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 has 15 hours of training on child development every year. 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.  


    Favorite Quote: 

    "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


  • Operational 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.  I also am a graduate of the ACDS, Apprenticeship Child Development Specialist,  program.  


    Favorite Quote: 

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

  • Director of Finance  

    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.  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 FABCare 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 Classroom Teacher

    Linda Jack


         I have been at Fifth Avenue Baptist Nursery and Preschool since November 1980. 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 Associate 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.   


    Favorite Quote:

    "Today is a good day to have a good day."

  • Infant Classroom Teacher

    Anna Stone


         I started working at FAB as a part-timer right after I graduated high school in May of 2011.  As a part-timer I was with many different ages.  I accepted the co-teaching position in the infant classroom in June of 2016.   I graduated Marshall University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders in 2016.   I have a long history at FAB.  I attended church here growing up as well as attended FABCare as a young child.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching superhero shows/movies, and teaching dance. 

  • Caterpillar Clubhouse Classroom Teacher

    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.  


    Favorite Quote: 

    "Life is God's gift to you, what you do with it is your gift to God." Hans von Balthasar

  • Caterpillar Clubhouse Classroom Teacher

    Ashley Wilcoxon


         I started working at FABCare January 2017..   I have over 8 years of experience working with children.  I have my Bachelor Degree in Finance from Marshall University and a Master Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. 

  • Chitter Chatter ClassRoom Teacher

    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 3 years here at FABCare.  I started working at FABCare on August 19, 2013.  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.  


    Favorite Quote: 

    "If it is to be it is up to me." 

  • Chitter Chatter Classroom Teacher

    Donna Slagle


         I started my first day at FABCare onMarch 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. 


    Favorite Quote: 

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

  • Chitter Chatter Classroom Teacher

    Savannah Holland


         I am originally from Chapmanville, West Virginia, but I now live in Genoa, West Virginia.  I am currently 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 absolutely love children.  I love to see their young minds blossom and grow and truly have the best job.  

  • Jumping Jellyfish Classroom Teacher

    Katelyn Dunkle


         I graduated from Marshall University May 2017 with my Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and I have a certificate in ACDS. I started here at FAB as a part-timer in September 2015.  I have worked with many age groups and love them all.



  • JUMPING JELLYFISH Classroom Teacher

    Janine Gross


         I am currently a student at Mount West pursuing my Associate Degree in Early Childhood.  I started here at FAB in August 2016 in the younger two year old classroom. 


    Favorite Quote: 

    "The best is yet to come."  

  • Noah's Friends Classroom Teacher

    Megan Reynolds


         I started as a part-timer in September 2015.  I have worked in all the classrooms here.  Currently, I am attending Marshall University for my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. 


  • Noah's Friends Classroom Teacher

    Stephanie Abbess


         I started here at FABCare August 2016 working part-time in the young two year old classroom.  I am currently attending Marshall University for my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.  I have worked with many different ages here at the center and I love them all.  

  • Fabulous Foxes Classroom Teacher

    Sierra Gaul


         I am currently attending Marshall University majoring in Early Childhood Education.   I started as a substitute here at FAB and was hired full time at the end of summer 2016.  I enjoy going to my 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. 


    Favorite Quote: 

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


  • Fabulous Foxes Classroom Teacher

    Kelsey Barclay


         I have had many titles during my time at FABCare. First I started as a student, then I became a volunteer, worked as a part-timer, and finally a co-teacher.  I have worked with all the different ages here at FAB.  I completed the ACDS program in 2016.


  • Happy Campers Classroom Teacher

    Jan Williams


         I graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Speech and I hold a certificate in ACDS.  I am a long time member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and I am active in the Music Ministry.  I started working at FABCare in 2009 and I have worked with toddlers, twos, and threes. 

  • Happy Campers Classroom Teacher

    Michael Robinson


          I started working at FABCare in 2010  as a part-time employee and now I am 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. 

     

  • FAB 4s Classroom Teacher

    Jonell Barclay


         I have worked at FAB for 14 years. I first found my love of early childhood in college when I had an undecided major. I then took a part-time job at a child care center back in the early 90s. I fell 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. 

  • Pre-K Classroom Teacher

    Bretney Bills


         I started working for FABCare in August of 2013 with the program's collaborative Cabell County Pre-K.  From, 2006 to 2009 I 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. 


    Favorite Quote: 

    "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 Classroom Teacher

    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 from 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. 


    Favorite Quote: 

    "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    

  • School Age Teacher

    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. 

  • School Age Teacher

    Brittany Reavis


         I started working at FABCare in the summer of 2016.  I have worked with many different age groups here at the center.  I am currently attending Marshall University for my Bachelor Degree in Finance.