Meet the Staff of FABCare

All of our full times employees are required to be registered with West Virginia STARS which mandates that an employee 15 hours of training on child development. We also have our staff certified in First Aid and CPR.

  • Executive Director

    Jessica Wilcoxon


         I started in childcare in 2009 at an after school program providing quality care and homework assistance.  I came to FAB in February 2014 as a summer program teacher.  In August 2014, I became the assistant Pre-K teacher and started working in the office.  In April 2016, I was asked to become the Executive Director and started that job in June.   I graduated Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 and also completed the ACDS program in 2012.  


    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney


  • Director

    Karen Harmic


          I started in early childcare back in 1989 at another facility where I worked for 14 years with several age groups.  God lead me to FAB in 2002 as a toddler teacher.  I became an Assistant Director in January 2008 and in August of 2008 I was the Interim Director . I accepted the position as Director in November 2009.  I have an Associates Applied Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood.  I also am a graduate of the ACDS, Apprenticeship Child Development Specialist,  program.  


    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans yo prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future." Jeremiah 29:11

  • Financial Secretary

    Tammy Owens


         I have been with FABCare since 1998, when I started as a teacher of a MWF class.  The next year, I started working in the office as the Assistant Director and eventually became Director in 2006.  I was then named  Executive Director in 2014.  In June of 2016, I took over a part of the Financial Secretary for the church, so I am dividing my 4 days a week between church and daycare.  My husband and I have been married since 1984.  We have two sons and have recently become grandparents to two beautiful girls.  I graduated from Marshall University in 1984  with a Bachelor's Degree.

  • Nutrition Specialist

    Audrea Chappell


         I grew up on a farm two miles outside of Goue KS, a small town with a population of 78. After meeting my husband I moved to Huntington.  We have a beautiful three year old daughter.  I have worked at FAB for about four years. I started as the center's cook, then became a classroom teacher,  I took some time off and now I am back as the Nutrition Specialist.  

  • Infant Room

    Linda Jack


         I have been at Fifth Avenue Baptist Nursery and Preschool for 36 years. My husband Bob and I have been married for 48 years and we have been lifetime members of the Huntington community.  I have three daughters and seven grandchildren, most of whom attended FABCare, and one adorable great granddaughter.  I am also a lifetime member of Philadelphia United Baptist Church in Lavalette, WV.  I began my career at FAB as an assistant teacher in our kindergarten room.  I worked in the two year old room and then the four year old room as a lead teacher  for 15 years.  In 1999 the center added an infant room.  I moved to this class where I am happy to this day.  I earned an Early Childhood Development degree from Marshall University in 2005, adding to my ACDS, WVIT, and CDA certificates. One of the most interesting and enjoyable benefits of my lengthy service at FABCare is that I am now caring for the children of many of the students I cared for years ago.  I consider it to be a true blessing to see my past students experiencing joy with their own children.   

  • Infant Room

    Anna Stone


         I have worked at FAB for over five years, first as an afternoon helper and now as a co-teacher in the infant room.  In May of 2016 I graduated Marshall University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders.  I recently married my high school sweetheart. We live in Huntington with our Cat Ella. I have a long history at FAB.  I attended church here growing up as well as attending FABCare.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching superhero shows/movies, and teaching dance. 

  • crawler Room

    Beth Tannis



  • Crawler Room

    Haley Bays



  • Young Toddler Room

    Geraldine "Gerry" Smith


         I have worked a total of 48 plus years during my lifetime; 45 of those years have been connected with children.  I worked 30 years at the Cabell County Public Library, 12 years at Spring Valley High School, and three years at FABCare.  I also teach Sunday School for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade here at Fifth Avenue Baptist.  I worked with our youth group for four years prior to teaching younger children.   I have accompanied Fifth Avenue Baptist on several mission trips as an adult chaperone, including trips to Nicaragua.  Last, but certainly not least, I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 56 years. 

  • Young Toddler Room

    Donna Slagle


         I started my first day at FABCare March 22, 1979. I started my child care career at FAB and I have loved every minute with the children. During my forty plus years here at FAB I have worked with children as young as 7 months all the way up to 12 years old.  I completed the ACDS, Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist, program as well as the West Virginia Infant Toddler program. 


