Union, Kentucky Staff Bios

Jim & Tracy Kaiser – Owners

Tracy is originally from White Oak and I am from Mt. Airy (west side of Cincinnati). We met each other our junior year of high school. Tracy went to Colerain High School – class of 81 and I went to La Salle High School – class of 81. We were married in 1984. After living in Colerain Township for seven years, we moved to Liberty Township in 1992. We have four wonderful children. Ashley was born in 1988, Abby was born in 1990, Alex was born in 1991 and Andrew was born in 1995. All four of our children attend or attended Lakota schools. Over the years, Tracy has done much volunteer work with the schools.

Early on, I earned my degree in Business Management. I worked for a large corporation for 21 years and have been working for a small company the past couple of years. Tracy and I both love children and saw that there was a great need for childcare and education in the Northern Kentucky community. Our desire is to offer the families of the Northern Kentucky community a state-of-the-art facility and a caring and educated staff that will work with them to build a solid foundation for our children.

Laura Ruprecht – Director

Hi, my name is Laura Ruprecht. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Mental Health/Human Services in the fall of 2004 from Northern Kentucky University. I also obtained my Associate's Degree in Human Services while pursuing my Bachelor’s degree.  On June 1, 2011 I had my daughter, Olivia.  She is such a blessing to have around!

My husband and I recently purchased our first house together. In my spare time I enjoy decorating our house and also spending quality time with my family and friends as well as reading and anything outdoors.

I have worked with children for over ten years, and luckily have been able to experience the teaching aspect in every age group as well as management. I have always enjoyed being around and working with children as they grow. It is such an accomplishment to know that my teachers and I are here to foster a safe, loving, and learning atmosphere for any child that walks through the doors of All About Kids.

Jessica Fox – Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Jessica Fox. I’m 25 years old and I have a wonderful husband, Marc that I’ve been married to for 6 years. On June 18th, 2008 we had our perfect daughter Hailey Grace. I have worked in childcare for 6 years and love being around children. Every day you can count on something new with them. When you are having a bad day they always find a way to put a smile on your face. I have my CCC, CDA , Director’s Credential and a Childcare Assistant certificate. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. I also make hair bows and love to scrapbook! I look forward to getting to know all of your children and enjoying my time here at All About Kids.

Ashley Chapin – Development Coordinator

Hi! My name is Ashley Chapin. I live in Burlington Kentucky with my fiance, Bobby, and our wonderful children Joshua, Trevor, Paislee, and Grant. I have worked in childcare since 2005. I have done all age groups from infants to school age but just recently took a new job as the Development Coordinator. I still love watching the children grow in the classrooms but also enjoy helping the teachers create meaningful and education but fun activities for all the children.

Some of my interests outside of AAK include scrapbooking, making hair bows for my daughter, Paislee, and spending time with my family at parks, museums and zoos.

I have my Associate's Degree in Applied Science with special interest in Massage Therapy.  I received my CDA in 2014 and plan on returning to achieve my Director's Credential and Early Childhood degree.   If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask! Thank you!

Christy Shoemaker – Room 6 Toddler Teacher

 Hi, my name is Christy Shoemaker.  I recently got married on June 18, 2011 to Chris Shoemaker.  I have two animals – a cat named Lucky and a dog named Coco.  I volunteer at Kenton Fire Department.  I have been volunteering there for two years.  I absolutely love fighting fires and helping people.

I am currently pursuing a career in Early Childhood Development.  I am working on my CDA and taking a couple of classes at Gateway.  I’m hoping to have my degree in two years!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to chat with me in Room 1!

Thank You, Miss Christy

Jennifer Wells – Room 2 Infant Teacher

Hi! My name is Jennifer. I recently relocated here from North Carolina. While in North Carolina I worked in childcare for 18 years. I now live in Florence with my husband, Steve, our 3 cats and 2 dogs.

I have two children of my own. Justin, who is a graduate of NC State University. He lives and works in Raleigh.  My daughter, Amanda, attends the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC.

I enjoy reading (nonfiction only) and staying in touch with my friends and family who live in other states.

I truly enjoy working with and caring for your precious children at All About Kids. I work well with all of the much younger teachers at AAK.  I also have empathy for and identify with the parents who entrust me with the care of their precious children.  Please find me in room 2! I would love to say hello!

