Meet Our Team

Chelsea Adams
California-born, Chelsea moved to the Midwest at the age of 10 and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. She thoroughly enjoys providing Child Development Center’s children with a safe, fun learning atmosphere and feels inspired by each child who’s enrolled.

Adam Alley
Love brought Adam to Columbia from his hometown of Midvale, Utah, back in 2003 after marrying his wife, Lynn (who’s from Mexico, Mo.). Since then, the couple has had three children and Adam has earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Columbia College. He’s been at the Child Development Center since 2014; before that, Adam taught in the Boonville, Columbia and Harrisburg school districts.

Marilyn Canole
For more than three decades, Marilyn has made teaching her life’s work. Originally from Abilene, Kan., she joined the Child Development Center in 2008. Marilyn has associate’s degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and loves providing children with creative ways to explore and learn.

Ginger Fletcher
As the spouse of an Air Force Veteran, Ginger has seen plenty. A mother of four, Ginger and her family spent 13 years living overseas, where she worked for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools as a paraprofessional in preschool, kindergarten and special-education classes. Ginger has been with Child Development Center since 2014.

Jessica LaSota
Dance led Jessica to her passion for educating children. She taught dance lessons in her suburban Chicago hometown before moving to Columbia to pursue a Secondary Education major at the University of Missouri. Jessica loves working with young children to help them become lifelong learners. When not working, she enjoys cooking, hiking and biking.

Renee Mayhan
Originally from rustic Steelville, Mo., Renee came to Columbia to obtain an education degree from Mizzou. After earning a Bachelor’s of Educational Studies and a Master of Arts in Higher and Continuing Education from MU, Renee found a home at the Child Development Center in 2008. She has four children with her husband of more than 20 years, Bryan—all of whom attended Child Development Center when they were younger. When not at work, Renee enjoys fishing, campfires, reading murder mysteries and watching classic movies.