Our Staff



Brad Guoan has been a Lead Teacher at Gretchen’s House since 2006, he was promoted to Assistant Director in 2015 and now to Director in 2018.  Brad is originally from Bay City, MI and went to Saginaw Valley State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with minors in English and Social Studies. His wife Sara also works at Gretchen’s House as the Director of the Stadium location. Brad & Sara live in Brighton on Island Lake with their daughter Birdie and their two cats (Hip-hip and Luna), where they enjoy going out on their pontoon, hiking, and traveling.  Brad is very thankful to work at Gretchen’s House and have the opportunity to work with so many great families and develop so many meaningful relationships.
Assistant Director & Lead Teacher Teresa Bonner graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Development from Central Michigan University in the spring of 2013. Teresa is also HighScope certified. In June of 2013, she joined the Gretchen’s House Team. Her background includes working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for 9 years. Teresa is originally from the Upper Peninsula and enjoys the outdoors. During her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching sports, and snuggling her puppy, Boo.

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Cook and Afternoon Teacher Michele Wilson is from Bloomfield Hills.  She attended Oakland University and graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree majoring in Psychology and Nutrition.  Prior to graduating she interned at Gateway Pediatric Therapy and was  offered the position of Behavioral Therapist providing care for children with Autism which she did for 3 years.  Michele enjoys driving her Mustang, going to Art Museums and exhibitions, and spending time with friends and family.
Hi! My name is Linda Alvira. I am the Building Resource Teacher (BRT) for The Baby House & The Big House. I have a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, and was as a Graphic Designer at U of M for 20 years. I also have my K-12 teaching certification in Art from Eastern Michigan University. I spent 5 years as a substitute teacher in all subjects and grade levels, and as a long-term art sub in elementary school. I think of everything as an adventure! I have done Pet Therapy, art lessons in my home, been a visiting summer school librarian, had my own story hour, and helped illustrate a multicultural art book for teachers. I always come back to working with children! I live on the west side of Ann Arbor with my husband Don, a Graphic Designer, a sweet but hairy 75 lb lap dog, and a very odd black cat. Our wonderful and awesome daughter is finishing her PhD and living in Bethesda, MD.
Hello, I am Mahari Reives and I am excited to join the Gretchen House staff as a Building Resource Teacher! I recently graduated from Washtenaw Community College with an Associates degree in Child Care Professionals. I also have over two years of experience as a teacher assistant at a local child care center where I worked with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children. I enjoy reading, watching movies (especially musicals), and doing volunteer ministry work with my congregation. I look forward to getting to know all the families at Mt Pleasant and Mt Vernon and hope to positively contribute to each child’s experience.
Infant Support Teacher Sherry Hafner received her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University with an Early Childhood Education certification as well. She taught preschool at the University of Michigan for five years. Sherry enjoys spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities, reading, and listening to music.

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Lead Teacher Lauren Cusack first joined Gretchen’s House Oak Valley in August 2016 as a BRT before moving to an Infant/Toddler Family Group Teacher.  She joined the Mt. Pleasant team in August 2018.  She is originally from New Jersey, and moved to the Midwest for undergrad.  Lauren has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Miami University, received her CDA through West Shore Community College and is TEFL certified.  She graduated Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, reading, attending UofM sports games, and traveling.
Alicia Oldham has been working in the Early Childhood field for over five years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English in 2012. In 2017 she earned her Associate’s degree in Children and Families and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  Alicia is an advocate for early literacy, especially for Infants and Toddlers. She enjoys reading books to children and singing silly songs.  In her free time, Alicia writes children’s stories. She is also trying her hand at sketching. Alicia is excited to be at Gretchen’s House and looks forward to working with you and your family.
Teacher Kyara Payne is attending Eastern Michigan University, working on her degree in Elementary Education.  She has worked at Bach Elementary child care for the past four years.  Kyara grew up in Ann Arbor and loves walking downtown, going to UofM football games and playing soccer.  Kyara is excited about being a a part of the Gretchen’s House team! Kyara
Teacher Nathan Carrera .  I received my B.A. in Family Life Education and Child Life Specialist minor from Concordia University. I previously worked for Liberty Athletic Club for 8 years and worked with infants as young as 2 months up to children 10 years old. I love hanging out with family, friends and running outside when it’s nice.
Teacher Rehab Fahmy is originally from Cairo, Egypt. She moved to the USA in 2012 to provide a new experience for herself and her daughters. Rehab joined the Gretchen’s house team in August 2019. In 2017, she began her early childhood career at Visible Learning Center. Also, she is an applied behavioral technician who works at Centria Healthcare. In the past three years, Rehab discovered her passion for teaching and working with children. She can’t picture herself doing anything else other than working and bonding with children. Rehab has a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a double major in Marketing and Finance from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and she has a CDA (Child Development Associate) . Rehab is eager to learn and her main goal that she is currently working on is receiving her associate degree in Early Childhood Development. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her two daughters, Gharam and Mariam. In her free time, she enjoys cooking with her daughters.
Afternoon teacher Mary Noe recently moved here from St. Petersburg, Florida to be near family and is looking forward to re-experiencing the change of seasons.   She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.  After graduation Mary worked for five years teaching preschool and loved every minute of it.  She believes all children deserve a warm, nurturing and fun setting to grow and thrive in.  That’s why she is so excited to be a part of Gretchen’s House High Scope programs.  Mary loves the community feeling and the way parents and teachers work together to create an exceptional learning environment.