    "You may thank your life is small, but it can make a huge difference in other people's lives." Author Unknown

  • Young Toddler Room

    Savannah Holland


         I am originally from Chapmanville, West Virginia, but I now live in Genoa, West Virginia.  I recently got married to my wonderful husband Joshua in June. I am studying to become an Elementary School Teacher at Marshall University. I have taught the younger children at my church for  four years.  I recently started at FABCare in June of 2016. I really enjoy baking and cooking.  I absolutely love children.  I love to see their young minds blossom and grow and truly have the best job.  

  • Older Toddler Room

    Carol Fischer


         I have worked in early childhood for 25 years. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood plus a certificate in ACDS.  I have two grown sons and two beautiful granddaughters.  I feel fortunate to work with the older toddlers. They are learning so much and we have so much fun.  

  • Older Toddler Room

    Susie Evens



  • Younger two Year Old Room

    Jessica Sturgeon


        I have taught at FAB Care for over four years now.  I am married with two daughters and live locally in Huntington.  I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Regent Bachelor's in Preschool Development.  I plan on attending a Master's Program in Pre-K Special Needs. 

  • Younger Two Year Old Room

    Janine Gross

  • Older Two Year Old Room

    Sierra Gaul


    "Becoming a mother make you realize you can do almost anything one-handed" Author Unknown


         I have a six-month old son, Ayden, who never ceases to amaze me.  I am currently attending Marshall University with plans on becoming an Ultrasound Technician.  This is my first year at FAB.  I started as a substitute and was hired full time at the end of summer 2016. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping and spending time with my family.  I enjoy going to church on Sunday mornings and thanking God for all the blessings I have received.  I am so blessed to have the support system from my family, coworkers, and friends. 

  • Older Two Year Old Room

    Kelsey Barclay



  • Younger Three Year Old Room

    Jan Williams


         I graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Speech.  I am married to Russ Williams and we have four children.  My outside interests include reading, knitting, and music.  I am a long time member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and I am active in the Music Ministry.  I also sing with River Magic, S.A.I. 

  • Younger Three Year Old Room

    Michael Robinson


         I grew up in Scott Depot, West Virginia with a large family. I am one of seven children, with four sisters and two brothers. I moved to Huntington in 2008 to attend Marshall University, where i studied English Writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction. I love to read, write, play music, and spend time in nature. I first realized that I had a passion for working with children when I was in high school and went with a group from my church to Oaxaca, Mexico to volunteer at an orphanage for several weeks. Seeing children grow, learn, and live happily in the midst of poverty is something I have never forgotten. Since that moment I have known that I want to take part in helping children grow, learn, and live happy lives. I started working at FABCare in 2010  where I have worked as a part-time employee, a substitute, an assistant teacher, and a co-teacher. I have recently finished the ACDS Program, and hope to get my degree in Early Childhood Development. Working with children has its rewards each and every day. 

     

  • Older Three and Young Four

    Year Old Room

    Jonell Barclay


         I have worked at FAB for 14 years! I first found my love of early childhood in college, I had an undecided major at the time. I then took a part-time job at a child care center back in the early 90s, needles to say I feel in love with the early childhood profession. Along with my college hours, I completed the ACDS program in 1992. Being an early childhood educator has brought great joy to my life. I enjoy not only helping a child grow and learn, but I also love being able to show the love of God with each one. On a personal note I am married with two children and in my spare time I enjoy my dogs, Football, and needle work. 

  • Older Three and Young Four

    Year Old Room

    Brittany Sudderth


         I have worked at FAB for the past five years and within those five years I have worked with almost every age that we have here at FAB. I also have two boys of my own, a six year old and a two year old, both have attended FAB and love it very much. I have completed ACDS and I plan on continuing my education in Early Childhood Education. 

  • Pre-K Room

    Bretney Bills


         I started working for FABCare in August of 2013 with the program's collaborative Cabell County Pre-K.  I previously, 2006 to 2009, worked as a two year old teacher at another child care facility, but took some time off to complete my degree.  I graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters in Preschool Special Needs. 


    "Every child deserves a champion- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." Rita Pierson

  • Pre-K Room

    Danielle Cartwright


         I started working for FABCare in May 2010, but I have worked with children since the age of 14. I started working for my mother in her after school program as well as her daycare.  I have worked with children as young as infancy up to 5 years old.  I graduated from ACDS in 2012 and completed the West Virginia Infant Toddler course.  I received my Associates in Applied Science in 2016 and I am currently working on my Associates in Early Childhood Education. 


    "In Early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe." Lydia Sigourney