Thank You, Miss Jennifer

Chelsea Zembrodt – Room 9 Teacher and Kitchen

Hello! My name is Chelsea Zembrodt. I am 20 years old and graduated from Ryle High School in ’09. I have lived in Union, KY all of my life in the first house that my dad ever bought.

I am the youngest of three children. I have an older brother and an older sister. I have two nieces and one nephew, whom I love to spend time with whenever I can. I have been working with kids since I was twelve years old. I used to help my mom watch my niece while my sister was working.

A couple of my hobbies are camping, hanging out with friends, listening to country music, mudding, and, of course, babysitting.

Seeing kids learn and grow is so amazing. Before All About Kids, I worked at another local childcare center with school-agers. I love walking in the room and hearing the kids calling “Miss Chelsea”, it brings a smile to my face. I love being able to teach children to walk, crawl, read and write - it is such a joy! If you have any questions you can find me in room 2!

Thanks, Miss Chelsea

Carmel Tincher – Room 3 Infant/Toddler Teacher

Hello, my name is Carmellita Tincher, “Carmel” for short. I am a mother of five. I also fostered three children that needed a fun, loving and stable home. I just recently became a grandma by my foster children!

I enjoy children to the utmost fullest – to me they make the world go round! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, boating, hiking, and scrapbooking all of our wonderful pictures. I am very excited to be here and hope that I can help you and your family in any way that I can!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful child’s life!

~ Miss Carmel

Jacquie Miller – Room 4 Toddler Teacher

My name is Jacquelyn Marie Chambers! I was born in 1987.   I grew up east of Cincinnati in a small town called Williamsburg. I was the captain of our volleyball team and cheerleading squad during my senior year. The school district was so small, as it continues today, that my final graduating class was only a class of 40!

I currently live with my parents and older sibling, Brittany, here in Union. Brittany is studying to be a registered nurse; I am very proud of her accomplishments thus far. My mother is an art teacher at a school located in Clermont County. My father is the Vice President of Facilities at St. Elizabeth Hospital. They are the best family that anyone could ask for! I also have another love in my life; his name is Andrew Oliver Miller! Andrew is 24 years old and we’ve been together for the last five years. I love him dearly and believe he is “The One!” He is an ornery, witty, handsome, prudent, ethical, responsible, driven, empathetic, artistic and intelligent tax accountant for a nationwide staffing company headquartered in downtown Cincinnati.

The reason I chose to work in childcare is the fact that children bring a smile to my face; not to mention I have a lot of energy to share! The job of watching one-year-olds makes me feel like Superwoman! A day spent at All About Kids is never ordinary. This job is challenging and rewarding at the same time. I would have to say that the best part of my day is arriving at work and receiving the greeting of a lifetime – all of my “kids” screaming “HEY” or “HI” and you honestly cannot beat that!

Miss Jacquie

Emily Durstock – Room 7 Preschool Teacher

Hello!  My name is Emily Durstock.  I live in Edgewood, KY.  I have a son named Brandon who attends AAK.  My birthday is November 4th.  I graduated from Dixie Heights High School in 2003 and went to Gateway Community & Technical College where I majored in Early Childhood Education.  I’ve been in childcare for four years and love every minute of it!  I also have a dog named Oscar.

 In my “free time” I love to play soccer, scrapbook, be outside, and spend time with my family, friends, boyfriend and son.  I plan on going back to school for special education.  I feel privileged to be a part of your child’s life and to be able to teach and learn from them as they grow.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

 Thank You, Miss Emily

Whitney Baker – Room 7 Preschool Teacher

Hi, my name is Whitney and I am one of the three-year-old teachers. I just got married in September of ’08, to the love of my life, Erich. We just purchased our own house in Walton and we’re so excited! We want kids but right now we’re just taking time to ourselves. I have a brand new nephew named Brayden that is the center of our lives! I have a very supportive family that is awesome to have! Even though I do not live at home anymore, they are still just a phone call away.

I have my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood and I am in the process of completing my Director’s Credential and Bachelor’s Degree.

I have worked with kids since I was 12 years old. I love everything they do and say. I love all the hugs and kisses I receive when they walk into the room. I love to sing, swim, scrapbook, and play piano. My husband and I love to go to the lake to ski and tube. We also love to go to Perfect North. Feel free to ask questions! I love to talk! Thanks, Miss Whitney

Jennifer Gutter – Room 5 Toddler Teacher

Hello!! My name is Jenn, and I have been working with kids for about 14 years. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. I also have two nieces and a nephew, who are all my life!!

