Administrative staff

Matt Eldred, Executive Director, 2013

  • Double BA in Special Education and Physical Education with K-12 Teaching certificates and a coaching endorsement.

  • MA in Educational Leadership

  • Level 4 credential with the Office of Professional Development for the state of Colorado

  • Large Center Director Qualified with the department of Human Services for the State of Colorado

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About Matt:

Matt Eldred holds a BA in Special Education with K-12 endorsements, a BA in Physical Education with K-12 Endorsements, and an MA in Educational Leadership and School Administration. He holds a level 4 credential with the Office of Professional Development for the State of Colorado and am Large Center Director Qualified with the department of Human Services for the State of Colorado. Matt came to TLC after many years serving as the Executive Director of Boulder's Acorn School and Wilderness Early Learning Center. 

His experience in early childhood education includes his membership with the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, position as Chairman of the board of the St. Vrain Valley School District Early Childhood Advisory Committees, membership on the Front Range Community College Boulder Campus Early Childhood Council, membership on the Human Services Alliance for Boulder County (Executive Committee member), membership on the St. Vrain Community Council, and membership on the the Advisory Council for the Early Childhood Education Council of Boulder County (ECCBC). 

Matt is heavily involved in both the Longmont and Boulder County communities through active participation in the Foothills United Way Longmont Area Economic Council, as well as the Longmont Chamber of Commerce. He is the Former President of the Boulder County Association for the Education of Young Children.

Matt is an American Red Cross volunteer, serving as a community first aid and CPR instructor. He also serves as the Worship Minister for the Boulder Valley church of Christ, and is a proudly raised Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Matt's five children are ages 15, 11, 11 year-old twins, and 9. His children are his biggest accomplishments and his pride and joy. Matt enjoys recreational outdoor sports and plays on an adult basketball league. 

Lisa Stratton, Educational Services Manager, 2019

  • BA CSU

  • MA University of Phoenix

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About Lisa:

Lisa opened a family childcare center when her son was young, and she realized she loved helping children grow and learn. Six years later, she began her career in early childhood education as a center director and had the opportunity to obtain her Masters in Education. She spent her career in early education mostly as a director. She graduated from CSU with a BA in French and a minor in Spanish, and the University of Phoenix with an MA in educaton. She grew up in Iowa and Ft. Collins, lived near Jackson Hole, WY, and moved back to Colorado in 2014. She loves her family, the outdoors, gardening, pets, reading, and quilting.

Karianne Herdina, Educational Services Assistant Manager & Child Health Liaison, 2016

  • Denver School of Nursing: RN-ADN

  • Director Certified

  • Infant Nursery Supervisor Certified

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About Karianne:

Karianne has worked in a childcare center environment for two years, and has worked with children since she began babysitting at 12 years old. She is originally from Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2005 to be close to her sister and nieces and nephews, ranging in age from two to 20.

Karianne enjoys spending time with friends and family, lake and winter sports, and cheering the Minnesota Vikings, the Wild, and the Twins. Early Childhood Education has always been her passion and she loves being able to help children and their families learn and grow. Her nursing degree enables her to work with children who have medical needs, as well as children with typically developing abilities.

Shari Karmen, Therapeutic Services Manager and Occupational Therapist, 1999

  • Bachelors Degree: Occupational Therapy

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About Shari:

I have been an OT for many years. I love working with families and children. I especially enjoy helping babies and children with growth, nutrition, and feeding issues. We provide services in Longmont United Hospital Neonatal ICU and this is a special place for me. I also have a passion for working with children with multiple issues who are medically fragile. When therapy is successful and I see a parent joyful or a child be successful, my day is made! I strive to make OT fun, meaningful, and not a chore.

I am also the Therapeutic Services Manager. This allows me to work closely with my peers, as part of the Management team, with several families, and with other community agencies. I enjoy representing TLC Learning Center in this capacity.

A little about me. grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, have a wonderful husband, 2 great kids, and a big dog. I like to cook, hang out with friends, be active, and read historical fiction. I love elephants and have many on my desk, at home, in my jewelry, just about everywhere!

Amanda Boldenow, Development Manager, 2012

  • BA in English - University of Arkansas

  • MA in Education - University of Arkansas

  • TLC Parent

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About Amanda:

Amanda holds a BA in English and an MA in Teaching from the University of Arkansas. She began her career teaching high school English in Little Rock, Arkansas, before moving to the non-profit sector with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Austin, Texas. She started at the Boys & Girls Club as a Club Director at Reagan High School and the Ann Richards School for Girls before moving into development, fundraising, and website building.

She came to Colorado with her husband and joined the TLC staff in 2012. They have two dogs, one cat, and a three-year-old daughter in the TLC preschool program. When not working, Amanda likes baking, gardening, reading, and writing.

Breck Johnston, Executive Assistant, 2012

  • BS in Applied Psychology - Regis University

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About Breck:

Breck Johnston came to TLC Learning Center in 2012, after 10 years of billing experience in a medical office. She moved to Colorado in 2000 and is raising three children in Longmont.

When not working, she enjoys hiking and laughing. Breck is currently a student of Regis University working on a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. 

Breanna Palomarez, Administrative Assistant, 2019

  • Student at Front Range College

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About Breanna:

Breanna is originally from New Mexico but moved to Colorado when she was ten years old. She enjoys painting, drawing, and reading.

Bernadette Koppang-Miller, Therapeutic Services Billing Specialist, 2000

  • Bachelors: Long Term Health Care Administration

  • TLC alumni Parent

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About Bernadette:

Bernadette Koppang-Miller is a parent of two alumni of the center. Those alumni have now graduated high school. Bernadette has worked for TLC Learning Center since 2001. She holds a BA in Long Term Healthcare Administration from Southwest Texas State University. Bernadette is always impressed by the passion, compassion, and strong advocacy of her co-workers and the families the center serves.

In her time away from work Bernadette has become a sports fan watching her kids participate in various sports and watching her husband coach high school football. She volunteers with Special Olympics Colorado and various nonprofits in Boulder County. Bernadette enjoy reading, knitting, spending time with her family and dog, and working towards her new goal, learning Spanish. 

Kristi Hattig, Accountant, 2014

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About Kristi:

Kristi is the founder of Hattig CPA in Longmont and has over 25 years of accounting experience in both the for and non-profit fields.

Dave Swenson, Administrative Assistant Substitute, 2017

  • BA - Augsburg College

  • MA - University of Minnesota

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About Dave:

Before joining TLC, Dave owned Bike-n-Hike bicycle center in Longmont from 1974-2006. Dave and his wife Bonny have two children who grew up working in the store, and two granddaughters attending school in Longmont. At the store, Dave frequently helped children with special needs adapt to riding bicycles, tricycles, recumbents, and tandems, finding joy in working with special needs children that led him to TLC. When not working, he enjoys hiking, bicycling, music, and sports. He and his wife Bonny have toured Colorado together on a tandem bike!

Kara Broderick, Events Coordinator, 2018

About Kara Broderick

Kara coordinates all events at TLC, including the Christmas Tree Festival and the Kentucky Derby party. Kara has over twenty years of events planning experience in a variety of industries including Boulder book publisher Westview Press, Broomfield law firm Cooley Godward, commercial property management company Brookfield Properties, the fundraising division at the University of Colorado Boulder and as Development Director at Boulder County AIDS Project.

Kara has a bachelor’s degree in News Editing and Public Relations from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has lived in Longmont since 1996.