Our Staff

Administrative Staff

Alicia Swanson - Executive Director 

"A person's a person, no matter how small" -Dr. Seuss

I started working at Angel Care in April of 2022, but I have been working in child care since 2013. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is the sense of community between the teachers, parents and children. I love watching children have those "aha" moments and being able to watch a child begin to discover who they are in the world. I enjoy being outside, hiking and enjoying nature. I also enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and challenging myself both mentally and physically. I graduated with my associate's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2020. 

Credentials: A.A. in Early Childhood Education, various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

 

Brooke MacKinnon - Assistant Director

"Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, and live today" -Richard Bach

I started working at Angel Care in February of 2019.  However, I have been working in child care since 2017. I also grew up helping my mom with her in-home daycare. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is the opportunity for growth as a person and as a professional. I love watching the kids grow and am so lucky to be a part of shaping them into who they will become. I enjoy being outdoors. I love to fish, hunt, hike, kayak and camp. I enjoy reading and working on puzzles to relax. I also enjoy working out in my home gym in my basement every morning. Spending time with my family and friends is very important to me as well. I graduated high school from Traverse City Central High School in 2014. I received my first associate's degree in General Liberal Arts & Science from Northwestern Michigan College in 2018. I received another associate's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2021 from Northwestern Michigan College. 

Credentials: A.A. General Studies, A.A. Early Childhood Education, various early childhood trainings and CPR and First Aid  

Kara Clary - Office Administrator

I started working at Angel Care in May of 2021 as the office administrator. Even though I am a grandma, this is my first job in early childhood education. Being a grandma, I am now so very aware of the wonderful charm of being around little ones. It is a true blessing to have this opportunity to see lots o' grandkids. Because, as every grandparent realizes, the little ones grow so-o-o-o quickly! After receiving my B.A., I started substitute teaching for a while. I have spent all of my working career in manufacturing management. 

Credentials: B.A. in Education and sociology, various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

Infant Room

Cassidy Pifer - Lead Teacher 

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!” –Dr. Seuss

I started working at Angel Care in July of 2022, but I have been working in the early childhood field in 2005. Since then, I have spent most of my time teaching in infant and toddler classrooms. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is the collaboration between teachers who are all so passionate about early childhood. I love that working with children looks different every day. Working in the infant room allows me to be a part of so many incredible milestones. Watching children grow and learn each day is one of my favorite parts of my job! Some of my hobbies and interests include yoga, going on hikes, and baking. I enjoy time spent going on adventures with my significant other. I have earned my associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Development with a focus in child life. I am currently in school for my masters of clinical Social Work at Ferris State University.

Credentials: A.A & B.A. in Early Childhood Education, various trainings, CPR and First Aid

Kaitlyn Gilmore - Assistant Teacher

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better" -Dr. Seuss

I started working at Angel Care in November of 2021. I have been working in child care since 2020. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is the sense of community and the love and passion we have for each other and all of the children. I love getting to be a part of each of their lives and watching them discover and learn is always amazing to see. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting and photography. I plan to start working on my CDA soon. 

Credentials: various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

Toddler Room

Robin Scarbrough - Lead Teacher

I started working at Angel Care in January of 2020. However, I have 20 plus years in the child care field. I had my own in-home daycare for seven years when my kids were little. I have worked in public schools in Traverse City and Utica, Michigan. I have also worked in various centers downstate and nannied for many families. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is the team work. The children are respected which teaches them to respect others. The family atmosphere is also really nice. I love that working with children is a challenge every day. Watching them grow into individual people is pretty rewarding. Having the pleasure to teach them about the world around them and watching them reach their milestones is pretty special, too. I enjoy canoeing with my spouse, spending time with my three granddaughters and riding my bike. 

Credentials: some college courses, various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

Ally Groll - Assistant Teacher

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right" -Henry Ford

I started off volunteering at Angel Care in high school and was hired in as soon as I turned 18. I left for a while for hurricane relief work in Texas, but came back in January of 2021. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is the comfortable atmosphere Angel Care brings. It is very home-like and the staff is so welcoming. I love watching the children grow and develop. It is so rewarding watching them learn and knowing the impact I have on them. I enjoy spending time with my baby boy and napping. 

