Meet the AEYC Staff
Joy Lyon - Executive Director
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Joy has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and a master’s in Organizational Management. This is a source of amusement to her family whenever she can’t find her car keys….”what was your degree in again…..?” Joy has three wonderful grown children, a handsome husband of 30+ years, and enjoys getting out to forest service cabins, kayaking, reading books on the boat (aka fishing), and doing wii fit games when it is just too dark and rainy outside. Some of her favorite memories as a child were reading books up in trees, watching pollywogs grow legs at the local pond, and going on family vacations such as canoeing in the boundary waters, or boating down the Mississippi river.
Lori Brotherton - Finance Manager
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Lori has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in anthropology and after a stint in the social services as a counselor, decided her true calling was in accounting. In that professional life, Lori has worked as an accountant for many of Juneau’s non-profit organizations including Catholic Community Service, SERRC, CoastAlaska, & KTOO FM & TV.
Lori's family includes her husband Walter, an older son Matthew, who lives in Anchorage, and a younger son, Jesse, who lives in Portland. Her favorite “play date” is with the wonderful women in her monthly book group. And visiting as often as possible her favorite cities in the US and Europe!
Nikki Love - Child Nutrition & Community Engagement Coordinator
Nikki can help providers with questions regarding:
When not busy at AEYC, Nikki spends time with her family, works in her ceramics studio, and grows garlic. Since childhood, Nikki has admired Harold and his purple crayon and enjoys fresh cut salsa.
Lisa Arehart - Professional Development Coordinator
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When she is not working with children and early learning educators she can be found organizing events, volunteering in the community, making Mexican food, and spending quality time with her husband, two daughters, and loving dog.
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Linda Squibb - Early Learning Services Coordinator
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Linda has a loving supportive husband of 40+ years, three grown daughters, and 4 grandchildren. Linda spends time with her husband at their remote off grid cabin on Prince of Wales Island, where they keep busy building a dock, tending a large organic garden, shrimping, deer hunting and exploring the islands and forests. Linda loves spending time playing with her grandchildren, reading, skiing, growing things, doing yoga and art. One of her very favorite children’s books is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.
Hannah Weed- STEM for Young Children Program Coordinator
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Hannah worked for four years as an assistant at her university’s child care center. There she was able to see the importance family support and quality child care can have in a little one’s life. Hannah continued working with her kids until she stumbled upon the opportunity to move to Alaska and work with AEYC. She looks forward to introducing and promoting healthy eating, playing, and living as AEYC’s STEM for Young Children Program Coordinator.
When she gets the chance, Hannah enjoys spending time exploring the Juneau outdoors, improving her photography, cooking for friends, reading Lord of the Rings, and exploring tide pools!
Mary Rudolph -Professional Development Specialist
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Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Special Education endorsement, and a master’s in Early Childhood. She often jokes about being destined to be in Early Childhood because of her last name, Rudolph. Mary has a wonderful husband, Don, and three beautiful children: Noele, Adam, and Hannah-Laura. And she is about to become, drumroll please, a grandma for the first time! Mary is happiest when spending time with her family, and she loves sharing S.E. Alaska with her visiting friends. She enjoys ferry rides, beach combing, hiking, kayaking, wildlife watching, and just being in nature.
Tayler Shae -AmeriCorps Volunteer
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Emily Thompson- Parents As Teachers (PAT) Coordinator
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Emily joined the AEYC team in November of 2007 and can help you with any questions, concerns or interest you have in the Parents As Teachers program in Juneau. She has a Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland, a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Southern IL University of Carbondale and is a certified birth-3 Montessori Teacher. Experiences in the field include, but are not limited to running an in-home child care, leading an infant room and cultivating a sense of playfulness in all areas of life.
She currently resides in Juneau and enjoys long hikes, chocolate and Fridays. (Especially long hikes on Friday while consuming chocolate).
Melinda Messmer - Parents As Teachers Educator
Melinda Messmer works with the Parents As Teachers Program as a home visitor. She helps parents embrace the learning experiences of their children. The program encourages parent and child interaction to strengthen the bond between child and family. Melinda has been working in the field of Early Childhood for the last 10 years. She owned and operated her own family child care, worked in other home child cares, and was an Assistant Administrator at two child care centers in Juneau.
Melinda enjoys outdoor activities, being crafty, singing children songs, watching football, go 49er's!, and wrestling. She and her husband started the Douglas Dynamite Wrestling Club; which they have been coordinating for the last three years. She enjoys meeting and connecting with families.
Talea Kellar -Parents As Teachers Educator
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Talea was born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska and has had a love for serving children as long as she can remember. Talea has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, and has worked in the field of early education for ten years in California, where she lived with her husband. As soon as their baby came, they packed up and headed back to Alaska, as they knew it was the best place in the world to raise their boy!
These days Talea enjoys her days with a busy toddler having Raffi dance parties, mud puddle stomping, crafting, cooking, tide pool exploring, and if she’s lucky… relaxing with a good book (Ha!).