Greetings! My name is Kelly Kronbeck and I am the founder of Imagination Station! I appreciate your interest in our program and taking the time to explore the many options for your family!
From the beginning my mission was to create a high-quality and educationally based program that was safe and professional for our families. I wanted to do this at an affordable rate, so quality care was accessible to all! Over the years our program has grown immensely and we’ve developed a great rapport in the communities we’re represented in! I encourage you to ask your friends, families, and neighbors about “IS” and you’ll hear their testimonials first hand.
To help you understand how I got started, I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Media/Communications from Medaille College. After graduating I worked for Six Flags in the Marketing Department for a number of years. Working in a family focused industry I soon realized I missed working with children and went back to school for my Master’s in Education. After teaching second grade in Glens Falls, NY I moved back home with my husband and one-year old son, but wasn’t able to obtain a teaching position as it was during a major lay-off period. I soon started working with a local child care provider and discovered my love for early-childhood education. As my interest, passion, and love for the field grew, I soon understood the importance of early education and having quality child care centers available in all communities.
Living in Alden, I realized the shortage in my own community, which prompted me to open my own center. My goal was to provide everything that was important to me as a parent and director, to our families. To say it nicely, my very particular personality coupled with my passion and strong work ethic led me to success with my first center. About 10 months later, I challenged myself with opening a second location, which was in Le Roy, NY. When our second center proved to be a success, my husband, Erik, started getting involved and little by little we grew the company together. Fast forward to today, we have six locations between Buffalo and Rochester, which I am actively involved in each day! I enjoy providing leadership to our six directors and working as a team to meet and exceed “my”, now our, mission every day!
Alyssa Schreiber Mullen
Our Operations Manager, Alyssa Schreiber-Mullen, grew up in Java Lake, NY and then went on to study Mild/Moderate Educational Needs K-12 and Music Education. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Education from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. During her time in Ohio, Alyssa taught Special Education for several years, maintained a studio of 50 private violin and piano students and then went on to build and run a Kindermusik program which received the “Top Program” award four years in a row. Since returning to NY with her husband, she continues to keep music alive in her life by performing for weddings, private events and more!
Our Program Coordinator, Aileen Wells, grew up in the small town of Oswego with a large family. She came to Buffalo to pursue her college education and studied psychology and early childhood education. She found passion for the early childhood field, combining her love for education and enjoying all the creative outlets the field allows her. She loves that her job allows her to make a positive impact on families in our area every day. Aileen lives in Lancaster with her family and enjoys backpacking, summer days by the water, and pizza nights around the table.
Our Human Resource Generalist, Samantha Woodin, grew up in Irving, NY. She moved to Buffalo to attend school at the University of Buffalo, which is where she graduated from with her Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She’s currently working on obtaining her Masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and has over 10 years-experience working in the field. Besides enjoying time with her husband and daughter Eleanor, she likes to spend time in the garden or outdoors kayaking, camping, and riding her bike.
Batavia Assistant Director
Our Alden Director, Erica Eddy, earned an Associate's degree in General Studies at ECC before attending Buffalo State College to Pursue her passion in Childhood Education. Erica married her high school sweetheart in 2013, and has three very wonderful children. Erica has an immense passion and dedication to provide a safe, fun, educational and family-oriented environment. In her spare time, Erica enjoys spending time with her family and being goofy with her kids.
Our Batavia Assistant Director, MaKayla Stappenbeck, has been with the company for four years. She holds an Associates Degree in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Disabilities from Genesee Community College. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Brockport. MaKayla has a beautiful family with a three-year-old daughter, who keeps her on her toes. MaKayla has grown a love and passion for early childhood education. Her goal working in this field is to help children reach and grow to their full potential.
Our Clarence, Interim Director, Vicky Bauer has her associate degree in Early Childhood from SUNY Erie. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Management. Vicky has worked in the center setting for four years which has fostered her love for the field. She appreciates working on the office side of things as it allows her to meet all families within the center and watch each of the students grow in their very own classroom. In her spare time, Vicky teaches dance to younger children and has been teaching faith formation since she was 16 years old. All in all, she loves trying new restaurants with her fiancé, dancing and traveling.
Our Elma Director, Wendy Filkorn, was born and raised in Alden, NY. She’s traveled a bit in her life moving from northern New York to Philadelphia, but moved back to Western New York 21 years ago where she settled her roots in the Boston Valley. Wendy has a Bachelors in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the State University College at Buffalo. She has over 30-years’ experience working with children. She’s a mother of three and grandmother of three. In her spare time she enjoys camping, music, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Our Lancaster Director, Mikayla McAuley, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Canisius College. She’s been working in Early Childhood Education since 2015 in numerous capacities including assistant teacher, lead teacher, and director. She enjoys this field as it allows her to build relationships with both students and families, and also offer a safe and loving environment for children to thrive in! MiKayla enjoys spending her spare time reading, baking, gardening, and with family and friends.
Our LeRoy Director, Mollie Bleier, grew up in Livonia, NY and now resides in LeRoy. Mollie has an Associate's Degree and is working towards her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies/Childcare Administration. Mollie has worked in the childcare field for three years and has really grown to love the industry, company, families, and students. Her dedication to early childhood, coupled with her love for children really make her a great director as she is dedicated to providing a high level of care and service to our families.