MEET OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Laurie joined Generations Crossing as Executive Director in 2008 and has guided the Center through the opening of its new building and the introduction of full-time childcare. For the previous six years, she had been the director of the Community Child Care Center in Staunton. Laurie also operated a child care center in Ohio for two years, leading them through a national accreditation process. Laurie received her Bachelor's degree in Early Education from Eastern Mennonite University. She and her family live in Harrisonburg.
Jeanne began working at Generations Crossing when we opened our doors at Park View Mennonite Church in 2002. She earned her BSN from Eastern Mennonite University in 1974. Her background is in community health and she spent several years serving the Richmond community before returning to Harrisonburg. In her spare time, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her four adult children and eight grandchildren.
DeAnna joined Generations Crossing in 2010 as an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Room. In
2012, she transitioned to the Lead Teacher in the 2-year-old room. In February 2019, DeAnna decided to continue working with children, but in the capacity of Administrative Coordinator. DeAnna attended EMU where she focused her studies on Special Education. She has always had a love for children and wanted to continue providing nurturing support to the staff, participants, and “our” children. Outside of her time at Generations Crossing, DeAnna has 2 adult children and 6 grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with. Her hobbies include traveling and camping.
Leigh Ann Kiracofe
Early Learning Coordinator
Leigh Ann began working at Generations Crossing in April 2021. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from James Madison University in 2007. She began her career teaching elementary school and most recently worked in Early Intervention as an Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist. Outside of work, Leigh Ann enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two small children.
Adult Program Coordinator
Charon Wood joined our team in September 2023 as our Adult Program Coordinator. She is a certified Memory Care Programming Director and Direct Care Aide. She has worked within private senior living communities as an Activities Director for 2.5 years and as a community partner for 6 years. In 2018, Charon was a Children's Program Coordinator and Project Manager for an Appalachian non-profit that focused on intentional children's programming & community service. There she led 1000's of volunteers and 100s of community service projects, winning a SERCAP Community Partnership Excellence Award for the southeastern region of the U.S.
In prior experiences, Charon lived in Brazil for 6 years where she enjoyed life as a dive photographer, bed & breakfast owner, first responder, English teacher and humanitarian. She has an adopted son who still lives and studies in Brazil. In her free time now, Charon's joys are reading, nature, farm-to-table cooking, making gifts, travels, and time with loved ones.