LADC Administrative / Support Team

Janet Miller, Founder and Executive Director  

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MN Teaching License / Licensed Parent Education

Janet has been a licensed early-childhood teacher for over 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and worked on the pilot team for Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) in Minnesota. She is active in the State Legislature, advocating for early-childhood education at the state level. 

Janet lives in Mahtomedi with her husband. They have four grown daughters and enjoy spending time with family and grandchildren at their Wisconsin cabin.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”  – Psalm 106:1

Belief  Communication  Maximizer  Strategic Woo


Lisa Swenson, Program Office Administrator / Director of Staff Training

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Lisa has worked in Children’s Ministry and Early Childhood Education since 1998 in director, teacher and administrative roles. She has a BA in Studio Art with a secondary in English Literature and Religion from Concordia College/Moorhead MN. 

Lisa lives in White Bear Lake with her family, is a dance teacher for Just for Kix and the Communications Director for Redeemer Lutheran Church. Her family looks forward to traveling home to Montana each year and Lisa enjoys outdoor activities,  music and theater.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It’s not I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” – Galatians 2:20

Maximizer  Input  Ideation  Achiever  Intellection


Paula Barber, Business Administrator

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Paula graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a BS in Broad Area Accounting. She joined the LADC team in 2010.

Paula loves spending time with her family, reading and traveling.

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.”  – Kevin Kruse

Consistency  Harmony  Responsibility  Relator  Learner


Emily Sullivan, Program Director and Lead Kinderstart Teacher (St. Jude)

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MN Teaching License

Emily has lots of excitement for life and for kids! She loves the color pink, the letter “E”, talking, shopping and yoga. A graduate of St. Benedict’s with a degree in Kindergarten/Elementary Education, Emily also has a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching with LADC since 2003.
Emily loves spending time with her family and young son, visiting the cabin and anything in the sun!

“Why choose to fit in when you were born to stand out!”

Communication Empathy Maximizer Positivity Woo

Dr. Jenna Edlund, LADC Behavior Specialist

PHD, Psychology

Dr. Edlund is a licensed psychologist practicing with Dr. Elizabeth Wagner at ELEOS Psychology clinic. She has her BS in Psychology and Spanish from the College of St. Benedict, an MA in Clinical Psychology from MN State University-Mankato and her PHD from the University of Utah.

Jenna has had extensive training in behavior analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy and experience providing parent trainings and consultation on a variety of issues that occur during the early childhood years.


Leah Broeders, LADC Marketing Director


Leah joined the LADC Team in 2016. She has her BA in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities and has extensive marketing experience with Post Co. and Target Corp.

Leah enjoys photography, gardening, health cooking/baking and chasing her two young children!

Achiever  Communication  Developer  Empathy  Woo


Megan Thompson, Admissions Director           

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MN Teaching License

Megan started teaching with LADC in the Fall of 2016 and joined the Administrative Team the following year. She has her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky and licensed for K-5th grade.

Megan loves to go camping and hiking with her husband and two sons. She also enjoys reading and drinking coffee.

“Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” – Philippians 4:6

Context   Harmony   Consistency   Arranger   Input


Lynne  Maurice, Program Office Administrator / Director of Licensing

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Lynne joined the LADC Team in February of 2016. She has her BS degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and was Licensed for Birth through 3rd Grade.

Lynne enjoys traveling to spend time with her grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, decorating and quilting.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Learner  Developer  Input  Strategic  Discipline


Andrew Sullivan, Facilities and Business Support

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Andrew has been with LADC Facilities and Office Support since 2016. he oversees partnership building and facilities projects to help maintain and improve playgrounds, classrooms and more! 

Andrew also is in the business office several days a week, working with the Business Admin team on data entry and account management.


Tammy Junker, Program Director and Lead Kinderstart Teacher (Community of Grace)

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MN Teaching License

Tammy’s energy and passion for teaching and ministry is contagious! She is a graduate from Northwestern with a degree in Bible Studies and Early childhood Education with a Pre-Primary emphasis. She has been teaching with LADC since 2007. 

Tammy enjoys shopping, coffee, playing piano, running and spending time with her husband, three young children and friends.

“The Lord will fight for you- you need only to be still.”  -Exodus 14:14

Harmony  Achiever  Consistency  Includer  Responsibility


Beth Griffin, P.A. and LADC Health Consultant


Licensed Physicians Assistant

Beth has provided Health Consultant services for LADC since 2014. She has her BS in Biology and Spanish from the College of St. Benedict’s, and received her Physicians Assistance License in 2012.

Beth and her husband love to travel, spending time with family and friends. They are expecting their first child winter of 2018.


Dane Rustad, Marketing, Photography and Design



Deliberative   Relator   Responsibility   Adaptability    Belief



Shannon Goldstein- Director of Accreditation

MN Teaching License

Shannon earned her B.A.S. from the University of MN/Duluth in Speech and Language Development. She has her M.A. and Licensure in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University/St. Paul. Shannon has been teaching and site-directing with LADC since 2003. She is currently also the Lead Discovery Class Teacher at Our Savior’s Discovery Center in Stillwater.

Shannon oversees the NAEYC Accredited application, submission and annual reports for all LADC Locations. LADC has achieved over 95% on all classroom and portfolio NAEYC ratings in the past five years.

Achiever   Consistency   Empathy   Harmony   Significance