Our Team

Preparing Children for the 21st Century


After spending over 25 years in the childcare industry, I felt a strong calling to provide more than a “daycare” for children. Why not offer something that gives children an opportunity to recognize and develop qualities early in life that will prepare them to become global citizens? I created the concept of Big Blue Marble, after realizing the importance of children needing a quality environment that prepares them for the 21st Century. Not only that, I want them to be exposed to cultures outside of their own, and understand how to celebrate and accept the differences around the world we call the Big Blue Marble.

I invite you and your child to come see it in person.  From our themed classrooms from around the World, to our outdoor classrooms at some locations, you’ll quickly see that your child will get a preschool that stands out above the rest.

Nan Rikard
Founder & CEO


Leadership Team


Vicki Hoover

Operations Director

Marsha Lander

Administrative Support Director

Jennifer Townsend

Finance Director

Jenny Samples

Marketing Director

Kim Gillespie

HR Director

Julie Morin

Operations Specialist & Food Program Coordinator

Dee Stutzman

Program Director

Cheri Smith

Operations Specialist & Center Director

Carmen Childs

Operations Specialist & Center Director

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