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Alicia Yourkiewicz
Co-Regional Director

My name is Alicia Yourkiewicz and I am one of the Co-Regional Directors of Sunny Day Academy and The Emilia Schools. I began as a Preschool teacher at SDA - Hilliard in February of 2011. I then moved into the role of Floating Director after graduating with my Master's in Education in August of 2012. After the birth of my first son, Joey, I was promoted to Executive Director in December of 2013. Kendra and I became Co-Regional Directors in August of this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with such a great company for so many years! I absolutely adore our children and families and they make working at SDA/Emilia a pleasure! We are lucky to have the best childcare staff in the world and I am truly grateful to have such wonderful teachers and administrators to work with everyday. My husband, Joe, and I have been married since 2009 and we welcomed our youngest son, Lane, in September of 2015. My boys are very creative about finding new ways to keep me busy when I'm not at work. They love to spread toys around our house, feed our German Shepard (Brady) all sorts of food/items, and set up ninja obstacle courses in our living room. As a family we love to go to the zoo, jump around at the trampoline park, and search for buckeyes on nature hikes. As an individual, I love to spend time with my family (we live down the street from my sister and her family) but when I'm alone I enjoy reading and running.
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Kendra Clark
Co-Regional Director

Hello! My name is Kendra Clark and I began as an infant teacher at SDA-Dublin in September of 2012. I was promoted to Assistant Director of the Dublin location in October of 2013 and then promoted again to Director of the Dublin location in September of 2014. I was most recently promoted to Co-Regional Director in August of 2019. I have a passion for children and leadership as well, so what better profession to have?! I currently have a Child Development Associate and many hours of child development and management training. My goal is to learn something new each day and the children often help me fulfill that goal. In September of 2013, I married my best friend and now husband, Chuck. We currently live in a very small town, Woodstock, located in Champaign County.  We have two beautiful children, Ella and Charlie, one cat, Demo, a rottweiler, Impala, and a golden retriever, Chevy. Our son, Charlie, currently attends SDA Dublin and daughter, Ella, attends grade school in our local school system. I have been a volunteer firefighter and EMT-Basic since 2009. I love helping others in any way possible. In addition, I am also a Girl Scout Troop Leader of my daughters Girl Scout Troop 2053. In my free time I enjoy camping, riding our Harley Davidson with my husband, exploring the outdoors, spending time and laughing with family and friends, and especially pranking those who are close to me.

I look forward to creating memories with the children I meet and making a positive impact on all those who I have the pleasure of meeting.