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
About Matt Eldred
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.
Cindy Wickham, Educational Services Manager, 2012
- Masters (ECE) from Central Michigan
- BS Spec Ed and Elementary Ed from Western Michigan
- Elementary and Secondary Administrative Certification Program from Grand Valley Start University
About Cindy Wickham
Cindy Wickham's career has been centered around her desire to make a difference in the field of Early Childhood Education. She earned a BS from Western Michigan University with a double major in special education and elementary education; an MA in Early Childhood Education from Central Michigan University; and an Educational Leadership degree from Grand Valley State University. She has over 25 years of classroom experience as a special education and general education teacher with children birth to eight years of age, and as a community college instructor. Her passion continued in Early Childhood Education leadership as a community innovator (co-founder of a Mentor a Mom program), Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator, Elementary Principal, Head Start Director, and Great Start Readiness Director/ Early Childhood Specialist, all in the state of Michigan. She enthusiastically joined TLC Learning Center in December of 2012 as the Educational Services Manager/ Child Care Director. Cindy has married for 38 years, and loves spending time with her husband, two wonderful adult children, two amazing grandchildren, and her rescued Labrador. Cindy feels privileged to be part of such a passionate and dedicated staff, focused on the success of all children in the highest quality inclusive program for our youngest learners!
Karianne Herdina, Educational Services Assistant Manager & Child Health Liaison, 2016
- Denver School of Nursing: RN-ADN
- Director Certified
- Infant Nursery Supervisor Certified
About Karianne Herdina:
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, 1999
- Bachelors Degree: Occupational Therapy
About Shari Karmen
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
About Amanda Boldenow
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 and fundraising. She came to Colorado with her husband and joined the TLC staff as Development Manager in 2012.
Breck Johnston, Executive Assistant, 2012
- BS in Applied Psychology - Regis University
About Breck Johnston
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.
Bernadette Koppang-Miller, Therapeutic Services Billing Specialist, 2000
- Bachelors: Long Term Health Care Administration
- TLC alumni Parent
About Bernadette Koppang-Miller
Bernadette Koppang-Miller is a parent of two alumni of the center that went on to kindergarten in 2001. 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
About Kristi Hattig
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, 2017
- BA - Augsburg College
- MA - University of Minnesota
About Dave Swenson
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!
Michelle Baker, Events Coordinator, 2010
- TLC alumni parent
About Michelle Baker
Michelle coordinates all events at TLC, including the Christmas Tree Festival and the Kentucky Derby party.
Matthew Powell, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
- Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
- Master of Social Work
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Infant Mental Health Mentor IMH-E® (IV-C) Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health
- MPowell@MHPColorado.org, phone: 720-879-3844
Matt is our Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant and the Program Supervisor of Kid Connects (a program of Mental Health Partners). Matt has 20+ years partnering with non-profit organizations, extensive training in the Kid Connects Model and a background in social work and family therapy. He is also the father of a 10-year-old boy. Matt shares, “I feel very fortunate to have worked across communities in various capacities supporting young children, families and their caregivers. Continued collaboration with parents, teachers and other community partners with the goal of promoting young children’s social and emotional development is at the heart of my work.” Matt also welcomes the opportunity to meet individually with parents.