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Our Story

Three women came together for one mission to help thousands of children. We all have different ideas, strengths, and connections but one very important goal. The universe tilted in its’ axis one day and put us all in the same room, seemingly by magic. We went from a few ideas to an entire business plan and organization in only a few weeks. To say we are passionate is an understatement.

Separately, we are all different aspects of the dream, paving the way for children each day. Together, we are a powerhouse; taking on the mess that has become childcare and early intervention while bridging the gap to kindergarten. We are beyond proud of what we have created and cannot wait to share it with you. Not only do we want to add to your village, we want to become a part of it along the way. 

Sometimes real super-heros live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles. 

 

Meet our Board of Directors

Abby Hileman

Founder & Treasurer

Reshapingthevillage@gmail.com

My name is Abby Hileman and I am the founder of Reshaping the Village.  I have 17+ years experience in childcare, in a multitude of different early learning environments, making me very knowledgeable about child development.  Because of this, I have become very passionate about changing the way things are done in the early childhood field for the betterment of all children involved.  I would love to see each child be treated as an individual, unique person and get all of the support they need to be successful, both while in my center and in their community.  I want to see the field of special education take on a more prominent role and remove the stigma around receiving extra help.

 

Along with my education background, I also have a business degree from West Virginia University.  I have used this degree to build the very successful childcare center, C&M Play Studio, in Carnegie, PA.  I am excited to use it to benefit children once more.  My two children, Cam (7) and Madi (6), are the most important children in my life and they inspire me everyday to fight for those who might not be as lucky as they are.  Let our organization help you reshape your village today!  

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Kathryn Lucia

President & Trainer and Community Outreach Director

kathryncmplaystudio@gmail.com

My name is Kathryn Lucia and I am the Trainer and Community Outreach Director at Reshaping the Village.  I started my journey in special education 7+ years ago when I joined the early education field.  I truly found a passion for helping children with exceptionalities through my work as an Education Supervisor at C&M Play Studio.  I have my Associates degree in early childhood education and development and am certified in infant mental health, both from CCAC.  I plan to return to PennWest California to pursue my Bachelor's degree in post secondary education and a Master's in special education so I can assist in writing IEPs and help our students continue to thrive.

 

I have a passion for teaching adults and caregivers in developmentally appropriate and empathy driven practices.  Helping adults learn can transcend generations!  As Training and Community Outreach Director, I plan to create programs and resources for families and educators to better understand children with special needs and how to set them up for success.  I look forward to helping you reshape your village!

Jenna Sompel

Secretary & Programs Director 

jennacmplaystudio@gmail.com

My name is Jenna Sompel and I am the Events Director for Reshaping the Village.  I have been in the education field for 9+ years and have worked in different types of childcare settings, gaining experience with children between infancy and teenage years.  I have a knack for computer work and was quickly highlighted at C&M Play Studio to take on the role as their Marketing Director.  I am excited to bring my marketing skills and childcare experience together once more to create spectacular events for Reshaping the Village.

 

Marketing is a crucial part of our work through a non-profit; without community help, we aren't able to do what's most important: helping the children!  Not only am I in charge of making what we do appealing online, but I am also heavily involved in the daily tasks of our organization, including working directly with the children.  I can't wait for you to be a part of our events and experience all we have to offer.  I look forward to helping you reshape your village!

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