Patti is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has lived in Jackson, WY since 1980. Patti has been in her position with CLC since 2011. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Ohio State and worked as a children’s book illustrator for 18 years. Patti has over 25 years of experience in administration, fundraising, and marketing for non-profit organizations including the National Wildlife Art Museum, Teton Science School, Teton Raptor Center, and Rabun-Gap School in north Georgia – a private boarding and day school for grades 7-12. Patti loves the people she works with which includes CLC’s staff and the board. She is passionate about CLC’s mission and loves witnessing the work CLC does with children to carry out that mission. Patti is committed to her job, which is quite varied. She enjoys managing operations, working with CLC’s Directors to improve the quality of CLC’s programs and the lives of our staff, coming up with marketing/PR plans, public speaking, and interacting with CLC’s donors. Patti has one adult daughter and five grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, illustrating, and spending time with her friends and family.
Big Piney Site Manager
Olivia is originally from Tijuana, Mexico. She has been with CLC since 2019. Olivia attended Western Wyoming Community College. Her work history includes bookkeeping and program coordinating. What she enjoys most about her role is being able to accomplish goals within CLC, and being part of an amazing team that strives to make a difference and a positive impact on the lives of children. Olivia married her husband Greg in 2010 and has three children, one boy (Weston) and two girls (Harper and Rhaven). She enjoys spending her freetime with her family and having family get-togethers.
Special Services Coordinator
Cyndi Fischer is originally from Eureka, California, she moved to Teton County in 2003 and has been on staff with CLC since 2018. Cyndi received her General Education Teaching certification in California in 1995 then began teaching at elementary schools overseas including Morocco, Japan and Colombia. After returning to California in 2002 she taught Middle School Language and Arts for two years, Kindergarten for two years, then moved into teaching Head Start/Early Childhood. In total, Cyndi has spent 7 years in Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms, 2 years in administration, and 8 years in training and technical assistance with Head Start. In between teaching, training, and technical assistance Cyndi was the education director at a small private school in Victor, Idaho for 2 years. What Cyndi loves most about her role is the people she works with, and watching kids reach their goals. Cyndi has been married to her husband for over 20 years, has two children, and a menagerie of animals (from horses to guinea pigs and a bunch in between!) She loves living in the Tetons and taking advantage of all this area has to offer. She enjoys skiing, hiking, riding horses, hunting, rafting, yoga and spending time with her family.
Early Head Start Coordinator
Cherie Flores is a Jackson, Wyoming native. She started working for CLC in 2004. Cherie received her ECE certificate from Rasmessen Business College in Bloomington, Minnesota. She has enjoyed seeing the changes over the years at CLC, in her coworkers, and within herself. Cherie is married with three children, all who are boys. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and cooking.
Pinedale Site Manager
Becky Gregory is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming and has lived in Sublette County since 1999. Becky has worked for CLC since 2010. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Wyoming. Becky has worked with children and families for over 25 years in a variety of programs such as Head Start, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and here at CLC. She loves working for an organization that prioritizes supporting children and families in her community. Becky is married and has two children, a son and a daughter. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, cross-country skiing and decorating her home.
Rafter J Site Manager
Annie Johnson was born and raised in Star Valley, Wyoming and has lived in the Jackson area since 2006. Annie has worked for CLC since 2015, and she has worked with children since 2010 in an early educational settings. Annie received her Bachelor of Arts and Educational Studies in 2014 then her Master of Arts in Elementary Education in 2021. Annie enjoys being able to interact with the children at CLC daily and watching them learn and grow from the infant room all the way to pre k. She also enjoys getting to know each child’s individual personality and engaging with all the parents and siblings. Annie has a daughter and two Jack Russel Terriers. In her free time she enjoys adventuring with her daughter, hiking, weight lifting, creating resin epoxy art, road tripping, swimming, camping, and RZRing.
Subletter Special Services Coordinator
Lisa is from Laramie, WY and has lived in Sublette County since 1999. Lisa started working for CLC in 2002. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with two degrees, a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelors of Social Work. Lisa worked for the Department of Family Services in both Laramie and Pinedale before coming to the CLC. She loves working with and getting to know each family that she serves. She also loves working with CLC’s very talented staff in both Sublette and Teton County. She is married to her wonderful husband, Doug, and together they have a beautiful daughter, Riley. Lisa also has a suborn Old English Bulldog named Sookie Sue and a very feisty and energetic French Bulldog named Gus (but he thinks his name is No, Stop that, and What’s in your mouth?!). In her free time you can find Lisa reading in her home library, she loves being surrounded by all her favorite books!
Head Start Coordinator
Mariana McFarlane is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. She moved to Teton County in 2000 and has been with CLC since 2002. Mariana has worked with kids and families for more than 25 years. She studied Library of Sciences at the College of Sciences and Humanities by the National Autonomous University of Mexico then completed her social work at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Within her position at CLC Mariana loves how every child and family is different, and enjoys working with children and families and leaving a lasting positive impact. Mariana is married and has a daughter who is full of energy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
Heather Menke is originally from Michigan and moved to the Jackson area in 2005. Heather has worked for CLC since 2009. During her time on staff she has worn many hats, first as a toddler’s teacher, then in 2014 she transitioned to Rafter J where she became the Site Manager, and in 2021 she accepted her current role as the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator. Heather completed her Associates in Early Childhood Education in 2021 and is now working on completing her Bachelors Degree. Heather enjoys how her position gives her the opportunity to work across both Teton County sites, work directly with staff families and children, and grow in her own professional development. Heather has one son, Brenden, who is a CLC graduate. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her significant other, Jon, her son, and her family and friends. Heather also enjoy snowmobiling, camping, boating, traveling and watching her son play sports.
Mercill Site Manager
Norma Montiel grew up in Mexico and moved to Teton County in 1994. She has worked for CLC since 2015 originally as a toddler’s teacher. What Norma loves most about her role with CLC is watching the children grow and move up in their classrooms. Norma is married with two adult children. In her free time she likes to hike, exercise, and ski.
Miriam is from Mexico City, Mexico and has lived in the Jackson area since 2000. She started working for CLC in 2003. Miriam is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting. She enjoys working in a team with her co-workers and ensuring everything runs smoothly within CLC. Miriam is married and has two children, as well as two dogs, Chico and Charlie. When she is not at work, Miriam enjoys volunteering at Hole Food Rescue, hiking, and watching a good movie with her family at home.
Director of Education & Programing
Nicole Philbin is a native to Jackson, Wyoming. She started working for CLC in 2009 and has worked with young children for over 20 years. She started working in Elementary Schools when she was still in High School where she taught English to dual language learners. Nicole studied Elementary Education in college and worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional after she graduated. Nicole has worked with children birth-5 years since 2009 and absolutely loves it! Nicole completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2015. She loves being able to experience the children’s joy and curiosity every day. She also really enjoys working with teachers and supporting them to do this important work. Nicole is married to her amazing husband and has three children, Christopher, Harper and Korbin. She and her family love enjoying everything Teton County area has to offer. They spend their summers in Teton National Park enjoying the lakes and hiking, and spend their winters at Grand Targhee skiing. She also enjoy reading and movie nights together with her family.