We invite you to meet our fabulous team of big-hearted teachers here at The Children’s Center. Whether they have been with

us for a year or 23 years they have one wonderful thing in common; recognizing that each child is a precious child of God, 

starting their educational journey in their loving and capable hands. 

Come meet us in-person!

  • Dee Buchanan

    Director of Children's Ministries

    Dee Buchanan has been the Director of Children’s Ministries at First Congregational  Church since 2002 and has been the Director of The Children’s Center since 2016. Although she has a Bachelor’s of Science from St. Lawrence University, in psychology and sociology with a focus on child development and education, her passion is gardening. In her spare time you can almost always find her in her rabbit-proof vegetable garden or fighting rabbits in her perennial beds. Or, honestly, at any of our local greenhouses or nurseries.  When she is not in her garden or at a greenhouse, she can be found at their lake house on Canandaigua Lake in New York. She and her husband, Brad, have two “kids,” Brad who works in the hospitality industry in in Charleston, South Carolina and Mary Kate who is an associate pastor at First Community Church in Columbus.  They have two dogs, rescued from the islands of Turks and Caicos, named Caico and Pippa.


    Phone: 330-342-3977 ext. 120

  • Jen Barden

    Associate Director of Children's Christian Ministries

    Jen Barden has been a member of FCCH since 2013 and joined the Children’s Ministries staff in 2018. Jen grew up in the Warren, OH area and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University. Jen and her husband Chris live in Hudson with their three children; Tyler, Alexis and Bryson, and their dog. 


  • Colleen Coyne

    Associate Director of the Children's Center/Bookkeeper

    Colleen began working for The Children’s Center in 2004 as Bookkeeper and Office Assistant.  Recently, the role of Associate Director has been added to her responsibilities.  Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.  O-H . . .!!  Colleen and her husband, Kevin, raised their now adult children in Hudson. Sean and his wife, Hannah, live in University Heights; Katie and her husband, Joe, live in Fairview Park; and their youngest son, Tim, lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  A favorite family gathering spot is their lake home in Malvern, Ohio, where they all can frequently be found playing and relaxing with all the family dogs!


    Phone: 330-342-3977 ext. 122

  • Kimberly Ford

    Administrator of The Children's Center/Trailblazers A.M. Assistant


    Phone: 330-342-3977 ext. 124

  • Katie Baker

    Administrative Assistant/Trailblazers P.M. Assistant/Navigators Teacher

    Katie Baker first started at The Children's Center in 2018 as a Lead Teacher. She left to pursue another career opportunity, but her heart led her back into the loving arms of The Children's Center. Katie grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. In her spare time, Katie can be found reading in her home library or working on her latest crochet project. She and her husband, Christian, live in Cuyahoga Falls.


    Phone: 330-342-3977 ext. 121