Directors

Dedicated and Caring Staff

Our Management Team is made up of individuals primarily raised and educated in Iowa. We have graduates from Iowa State University, Drake University, University of Northern Iowa, Buena Vista, Upper Iowa University and DMACC. Together we have more than 185 years of experience with Traditions.

Bonnie Netteland

Founder, 35 years

My name is Bonnie Netteland.  After raising three children and graduating from Drake University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, I opened Clive Children’s Center in 1985.  After more than 30 years in the child care business, I still find it very enjoyable and very rewarding. Knowing so many wonderful children and their families has left one with a true sense of joy.

Kristen Netteland

President, 35 years

My name is Kristen Netteland. I lead  Traditions Children’s Centers and Clive Children’s Centers. I am a Des Moines native, graduating from Valley High School, Iowa State University and Drake Law School. I started my career in high school when we opened our first center.  Today we care for over 1,200 children daily.

Our child care team is committed to quality care, high standards, ongoing learning, continual improvement, and  leading through influence. We believe that children matter.

Nicole Zahn

Traditions Children's Center IV, 17 years

My name is Nicole Zahn. I am the Director of Traditions Children’s Center IV in Clive. I am a mom to 15-year-old twins, Max and Carter. They are the loves of my life. I have been with Traditions Children’s Center for 17 years at multiple locations. I have an Elementary Education Degree from Buena Vista. I have always loved working with children.