Discovering & Affirming Your Child's God-Given Uniqueness
Our Experienced Administrators Are Passionate About Uplifting Your Family And Being A Bright Spot In Your Child’s Day!
Inspired by the opportunity to join a team that serves families and communities, in 2010 Matthew felt called to leave his previous career in mechanical engineering working for a global manufacturing company and join his father, Michael, in operating the family’s small child care business. In the same year, Matthew married his wife Kara, moved back to Indiana from Illinois, and is now the proud father of three children. Since joining Finding Me Now, he has found inspiration in working with talented and passionate individuals with unique ideas and finds joy in the stories of teacher-to-child and staff-to-parent interactions that provide heart-warming assurances that the business is operating with a steadfast focus on meeting the needs of those it serves.
Central Regional Director
Jennifer has 27 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Jennifer was always driven to teach, but she found she was most inspired by the youngest children, and she found her passion in Early Childhood Education. Jennifer is a vital resource for directors and employee, she and is always willing to give her time and attention to someone who needs it. Jennifer still finds time in her busy schedule to oversee five child care centers and get to know employees, parents, and children by name, nurturing relationships with them all. In her free time, she loves relaxing outdoors with her family and friends, including her three children, Rosalie, Callie, and Joel.
Northern Regional Director
Amanda joined Finding Me Now in 2004 as a part time employee. Since then, she has worked in all positions and classrooms, eventually being promoted to Assistant Director, Director of Finding Me Now Kokomo in 2016, and finally the Northern Regional Director in 2021. Amanda believes that her role is to promote parent involvement, two-way communication, and to be a resource for families. She believes when children have a great experience with learning this peaks their interest to learn more and provides a long lasting foundation for learning, as this will greatly impact the child and their families presently and for a bright future. At Finding Me Now, Amanda has found a sense of belonging and feels valued for her work. Her evenings are spent with her husband Jon. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter (Aniston), Son-in-law (Jalen) and her new granddaughter (Octavia)!
Jessica has 15 years of experience working with children and teachers. She discovered her passion to lead and make a difference in the lives of young children when she began working with the children in her church. Jessica says that she loves Finding Me Now because of the company’s roots in faith, and believes that it’s the perfect place for her to reach her highest potential in preparing children to be the next pillars of society. Before coming to Finding Me Now, Jessica ran her own daycare from home so she could work and care for her three beautiful daughters.
Quality Assurance Specialist
Sherry started working for Finding Me Now in 1977 as a substitute teacher. Our longest serving staff member, Sherry worked her way up to lead teacher and led her classroom for 15 years. She spent the next 20 or so years working as cook and assistant director, eventually also taking on overseeing the entire company’s food program. Sherry now works as Finding Me Now’s Quality Assurance Specialist. When she’s not working to help FMN run smoothly, she loves working with kids at her church, teaching Sunday school, and spending time with her family and her husband of 40 years, Gary.
Jasmine joined Finding Me Now in 2013 as a receptionist, advanced to Assistant Director, and now works in the corporate team running the website and social media and coordinating work between departments. She enjoys doing some of the more serious business work to continue creating excellent early childhood experiences at Finding Me Now, but she especially loves the fun stuff, such as finding ways to celebrate our amazing staff members and wonderful families. Jasmine studied Early Childhood Education and Fine Art at Ivy Tech. She says the supportive environment at Finding Me Now is a blessing to her and her husband, Nick.
Director – Indianapolis – East
LaToya Gillard started working in the field in 2000, where she discovered her true passion of working with children. LaToya has her CDA and is working toward her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined Finding Me Now for a seasonal position, but she was so inspired by the family atmosphere and the principles that Finding Me Now is built on that she became a permanent member of our staff, including teaching, working as Assistant Director, and now Director of the East Indianapolis location. LaToya values her large, close-knit family and loves spending time with them and her teenage daughter.
Director – Kokomo
Angelina has 12 years of experience working with children beginning in high school. Angelina became Center Director at Kokomo in 2020 after serving as the Assistant Director. She has earned her CDA, Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and is working on her Bachelor degree in ECE with a minor in special needs. She finds joy during her days in building relationships and helping others, and especially loves all the hugs she gets when she visits classrooms! Angelina lives with her husband Mark and her three children Bentlee, Logan, and Elijah in a house full of dance parties, movies, and snuggling!
Director – Indianapolis – South
Jade's interest in working with children started when she was young, helping with the children in her own family. After high school, she earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Jade felt so welcome when she began working at Finding Me Now as a teacher, and loved getting to know the families in her class, that she is now looking forward to making connections with each and every family throughout the whole center as the Director. She is eager to make a difference in each child's life. Jade loves fall, and spends her free time with her family, boyfriend Corey, pets, and her first child, Milo, who was born in December 2020.
Director – Fort Wayne
Indianapolis – South East Street
Kristen has wanted to be a teacher since she was a child, and to fulfill that dream she attended Indiana Wesleyan and earned a BS in Elementary Education. Over 20 years ago she began working with young children, and fell in love, working in early childhood education ever since. She loves the times at the beginning and end of days when she gets to connect with the parents and children as they transition between home and school. She strives to provide the best early childhood experiences for all children, and to build a team invested in developing each child's uniqueness. Kristen spends her time making memories with her family, including traveling and rooting for her favorite teams (Cubs, Colts, Pacers, and IU!).
Michael began his work in the child care and preschool profession in 1972 when Indi-Kid, Inc. was formed. His leadership of the company took a dramatic shift when in 1980 he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. This decision profoundly changed his approach to business and continues to guide his thinking. His experiences provided a foundation for his work in providing leadership to a number of organizations that helped people connect their faith and their work. He is the author of Significance Now and the Possibilities for Christ-Led Enterprise. Michael has been blessed with three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.