Mary Johnson Children's Center


DYLAN BELL
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center has found the right candidate to join their administrative team as Operations Manager. Dylan Bell will oversee the 51-year-old non-profit’s financial and human resource systems. Bell was born and raised in Ocean City, Md. Following his graduation from Stevenson University with a degree in Business Administration, he has worked with youth at the Mayhew Program in New Hampshire. Bell’s interest and experience in the human services sector, along with his degree in business administration, aligns well with the MJCC mission. He also looks forward using...
MIDDLEBURY — The Mary Johnson Children's Center (MJCC) closed its Middlebury program early today, Monday, Feb. 22, and is discussing potential reopening protocols with Vermont Department of Health officials in wake of a positive COVID-19 test registered by a member of the MJCC community. Ilana Snyder, a longtime administrator at the MJCC, confirmed that news early this afternoon. She stressed this news only affects MJCC's Middlebury-based program. “We closed early today and will let people know when we can reopen,” she told the Independent. “We are closing until we can determine with the DOH...
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center recently received a $10,000 grant from the Help Feed Kids and Families During Summer program. The center has been working to respond to the dramatic surge in requests for food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis through its Middlebury Nourishes program. The campaign is part of Shaw’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative. The funds will be used to support the center’s summer food service, which is providing breakfasts and lunches for two summer camps serving school-age children. There is an open site for community members to “grab-and...

KRISTEN DUNNE, A 20-year veteran of Mary Johnson Children’s Center, has been appointed interim executive director, replacing Dave Mandel.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center (MJCC) on Friday announced that Executive Director Dave Mandel is leaving to pursue other professional opportunities. “Although Dave’s time with the center was short, his impact was great as he helped guide the center through the challenges of the COVID-19 virus,” said Misse Smith, president of the Middlebury childcare organization’s board of directors. “He will be missed by the teachers, children, and parents at the center. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.” Kristen Dunne has been appointed interim executive director. She steps...

Kristen Dunne, a 20-year veteran of Mary Johnson Children’s Center, has been appointed interim executive director, replacing Dave Mandel.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center (MJCC) on Friday announced that Executive Director Dave Mandel is leaving to pursue other professional opportunities. “Although Dave’s time with the center was short, his impact was great as he helped guide the center through the challenges of the COVID-19 virus,” said Misse Smith, president of the Middlebury childcare organization’s board of directors. “He will be missed by the teachers, children, and parents at the center. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.” Kristen Dunne has been appointed interim executive director. She steps...

DAVE MANDEL WILL become the executive director at Mary Johnson Children's Center.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center has hired Dave Mandel as its new executive director. The resident of Connecticut and New York City will succeed Barbara Saunders, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service to the Middlebury childcare center. Mandel will assume the leadership role on July 8. Dave Mandel most recently led the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn, N.Y., a program for children ages two to five. Prior experiences included helping launch an American curriculum school in Calabar, Nigeria; tutoring and mentoring first-generation college-bound high school students in...

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