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Pam Nicholson

Preschool Education

972.231.6047 x 243

Pam Nicholson transitioned into the Preschool Minister position in June 2012. She has served as a full time minister on staff here at The Heights since 1984 having served in various positions. Pam is married to Harold who serves in Kids at The Heights as “Big Dog.” They have 4 children and 8 plus grandchildren all the way from Kansas to Austin. Pam’s passion is to teach young children about God and to mentor parents as they grow in their walk with Christ. She believes that the spiritual foundations we build into a child’s life during the preschool years last a lifetime! Pam and Harold enjoy gardening, cooking and traveling to see family together.

Laura Kohutek

Preschool Ministry Administrative Assistant

972.231.6047 x 212

Laura joined the Preschoolers at The Heights team on her birthday in August 2008. She serves as the Administrative Assistant and also volunteers once a month in her girls' classrooms. Laura attended Angelo State University where she earned her Bachelor's in Business Administration. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeremy. They have been blessed with two sweet little girls, Emma & Alyssa.. Laura and Jeremy love to travel, and hope to one day visit every continent. Road trips are an absolute favorite of Laura's. In her spare time, Laura like to dream on Pinterest and try to implement wonderful organization tips into her new home.

Lorrie Leach

Preschool Ministry Assistant/Childcare

972.231.6047 x 3248

Lorrie is the Preschool Ministry Assistant/ Childcare Coordinator for The Heights. Lorrie and her husband Brian have been married for 32 years and have been blessed with 6 children. They have 1 grandchild and another due in the fall. Brian and Lorrie enjoy spending time with their family, traveling and camping. In Lorrie’s free time she enjoys reading, gardening and cooking.

Kelly Daniels

9:15 Coordinator (1104, 1106, 1112, 1114, 1116 & 1118)

Kelly Daniels joined the Preschoolers at the Heights team in August of 2013. She serves as the 9:15 hour coordinator in the baby hallway. Kelly attended Baylor University and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating, she worked as a pediatric ICU nurse at Children's Medical Center in Dallas for 9 years before making the decision to be a full time stay at home mom in the spring of 2013. Kelly and her husband, Shane, met in college on a camping trip with their friends from Baylor and Texas A&M. They have been married since 2005 and have 3 kids, Carson, Avery, and Cade. When Kelly finds a little free time from keeping up with her 3 busy kids, she enjoys reading, sewing, movies, and traveling.

Nick & Leona Martin

10:50 Coordinator (1104, 1106, 1112, 1114, 1116, & 1118)

Nick and Leona began serving in Preschoolers at The Heights with the two year olds and then jumped up to the four year olds. They have been serving as coordinators during the second hour in the Green Tree hallway (the littlest babies) since August of 2011. They have been married since May of 2005 and have two little bundles of joy, Georgia and Lincoln. Nick is a Facilities Manager for Public Storage and Leona is the Director of Operations for a financial planning firm. Their home is filled with laughter, love and a passion for music.

Ali Ackles

9:15 Coordinator (1101, 1103, 1105, 1107, 1109, 1111, 1113, 1115, 1117, 1119, & 1123)

Ali joined the Preschoolers at The Heights team in August 2013. She serves during the 9:15 service in the Green Tree Hallway with the toddlers and two year olds. Ali attended Austin College for her BA, SMU for her teaching certification, University of North Texas for her Masters of Education in Reading and Educational Diagnostician certification. Prior to being a full-time stay at home mom, Ali taught 2nd grade in Plano for eight years. Ali and her husband, Josh, met after college and have been married since 2002. They have three beautiful boys named Logan, Lincoln, and Levi. When Ali is not at home with all the men in her life, you can find her working out or volunteering at her boys’ school.

Andrea Krieger

10:50 Coordinator (1101, 1103, 1105, 1107, 1109 & 1111)

Andrea Krieger joined the Preschoolers at the Heights team in July of 2014. She serves as the 10:50 hour coordinator in the toddler hallway. Andrea attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management. After graduation Andrea worked as an Account Manager and Project Manager for a global eCommerce solutions provider until retiring in 2011 to be a stay at home mom. Andrea and her husband, Kody, have been married since 2005. They have 2 boys, Dayton & Weston. Andrea enjoys going on family runs and crafting in her free time.

