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, Simpson College, Buena Vista, and DMACC. Together we have more than 185 years of experience with Traditions.

Bonnie Netteland

Founder, 33 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 and Director of Admin., 33 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.

Jana McCann

Quality Director, 5 years

My name is Jana McCann.  I am the Quality Director for Traditions Children’s Centers and Clive Children’s Centers.   I really enjoy working with the magnificent women in our company that provide a caring environment for children to play, learn and grow.  The formative years are the most important in a child’s life, and I am honored to be a part of this time for so many wonderful children and families.

An Iowa native, I graduated from Simpson College with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Early Childhood and Reading.  I am married and I have four terrific children.

Kristie Vasey

Quality Director, 1 year

My name is Kristie Vasey and I am a Quality Director at Traditions and Clive Children’s Centers.  I have worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years as a teacher, Child Care Center Director and consultant.  I hold a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Child, Adult and Family Services.  I feel as though we have an obligation to children to provide a safe, supportive environment where they can grow and develop both academically and socially.  I am excited for the opportunity to foster these positive experiences children have at each of the sites and to build stronger communities.

Jaci Yaukovitz

Traditions Children's Center II - 100, 22 years

My name is Jaci Yaukovitz.  I am the director at Traditions Children’s Center II, Building 100. I’m a graduate of Iowa State University and a mom of three great kids.  I came to work for Traditions when my first child was in the baby room and loved being here at TCC with my own kids during their preschool years.  That was over 20 years ago now and I still love seeing all my “Traditions” kids grow & learn from infancy through elementary age.

Meghan Holland

Traditions Children's Center, 16 years

My name is Meghan Holland. I am the Director at Traditions Children’s Center.  This is my 16th year in child care and with Traditions Children’s Center, as I actually started working with Traditions when I was just 16 years old!  I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from DMACC and I enjoy children of all ages! I believe that every child should have access to quality child care, regardless of race, gender, economic status, or any other factors that may come up in a family’s life.

When I am not working with your children, I am spending time with my 3 year old daughter, Paisley, going bicycling with friends, shopping, and spending quality time with my family.

Katrina McKeever

Traditions Children's Center II-200, 3 years

My name is Katrina McKeever.  I am the Director at Traditions Children’s Center II-200.  This is my 4th  year in child care and have been with Traditions for 3 years.  I have an Associates Degree from DMACC.

 

 

 

Stephanie Brandt

Traditions Children's Center III, 16 years

My name is Stephanie Brandt.  I am the Director of Traditions Children’s Center III.  This is my 16th year in child care with Traditions.  I am working on my Associates Degree in Early Childhood from DMACC.

I enjoy watching children explore and challenge themselves each day along with building relationships with all of our families.
I am married and have two children (Sydney and Oliver) both of my children grew up through Traditions. In my free time I love spending time with my family, going to movies, shopping, and cricutting.

Nicole Zahn

Traditions Children's Center IV, 15 years

My name is Nicole Zahn. I am the Director of Traditions Children’s Center IV in Clive. I am a mom to 13-year-old twins, Max and Carter. They are the loves of my life. I have been with Traditions Children’s Center for 15 years at multiple locations. I have an Elementary Education Degree from Buena Vista. I have always loved working with children.

Stephanie Birmingham

Traditions Children's Center V, 9 years

My name is Stephanie, and I am the Director at our Johnston location. I grew up in Northwest Iowa and attended Simpson College. While at Simpson, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I began working at Traditions in 2009 as an Assistant Director and Preschool Teacher.  I enjoy getting to know all of the children and families at our center and watching each child grow and learn.

Lindsay Schaper

Traditions Children's Center V, 2 years

My name is Lindsay Schaper. I am the director of Traditions Children’s Center V, Building 200. I’m grew up in Bondurant, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services.  I’ve been working with children since I was 16 years old and couldn’t imagine doing anything else! I enjoy getting to know each individual child and seeing what makes every child at my center unique. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and friends, going to concerts, and playing with my pup, Charley!

 

Michelle Martin

Traditions Children's Center VI, 18 years

My name is Michelle Martin.  I am the Director of Traditions Children’s Centers VI.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  I have worked for Traditions since 1998 as a Preschool Teacher,  Supervisor, and a Director.  I am married with 3 children.   I love being a part of Traditions team for many reasons.  The one that stands out the most is “being a part of the families’ lives.”  I enjoy watching them grow from babies to school age children and being a part of that process.

Carissa Barajas

Clive Children's Center, 12 years

My name is Carissa Barajas and I am the Director at Clive Children’s Center.  I started my position as a Preschool Teacher/Assistant Director and worked up to a Director position.  I am completing my Early Childhood Education degree from DMACC.  Relationships with parents and their children are important to me and I enjoy learning new things about families every day.  Watching children grow and change daily is fascinating to me.  I am married and have three children.

Kacie Harms

Clive Children's Center II, 8 year

My name is Kacie Harms. I am the Director at Clive Children’s Center II. This is my 8th year in childcare with the Traditions Company, as I actually starting working at Clive Children’s Center II when I was in high school! I have an Early Childhood Education degree from DMACC.  Teaching Preschool is a passion of mine; watching children flourish and grow throughout their time with us gives me a great sense of fulfillment.  
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my two dogs! Hiking and be active outdoors are one of my many hobbies!