The board of directors, whose composition is one part community members, one part parents of children attending the Charleston Community Early Learning Center, and one part members of Wesley United Methodist Church, oversees the total operation of the Center. They are responsible for policy, budget, communications/marketing, personnel, parent/teacher collaboration and more.
We are pleased to introduce our current board members:
Mark Hudson is honored to be serving as President of the Board of Directors. He has been on the board since 2005, and greatly values the importance of providing an environment that helps our youngest citizens receive a caring, nurturing and developmental experience that will positively shape the rest of their lives. This is the fourth child care organization he has served, and he is impressed every day by the great work our staff does to maximize the growth of our children.
He is the Director of University Housing and Dining Services at Eastern Illinois University, and also a proud alum of EIU, where he received his undergraduate degree in Business and masters in College Student Affairs.
In 2010, Jone Zieren became a community member of the Board of Directors for the CCELC. She believes in the mission of the Center to provide an excellent early childhood program for area children in a secure and welcoming environment and appreciates the dedication and hard work of the administrative staff and the teachers. She is proud to be a member of the Board and has served as secretary since 2012.
Jone retired as the Director of Financial Aid at Eastern Illinois University in 2009. She earned her masters degree from EIU. She and her husband live in Charleston.
Kay DeLong Young
Kay DeLong Young has served on the Board for many years as a representative of Wesley United Methodist Church and serves as the Center’s liaison to the WUMC Board of Trustees. Kay is a retired public school teacher and serves on the Facilities Committee.
Cleve provides outstanding financial expertise to the Board. He has served on the Board since his now adult daughter was a child at the Center. Cleve is a CPA.
Robyn joined the CCELC Board in 2016. She serves the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois as a family advocate. Robyn resides in Charleston with her two sons who both attend CCELC. Robyn is a proud EIU alum!
Mary “Sam” Laingen
Sam joined the CCELC Board in 2017. She works for the University of Illinois but has been a member of the Charleston community since 2009. Her husband is a professor of geography at EIU and both of their children attend CCELC. Sam is thankful for the energy and kindness each member of the CCELC staff extends to all children who attend the Center. She is excited for the opportunity to support them and the mission of CCELC as a board member.
A lifelong resident of Charleston and EIU alumnus, Tyler serves on the Coard as a community member. Tyler is an attorney at Geisler & Weaver, and through practicing law, met his wife, Tracy, who is a prosecutor in Moultrie County. Together they have a son who attends CCELC. Tyler joined the board in 2017 and is thankful for the opportunity to assist CCELC having witnessed firsthand the exceptional quality of service and dedication the teachers and staff show their young students each day.
Polly is a speech-language pathologist in private practice. She works primarily with young children. She recognizes the importance of a stimulating and nurturing environment in a child’s development and is happy to support the mission of CCELC and be of service to its staff and families as a member of the Board. Polly joined the Board in 2018.