Mick Fleming and Drindy Gier
KidsCentre Inc. is owned by local parents, Mick Fleming and Drindy Gier, who in the late 1980’s, were looking for quality infant care for their daughters. They still own KidsCentre and stay actively involved but leave the day-to-day running of the center to the administrative team.
Director of Operations and School Nurse
Teresa is the Director of Operations and School Nurse at KidsCentre’s Spring St. and Post Alley locations with the responsibility for, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and our Employee Health and Transportation benefits. She has also been instrumental in the strategic direction, vision, growth and performance of KidsCentre Inc. over the past 5 years.
Prior to arriving at KidsCentre, Teresa worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 28 years. Her most recent position was as the Nurse Manager of a 64 bed Gero-Psych Unit. These years of experience working with a community that was often ignored gave Teresa the opportunity to leverage her voice as she advocated, uplifted, and acted with authentic empathy every day. As a leader of leaders, she has made it her mission to deliver outstanding results for the population she serves. In her previous roles and at KidsCentre she has established a culture of exceptional execution, attention to detail, and celebration for staff who work alongside her to make it all happen.
As a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of executive management experience, Teresa is known for maximizing operational excellence and delivering financial performance. As a member of the KidsCentre management team she was influential in the addition of our Post Alley location, the Rooftop Playground and its extensions.
Teresa has been married for 31 years to her adoring husband Michael. They have raised 2 amazing children together and our now enjoying their roles as Poppa and Gigi to their 2 ½ year old grandson Zion. Teresa enjoys traveling, being by the water, interior design/DIY projects, and spending time with her family in the backyard around the fire pit (she designed)!
School Director/Post Alley location
Ashley is the Director of KidsCentre Post Alley. Ashley has a Bachelors degree in Child Development and Education from the University of Idaho and a Masters Degree in Education from Duquesne University. She is currently taking PhD classes in Educational Policy. Ashley has been working with children in various settings for over 10 years. This has included working for childcare centers at hospitals, child development centers on military bases in Europe and conventional early learning centers. She has worked with children of all ages but has spent most of her time as an educator in PreK classrooms. After moving into administration, she realized she could use her skills and knowledge to elevate the systems in early childhood. Ashley brings her many years of experience to KidsCentre and hopes to help nurture and grow not only the children but the educators as well. With her passion for child development and educational policy she is determined to bring positive experiences and change to the current education climate.
Ashley has lived in many states but settled in Seattle with her significant other in 2016. In her free time Ashley loves to travel, spend time at the beach and can always be found playing with her Goldendoodle, Rizzo.
Assistant Director/Post Alley location
Ali is the Assistant Director at the Post Alley location. Ali has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound, and during her time there she worked as an intern at KidsCentre during her breaks. Her love for early learning transcended after she graduated as she became a toddler teacher at the Spring Street location and ultimately getting promoted to Assistant Director.
KidsCentre. Ali is was recently married in August of 2020 and is a proud pet-parent to her dog Griffey and cat Paxton.
As Assistant Director, Ali has utilized her background in communications to revolutionize the company’s approach to parent partnerships through our monthly newsletter and social media presence. On a daily basis, Ali worked to ensure that every child in the center feels welcomed and safe. Her favorite thing about being a part of the administration team is that she gets to collaborate with a group of amazing leaders to create a progressive space in KidsCentre.
In her free time, Ali loves to explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, spend time with her friends and family, and draw!
School Director/Spring Street location
Caitlin comes from a long line of educators. The passion for early childhood education runs in her veins. She knew she wanted to be in this field at a very young age, when she first set foot in her mother’s second grade classroom to volunteer. In her over 10 years in ECE, she has had the pleasure of teaching in each age group, being an education coordinator, assistant director, center director, and area manager. While she loves the versatility, her experience has given her, being a center director is her favorite position because it allows her to be heavily involved, learn with; grow, and develop other early learning professionals. She also loves to be able to build lasting relationships with the children and families we serve. She has her Child Development Associate as well as her B.A. in Educational Studies. She is currently working on her M.S. in Management and Leadership. She feels so fortunate to be a part of such pivotal moments in these children’s lives. Caitlin has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 13 years. They have two energetic and fun-loving children. Jillian, age 12, a bright and beautiful young lady and Cooper, age 4, a comical spitfire who keeps Caitlin on her toes. They love to spend time with family and friends, especially playing outside. Some of her favorite hobbies include listening to audio books, being crafty and enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Assistant Director/Spring Street location
Reina was born in the Netherlands and spent the majority of her childhood growing up and living in different places such as Florida, Newfoundland (Canada), Louisiana and of course the Netherlands. Reina attended Louisiana State University where she earned her bachelor’s in Mass Communication. After obtaining her Master’s in Hospitality Management from the University of New Orleans, Reina moved to Chicago to begin her career in hospitality. She spent several years working in hotel operations and ultimately met her husband in Chicago. In 2014 they moved to Seattle. Reina has two boys (ages 6 and 1) who both attend KidsCentre. The eldest has been at KidsCentre since he was 18 months old and is now a thriving kindergartener.
Up until the pandemic Reina worked in hotel event planning and conference services. After being affected by the layoffs due to Covid-19, the perfect opportunity came along with KidsCentre to support the Spring Street location in the role of Assistant Director. Reina has played an integral part in ensuring that KidsCentre continues to provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for our children during the past six months. She is grateful to be able to work with our wonderful staff to support their teachings and works hard to ensure that the daily operations of our center are always running smoothly.
In her spare time Reina enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, running races (when she has time to train), swimming, puzzling and traveling.