Staff

Management

Donnell Wyche, Managing Director, Email Donnell

The Reverend Donnell Wyche serves full-time as the Senior Pastor for the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor and Managing Director for the Vineyard Children’s Center. Donnell has served as the managing director of the Vineyard Children’s Center since 2011. Pastor Donnell joined the Vineyard church in 1997 and joined the staff in 1999 and was ordained in 2004. He grew up in Washington, DC and received his B.A. in computer science from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute. Passionate about the intersections of race, faith, politics, and technology, Pastor Donnell started out as a Solution Architect at IBM in Southfield, MI. Since then, Pastor Donnell has served as a national task force leader for youth ministry and multi-ethnicity within VineyardUSA. He has led seminars and trainings on becoming culturally competent, transitioning your church to a multi-ethnic church, and has served as a part-time instructor in web technologies at Washtenaw Community College. Pastor Donnell is the president of the board of the InterFaith Council for Peace and Justice and has pursued issues of affordable, fair, and accessible housing as a board member of the Religious Action for Affordable Housing. As a trained computer engineer, Pastor Donnell created, in partnership with the late Phyllis Tickle, the online home of The Divine Hours. His latest technology project is Community Center for Churches, a software tool to help pastors better care for and shepherd their congregants.

 

Lead Teachers

 

JoAnne Lynn, Lead Teacher Mobile Infants

JoAnne Lynn has worked as a professional educator for over two decades.  She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a specialization certificate from High Scope.  Joanne works closely with the assistant teachers in her classroom to ensure that excellent care is provided everyday. She enjoys spending her free time volunteering at her church in various outreach programs.

 

Mira Jones, Lead Teacher-Two’s

Mira has worked at VCC since 2013 and is currently studying to obtain her CDA credential. Mira loves caring for the babies and watching them grow and change everyday. Her goal is to help parents feel confident and comfortable that their little ones are being loved and nurtured while in her classroom.

 

 

Mary Ann Leidlein, Lead TeacherTwo’s

Mary Ann has been with VCC for over 4 years and enjoys working in the Two’s room everyday.  She currently attends college as a nursing major.  Mary Ann strives to provide  safe and calm environment in the two’s classroom, and to meet the individual needs of the children in her care.

 

 

Chrishana Deloach, Teacher

Hello, my name is Chrishana Deloach. I am currently attending college to earn my CDA and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education through the TEACH scholarship program. I am very excited to work with your family and children here at VCC. In the time I have been at VCC I have seen how hard the teachers work here to make every child happy and comfortable and I am ecstatic to be a part of it. I have a six year old daughter of my own that attends school here in Ann Arbor. I enjoy being with my family in my free time and traveling to other countries.

 

Kaia Houston, Lead TeacherPreschool

Hello, my name is Kaia Houston. I am so excited to be the Lead Teacher in the Preschool Room! A native Ann Arborite, I have a deep love for this city and all that it has to offer developing minds. After realizing that teaching is truly my passion, I am now going back to school working toward achieving my Bachelor’s degree in Early Education. In between academic pursuits, I’ve been the Children’s Ministry Director at my church for several years’ now, in addition to teaching Sunday school every week. I first found Vineyard Children’s Center in 2014; I immediately felt a connection to the school and the unique sense of community that exists among the parents and staff. Now, three years later, I feel fortunate to be able to teach alongside this incredible group of women, it’s icing on the cake! I love teaching in the Preschool class! The rate of language acquisition and social development at this age never ceases to amaze me! The highlight of my day is snuggling up with my preschoolers and a book on the circle time rug.