I have just recently moved to Kentucky after living in Florida for almost 5 years. I moved up here to be closer to my family and friends.

I would eventually love to go back to school to earn an education degree. I want to be a second grade teacher. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I am always here to help.


Amy Iseral– Room 8 Preschool Teacher

Hello! My name is Amy Iseral.

I graduated from Xavier University with my Early Childhood degree in 2005. I have been working with children of all ages for 15 years. I really enjoy seeing children grow and learn and glad that I was a part of it. I moved to Kentucky when I met my husband from Cincinnati, and I love it here! Some of my favorite things to do are cooking, reading, when there is ever time, and most importantly hang out with my family. My husband and I got married in May 2008. He has a daughter Allie who is 14 and we have a daughter Adelaide who is 1½ . They really enjoy playing together. We like watching movies and playing games together. I look forward to working with you and hope that I have helped make an impact in your child’s life. If there is anything I can help with please feel free to let me know.

Thank You!!!

Kelsey Murphy – Room 9/10 Kindergarten/School Age Teacher

Hello! My name is Kelsey Murphy. I work with the school agers in the summer and the kindergarteners and School Agers during the school year! I love working with this age group – they are full of surprises and definitely keep me on my toes!

I recently moved out of my parent’s house and into an apartment with two of my friends. I am currently attending Gateway Community & Technical College for Early Childhood Education. I hope to become a kindergarten teacher when I graduate.

In my spare time I love hanging out with my friends I am a very friendly and outgoing person, so if you have any questions or just want to chat, don’t hesitate to ask!

~ Miss Kelsey

Jen Hinkel – Room 10 Kindergarten Teacher

Hello! My name is Jennifer Hinkel, but most people call me Jen. I have a little boy named Carter and he is my pride and joy. My husband, Tony, and I have been together since June of 2009. I actually started working at AAK on his birthday in 2009! The three of us really enjoy the outdoors. We love to swim, play softball and attend Reds and Bengals games. During the winter, we like to go bowling on the weekends. Carter likes the ski ball!

I have my Associate’s Degree as a Medical Administrative Assistant, but I missed being around children and teaching them. I have been in childcare off and on since I was 16 years old. I really hope to get my Early Childhood Education degree someday. I truly enjoy helping your children learn and grow as individuals. I thank you so much for letting me be a part of theirs and your lives.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask!

Thank You, Miss Jen

Amber Williams – Room 5 Toddler Teacher

Hi! My name is Amber! I live in Crittenden, Kentucky with my husband, Derrick and our dog, Rufus. We don’t have any children yet, but hope to in the future! I am a graduate from Southwestern College with a degree in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy. I also graduated from Gateway Community and Technical College with my Director’s Credential and my Childcare Assistant. I have been working with children for years now. I am ecstatic to work with your children and watch them learn and grow. Thank you for allowing me this privilege. If you have any questions please just stop in and ask!

Thanks!  Miss Amber

Melissa Connelly – Room 2 Infant Teacher

My name is Melissa Connelly. I’ve been in childcare for 12+ years. I have my CDA in Early Childhood. I also have an Administrative Assistant degree.

I have a 14-year-old daughter named Rebecca. I enjoy spending time with my daughter and family. I love to ride and show horses at area horse shows. I also work with a therapeutic riding program for children and adults. I currently own one horse. I love working with children of all ages and being a part of their lives. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Thank You,
Miss Melissa


Ashley Glassford- Room 8 Pre-K Teacher

My name is Ashley Glassford!  I started working at All About Kids in August 2014.  I have been privileged with the responsibility of caring for and teaching your wonderful preschoolers in Room 8!  I have always wanted to work in a child cased career and I am currently attending Gateway Community and Technical College for my Associates in Interdisciplinary Childhood Education.  My plan then is to continue on to Elementary teaching in hopes of becoming an even better educator for years to come.  I currently live with my boyfriend, Jessie, of eight years.  I’m a cat lover, food enthusiast, and an avid reader.  I also enjoy spending time with some of the coolest and most caring group of friends as well as visiting with my brother and mu sister-in-law on the weekends.

One of my favorite things about my job is that it is not just a regular job for me.  It’s a surprise everyday and nothing makes me feel more accomplished than to see a child change, even in the slightest of ways.  I can’t wait to help these children, both, learn and grown while helping to brighten their future!

