We take pride in the commitment of these fine professionals for they are the heart of our program. We believe that ongoing professional development, as well as acknowledgment of their dedication is vital to their own personal success and that of our program. Without a dedicated group of professionals, we would be unable to deliver the high caliber of services for which Danville Child Development Center is known and respected.
Since 1998, Diana Verbeck has served as the Executive Director/Administrator of the Danville Child Development Center.
Diana is well qualified for early childhood education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, as well as her MBA, from Bloomsburg University. She was also the Gwen Morgan Scholarship Recipient to attend Advanced Seminars in Child Care Administration at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. She also attends over 40 hours each year in continuing education to stay current in the child care and education field.
Her activities outside of the Center also reflect her love for children and education. Diana is the Past President of the Pennsylvania Child Care Association’s (PACCA’s) Board of Directors and served as co-chair of PACCA’s Education & Policy Committee. She has also served on the Governing Board for the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children as the Public Policy Vice President. In addition, Diana was the 2003 recipient of the PACCA Award of Excellence, based on demonstrated qualities of vision, teamwork, leadership, and education and training specific to early care and education. Diana also serves on the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Executive Committee.
She resides in Bloomsburg with her husband Norm and their four boys. Most of her free time is spent shuttling the boys between activities, working on their house and reading. Diana is an avid NY Yankees fan and looks forward to the summer and traveling
Director, Child Care Information Services of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties
Joanne has been with DCDC since 1978 – a true testament to her dedication to DCDC and love for kids!
Joanne began her career as a substitute teacher at G.C. Hartman Elementary School. After a brief stay, she joined DCDC, working her way through positions of increasing responsibility. She has worked as an Assistant Group Leader, Preschool Group Supervisor, Head Group Supervisor/Enrollment Coordinator, and Program Director. She became the Director of Child Care Information Services of Montour County in 1991 and as of July 2013 our service area has expanded to include the counties of Columbia and Northumberland. Clients are served at three locations: the main office at DCDC, a satellite office in Sunbury and in Berwick by appointment. This position has allowed her to work with many wonderful families and child care providers throughout the region.
On a personal note, Joanne and her husband, Terry, have been married for almost 35 years and have two children, Kirby and Alison and now a grandson! As a family project, they are working on renovating an old farmhouse. Joanne says that they are really enjoying all the added space, including 3 porches and a balcony off the bedroom!
In February 2005, Steve joined DCDC as Business Manager, the latest step in a professional life devoted since 1985 to work in the non-profit sector. He is happy to have the opportunity to contribute toward the important mission of DCDC.
For most of his career, Steve was in arts administration, including 7 years as Administrative Director of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, founder of the Columbia-Montour Regional Arts Council in 1999, and 4 years in theatre management in San Diego, California. He holds a Bachelors degree in business from the University of Connecticut.
Steve lives in Danville with his wife Trish and their daughter Cora. In his spare time, Steve enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and pretending he knows how to handle home improvement projects. When he’s not at DCDC, Steve is more than likely spending time with his first and only child, sharing the daily discoveries she makes in the world around her.
Director of Education
Michele has held the position of Director of Education for DCDC since 2004. A DCDC employee since 2000, she began her career here as a Preschool Teacher and the area Supervisor. Prior to her promotion, she assumed the role of child care coordinator, where she has developed a great relationship with DCDC’s families and staff.
Michele has many years of experience in early care and education, serving in many different roles from teacher to home visitor from PA to California! Michele received her degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University. She has completed her Director’s Certificate in Early Care and Education and attends twenty seven hours of continuing education each year.
The proud mother of a daughter, Mackenzie, she also enjoys reading, photography, and the outdoors. Michele can always be found spending her free time with her family and friends.
Lori started at DCDC in 2004 and has served several roles during that time, including Child Care Coordinator, Bloom Road Director, and currently is the Enrollment Director for both of our locations.
Lori began her education pursuit at Lock Haven University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. After college she substituted at area school districts for two years, and then taught Family Literacy and Adult Education classes. Lori is attending twenty seven hours of continuing education each year and has completed her Director’s Certificate in Early Care and Education.
She lives in Bloomsburg with her husband Mike and son Pierce. She enjoys lots of family time and traveling.
Early Intervention Coordinator
Renea graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1993. Renea has earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1999.
Renea taught at DCDC from 1999-2002 as a toddler teacher and Early Intervention teacher. Renea became a nanny from 2002-2006 for two doctors in Bloomsburg. Then in 2006-2015 Renea became the Group Supervisor for Columbia Child Development Program at the Town Park Village Center.
Renea lives in Orangeville with her husband Chris and two daughters Kayla and Taylor. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising and watching sports (Go Mets, Penn State, and Miami Dolphins).
Center Director of Bloom Rd
Jen began her career at DCDC in 2009 as a Preschool Teacher, then in June of 2014 she was promoted to Center Director of Bloom Rd.
Jen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University. She has had so many great experiences working with the Preschool children and their families! Jen enjoys working with children of every age and watching them learn and grow.
When she is not working she likes to spend my time with her husband, Joe, her children, Brek and Hattie, and with the rest of her family. She also enjoys kayaking, taking walks with her two dogs, Hurricane and Koal, and watching football. She is an avid Miami Dolphins fan and enjoys watching baseball and hockey as well!
Board of Directors
Danville Head Start
- Dr. Laura Campbell
Geisinger Health System / DCDC Parent
- Robert Lunger
Carriage Manor Builders / DCDC Past Parent
- Annie Haas
Geisinger Health System
- David Brokus
M & T Bank
- Lynn Miller
Geisinger Health System
- Erin Fitzgerald
Bloomsburg Hospital / DCDC Parent/ Past President