Yasmin Zeidan, Lead Teacher, Pre-K

Yasmin Zeidan is currently studying Early Childhood Education; raised in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area(s), she attended Ypsilanti High School where she excelled personally, academically, and professionally. Yasmin graduated as both the NHS President and Group Commander of her Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) unit. As the Group Commander, Yasmin achieved the rank of cadet Colonel, was recognized, and awarded the Air Force Association (AFA) medal, which is one of the most prestigious awards a cadet can receive. While serving as the NHS President, Yasmin led numerous volunteer events that required coordinating and supervising 20 plus students at one time. Since graduation, Yasmin has continued to serve her community by volunteering and helping those in need, especially around the holidays. Yasmin’s professional long-term goal is to attain a Master’s degree in childhood education and become an elementary school teacher, ideally within the local area since she is an Ann Arbor native, and wishes to remain active and give back to the youth within her community. Yasmin is proficient in the Arabic language in terms of verbal and written communication. Aside from volunteering and helping others, Yasmin enjoys reading and writing poetry, bowling, watching movies, and of course, spending time with and educating children. Her favorite thing about caring for children are that they put their trust in you, unconditionally and without hesitation, to not only cater to their physical needs, but their emotional needs as well. Yasmin is extremely excited to start her journey with VCC with hopes of fostering bonds with all the children she has the chance to educate and care for.

Assistant Teachers

Jenna Jones, Assistant Teacher, Infants

My name is Jenna and I am so pleased to be back with your child/children here at VCC. As many of you know I was a previous employee here and I’m so excited to be back sharing the opportunity of learning and development with you and your little one. As a mother of 3 (aged 15,10,7) I understand the young years don’t last long and I am so honored to be a part. I bring along with me over 10 years of experience along with a credential of Early Childhood Education (CDA). I look forward to working along side you in the journey of development for your children here at Vineyard Children’s Center.

 

Kyla Owens, Assistant Teacher, Two’s

Hello parents of VCC! My name is Kyla Owens and I work in the two’s room. I was born and raised in Detroit MI. I’m currently in the Social Work program at Eastern Michigan University. My main focus is child welfare dealing with foster care and adoption. I’ve worked in childcare for four years and I love every second of it. I love working with children and helping others. I look forward to working with your children and getting to know them.

 

 

Amanda Debono, Assistant Teacher, Two’s

Hi, I’m Miss Mandy. I’ve been working in childcare my whole adult life – working with children is truly my passion – I couldn’t see myself doing anything else! I have a six year old daughter who attends school here in Ann Arbor. I studied sociology at Wayne State University and am currently working on acquiring my Child Development Associate. I am excited to be apart of the VCC family and working with your precious little one(s)!

 

Alaisha McClain, Classroom Support Staff

Hi! My name is Alaisha McClain. I am currently 22 years old, born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology and with my minor being Health Education. I am currently enrolled at EMU in the graduate program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on children. I have worked in the daycare setting for many years now and I love to see the children grow and learn new things! I have a daughter of my own who keeps me motivated and keeps a smile on my face. I always use kindness and patience when working with children and getting to know all your children and playing with them makes this position at Vineyard extremely worthwhile.

Alivia Grunwald, Assistant Teacher, Two’s

Alivia works in the VCC two year old classroom daily as a teacher’s assistant. She is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Eastern Michigan University. Alivia loves working with her students everyday to help them learn new skills as the grow and develop. She especially loves story time and circle time and is always surprised at how much children learn even at this early age.

 

Katie Watson, Assistant Teacher, Two’s

Hi, my name is Miss Katie. I am from Chicago, Illinois where I received my associates degree in child development and will be graduating soon with my bachelors degree in liberal arts. I have eight years of experience working with children of all ages as well as two children of my own. Teaching has always been my passion. I love providing safe, nurturing, and respectful relationships with children and their families. I look forward to providing quality care for all families at VCC.“The more that you read, The more things you will know. The more that you learn. The more places you’ll go”. -Dr. Seuss

 

Dayona Allen, Assistant Teacher, Two’s

Him my Name Is Dayona Allen I was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I graduated from Ypsilanti High School class of 2017. I’m a proud mother of one child. In my spare time I love doing hair and I’m pursuing my career in business management.  I look forward to working with all of the families at VCC and getting to know your little ones.