Our Contributors

Heather Gerker, Director of Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori TrainingHeather Gerker, M.Ed. is the Program Director of Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, a division of Children, Inc. She has taught in Montessori schools in Maine and Kentucky. Heather was a Pre-Primary Montessori teacher for 5 years. She is the Vice President of the Cincinnati Montessori Society (CMS) Board and editor of the CMS newsletter. She holds an American Montessori Society credential in Early Childhood, a Level 5 Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainers Credential, and has presented at local and national Education conferences.

Mike Hammons, Director of AdvocacyMike Hammons is the Director of Advocacy. He leads efforts to increase public awareness of and support for young children. He also serves as Director of Kentucky’s Voice for Early Childhood, our online advocacy network.  He comes from the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, a state-wide organization formed in 2008 to increase philanthropy and strategic grant making in Kentucky. The organization works to increase private foundation support for early childhood education and health.

Mike and his wife, Kit, have three children, the oldest is Katie Scheper, who previously taught at Treasure House. She now is a very busy mom of four young ones. His other daughter, Tess, is the Communications and Media Coordinator here at Children, Inc. His son, John, works in the Housing Department of the City of Covington.

Jordan Huizenga, Director of Development

Jordan Huizenga is Children, Inc.’s Director of Development. He works in the main office on this and other opportunities to inform our families and the public about high quality child care and the importance of the early years for children. Jordan has been with Children, Inc. since June 2008 initially as a marketing and multimedia coordinator.  Now responsible for fund development to support Children, Inc. programs, Jordan fosters relationships with individuals, the community and foundations in an effort to support Children, Inc. programs

Chris Kelley, Director of TrainingChris Kelley, M.Ed. is the Director of Training Programs at Children, Inc. She has enjoyed working with young children, their families and teachers for over 30 years. From classroom teacher to center director to agency executive to public school administrator to teacher trainer, her early childhood work has invited her into rewarding and innovative partnerships. In her current position at Children, Inc., Chris mentors teachers in partnering with families, trains mental health and early childhood professionals in the Devereux Early Childhood Program, teaches CDA scholars and works with programs to align curriculum with Early Childhood Standards. Chris is a TIPP Master Trainer, providing Beyond Fundamentals of Effective Training modules to credentialed trainers. She holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College, which she thanks for providing rich perspective about adult learners.

David Kisor, Creative Director, Growing SoundDavid Kisor is our resident musical magic man. David is an accomplished composer, performer, and teacher who lives and works in Northern Kentucky. He is the Creative Director for Growing Sound and works in collaboration with Tom Lottman to develop high quality musical products based in early child development research. Over the past twenty years he has written extensively for the classroom and the stage, including works for The Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, The University of Cincinnati Preparatory Department and dozens of school residencies from preschool to high school. David continues to wow us with his talents and creativity and entertain children on a day to day basis at concerts and in the classroom.

Tom Lottman, Deputy Director of Children, Inc.Tom Lottman is the Deputy Executive Director of Children, Inc. He is also the Research Director of Growing Sound, the Director of the Devereux Regional Early Childhood Center and the Young Families Program. Mr. Lottman has been the Deputy Executive Director of CI for the past ten years. Prior to that, he was with the University Affiliated CincinnatiCenter for Developmental Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and he has been a full-time faculty member at Loyola University in Chicago and at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is an active member of the American Evaluators Association. Special interests include emotional development in young children and training in the implications of the developmental brain research. For six years he chaired an annual conference on early brain development that brought in leading practitioners and researchers from across the nation.

Brooke Gill began working for Children, Inc. in January 2011 as the Director of Volunteer Service and Special Events. She enjoys being able to work with community partners such as corporate groups, schools, non-profit organizations, and other community members to gain volunteer help and in-kind donations. Brooke received my bachelors from Murray State University and is currently obtaining certification in Non-Profit Management, and a Masters in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. She has substantial experience in direct service and counseling with at risk youth throughout the commonwealth. Brooke is a member of the Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators (CAVA), serves on the Celebration of Philanthropy board and as a Children, Inc. representative on the Community Legacy Committee

Tess Hammons joined Children, Inc. in June 2012, and coordinates communications and social media activities. She graduated fromNorthernKentucky University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in both English and geology, and with a minor in philosophy. Additionally, Tess serves on the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network providing communications support. Previous experience includes contributions to Cincinnati CityBeat magazine and A-Line magazine.