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Jane Porterfield

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Gerry Pastor

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Danielle Hunter

Director of Education

Michelle Jones

Vice President of Operations

Andrea Williams

Regional Director Columbus, OH

Cora Bogdan

Regional Director Cleveland, OH

Jason Bone

Regional Director Texas

Krista Lewis

Regional Director North Carolina

Erica Sapienza

Regional Director Florida

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Jane Porterfield

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Gerry Pastor

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Danielle Hunter

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Michelle Jones

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Andrea Williams

Andrea has been in early childhood education since 2006 and has a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Andrea started her career in Chicago, working with children from preschool to middle school. She moved to Columbus in 2019 and has been with The Nest ever since, first as a director and now as regional director. Andrea has a strong passion for child development and truly believes that the foundation set during the early childhood years for children plays an immense role in their lifelong success as learners.

Andrea still lives in the Columbus area with her husband, and their three highly active boys. Andrea loves being outside, reading, and going on adventures with her boys during her spare time. Her favorite childhood book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie because she enjoys watching how children grasp the pattern of the book and what predictions they come up with for what the mouse will want next! We are so lucky to have Andrea on our team!

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Cora Bogdan

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Elementary Education, Cora started her career in Elementary in 2002 and found her passion early on for childcare as an infant teacher. From infants to school age children, Cora worked closely with almost every age group before becoming regional director in 2011. As regional director of the Cleveland area Nest Schools, Cora enjoys working with directors and teachers to help ensure that they provide the best care possible for every family they serve.

Cora lives in Cleveland with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and baking. Her favorite childhood book is The Little House on the Prairie because she read it to her children when they were growing up, and it is now a family favorite for her own daughters! We are thrilled to have Cora on our team!

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Jason Bone

Jason has been in early childhood education since 2013 and has a bachelor’s in Business Administration. Jason started his career in childcare as the owner/operator of our Towne Lake location and joined The Nest School Team in 2021 when we acquired our three Houston locations – Towne Lake, Fallbrook, and Cinco Ranch. Jason wants to make a positive difference in the next generation. He believes that building relationships based on trust with parents, children, and staff is paramount in successfully achieving this goal.

Jason is married to his wife Amanda, and has two beautiful daughters who keep them on their toes and require their best every day! Jason’s family loves being outdoors in their free time and enjoys attending Astros games together. His favorite childhood book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar because of the colors and illustrations in the book. He was also fascinated with science at an early age. We greatly enjoy having Jason on our team!

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Krista Lewis

Krista has been in the early childhood education field since 1996 and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family studies. She has served in many roles throughout her career, from serving as a floater, teacher, cook, lead teacher, assistant director, director, and now regional director. She can do it all! Krista has always had a special place in her heart for children, and she loves being able to make a difference in children’s lives every day.

Krista lives with her husband, son, daughter, and their dog in Thomasville. Krista’s biggest fear has always been flying, but she recently overcame that fear on a trip to Chicago and will fly again with less anxiety! Her favorite childhood book is The Baby-Sitters Club because she likes that it is about friends that will accept each other no matter what. We love having Krista on our team!

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Erica Sapienza

Erica has been in early childhood education since 2010 and has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s in elementary education. Erica has served in many roles throughout her career, including: a teacher, director, regional director, curriculum writing, and human resources. Erica enjoys working one-on-one with children and watching them reach milestones. She also enjoys building relationships with staff and families.

Erica lives with her husband, son, twin girls, and her chocolate lab. In her spare time, she loves going to the beach and exploring the Disney parks. Erica is also an avid runner and has completed four marathons! Erica’s favorite childhood book is Dr. Seuss The Places You’ll Go because her parents gave it to her at her 5th grade graduation and it has been her inspiration to reach all her goals ever since. We are so grateful to have Erica on our team!