Our Fantastic Staff


Joan Tanner, Executive Director

Joan grew up as a country girl from Skaneateles, NY. She enjoys travel, knitting, gardening, and cooking. She also enjoys outdoor sports, arts and crafts, and traveling. Joan biggest delight is her family, daughter Melissa and her husband Jim and grandchildren Jack and Bre, also, son Josh and wife Cathy, and grandchildren AllieCat, Kailey and Domenic. Joan has a Master's of Education Degree from Umass and many years of teaching experience.


Countryside Staff


Glenn MacEachern, Site Coordinator, Countryside

One of four children, Glenn grew up in Woburn, MA. He has worked at CCC for 16 years and studied at Salem State College, where he played baseball. His work-related experience includes the K Head Counselor at Concord Academy Summer Camp, BlueSox Baseball Camps Coach and Older Kid Coordinator at CCC. Along with Jenna Ernst and Jesse Crandall, Glenn runs the Kindergarten program at Upper Falls. Glenn has been married to Ashling since the summer of 2005 and they have three sons, Fionnbhar, Tadhgh and Oisin. 


Michael Mann, Older Kid Coordinator

Michael began teaching at CCC in 2009 after having worked at the Mason-Rice School as a special education assistant and after school teacher for three years. He is the older kid coordinator at the Countryside School site. Michael has a special interest in teaching literacy, writing, art, and movement, and he enjoys sharing these passions in his classes and clubs. 

Some of Michael's favorite things to teach at CCC include yoga and nature in the outdoor classroom. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, running, traveling, and spending as much time in nature as possible. He also loves his part-time job teaching yoga and doing marketing and social media work for his yoga studio.


Elif Irtemcelik, Educator 

 Elif ("ae-leaf") joined the CCC teaching team in May of 2015. She has over 8 years of experience teaching in Early Childhood settings, and holds a M.Ed degree in School Psychology. Elif is also a singer-songwriter in her free time and a member of a non-profit international folk dance company that performs locally and nationally. She has lived in the US and abroad, is fascinated by languages and world cultures. At CCC, she enjoys reading books to the children, and leading activities involving music, movement, nature, and the arts. Elif is passionate about empowering children with healthy social skills, and supporting their curiosity and growth through the activities she leads! 


Claudina Silva, Educator

Claudina is a wife and mother of one. She loves working with kids and has been doing so since getting her degrees in education. In her spare time, she loves to sing, dance, and play sports. She's looking forward to the new school year at CCC!


Shane DiCristina, Educator

This is Shane's first year working at CCC! He's from Lexington Ma, and attended Emerson College where he earned a bachelors degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. Some of his interests and hobbies include writing fiction, playing the piano, reading, and being around dogs. A cool and impressive fact about Shane is that he self-published two novels in the last couple of years. When he's not at CCC, he'll most likely be found walking his dog or relaxing and reading.



Gerica Barbosa, Educator

Gerica is Cape Verdean and was born and raised in Boston, MA. She just graduated from Boston College this past spring with a Bachelors degree in Theatre and Psychology. While she was there she was also on an African dance team. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, acting, reading, listening to music and playing sports. When she is  not at CCC she can most likely be found enjoying quality time with family and friends.


Gabriel Garcia, Educator

Gabriel (goes by 'Gabo') is the oldest out of his three siblings growing up in Newton. He graduated from Newton North High School in 2010 and is currently working on a Bachelors degree in math at Mass Bay Community College. He has been working at Centre Acres day camp in Newton Centre for the past four years as a counselor, Sports Specialist and a Unit Leader. Gabo enjoys listening to music, lifting weights and following sports. This will be Gabo's second year at the Countryside Children's Center and he is looking forward to using his sense of humor, math skills and patience to connect with the children.



Chris Wilson, Educator

Chris is excited to be starting his first year at C-side! He is currently a sophomore at Lasell College, majoring in sports management because he is a huge sports fan. Baseball is his favorite sport and the Red Sox are his favorite team to watch. In his spare time, he will most likely be found at some sort of sporting event. 


