Infant/Toddler

Alison Michel-Hall
Job Title:
Sr. Director of Education
Bio:
Alison Michel-Hall has been working in the early childhood education field for over 35 years with over 20 years at Catalyst. She demonstrates a strong commitment to developmentally appropriate practices and has worked in multiple positions over the years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies. She currently holds a Life Children’s Center Supervisory Permit and is a graduate of Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC). She continued her education throughout her career including specialized trainings such as: infant/toddler programming and care, special needs, adoption/foster care, anti-bias education, early language and literacy development, emergent curriculum, preschool programming, HighScope, Reggio Emilia practices, accreditation, school age programming, supervision/management, facilitation methods, Desired Results, Teaching Pyramid, trauma informed care, cultural competency, multi-lingual learners, responsive feedback, and effective coaching/mentoring.
Cynthia Gallardo
Job Title:
Program Quality Manager
Bio:
Prior to joining Catalyst Family Inc., Cynthia held a career in the child development field teaching private preschool, Head Start preschool, and teaching Social-Emotional Skills to children with mild to moderate behavior challenges in K-3rd grade.

In 2007, she joined the Catalyst family as an Assistant Site Supervisor shortly after completing her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Child Development. She finds joy in supporting teachers to create quality experiences for children.

As a Program Quality Manager, Cynthia is trained in Programs for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC), Trauma-Informed Care, and is also a Teaching Pyramid trainer and coach. She has a passion and dedication for high quality equitable programs, which support the children, families, and communities that we serve.
Debbie Phillips
Job Title:
Site Supervisor
Expertise:
Bio:
Debbie has been in the Early Childhood field for over 34 years and has spent most of her time in an infant and toddler classroom or center, as well as preschool. Debbie’s passion started early in life when she became the babysitter on her street growing up. Out of high school, Debbie started the Child Care ROP class and was placed at a center to gain experience with toddlers. Fellow teachers helped Debbie identify courses and advance her career in the field. She moved-up from being an assistant teacher to running a center over a span of 10 years. Debbie has been in her position managing Catalyst Kids Trident for over 20 years. She believes in and runs the center from the PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) philosophy where all children are respected and valued members of our community.
Job Title:
Program Quality Manager
Bio:
Lizelle Wulff has been working for Catalyst Family Inc. as a Program Quality Manager for the past three and a half years. She supports the program quality improvement of the Oxnard/Ventura region. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, she had years of experience as a K-3rd grade classroom teacher and Reading/Math intervention teacher in Maryland, Florida, and California. One of Lizelle’s passions is supporting Multilingual Learners, so she pursued a graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Nova Southeastern University. Lizelle transitioned back into the Early Learning and Care field by being a Site Supervisor for a California school district’s preschool program that had a combination of both Head Start and State Preschool classrooms. During that time, Lizelle completed an Advanced Core Certificate in Early Childhood Education with UCLA Extension. Since joining the agency, Lizelle has also become a Certified Trainer for the Program for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC). She was an instructor for the Dual Language Learner Professional Development Project courses at California State University Channel Islands, which equipped current early educators with the skills needed to support dual language learners in early care programs.
Job Title:
Site Supervisor
Expertise:
Bio:
Silvia has worked with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age with Catalyst Kids (formerly CDI/CDC) for the past 28 years. She began her career as a Assistant Teacher and has since obtained her Site Supervisor Permit from the California Teachers Credentialing Commission and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Silvia is very passionate in developing teaching staff that engages and builds strong relationships with children and families, celebrating successes and having fun. A cherished part of her day is walking into the infant/toddler and preschool rooms and seeing staff sing and engage with children, the happy faces of both children and staff make her day.