Board of Directors

The CDCC Board of Directors consists of no fewer than 7 members to ensure diversity and multiple points of view. These dedicated individuals come from all aspects of the community, including local businesses and colleges, the medical field, government agencies and current or former parents. If you are interested in joining our Board and/or participating in policy issues, fundraising, or being involved in the future growth of the Center, please contact us.


Dee Burlingame, President

Dee has been a member of the board for eight years, and is currently serving as president.  She works as an Early Childhood Specialist with the St. Lawrence Child Care Council and has over 38 years of experience. Through this position she serves as a family and child advocate, helps license daycare centers, and provides families and daycare center staff with necessary trainings. Dee has experience working closely with the early childhood programs at SUNY Canton and BOCES and is a board member for the St. Lawrence County Community Development Program. Additionally, she has served as a past director of CDCC, giving her a wealth of knowledge about the Center. All of her present and past experiences stem from her passion of working with children, poverty issues, and the community.

Joel Howie, Vice President

Joel is currently the Vice President of the board. He has been a board member since 2013, and his son attended the Center from 2009-2016. He is an active member of the board because he feels safe, reliable, and caring child care is crucial for the growth and sustainability of a community.  He finds it important for the organization to succeed as it helps children grow, learn, and become active participants in society. Professionally, he owns and operates J.C. Howie Appraisals (formerly Thompson & Hostetter Appraisal Services), a family run business for 31 years. He is also the owner and operator of Canton Apples, a local apple orchard and cidery.

Kathryn Mullaney, Treasurer

Kathryn L. Mullaney retired from St. Lawrence University as their Vice President for Finance and Treasurer in 2014 after 20 years in the position.  She lives in Hannawa Falls with her husband and has two children and 3 grandchildren. She has been a Director and Treasurer of the Board of the Canton Day Care Center since the late ‘90’s.  She has helped with the relocation of the center from the Masonic Temple to Commercial Lane and ultimately to the current, permanent location.

Marie Loson, Secretary

Marie Loson is board secretary and the fundraising committee chair of Canton Day Care Center. A CDCC parent since 2015, she discovered her passion for early childhood education and nurturing after the birth of her daughter and is grateful to be part of such a critical community organization – one that enabled her to return to work and balance a career and motherhood. She joined the board in January 2016, and soon after began work to ready the Center for its current capital expansion campaign. Professionally, Marie is Senior Associate Director of Advancement Operations at St. Lawrence University, and has worked at the University since 2008.


Karen Layhee

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Karen has been a community member since 1972, and does legal work for the Department of Social Services. Outside of her profession she is a member of Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s organization that raises money for many local charities.  She is also a member of the committee working to raise money for the Canton Fire Department. She has been a board member since 2012, and first became interested when her niece attended CDCC. A close personal relationship with the Maplewood Facility and her love of fundraising solidified her position. Karen takes pride in being a strong public advocate for CDCC, and is excited to continue fundraising efforts that will allow more students to attend the Center.

Stacie Olney LaPierre

Stacie Olney LaPierre moved to Canton 12 years ago from Rochester, NY. She works in Housing at St. Lawrence University and her husband teaches history at SUNY Canton.  Their two daughters have attended Canton Day Care from the infant room to the school age room and built many relationships in the process.  Stacie is a relatively new board member, having just joined last year.

Alicia Trombley 


Alicia is a Canton resident and has been a member of the board since 2014 .  She has previously worked as a lead teacher for the School Aged Program, and is currently employed as a teaching assistant for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES at Heuvelton Central School. Having experience as a former teacher allows her to bring a unique perspective to the Board.

Joshua Haberkornhalm 

Joshua has been a member of the Canton community since 2009.  He works for the government and lives with his wife and their two children.  Both of Joshua’s children attend the CDCC.  Joshua believes that high-quality childcare is essential to a child’s development.  As a member of the Board of Directors, he works to ensure that the standards remain high at the CDCC.

Jaclyn Marx

Jaclyn became a board member in 2018 after her son started attending CDCC. She holds a degree in psychology and her post college career has centered around early childhood, literacy, and early intervention. She has experience as a preschool teacher and has worked with Head Start and BOCES in the past. She feels the mission of CDCC is important to the community, and joined the board in hopes of helping the Center reach its goals.

Vania Falen

Diane Guyette