Assistant is “more than an EA” – part of region team

Jane Heginbotham may have started her career in retail, but she found her dream job as the assistant to Regional Vice President Cheslee Escobedo, serving the KinderCare centers in the Central region from her home office outside of Phoenix, Ariz. Heginbotham was recruited to her role by the former RVP in 2013 from Barnes &…

Patience is key: Margo O’Donnell, CCLC East EA

If at first you don’t succeed, just wait. Patience may not be Margo O’Donnell’s strongest quality, but it’s definitely something she’s learned since she started her KinderCare Education career seven years ago. O’Donnell originally applied to be the executive assistant to the Champions leader –based at the time in her hometown of Orlando, Fla. “I…

Meet the Champions Quality Team Leaders

Champions’ cohort of Quality Team Leaders (QTLs) has grown! QTLs are recognized for their ability to institute educational excellence and influence the field through effective coaching and peer development. These leaders are Area Managers from each region who, in conjunction with the KinderCare Education Quality and Accreditation and Education teams, will mentor, coach, and train…

Where in the world is Amy Raupp?

From Mexico, to Burning Man, to the peaks of Mt. Everest in Nepal, Executive Assistant Amy Raupp has been around the world. She’s passionate about travel, but keeps the Business Development, Real Estate, Client Relations, and New Business Operations teams grounded. “Amy has a keen sense of the morale and emotions of the New Business…

Quality and Education’s shining star: Erin DeMont

All the world’s a stage for Erin DeMont. Before joining KinderCare Education in 2012, DeMont was an actor in Portland’s theater scene—a passion that, curiously, lent itself to her success at KinderCare Education as an executive assistant. “Erin is crazy talented to manage the lives of two vice presidents as well as two teams with…

Great Lakes region “mama”

Was there a woman in your childhood who treated you like one of her own? Vicki Sheets, executive assistant to Great Lakes Regional Vice President Michael Canavin, is one of those quintessential “mamas.” She stepped into that position at home – being the fifth in an extended family of 12 children – so it was…

No distance too great for assistant and CEO

Marcia Dominick (or Marsh as she prefers) is an invaluable person at KinderCare Education’s National Support Center: the executive assistant to CEO Tom Wyatt. However, a visitor likely wouldn’t find her behind a desk outside Wyatt’s office. Instead, she works from home in Austin, Texas. After all, if your boss spends as much time on…

Auditor an advocate for children in local court system

By day Katie McCormick works in the Internal Audit department of KinderCare Education. After work she does something else entirely: she advocates on behalf of children in the Multnomah County foster care system in Portland, Ore. McCormick shares her story below and encourages others to volunteer for children in their communities. Outside of my daily…

Behind the music with KU IT leader

When Randy Thorderson went to college he had dreams of making it big in the music business. Working in IT wasn’t even on his radar. Looking back though, he sees plenty of parallels between his music and IT careers. Thorderson’s foray into the music business began back in his undergrad days at Brigham Young. A…