Your browser is not supported

Your browser is too old. To use this website, please use Chrome or Firefox.

We are currently adding to our wait list. Contact Us

Staff & Board

Our Staff

Rena Mills

Teacher (RECE)/Supervisor

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 40 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

Teacher (RECE)

Denise is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and has been a teacher at the school for 24 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 had graduated from Niagara College in the Human Resource program and Logan is enrolled in Niagara College for the Automotive Technician program. Denise continues to be a positive and warm caregiver to all children.

Linda Hicks

Teacher Assistant

Linda has 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 to Avery, Liam, Rory and .


Teacher Assistant

Rusul has been working as a teacher’s assistant since October of 2022. She has obtained a certificate of achievement completing English Language Training for Childcare, Home Daycare and Children’s Programming in January of 2021. She was a supervisor at Isheq Daycare in Iraq for one year.

Rusul is the proud mother of Remina, Ronia, and Talin who are currently enrolled in a private school. Rusul continues to be a supportive teacher’s assistant and takes pride in her responsibilities and job.

Pamela Campbell

Teacher Assistant/Resource

Pam began working at the nursery school in 2019 as Resource Support.

Before having kids of her own, she provided resource support at YMCA daycare centres and camps for many years. She has first-hand experience in the world of special needs as she is the parent of an Autistic child.

Pam and her husband Dave have two children, Clare and Marco, who both attended Thorold Co-Operative Nursery School. Clare is now a student at Brock University and is taking the Studio Art program. Marco is also attending Brock University and is taking the Business Communication Program and is on the Cross Country Team!

Pam continues her role at the nursery school as a Teacher Assistant and Resource Support.

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 2 oldest daughters have graduated from the Nursery School, while her third daughter is graduating in June of 2024.



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.


Dina Ottaviano


Dina has been a board member since June 2023.

She works as an Investment Associate at RBC Dominion Securities and is currently on maternity leave with her second child, Andre.

Her oldest daughter, Gia, attends Thorold Co-operative Nursery School.

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.

Lisa Tota


Lisa is an Interior Designer and owner/ operator of a local painting and hardwood floor refinishing company.

Lisa and her husband Grant have 3 kids; Summer (Thorold coop graduate), Kendrick (current student) and Ellis (soon to be enrolled) and an energetic dog Maverick.

Lisa came across the preschool years ago when her company was hired for a paint job in the school and knew it was the perfect place for her children to attend.

Nikki Russell

2nd Vice President

Nikki is currently in school for ECE as a part-time student. She has a daughter, two cats, one dog and a loving husband who keeps her busy and on her toes. Nikki is bubbly and very friendly with everyone she meets. She loves making people smile and leaving someone happier than they were before their interaction.