Frank "Nellie" Nellenback, Special Projects Educator

Nellie received his BS in Marketing from SUNY Oswego in 1999 and his M. Ed. in Physical Education and Coaching from Boston University. His favorite CCC memory to date is the Crane Beach trip in 2005 when the temperature dropped 30 degrees in two hours. It was a wild day - could have been a comedy movie! Children were running around on the beach with seagulls swooping down! Nellie recently landed his dream job in Southbridge and will only be joining us about once a month to run really exciting games and a few signature surprises.  


Upper Falls Staff


Jesse Crandall, Site Coordinator, Upper Falls

Jesse grew up on the beaches of Rhode Island and in the mountains of West Virginia.  He attended Boston University for piano performance and earned his degree in Music Education.
He spent a handful of years as Director of Music at Hinsdale High School in New Hamphire and discovered the CCC in 1997.

Jesse enjoys his time outside - on the trails, hiking, on his mountain bike and on the windsurfer.  His travels include many of the national parks in the lower 48 and Hawaii. If you're looking for Jesse outside of CCC, he will most likely to be found in the woods or on a trail with his new furry friend named Kåla.


Frank Snyder, Educator

Frank has worked at CCC for 16 years. Frank was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Croton, NY in Westchester County. He graduated from Croton-Harmon High School in 1988 with a Regent's Degree and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with a minor in sociology and political science, in 1993 from Northeastern University. Personal interests include athletics, travel, music and cooking.


Michele LeFevre-Dwyer, Educator

Michele was raised in Newton Upper Falls. Her Grandchildren make the fourth generation to be raised in the home! Michele has worked at CCC for sixteen years and loves her job. Meeting new children every year is so exciting as is seeing a young adult that once was a student at CCC. The dream Michele has for herself is to own a home within walking distance of the ocean, which is so relaxing. 


Edward Tsui, Educator

This will be Edward's third year working at CCC. He was born in Hong Kong, but moved to America at an early age. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 with a major in Illustration and a minor in Drawing and is now going back to get a Masters of Art in Teaching at MassArt. He is excited to be making art with all of the kids again this year!



Gerard Wilson, Educator

Gerard has been teaching at CCC for 10 years. He is also a teacher of Religious Studies and History at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. Gerard lives in Framingham with his wife, Maryann and his three children, Rebecca, Chris and Alex. Gerard has an Associate degree from UMass Amherst, in Park Management and Arboriculture, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from St. John's in Brighton, MA as well as his Master of Divinity. He has been working at the Fessenden Day Camp for many years as a woodworking specialist, counselor and CIT Director. His hobbies include sports card collecting, woodworking, watching sports and following the Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox. Gerard is excited that his son Chris will be jointing the team and working at Countryside this year!


Elizabeth Laws, Educator

In her spare time, Liz likes to hang out with celebrities and take boomerang videos of her dog. When she isn't at CCC, you can assume that she is out searching for extraterrestrial life.

Elegant, Laughs a lot, Intelligent (very), Zany, All about having fun, Bashful I am Not, Eccentrically Easygoing, Terrifically enthusiastic, Humorous!


Jenna Ernst, Kindergarten Coordinator, Educator

Jenna started working at CCC after she gratuated from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 with a BA in Psychology. She has enjoyed working with kids since high school, being a counselor, an art specialist, and now an assistant director of a summer camp. Jenna is excited for her third year at the center and for her new position as Kindergarten Coordinator!


Laura Davis, Bookkeeper

Laura joined our wonderful program in the summer of 2006. Laura graduated with a BS from UMass Boston and earned her MBA from Suffolk University. After 8 years of working full time in the healthcare industry, Laura decided to pursue smaller accounting and bookkeeping gigs that allowed her to spend more time with her two children and husband. She also volunteers at her kids' schools. 


Melissa Gavell, Off-Site Administrative Assistant

Melissa has been working at CCC since 1990. She earned a BS from Lesley University in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Education. She was our Kindergarten Coordinator for quite some time, but now she has taken a full time job as a lead preschool teacher at The Children's Workshop! Since we can't let her go completely, she is still doing some crucial work for us off-site. She is married to Jim, her best friend of 20 years, and together they have two lovely children, Brea and Jack. Her hobbies include painting, sewing and spending time with family and friends.