Our Staff

Our staff makes RHCDC such a wonderful place for our children. They are well-trained, experienced and are called to work with children.


A group that includes RHCDC parents assists in selecting the staff for our programs.

                       Leigh Atkinson




Leigh is our Director and is responsible for overseeing all the programming, staffing and administration of our center. She has over 15 years of experience working with  children and families. She was a Family Services Specialist with TAP/Head Start, and also worked in the Roanoke City Schools as a Clinician in the Therapeutic Day Treatment Program through Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.  She has served as the assistant director for a church-based childcare center in Salem, VA, where she was directly involved with the coordination of the after school care program. She also served as the School Age Coordinator for RHCDC for three years before accepting the Director position.

​She has a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in child and family development and a Master’s degree from Liberty University in Human Services/Counseling.  Leigh and her husband live in Salem and have two sons, Noah and Maddox.






                  RHCDC Staff


Peggy Nixon

Pat Farris

Taylor White

Makayla McGuire

Cheryl Abner

Jena Shelton

School Age:

Anna Watts (Seasonal)

Harlee King (Seasonal)

Michaela Utz

Louise Myers

Brittany Moore

Lauren Schofield

Kasey Sizemore

Jillian Welsh

Lane Varney

Natalie Dean (Seasonal)

     Sharon Mundy

    Preschool  Coordinator &           Pre-K Lead Teacher

Sharon is our Preschool Coordinator.  She has over 20 years of experience working with children in the preschool setting as well as Roanoke County Schools and Private Christian Schools. She has a BS degree in Social Work and Medical Sociology from UNC Pembroke. Also, she has a VA state Teaching License from Hollins University which she is certified in Pre-K through 6th. She has lived in VA for over 20 years with her husband Jeff and sons Alex and Josh. She is also a Notary Public  of the state of VA.  

     Michele  Porterfield

3 Year Old Lead Teacher

             Kelly Myers

 2 Year Old Lead Teacher


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