Who We Are


Katy Graves Executive Director

Katy serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Education Leader of the Center. Katy’s background as both an Educator and Educational Leader with over 30 years of experience includes two decades of district administrative leadership. Katy recently retired as Superintendent of the Sag Harbor Union free School District, acknowledged to be one of the top districts on the East End. She joined The Center in January 2020.
“I am excited to devote the next chapter of my career working at the Center with our youngest learners, their families and educators during such important developmental years. I am looking forward to again working directly with children and their families each and every day."
You can reach Katy directly at katygraves@ewecc.org

Robyn Mott Administrative Director

As Administrative Director, Robyn oversees the day-to-day operations of The Center. Her passion for teaching young children and knowledge in early education pervades everything Robyn does. A natural leader, Robyn understands what is required to make an Early Learning Center function at a high level. She knows how to support and motivate the teachers, she understands the needs of the parents, and she has the ability to view the world through the eyes of the children. Robyn has a Master’s Degree in Technology in the Classroom from Long Island University, an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, and is certified in Special Education. She joined The Center in 2015 as a lead teacher in the Pre-K program. rmott@ewecc.org

Joan Overlock
Director of Development

Joan is responsible for marketing and fundraising. As a private, not-for-profit organization, more than 50% of the annual budget is funded through donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. Joan’s early background is in marketing and advertising. She is the co-founder of goodcircle. development@ewecc.org

Krissy Feleppa
Development Associate

Krissy works in Development on community outreach and marketing communications. She is responsible for social media and public relations, spearheads special events such as our Annual Family Fun-Raiser, and manages The Center’s Parents Group. Krissy has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. krissy@ewecc.org

Peggy Miller
Assistant to Directors

Peggy took over the role of Administrative Assistant at the end of our 2018/2019 school year. She joined The Center as a Teacher's Assistant in 2017 and continues to assist in classrooms when needed. Before coming to work at The Center she has worked as an office manager, in a decorator's shop, and as an EMT. She is still a member of the Springs Fire Department. peggy@ewecc.org

Mary Carter
Kitchen manager

Mary is the person behind two meals and two snacks daily, year round for the children of the Center. Mary has been a part of the program since 1987 when it still resided at its former location on Cedar Street. You can find her every day until noon in the kitchen that bears her name.


Pre-K Teachers

Sandy McLaughlin

Sandy got her Masters of Education at Long Island University Southampton in 2002. After student teaching at Southampton Elementary Ms. Sandy was a teaching assistant at Quogue elementary from 2002-2003. She has been a lead teacher at The Center since 2003.

Megan Payne

Ms. Payne has worked as an elementary school teacher, literacy specialist, and tutor. She graduated from Lycoming College with a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education and later pursued a Master's Degree in Literacy Education. She has been a lead Pre-K teacher since 2017.

3K Teachers

Marisol Guerrero

Marisol earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Suffolk County Community College. She is currently completing her Child Development Associate Credential, a nationally recognized credential in Early Childhood Education. She has been working at The Center since 2007.

Luisa Rauscher-Monroy

Luisa studied Modern Languages in Bogota, Colombia before moving to the United States. She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Suffolk County Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood and Bilingual Education from SUNY Old Westbury. She has been teaching at The Center since 2013.

Toddler Teachers

Amanda Dext

Amanda holds a Child Development Associate Credential, a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education. She has been a teacher at The Center since 2016.

Rebecca Sales

Rebecca studied Deaf Education at Barton College. She holds a Child Development Associate Credential, a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education. She began working at The Center in March 2019.

Teaching Assistants

Fabiola Sandoval – room 1
Nancy Chimborazo – room 2
Cassandra Bowen – room 3
Melissa Anderson – room 4
Linda Bonaccorso – room 4
Yolonda Coste – room 6
Arely Castillo – room 7
Carol Keogh – float
Nicole Payne – float

Board of Directors

Eleanor Whitmore, Honorary Chair
Ruth Ann McSpadden, Co-Chair
David Eagan, Co-Chair
Frank Falcone, Vice Chair
Fran Ziemniak, Secretary
Kenneth Quay, Treasurer
Laura Anker, PhD
Barbara Edwards
Nancy Goell
Chris Hansen
Adrienne Kitaeff
Laurie Malman
Nancy McCaffrey
Mariah Whitmore

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