Staff

Sheri Fry - Interim Senior Director, Morning Program Director                                                           
Sheri attended Wright State University where she received an undergraduate degree in Social Work. Out of college she practiced Social Work in an AIDS service organization, helping individuals locate housing and services. She relocated to upstate New York where she worked in a Mediation Center providing mediation services and directing a child advocacy program, Court Appointed Special Advocates. When Sheri and her husband moved their family to Virginia, she began work in the field of early childhood education. She spent 5 years working at Vienna Baptist Children's Center as a Lead Teacher for 2s and 3s developing her practices in early childhood education. There she was introduced to and began to practice Conscious Discipline, an approach to classroom management.  After her time there, she wanted to work in her home community of Falls Church bringing her to Columbia. The opportunity for personal and professional growth and learning came as she accepted the position joining the Director Team in 2011.  Sheri enjoys her time outside of work with her husband and three children.                                     
Email: sfry@columbiabaptist.org 703-534-5740 x292

Andrea Ceballos - Bilingual Program Director 
Mrs. Andrea or Mrs. Andrea (as the kids call her) is from Cordoba, Argentina and moved to the USA with her family 20 years ago.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba and countless hours of county official training in different areas of the education field (administrative, early childhood, special education and management).  She has taught ESL and Spanish in Arlington County and several other private schools to all ages (2-adult).She has been a member of Columbia Baptist Church for 20 years, a Columbia staff member for 10 and CDC staff for the last 5 years. At CDC, she started as the 4 s Bilingual Class Lead Teacher in 2013 when the Program first initiated as well as the Specialist Spanish Teacher for the Full Day Program since then.  In 2016 she had the privilege of stepping up as the Director for the Bilingual Program.  She loves working in a team, being with children, being a witness of their growth and development and being able to share the love of God with them.  She is grateful for the opportunity to be of positive impact to young children and their families and one of the building blocks in their formation years.
Email: aceballos@columbiabaptist.org 703-534-5740 x290

Kelsey Padarath - Interim Assistant Full Day Director, Preschool Day Camp Director, Lead Teacher
Kelsey has been teaching at Columbia for nine years. She holds an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working to complete to her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Liberty University. Kelsey loves to see the children explore new ideas and interests. It's exciting for her to watch them make discoveries through problem solving. She lives in Falls Church with her 6-year-old son, Quinn. They love to attend sporting events and watch movies together.
Email: kpadarath@columbiabaptist.org, 703-534-5739 

Heather McCullough - Interim Assistant Morning Program Director, Lead Teacher

A native of Texas, Heather moved to Virginia with her husband after college and began her career working in museums and galleries in Washington, DC.  Following the birth of her first child she chose to put that career on hold and stay home.  This break from the work force, and the birth of another child, led her in a new direction – teaching young children.  Heather has worked in preschools in northern Virginia for over 10 years as a Lead Teacher with children ages 2-5.  Through out those years her impression of children’s intellectual, physical and emotional abilities, along with the best approach for nurturing them, shifted.  When she discovered Columbia’s emphasis on the Reggio Emilia approach, along with a focus on fine art materials, she knew this was where she belonged.  With her two children – one in college in Colorado and the other in high school – well beyond the preschool years, the children of Columbia are a constant reminder for her to slow down and take time to enjoy all there is to discover in our world.

Email: hmccullough@columbiabaptist.org, 703-534-5739

Dr Doyna Illmer - Inclusion Support Specialist                                                 
Dr. Doyna Illmer holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Early Childhood (The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC – USA), and a strong focus on children’s learning and development. Until recently, Dr. Illmer was the Director of the Early Childhood Education Teacher Training Program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a leading research university in Chile. Her bilingualism, international background, and vast experience working with children, teachers and teacher candidates put her in a unique position to support inclusive practices at Columbia.
Email: dillmer@columbiabaptist.org 703-534-5740 x290

Kimberly Henderson - Director of Operations        

A graduate of Centre College, in Danville, KY, with majors in International Relations and Spanish.  She worked as an international event planner for 4 years and has worked on the administrative side of the US Senate for the last 12 years.  She’s been with the CDC since August 2017.

Email: khenderson@columbiabaptist.org 703-534-5740 x290

Sandy Perez - Ministry Associate

Sandy is a Northern Virginia native. In the summer of 2014 she served as the Assistant Director for Camp Columbia. In the fall of 2014 God brought her to the Child Development Center to serve as a Ministry Associate and use her skills, generous spirit and her heart for children to serve as an integral part of the Columbia community.  A graduate of the Fairfax County School System and former after-school specialist at Poe Middle school, Sandy uses her experience as well as her passion to support the children, parents, & staff. Sandy and her husband Lucky have two wonderful children; her son will be graduating from the CDC this summer and her daughter will be entering the CDC for the first time this fall!  
Email: sperez@columbiabaptist.org 703-534-5739