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 (Retiring Nov. 2022)

    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

  • Liz Yeakley

    New Director of Children's Ministries

    I am so excited to be the new Director of Children’s Ministries at First Congregational Church! I have enjoyed volunteering for the Children’s Ministries board and also teaching at our Children’s Center. I grew up right here in Hudson, then graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. My husband and I have been married for 16 years, we have a child named Charlie (11). I have two energenic dogs, love to travel, and can’t wait to help the youngest members of our church grow their faith in God!


    Phone: 330-342-3977 ext. 124

  • 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. 


    Phone: 330-342-3977 ext. 123

  • Callie Baylor

    Associate Director of Children’s Ministries

    Callie Baylor has been a member of FCCH since 2012 and has worked here nearly as long, first with Youth Ministries and now with Children’s Ministries. Before that she worked as a middle school and high school science teacher in South Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio. Callie has a Bachelor Degree from the College of Wooster and a Master of Education from The Ohio State University. She lives in Hudson with her husband, Jason, their three children, Genevieve, Vivienne, and Pippa, and their dog, Maple. 


  • 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

  • Katie Baker

    Children's Center Assistant/Voyagers Assistant

    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 currently lives in her childhood hometown of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with her new husband, Christian. She 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, working on her latest crochet project, or playing Yahtzee with her husband.


    Phone: 330-342-3977 ext. 121