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Management Staff

Rosalind Cutchins, Executive Director

Rosalind has been with the Children’s Center since 1981 and is a founding staff member. She served as Program Director and was selected as the Center’s second Executive Director in 2013. Rosalind is the Vice Chair of Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater. She is a graduate of Longwood University and has a master’s degree with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Janet Owen, Operations Director

Janet has worked at the Children’s Center as the Finance/Operations Director since 1990. Previously, she worked as an accountant for Planters Peanuts in Suffolk for nine years. Janet graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in Accounting.

Tamie Rittenhouse, Head Start Director

Tamie, who has served the Children’s Center since 1989 in several positions, and leads the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. She is also the Chair of the Suffolk Early Childhood Development Commission. Tamie earned a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University and a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from Old Dominion University.

G. Lee Taylor, Director of Early Childhood Education

G. Lee has served the Children’s Center since 2009. She has a B.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a licensed teacher in Virginia (pre-k through third grade) and North Carolina (birth through kindergarten) and is certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as an Early Intervention Specialist.

Anne Bruehl, Director of Health

Anne, who has served the Children’s Center since 2010, is the Director of Health, including Mental Health and Disability Services. She has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in Psychology from the College of William & Mary. Anne is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. In addition, she is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Virginia Board of Psychology.

Paige Powell, Director of Human Resources

Paige has been with the Children’s Center since 2015 and brings over 25 years of Human Resources operational expertise advising and supporting clients.  She is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and has a Human Resources Management Certificate from George Mason University.  She has also obtained her Senior Professional Human Resources Certification from HR Certification Institute and her SHRM Senior Certified Professional competency-based certification.

La’Kisha Jones, Center Based Coordinator, Suffolk Children’s Center

LaKisha, who has been with the Children’s Center since July 2015, has a masters degree in Human Services from Liberty University and a bachelor's degree in Business. She has served as a Center Director for over 10 years at non-profit and for-profit childcare centers.

Contact: Suffolk Children's Center

Daphne Russell, Center Based Coordinator, Texie Camp Marks Center, Barbara S. Mease Center, & Southampton Head Start Center

Daphne is the Center-Based Coordinator for the Texie Camp Marks Center, Barbara S. Mease Center, and Southampton Head Start Center. She joined the Children’s Center in December of 2018. She is a graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.S. in Psychology.  She has previously worked as a special education teacher for 8 years and also served as a Center Director for 7 years at a non-profit childcare center.

Contact: Texie Camp Marks Center, Barbara S. Mease Center, & Southampton Head Start Center

LaTosha Russell, Center Based Coordinator, Suffolk Head Start Center

Latosha joined the Childrens Center in 2016. She is a graduate of Virginia State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Ashford University with a master’s degree in K-3 Education.

Contact: Suffolk Head Start Center


Darrell T. Partlow, Information Technology Manager

Darrell joined the Children's Center in September of 2016 and servers as the Information Technology Manager. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore College with a B.S. in Computer Business Systems. Previously he served as Director of Technology for 8 years at Hertford County Public Schools, N.C. He is an Air Force veteran and Pastor of Mill Neck Baptist Church.

Victoria Bailey, Site Supervisor, Texie Camp Marks Children's Center

Victoria has been with The Children’s Center since June 2017. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Child Care Management Certification from John Tyler Community College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration at Ashford University.

Contact: Texie Camp Marks Children's Center

Nikieta Lambert, Site Supervisor, Suffolk Head Start Center

Nikieta has six years of supervisory experience in the early education field. She has also worked as a lead teacher for 8 years. She has studied brain-based learning principles and strategies extensively and has experience training teachers on how to implement the principles in a preschool classroom setting to create an environment that is ideal for optimal learning. Nikieta graduated from Hampton University’s school of business and is currently pursuing her associate’s degree in early childhood education from Tidewater Community College.

Contact: Suffolk Head Start Center

Pat Ellsworth, Site Supervisor, Southampton Head Start Center

Pat has been a lead teacher and teacher, and site supervisor at the Children’s Center since 2006. Pat has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Development and a certificate in Child Care I and II.

Contact: Southampton Head Start Center

Ana Filpo, Site Supervisor, Pruden Center

Ana has been with Head Start and Early Head Start for 10+ years. She has been with The Children’s Center since 2015.  She has an Associates of Applied Science and Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Tidewater Community College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Contact: Pruden Center

Sandra McNally, Site Supervisor, Barbara S. Mease Children’s Center at the Jones House

Sandra has been with the center since 2013. She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University and is pursuing a masters degree in Special Education from Cambridge College.

Contact: Barbara S. Mease Children’s Center at the Jones House

Benay Patrick, Site Supervisor, Suffolk Children’s Center

Benay began with the agency in August 2013. Benay has an associate’s degree in Science from Tidewater Community College and is currently a student at Norfolk State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She also has several years of managerial experience in the childcare field.

Contact: Suffolk Children's Center

Adoniss Spencer, Site Supervisor, Smithfield Head Start and Smithfield Early Head Start Centers

Adoniss has been with the Childrens Center since November 2018. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of early childhood education in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University.

Contact: Smithfield Early Head Start and Smithfield Head Start

Steve Dodson, Operations Manager, All Sites

Steve has been with The Children’s Center since November 2017. He has an associate degree in Information Management and Office Systems. For 31 years he owned and operated several businesses in the retail and service sector.

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