Lori Tantakis | Executive Director
Lori is a professional early childhood educator with over 20 years experience in the field. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and a M.A. in Education.
Early in her career, Lori spent a number of years working at the YMCA in Ontario, Canada as a classroom teacher and center director. It is here that she discovered her passion for creating a family-centered learning environment that allows children to develop to their full potential in body, mind, and spirit. She brought this mission-driven perspective to Children's Place at the Plaza in 2009, and enjoys working in partnership with families and community members to provide high-quality child care in Albany.
Lori also enjoys sharing her experience with others and recently earned the Early Learning Trainer Credential from the NYSAEYC. She provides curriculum instruction and professional development opportunities to early childhood educators in New York State.
Lori resides near Albany with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys working in the garden, preparing delicious food, or reading a great book.
Jason Sadlemire | Plaza Center Director
Jason started working at Children's Place at the Plaza in 2015 as the Preschool Director and has taken on the new role of Center Director in the main building. Jason graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2006, and has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education.
In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He is also an avid sports fan and loves the New York Yankees.
Colleen Futia | Infant/ Toddler Program Director
Colleen has over 20 years experience as an early childhood classroom teacher and Program Director. She has a passion for infant and toddler education and believes strongly in respectful caregiving of young children. She provides support, leadership, and creative ideas to the infant and toddler teaching teams as we strive for excellence in our programs at Children's Place at the Plaza. Colleen is inspired daily by the quote "If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life." It's evident in her energy and enthusiasm that Colleen loves what she does!
In her spare time, Colleen enjoys yoga, cooking, and almost any outdoor activity. She lives in Albany with her two sons.
Joe Cubello |Director of Operations
Joe started working at the Children’s Place at the Plaza in December of 2013. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Management which he earned from Siena College in 2011.
During his free time Joe likes being outside and enjoying nature. He is an avid snowboarder during the winter months and spends most of his free time golfing, fishing, and hiking in the summer.
Gina Caseiras | Preschool Director
Gina has taught for many years as a pre-k teacher as well as a lead UPK teacher with the City School District of Albany. Gina has a M.S. in Literacy and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She holds a professional certification in Birth-Grade 2 as well as Literacy Birth-Grade 6. She is excited to join the team at Children’s Place at the Plaza and looks forward to getting to know all of the families here.
Gina lives in Scotia with her husband and 2 children. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching a good movie, and playing outside with her kiddos.
Tara Henderson | State Ed Center Director
Tara Henderson has been in the early childhood field for a total of 18 years, with experience as a floater, assistant toddler teacher, and a lead toddler teacher. Tara was the assistant director of the Children's Corner Daycare prior to the merger. She believes in making a difference in the lives of the children and families that we serve.
Along with being dedicated to our center, she is also a dedicated wife and mother of two wonderful children. In her free time, Tara likes to cook, dance, and read...but most of all, spend quality time with her family.
Children's Place at the Plaza Infant Staff
Children's Place at State Ed Infant Staff
Children's Place at the Plaza Toddler Staff
Children's Place at State Ed Toddler Staff
Children's Place at the Plaza Preschool Staff
Children's Place at State Ed Preschool Staff
Children's Place at the Plaza Float Teachers
Children's Place at State Ed Float Teachers
Children's Place at the Plaza Cook
Children's Place at State Ed Cook