Meet our Staff!

Joelle Ziele - Owner/ Acting Director


Joelle has always had a passion for teaching children. When she was 16, she began her career in child care. Because of her love for helping young ones grow, she decided to open the Kid Central program!

Jennifer Shell - Lead Teacher: Preschool and Pre-K


 Jen’s past experience includes working with children of various ages in a daycare setting as well as an after school program. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Siena College. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, drawing and hiking. 

Kailey Brunell - Lead Teacher: Infants


 Kailey has a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Relations from SUNY Plattsburgh. She will be attending St. Rose in the fall to pursue a MSED in School Counseling. She has a lot of experience working with children of all ages in a daycare setting. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and watching movies.

Stephanie O'Neil - Lead Teacher: Toddlers


Stephanie is a part-time student at the University of Albany, pursing her bachelor degree in Human Development. She has worked with children of all ages through coaching cheer leading, daycare's, and working at a gymnastic gym. She loves working with children because they teach you new things as you teach them!

Dominique Barnes - Lead Teacher: Toddlers


Dominique graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in May of 2017 with an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Once graduated, she became a lead toddler teacher at Parsons Early Head Start. She is also a cheerleading coach, and loves to travel the world to experience new aspects of life!

Rebecca Halpin - Lead Teacher: Infants


Rebecca attended the College of St. Rose and earned a BS in Special & Elementary Education. Her past experiences include working with children and senior citizens with Dementia in the daycare setting. For fun, Rebecca loves spending quality time with her family and working on DIY projects. 

Lori Blosser - Teacher's Assistant


Prior to joining Kid Central, Lori worked as a teacher in both the adolescent and early childhood settings. She holds a BA in English Adolescent Education and a MSED in Literacy for grades 5-12, from The College of Saint Rose.

Shekinah Yapyapan - Teacher's Assistant


Shekinah is a full-time student at HVCC. She is currently pursuing her dream to be a Child Psychologist. She has worked with all ages of children in daycare settings.  In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with loved ones. 

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Joelle and Gary Ziele - Owners


For over a decade, Joelle and Gary had the dream of opening a child care facility in their hometown of Colonie. They wanted a program that offered superior education and supervision, with highly qualified teachers in a smaller classroom setting. After careful planning, they decided it was time!

Terry Tompkins - Health Care Consultant


Terry is a Physicans's Assitant in the Capital Region. 

Jennifer Bannigan - Nutritionist Consultant


Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Leap Therapist located in the Albany area.