Meet Our Staff

Diane Iovino, Director | Email

Diane is married to {Joe} and they have a son {JT} who is a Music Therapist,  a daughter {Kristi} who lives in Chicago and writes and performs comedy and a puppy named Mabel. Diane moved to Tennessee in 2014 from Colorado where she lived for 10 years and is originally from New Jersey. Diane received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 in Child & Adolescent Psychology, her Master’s Degree in 2016 in Special Education Early Childhood/Elementary Education and is a certified Developmental Therapist. She has taught early childhood for over 18 years. Worked as Reading Specialist and a Academic and Behavior Interventionist. Diane enjoys reading, swimming, spending time with her family and riding motorcycles. Wants to be remembered for, “Always kind, helpful and never gave up.”

Kim Pharris, Assistant Director | Email

Kim has been married to her husband Rick since 1983. They have a son Richard, a daughter-in-law Jessica, a granddaughter Delanie, and a furry grand pup Koda. Kim graduated from Stratford High School in 1982. She earned a Child Development Associate, with a technical certificate in Early Childhood Education from Nashville State Community College in 2005. Kim started her career working in a family home day care and worked there from 1985-1995. In October 1995 Kim began working at City Road Child Development Center. She enjoys teaching, learning and being on this wonderful life journey. While at home she enjoys baking and doing crafts. Kim wants to be remembered for the following bible verse, taken from Matthew 25:23, “I did all I could do”.

Teresa Briggs, Programs Supervisor  | Email

Teresa was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She has two adult sons, Antonio and Jamie. In 1994 she graduated from Pearl Chon Comprehensive High School.  From 1995-2000 she worked at Richland Head Start. In 2001 she earned a degree from Tennessee Technology Center in phlebotomy. While working at Centennial Medical Center, for two years, Teresa realized that she needed to return to childcare. In 2003 she started working at City Road CDC. In 2007 she was working on a degree in Early Childhood Education at Nashville State Community College. In 2010 she took time off to build her home with Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys spending time with her sons, and going to see movies. Teresa wants to be remembered for being a teacher that has patients and passion for educating young children, and keeping them safe.

Terrie Kennedy, Programs Assistant | Email

Terrie and her boyfriend, Dagan have been together since 2013.  Dagan has one child, Dylan, that she consider to be her stepson. They have a dog named Nani.  Terrie graduated from Hunters Lane HS.  She then attended High Tech Institution where she received an Associates of Applied Science as a Medical Assistant.  She has also received her TECTA orientation certificate for Infant/Toddlers. Terrie is in the process of getting her Child Development Associate. Terrie started her career over 25 years ago. Her passion for caring for children grew from there. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family.

Janice Slaughter, Food Service Specialist | Email

Janice is married to her best friend. They have one son, a stepdaughter and blessed with 3 grandsons. They also have two rotten dogs. In 1992 Janice graduated from Franklin County High School.  She began her career in childcare in 1994. While at home she enjoys fishing, riding motorcycles, camping, crocheting, and most of all spending time with her family. Janice wants to be remembered for just being kind to everyone she has crossed paths with in life.


Margaret Williamson, Lead Teacher Toddlers| Email

Margaret has been with her husband Josh since 2014 and in 2021 got married. They have one daughter and she has one stepdaughter. She graduated from Hillsboro High School. Margaret has earned a Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education.  She has always loved children and enjoys working with them. Margaret started her career in childcare 10 years ago. At home she loves spending time with her family, shopping, and watching movies. Margaret wants to be remembered for being a loving person who cares about others.

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