Our Team

Serving the Needs of Children & Families

At Columbus Early Learning Centers we believe the strength of our program is the education, experience and best practice of our staff. Staff are expected to meet the highest standards and continue to engage in professional development throughout their career with us.


Meet our Leadership

Gina M. Ginn, PhD. Executive Director

Gina has served as the Columbus Early Learning Center’s Executive Director since June 2015. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in environmental and biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati, she attended The Ohio State University where she received a Master’s degree in educational policy and leadership and a PhD in workforce development. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Gina spent more than ten years in the nonprofit sector working on fundraising and development.

As the Executive Director, Gina is responsible for overseeing the long-term strategic leadership organization by fundraising, engaging in community outreach, and providing support for center directors and teaching staff. It is Gina’s goal to take the Columbus Early Learning Centers into its next chapter by expanding the fundraising capabilities of the organization. Specifically, she plans to accomplish this by developing strategic partnerships with local businesses and community foundations, utilizing her grant writing experience, and also by engaging past supporters of the organization.


Stacy Butler-Chopek, Center Director • East
Stacy has served as the Eastside Center Director since May 2015. She has a Master’s degree in early childhood education, an Ohio Administrator’s Credential, and twelve years of formal conscious discipline training. Prior to serving as a Center Director, she worked at the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association, where she was a mentor teacher and professional development coordinator. She also brings twelve years of experience working at one of the nation’s leading Head Start programs.

Stacy’s role of Center Director keeps her responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the building, staff management, and communication with our families. During her time at the Columbus Early Learning Centers, she looks to increase the quality of education provided at our center by providing high-quality training and professional development opportunities to our staff.  


Marla Tiano, Center Director • Broad Street

Marla has served as the Broad Street Center Director since January 2015. She has extensive experience working with Head Start programs and with various for-profit and non-profit agencies in the community— where she has served as a classroom teacher, a literacy specialist, a coach mentor, and as an administrator. Marla holds a Bachelor’s degree in home economics with a specialization in family relations and human development from The Ohio State University.

In Marla’s current position, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the building, staff management, and communication with our families. Down the road, Marla looks to expand this role to increase parent engagement opportunities and family programming while maintaining the high standard of childcare and early childhood education that our program has in the community. Through her experiences at CELC, she has found a new respect and appreciation for the work that infant and toddler teachers perform on a daily basis.


Teaching Staff

Our staff members have the education and experience appropriate for their positions working with children and families. All staff engage in professional development, including college coursework and community-based training, to increase and enrich their knowledge and skills.