Whitney Leathers, Executive Director
Whitney Leathers comes to the Long Beach Day Nursery with extensive leadership experience and a breadth of knowledge in both nonprofit management and early childhood education (ECE). She began her work in the field of early childhood in 2001. She held a variety of direct service positions which provided her with a solid foundation in ECE for over 8 years including: teacher, assistant director, educational programs assistant director, and crisis care worker. After 8 years in direct service and completion of her BA degree in English, Whitney made the shift into indirect early childhood services with the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Nevada project, which focused on statewide ECE workforce development efforts. While leading the T.E.A.C.H. Program she was promoted to Executive Director for the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC) at which time she began serving a dual role managing both the organizations programs and the nonprofit agency as a whole. During her tenor the NevAEYC grew from administering one small program with a budget of less than $200,000, to a multi-program, multi-office, fiscally sound and prospering organization that serves 100+ child care centers, 600 members, 150+ college scholarship recipients, trains over 600 providers annually, and became a leader in advocacy and early childhood systems building efforts throughout Nevada. Throughout her career Whitney has refined and polished her leadership style and skills. Her path provided her extensive experience in people, project, event, and fiscal management. She was given the opportunities to work diligently on early childhood systems building which fostered in her a love and skillset for advocacy and policy work. Her experiences and education have also developed her strengths in the areas of: board relations, leadership development, collaboration, program development and implementation, grant writing and management, and strategic planning. In her new role as Executive Director for the Long Beach Day Nursery, Whitney hopes to grow leaders from within the organization while also collaborating with outside supporters to build on the LBDN’s solid history to strengthen the LDBN programs and their reach.
Traci Glassock, Development & Communications Director
Traci Glassock brings with her an extensive Corporate business and Marketing background, more than ten years specific non-profit fundraising in the areas of Corporate and Foundation Development, and experience as an Executive Director for her own non-profit which she and a friend started in the early 1990’s to serve deaf and hearing impaired children in Orange County.
Most recently, Traci joins us from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, where she was Manager of Corporate Development and Special Events, bringing with her a network of Long Beach community and corporate relationships that will help LBDN establish a new level of donor support. Traci graduated with honors from both Orange Coast College and Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and was a recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Student Scholarship in 2004 and Graduate Student Scholarship in 2006.
Stacy Bass Director of Finance
Stacy Bass has been in the field of corporate accounting and finance for over 17 years. Her professional experience began in the actuarial field where she gained practical experience in accounting and financial modeling. She was promoted into management early in her career and received corporate training in strategic planning, team building and business operations. Stacy has since worked in a variety of industries managing accounting, finance and operations departments. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Dominguez Hills where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Monica Lopez Associate Center Director, East Branch
Monica has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for more than ten years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Site Supervisor permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. Monica brings to LBDN a passion for working with children; providing them with a safe and fun learning environment along with a special interest in training and mentoring teachers in child-teacher interactions.
Margaret McMahon Center Director, East Branch
Margaret McMahon joined the LBDN team in July 2010 as a substitute teacher. In 2011 she worked as a teacher in the Preschool LAUP classroom. She was promoted to Interim Associate Center Director of the East Branch in September 2013, was promoted to Co-Associate Center Director shortly thereafter, and was then promoted to the Center Director position in July 2015. She is certified as a Site Supervisor by the State of California, Commission on Teachers Credentialing. Margaret received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Child Development and in Family Life Education from Cal State University, Long Beach.
Linda Blackshire, Center Director
Linda has served as the Center Director for the West Branch since February 2000 and has been a teacher for over 10 years. One of her goals is to get the community and neighborhood surrounding the Center more involved with the nursery. With the commitment she has from her teaching staff of 13, Linda is sure to succeed. She received her Associates of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Long Beach City College and is certified as a Site Supervisor by the State of California, Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Sara Vicente Associate Center Director, West Branch
Sara Vicente has been in the early childhood education field since 1997, joining LBDN in 2004 as a teacher at our Memorial Branch (since closed). She received an AA degree in Early Childhood Education and is continuing her education at Cerritos Community College. In September 2006, she was promoted to Associate Center Director at West Branch.