If you ever need anything please feel free to ask!


Here are just a few of my favorite quotes to share

Broken Crayons Still Color

~author unknown

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all.  In which case you fail by default.”

~J.K. Rowling

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”


Katie Parker- Room 4 Toddler Teacher

Hello! My name is Katie Parker.  I have lived in the Union area since July 2009.  I married my best friend October 2010.  Our first son, Keegan, was born in March 2009 and my daughter, Raegan, was born November 2012.  My children are the loves of my life!  As a family we LOVE to be outside, doing all kinds of activities and sports. We are a very outdoorsy family!

For the past 10 years, I worked as a Medical Assistant for Commonwealth Orthopedics and just recently decided to follow my heart and get back into working with children again.  I worked in childcare while attending college and was heartbroken when it was time to leave and pursue my career as a Medical Assistant.  I was super excited to start working at All About Kids and have become the mother I’ve always dreamed of becoming.  I love that my babies are so close to me all day and are happy in their classes at All About Kids.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your children’s lives and allowing me to be the one to care for them throughout the day.  I’m excited to watch them grow into toddlers and to watch them learn new skills.  If you have any questions please feel free to talk to me anytime.


Kelcey Dobbins-Room 4 Toddler Teacher

My name is Kelcey Dobbins and I am new to All About Kids.  I moved here in October 2014 from Lebanon Indiana.  I have not worked in childcare before but I do have a daughter, Hailey, who was born in January 2015.  It’s great being able to be so close to her throughout the day.

I love being outside with my family either hunting, fishing, and just enjoying the time with my daughter.

I appreciate you allowing me watch your children grow and to teach them new things.  I really enjoy coming to work each day to see their smiley faces.  If you ever have any questions please feel free to let me know; I’m always here for you!


Lora O'Brien- Room 3 Infant/Toddler Teacher

My name is Lora O’Brien and I am from Bright, Indiana.  I have been working in childcare since 2000 and have been at All About Kids since September 2013.  I went to school to receive my CDA.  There is nothing greater than watching the joy and excitement in a child’s eye when they learn something new!  I love knowing that I was a part of that milestone.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Shane, since April 2014.  I have two wonderful stepchildren and we are expecting our first child together in December 2015.

In my free time I love hanging out with family and friends, spending times outdoors and I am a HUGE sports fan.  Go BEARCATS!!!

Thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s milestones!  If you have any questions, please feel free to stop in and ask!

Samantha Buring- Room 7 Preschool Teacher

My name is Samantha Buring and I started working at All About Kids in December.  I am happily married to my amazing husband, Zach.  He serves in the United States Marine Corps.  In 2013 we welcomed a handsome little boy, Keith to our family.

I graduated from Walton-Verona High School in 2012. I am currently attending school to receive my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and will graduate in May 2015.   I plan to further my education at Ashland University and obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

My dream profession is to become a first or second grade teacher.  I’ve always loved teaching since I was a little girl playing school with my siblings.

I look forward to working with your children and watching them grow each day.  Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.

Yessenia Wainscott- Room 1 Infant Teacher

Hola! My name is Yessenia Wainscott. I am originally from Panama. I am fluent in English and Spanish. We moved to Kentucky in July of 2013 and are currently living in Union. I’ve been married to my husband, Brian, for 23 years. He recently retired from the United States Navy Special Forces after 24 years of service. I have 3 wonderful sons: Bryan, 23; Kevin, 18 and Jacob, 11. We have two dogs named Frosty and Lily. I graduated from Dental Assistant from Tidewater Tech School in Norfolk, Virginia. I started working with children over nine years ago. I had my own in-home daycare and received all of my certifications through the United States Navy and was accredited by the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). I am currently working on my Child Development Associate (CDA).

My favorite things to do are spending time with my family, hiking, watching Spanish soap operas and listening to music.

My goal is to provide a safe and loving environment where your child can grow, learn and reach his or her developmental stages.

Please know that if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. I am always here for you!

Coryne Livingston-Room 1 Infant Teacher

Hello! My name is Coryne. I graduated from Boone County High School in 2012. I have a 13 year old sister and a 27 year old brother that is currently serving in the Navy. I love being outdoors doing just about anything – four wheeling, fishing, hiking and camping.

I have been around children my entire life and have loved every minute of it. I have worked in a childcare center since April 2012. I plan on going to school soon and have hopes of owning my own center one day J!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thank You,

Miss Coryne