Credentials: some trade school/college, various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

 

Mykayla Houghton - Assistant Teacher 

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take" -Wayne Gretzky

I started working at Angel Care in April of 2022. I have worked in the child care field since 2020. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is working with the toddlers. I enjoy watching them grow and develop each day. I also really like being part of a supportive team. I enjoy working in early childhood because I enjoy the relationships that are built with the children and their families. I enjoy hanging out with my co-teachers and also enjoy sports and hiking. 

Credentials: various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

Stephanie Weller - Assistant Teacher

"It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives" -Fred Rogers OR "Play is the work of the child" -Maria Montessori

I started working at Angel Care in August of 2022. I have worked in child care since 2017 and babysat for many years as well. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care are the children and families. I also enjoy the co-worker environment, it is easy going and very accepting. I enjoy watching children grow and learn new skills. They are only this little once, so having a good learning environment is crucial. I enjoy reading, painting and walking through nature. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2019. I started my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2020 and plan to finish it up soon. 

Credentials: B.A. in Social Work, B.A. in Early Childhood Education in progress, various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid 

Akasia Griffis - Assistant Teacher - Bio & Photo Pending

Preschool Room

Laura Witt - Co-Lead Teacher 

"Speak your mind even if your voice shakes" -Ruth Ginsburg

I started working at Angel Care in June of 2020 and it was my first job in child care. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is watching all of the kids learn and thrive. I love watching each kid learn new things and knowing that I was a part of it. I love spending time with my family, going for walks with my dog and daughter, and enjoy art. I graduated high school in 2019 and I plan to start working on my Early Childhood Education degree through Northwestern Michigan College in fall of 2022.

Credentials: A.A. in Early Childhood in progress, various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

Daniel Gonzales - Co-Lead Teacher

"Don't sweat the small stuff, and it is all small stuff" 

I started working at Angel Care in April of 2022 after leaving the corporate world after almost 20 years to pursue a passion for working with kids. I am a dad of two kids who attend Angel Care! The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is that the staff and kids are great! I have been able to improve my own parenting skills. Both of my kids have been attending Angel Care since they were both 8 weeks old and the staff has always taken such great care of them. I love working with kids. They are honest and real. I love seeing them develop and grow. They are smart, creative and passionate, things too many adults forget to be! I enjoy fishing, hunting, curling, other sports, watching movies, reading books, puzzles, and food. I have some college education, but plan to attend Northwestern Michigan College to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education in fall of 2022. 

Credentials: A.A. in Early Childhood in progress, various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid

Ana Minu - Assistant Teacher

"Trust the process" or "everything happens for a reason"

I started working at Angel Care in August of 2022. This is my first job in child care, but I have years of experience babysitting for my sister. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is having the chance to have an impact on all of the little kids and being part of their adventures here. I love seeing how my time and patience helps build independent and emotionally stable kids. It feels very rewarding knowing that I had something to do with it. In my free time, I enjoy painting and being outside doing all kinds of different activities; like swimming,  hammocking and hiking. I am currently working on a degree in Art at Northwestern Michigan College. 

Credentials: CPR and First Aid

Anja Ignace - Assistant Teacher - Bio & Photo Pending

Meghan Maue-Gondol - Assitant Teacher

“You never know what someone else is going through. BE KIND. ALWAYS.”

I started working at Angel Care in September of 2022. I have worked in education since 2011, but this is my first job in early childhood. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is the staff. They are very friendly, welcoming and amazing at what they do. I love getting to see children at the preschool age and how ready they are to learn and grow. I enjoy photography and being with my family outdoors. I love to hike, camp and be outdoors. I have an associate’s degree in Organizational Management. I also have worked extensively with families and youth experiencing homelessness.

Credentials: A.A. in Organizational Management, CPR and First Aid

Anja Ignace - Assistant Teacher - Bio & Photo pending

 

Samantha Corey - Floater/Office Administrator

"Everything you can imagine is real" -Pablo Picasso

I started working at Angel Care in July of 2022. I have a been working in child care for a total of two years. The thing I like most about working at Angel Care is that the staff has been so welcoming and kind. The center has a really good atmosphere and as always, the kids are great to be around. I love being a positive role model for the kids and helping them learn and see things in new ways. In my free time, I like to travel, hike and roller skate. I enjoy photography, art and interior design. I'm a Jill of all trades!

Credentials: various early childhood trainings, CPR and First Aid