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Staff & Board

Our Staff

Rena Mills


Rena is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with an additional two years of child and youth studies at Brock University.

In 2004 she was awarded the Niagara Early Childhood Educator Award of Excellence.

She has enjoyed 39 years of developing, teaching and supervising the programs at TCNS.

In 1990, she was the driving force behind the relocation of the school to its current facility. Today, we continue to enjoy the beautiful facility and exceptional programs offered by TCNS.

Rena and her spouse Brady have two grown children, Evan and Kailey. They are also proud grandparents to Dax and Lennon.

She takes tremendous pride in the Nursery School and will continue to nurture this program with lots of love.

Denise Iliffe


Denise is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and has been a teacher at the school for 22 years.

She has enjoyed many positions in our Nursery School over the years.  She has served on our board, planned our Annual Auction and provided Resource Support for students.

Denise and her husband Chad have two children, Kierra and Logan whom have both attended the school for 4 years.

Kierra is attending her second year at Niagara College in the Human Resource program and Logan is enrolled in grade 11 at Eden High School. Denise continues to be a positive and warm caregiver to all children.

Linda Hicks

Teacher Assistant

Linda have been working as a teacher’s assistant since September of 2020. She has two daughters who attended the Nursery School many years ago. During that time she was the Secretary and then the following year she was President of the Nursery School. She is now the proud Grandmother Avery and Liam.

Board Members

Kristie Mahler


“Kristie joined the board in October 2021. As president she supports and promotes the school, encourages board and parent participation and oversees the general running of the school in its day to day activities.
Kristie is a mom of three girls and a boy.  Her oldest daughter graduated from the Nursery School in spring of 2021 while her middle daughter is graduating in June of this year. Her other daughter is enrolled in the school come September of 2022.



Melissa Clark

First Vice President

Melissa has been a member of the board since June 2020. She is responsible for assisting the president with tasks and organizing the yearly fundraiser.

She has three children Remy, Quinn and Levi. She enjoys spending time outside, hiking with her dogs and spending time with friends and family.

She is a Thorold Co-Op and Ms. Rena alumni.


Meredith Moyer-Fick

Second Vice President

Meredith has been a part of our nursery school family for two years now. She is a stay at home mother to two boys. Her 1st child has attended the school for two years and her 2nd child will be attending in September of 2022.

Nikki Butters


Nikki has been on the board since March 2019 and is responsible for managing all of the membership fees and works closely with the Finance Administrator.

Nikki is a teacher and has 2 children. Her youngest attends Thorold Co-operative Nursery School and her oldest is a graduate of the school. Her husband has also attended the school with Mrs. Rena 29 years ago.

Edith Matuch

Financial Administrator

Edith has been involved with the Nursery School for over 30 years. She started out as Treasurer while her children, Michael and Katrina attended the Nursery School. Then took on the position of Financial Administrator.

Edith oversees and administers all the financial aspects of the Nursery School.

You will also find her and her husband, Brian volunteering their time at the school for maintenance and various activities, especially fundraising events.

Edith was an active member of the Building Committee that oversaw the building of our present facility. The school moved from classroom space in Westmount School to the beautiful building we occupy today.

She and Brian are semi-retired and are now experiencing the joys of grandchildren.

Stefania Wood


Stefania joined the board in September of 2020 and enjoys being a part of the TCNS community.

As Secretary, her main responsibilities are to ensure monthly board meetings are documented accurately and creating the school newsletter

Stefania has two children who both attended the school. Isla had graduated and Leo is attending for his second year.

She is a Thorold Co-Op and Ms. Rena alumni.