Leslie Massenburg

10:50 Coordinator (1113, 1115, 1117, 1119, 1123)

Leslie Massenburg joined the Preschoolers at the Heights team in the summer of 2013. Leslie loves working with the two year olds in her hallways and their volunteers in addition to her other life as a musician. Leslie plays the bassoon in a number of orchestras around town and has a private lesson studio as well. Her career as a musician has brought many exciting travels, entertainers and projects and she considers it a blessing to get to do something she loves for a living. Her husband, Michael, helps out in PATH as well, and he just opened Vista ProFormance Physical Therapy in Richardson. Callie (2012) and Gavin (2014) keep them entertained at all times, have a great "Sic 'Em Bears", and love the outdoors as they do.

Julie Zoutendam

9:15 Coordinator (108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115)

Julie Zoutendam joined the Preschoolers at the Heights team in August 2015. She serves as the 9:15 coordinator in the 3-year-old hallway. Julie graduated from Texas Woman's University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master's Degree in Deaf Education. She worked for Plano ISD for 6 years before quitting to pursue her main passion - being a stay at home mom! Julie and her husband, Michel, welcomed their first daughter, Audrey, in September of 2013. Their second daughter, Ava, is due to arrive in March 2016. When not busy doing mom-related things, Julie enjoys watching too much TV (Friends, Parenthood, and The Big Bang Theory are her favorites), and pinning new recipes on Pinterest.

Erica Duncan

10:50 Coordinator (108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115)

Erica Duncan joined the Preschoolers at the Heights team in July of 2014. She serves as the 10:50 hour coordinator in the three year old hallway. Erica attended The University of Kansas and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. After graduating, she worked as a designer and project manager for nine years before deciding to step back and be at home full time with her kids. Erica and her husband, Braden, were highschool sweethearts that reconnected in college and married in 2008. They have two kids, Emilie (2010) and Landon (2013). In her free time Erica enjoys working with her team as a Scentsy Director, traveling, reading, or doing crafts.

Carissa Howard

10:50 Coordinator (131, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137)

Carissa Howard joined the Preschoolers at the Heights team in December of 2015, having previously served from August 2013-August 2014. She serves as the 9:15 hour coordinator in the 4 year old hallway. Carissa attended Abilene Christian University where she studied mathematics and went on to be a financial analyst. In March of 2015, she and her husband Joel welcomed their second child into the world and she now stays at home with their two kids, Landry and Kinley. During her free time, Carissa enjoys crafting and sewing as well as binge watching shows on Netflix.

Hannah Bartholomew

10:50 Coordinator (131, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138)

Hannah Bartholomew joined the Preschoolers at the Heights team in 2014. She serves during the 10:50 service in the Orange Tree Hallway with the four year olds. Hannah grew up on the mission field, living in Ecuador and then Jamaica. She received her BA in Psychology from Gordon College, where she also met her fantastic husband, Chuck. They moved to Texas from Gloucester, MA in 2009 and have three rambunctious girls, who keeps them very busy and entertained. Hannah has done everything from Costume Design to Police Dispatching to Pet Sitting to Accounting, but really she just wants to knit and watch British TV.

Olga Valdivia

H.I.S. Coordinator

Beth Stratton

Curriculum & Supply Coordinator

Beth has been part of the Preschoolers at The Heights staff since September 2011. She started as Red Tree Hall Coordinator with the 2 & 3 year olds during the 9:15 service. In 2014, she transitioned to the Curriculum & Supply Coordinator. In her short lifetime-she has lived on 2 continents, 2 islands, 3 countries, and 7 states! She went to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and lived there for 12 years before moving to Texas. In 2006, she met her husband, Josh, at The Heights, and they married the following year in 2007. They have 3 beautiful little boys, Peter, Timothy, and Benjamin.

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