Marshall University. I met my husband on New Year’s Eve in 1996, and I have two wonderful stepchildren: Kyle, and Keara. I love to read, read, and read some more, walk, bicycle, knit, make art, and spend time with my family and friends. Little known fact: I won best of show for my art in a show during my undergrad years in college.

Molly Cultice
I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Child Development. Since then, I have worked in several child care centers, was a nanny for a year, stayed home with my children, then worked at SYC. I am married and have three children, Ian, Cody and Taylor. Little known fact: All 3 of my children attended SYC and I am also an SYC alumni! I went there when I was 4 and 5.

Gudrun Herzog
I was born in Graz, Austria, a city about a 2 hour drive from Vienna, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and the Alps.  This is also where I spent the first 28 years of my life, met my husband Rudi. I have two children, who are both SYC alumni and a dog named Banjo. Little known fact: I once studied law and worked for IBM and liked neither one of them!

Denise Jacobs
I have a B.B.A. in computer science from Kent State University and I worked as a computer programmer/analyst before having children and becoming a SAHM. I have been teaching at SYC since 2003. My husband Bill and I have two boys who are both SYC alumni. Little known fact: I have been backpacking in Hawaii two times.
Sejal 2014
Sejal Kothari
I have a Bachelors in Business from Mumbai University(India) and an Associate degree in early childhood education from Columbus State Community College. I did my last field practicum at SYC as a student and by the end of my practicum experience I knew I wanted to work here. This is my first year at SYC. My husband and I have two boys, Amaan and Ved. Little known fact: I love to paint canvases, enjoy interior designing and working out. 
Angela LaMonte 2014-15
Angela LaMonte
I’ve been an early childhood educator for over 30 years, and at SYC since 1995, with a B.S. in nursery/kindergarten education and a M.S. in child development. During all this time I’ve worked in a variety of settings with children and parents. Little known fact: My three children came to SYC and grew up–they had to leave and I got to stay!

Lisa Marquand
I have a B.A. in social work (Purdue) and an M.S.W. (OSU). I’ve worked as a social worker in an agency for the elderly, a pediatric nursing home and day school, a community house, a sheltered workshop, and a mental health agency. My children attended SYC for 5 years prior to my employment here. Little known fact: I grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Indiana.

Dawn Nauman
I have an Associates degree in early childhood education. I have been teaching at SYC since 2011. I am married, have two children and a dog. Little Known Fact: My last career was in local government. I am reminded each day that City Council members and preschoolers can be surprisingly alike!

Sarae Pacetta
I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, which was an awesome place for a kid to be in the 70s and 80s. I moved to Boston to study early childhood education for my Bachelor’s at Boston University and Master’s at Wheelock College, and then taught preschool-1st grade in and around Boston for a decade. When I’m not playing with children at work, I love to play in my own life – exploring outside, cooking, play bluegrass music, and hanging with my family.
Lara Pelleriti
Lara Pelleriti
I have a BS in Child and Family Sciences and a minor in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University.  I spent many years working as a mother, social worker, child care provider, and baker.  I have 3 children.  My two youngest went to SYC and I loved it instantly! Little Known Fact: I traveled with The Grateful Dead for many years.

Program Consultant

Stephanie Rottmayer
I began teaching at SYC in 1976. During that time, I discovered that I loved working with young children so I went back for my Master’s in Human Relations with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College. I became the director in 2005. I have two adult sons who went to SYC, one jazz pianist and one graphic designer/photographer/songwriter. Little known fact: I have traveled for one week of every summer starting in 1977 with the same group of women—most are retired SYC teachers.

Office Manager

Holly Adams
I have a BA in Music from OSU. I play the flute, piano and sing! After college, I worked as an assistant manager at a housewares store and at a major health insurance company before having kids and becoming a SAHM. I’m so happy to work in the office at SYC where my two kids spent a total of six years. Little known fact: I was once on the Reynoldsburg Tomato Queen Court.