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

Tim Frazier Interim Executive Director

As Interim Executive Director, Tim will serve as the Chief Administrative Officer while Katy Graves is out on a Medical Leave of Absence. Tim has been an educational leader and an educator for more than 40 years. He was most recently the Principal of the Southampton Intermediate School in the Southampton Union Free School District. Tim began his career as an elementary school teacher in the Peace Corps, in Micronesia. He has studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia Teacher's College. As a lifelong educator, Tim knows the critical importance of high-quality early childhood education. He has seen the benefit first-hand in the classroom as both an Elementary School teacher and as a Middle School Administrator. Tim lives in Springs, NY with his wife, Tracey, a Fifth- Grade teacher. Tim is a School Board Trustee for the Springs Union Free School District. TimFrazier@ewecc.org

Susan Wright, Program Director

Susan joins us from a record-breaking brief retirement from Southampton School District where she was Assistant Principal for the past 14 years in the Elementary, Intermediate and High School. She brings a wealth of administrative and teaching experience over many years, including her time as a Special Education Teacher in Bayside Queens, and as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University teaching courses such as Educational Interventions for Young Students with Disabilities. Susan was the recipient of the Administrator of the Year: Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2020. She will work in partnership with Tim in updating the Center curriculum and ensuring that we maintain the high-quality, research-based programming for children ages 18 months to 5 years old. susanwright@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

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, and as an EMT. She is 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, Chair
Fran Ziemniak, Secretary
Kenneth Quay, Treasurer

Barbara Edwards
Nancy Goell
Chris Hansen
Adrienne Kitaeff
Laurie Malman
Nancy McCaffrey
Mariah Whitmore

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