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!
Suzy, who is one of our administrative staff members, was raised in Alden, but recently bought a new home in Pembroke with her family. She’s been with the company for four years and has adapted and maintained many roles within the company. She describes her work as “meaningful and gives me a great sense of pride to be a part of the community at Imagination Station”. She is a mother of two little girls, who are her pride and joy, and attend the center as well! She loves being able to bring them to work with her and watch them flourish in our program.
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.
Batavia Assistant Director
Our Alden Center Director, Patty Bunk, lives on a small family farm in Genesee County. She comes from a big family with three sisters and four brothers, so she’s been surrounded by people and children all her life! Patty is happily married and has two children of her own; Lucas and Paisley (twins!). Patty attended SUNY Brockport for her degree in Early Childhood Education and English Literature. In her free time she enjoys baking.
Our Batavia Director, Amanda Gorski, holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Buffalo. Amanda is happily married and has three very active beautiful children. She lives on a little dirt road in the country and own LOTS of animals! She has four cats, a dog, a hamster, and 10 chickens! She’s passionate about serving her community and trying to give back to those in need whenever she can. She loves working in the industry as it makes her heart happy to build so many connections with kids and families!
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 Center Director, Melanie McAuley, grew up on the ocean in the great state of Virginia. She has always enjoyed surfing and being near the water while living there. She moved to Buffalo about five years ago and now resides here with her husband and four-year old son. When she has time she loves spending it outdoors enjoying nature and animals. She also likes to challenge herself with history, science and genealogy! She’s currently working on furthering her education in child development as she has fallen in love with the field during her time with us!
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 LeRoy Center Director, Mollie Bleier, grew up in Livonia, NY and now resides in LeRoy. Mollie has an Associates Degree and is working towards her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies/Childcare Administration. Mollie has worked in the child care 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.