kathleen westover
Kathleen M. Westover, ma

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.
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Jordan Willoughby, ba

program supervisor

Jordan Willoughby graduated from Eastern Washington University with her BA in Children Studies with a focus on Social Services. She gained a certificate in Child and Family Support and a double minor in Communications and Sociology. Jordan was born and raised in Bellingham and is excited to be back in her hometown.

In her time at college she spent it working as a tour guide, an assistant teacher at the preschool on campus and a front desk staff at the visitor center. She also was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi where she held the roles of Chapter President, and the Vice President of Standards. Eventually she hopes to return to school to get her PhD in sociology and become a college professor. 

In her role as program supervisor she brings her knowledge from her degree to help prepare the curriculum for the teachers to implement in the classroom. With her management experience she is able to help train and manage staff to create a positive work environment to help better the children and their learning. She hopes her fresh eyes and energy can help grow and expand James’ Place programing.

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Oriana Hutson

program supervisor

Oriana is currently working on a BA in Early Childhood Education at Ashford University. Prior to that she served in the United States Navy from 2013 to 2017 performing missions and traveling around the world. As much as she enjoyed the navy her true passion is working with children and watching them grow and develop. She is eager to work with each child she meets!

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Briana Dennis

 Lead Teacher – Infant Room

 Brianna is currently a student at Western Washington University. She is 21 years old and is majoring in Accounting. She has 5 siblings and 2 of them are10 years younger then her. Brianna love to read, watch anime and bake in her spare time. The kids at the center enjoy having Brianna in their classroom and she is a great storyteller.

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Alisa Rothenbuhler

 Lead Teacher – Toddler Room

Alisa started at James Place May 2021 however has been working in childcare for 4 years. She has an identical twin sister as well as a younger brother. Alisa has a passion for working with kids and especially loves toddlers. She lives in Blaine, WA and loves to go to the beach with friends to look for beach glass. In the classroom she is great with the kids and loves to teach them new things each day.

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Julie Flores

 Lead Teacher – Preschool Room

Julie has had previous experience volunteering with kids in a daycare and classroom setting. She is currently working on her transfer degree to Western in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time she enjoys reading and swimming. She loves the sun in summer and she is passionate about teaching children through hands on and immersive learning experiences.

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ROBERTA (BOBBI) CARTER, BA

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Bobbi has a BA Degree in Social Work, a black belt in karate and “lots of people experience”.  As the adoptive parent of her step-grandson, a child with significant special behavioral needs, she discovered James’ Place in 2011 after her 2 1/2 year old grandson was expelled from another childcare setting.   He remained at James’ Place until starting kindergarten.  She state she “is forever grateful for the care and direction” her grandson received at James’ Place and credits his time here for the “great guy” he is today.  She also has grown children and grandchildren.

Bobbi helped us out as a substitute teacher for years while working in the insurance industry.  In 2017 she decided to end her career in insurance but wanted to remain active on a part time basis.  She asked if James’ Place could use her help.  The answer was a resounding “Yes.”  She works the opening shift sharing her love, warmth and wisdom with children and parents during the difficult separation experience at the start of the day.  She loves horseback riding and “working with the great people at James’ Place.”

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Elizabeth Cook

 assistant Teacher – Infant Room

Elizabeth is a student at Western studying to become a K-8 science teacher. She loves working with kids and is passionate about creating fun, inclusive environments that support growth and learning. She grew up in Maple Valley Washington but enjoys living in Bellingham. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors in the mountains or at the coast, backpacking, skiing and surfing.

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Zoe Cruz

 assistant Teacher – Infant/Preschool Room

I’m a student at Western Washington University working on my degree in math and chemistry. Both of my parents are teachers so I have been helping in classrooms forever. I am fluent in American Sign Language. As a hobby I love being in the water and teaching kids to swim. Something I love about teaching here is seeing all the children learn and grow.  
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Hannah Wagenblast

 assistant Teacher – Preschool Room

Hannah is a  student at Western pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology and hopes to become a high school teacher. One of her favorite things to do is go camping and hang out on the beach with her friends. Hannah loves to travel and go on road trips. The last road trip she went on was to visit friends in Yakima two months ago. She grew up in Puyallup, Washington. Hannah had a few younger siblings and a cousin she would watch when she was old enough. She also worked with other kids when she volunteered at church. Something she likes to do in her free time is watch movies. One of her favorite movies is Ten Things I Hate About You. 

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Marissa Hecker

 assistant Teacher – Toddler Room

Marissa is a 20 year old college student in the process of getting her transfer degree so she may transfer to EWU and earn her bachelors in dental hygiene. She has been passionate about working with children since the age of 14 going from babysitting to interning at a preschool then in 2019 becoming an Au Pair (Live in Nanny) for a family in Australia.  Since returning stateside she has been trained as a nursing assistant and got to see first hand what working in the medical field is like. This depend her excitement about her future degree and career. In her free time she enjoys singing and playing with her pet parrot. Similarly one of her favorite activities to do in the classroom is to sing with the kiddos.

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