Staff

kathleen westover
Kathleen M. Westover, M.A.

Owner/Director

Kathleen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a specialty in children and family.  Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education with a  Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science.  She taught children in a preschool classroom and adults in a community college setting in the areas of Early Childhood Education, behavior management, foster parenting and adopting older children.  As a clinician in community mental health for 10 years and private practice for over 20 years she worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in outpatient and residential settings.  She consulted to school districts, early learning, daycare homes, daycare centers and Head Start programs.  She works with divorcing parents and the legal community to develop parenting plans that are sensitive to the needs of children.  

Although her children are in their 30’s, based on her experiences as an employed mother, she remains convicted by the need for quality childcare options.  James’ Place is her effort to provide an environment that provides a “home away from home” for children that is developmentally appropriate, loving and aimed at each child achieving their full potential every day of their lives.  
anna lowry
Anna Lowry

Education Coordinator & Lead Teacher

Anna has an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Whatcom Community College.  She began her career in 2000 and has worked with all ages of children in a number of different settings.  Anna was involved in the development of James’ Place and has been here since we opened in 2011.  She contributes maturity, skill and an abiding love of children in all she does.  In addition to managing a classroom herself, she oversees and supports the other educators at James’ Place.  

samuel cashion, lead teacher
Samuel Cashion

Lead Teacher

Samuel has an AA Degree from Whatcom Community College during which he completed at 2 year internship at a local elementary school.  Working at James’ Place in a Lead Teacher position allows him to integrate his education and experience in creating a rich and nurturing environment for the children in his care.  He plans ultimately to pursue a BA Degree and continue his career in the teaching field.  

Kristianna has an AA Degree from Whatcom Community College.  She has worked in various roles in a number of different settings including work as a nanny, and in assistant and lead teacher roles in other licensed childcare facilities.  She particularly enjoys working at James' Place due to the higher teacher to student ratio that allows her to provide individualized attention to every child.
Kristianna DesChane

Lead Infant Teacher

Kristianna has an AA Degree from Whatcom Community College.  She has worked in various roles in a number of different settings including work as a nanny, and in assistant and lead teacher roles in other licensed childcare facilities.  She particularly enjoys working at James’ Place due to the higher teacher to student ratio that allows her to provide individualized attention to every child.  

gina biondolillo
Gina Biondolillo

Assistant Teacher

Gina has an AA Degree from Whatcom Community College.  Through her college career she interned in a variety of early learning centers.  

linden warner, assistant teacher
Linden Warner

Assistant Teacher & Lead Closer

Linden is a student at Western Washington University majoring in Early Childhood Special Education.  She has been at James’ Place since 2015 and recently assumed the role of Lead Closer.  She has become an highly skilled educator and works well in all our classrooms with any age child.  

donald seburn
Donald Seburn

Assistant Teacher

Donald has a BA Degree from Western Washington University.  Prior to joining the staff at James’ Place he worked with children in a number of volunteer settings.  During his college years he volunteered in local classrooms.  His playful side was exhibited as “Rory the Reading Lion”, a children’s library mascot. He loves literature and entrances children when reading to them.  He ultimately plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Linguistics.

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We are proud of our fully licensed facility staffed with certified and experienced personnel. Let us help you meet the goal of having a worry free day while your children are cared for by loving professionals in a secure learning environment.

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