Meet Our Team

Deborah Mann

Executive Director


Coming Soon


Patricia Bradley

Head Start Director


My Name is Patricia Bradley and I serve as Head Start Director.  I received my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and Leadership from Park University, Parkville Missouri in 2012, and my second Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with Teacher Certification in 2016 from Missouri Western State University St. Joseph Missouri, and currently working on my Masters in Educational Leadership.  I have been in the field of Early Learning for 30 plus years, serving as a preschool teacher, an elementary school teaching kindergarten through third grade, and as a program director.

It has always been my vision to nurture and cultivate the growing minds of young children. I feel with proper scaffolding the sky is not the limit to where their minds can journey. 

To create a more collaborative, cohesive environment for children, families, and staff, as Head Start Director I desire to use the background knowledge gained in Instructional Leadership to provide unique insight into the Head Start program at Emmanuel Family Childcare and Development Center to help support the development, health and safety, and school readiness of our most vulnerable children.


Favorite quote: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” ~ F. Douglas

Alexander Taylor

School Age Director


Alexander Taylor was born and raised in Kansas City MO. He graduated from Center High School in 2011 with honors and was named Scholar Athlete of the Year in the metro area by the KC Star. He then went on to continue his academics and athletics at Northwest Missouri State University where he graduated with Bachelors and Masters of Psychology. During his time at Northwest he played on 2 National Championship teams as well as helped to charter the Gamma Theta Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc on the campus. He also was heavily involved in the social justice community at Northwest trying to create and foster inclusivity for all students, faculty, and staff on campus.


He then began his professional career with the Kansas State College Advising Corps at Washington High school in Kansas City KS. After that he worked for the University of Kansas GEAR UP program which provides early access and success to students through a variety of different programs. He then took a position with Metropolitan Community College as an Admissions Recruiter. In his most recent position he was an Impact Manager with City Year Kansas City which is an educational non-profit that provides educational services to the Kansas City Public School District. 


Alexander is newly married with a 13 year old son. He enjoys his faith, family, and creating a better community he grew up in and is excited to begin working with a phenomenal organization like Emmanuel.  


Denise Crawford

Director of Human Resources

My name is Denise Crawford. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in May 2004. I have two children, a boy and a girl. As a mother, I feel that it is always important to treat children with a clear mind and kind heart. I enjoy working out, spending time with my children, cooking, and traveling the world. I chose to work in the field of childcare because I wanted to learn how to parent a child in a loving and healthy way.

It amazes me what young children are capable of doing. I am so happy to be part of the EFCDC family and will continue to do my best for all the children that walk through the door. My goal is to continue growing as a professional to give the children at EFCDC the best possible learning experiences that will help them develop and get ready not only for kindergarten but for life.
In my current position as Director of HR at Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center. I began working in childcare administration at Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center in January 1997.


As an HR Professional, some of my duties have included implementing the organization’s recruiting strategy, interviewing applicants, administering pre-employment tests, assisting with completing background investigations, promotions, terminations, conducting training sessions, administering on-the-job training programs, maintaining records of employee participation in all training and development programs, analyzing job duties, writing job descriptions, performing job evaluations and job analyses, resolving grievances, assisting with processing employee grievances, developing and administering health and safety programs, and maintaining accident records.

In addition to working on a Master’s in Leadership in Early Childhood degree, I also have begun working
on a Master’s in Human Resource Management. These degrees have prepared me to work effectively in a number of HR disciplines, with a focus on leadership, interpersonal and organizational behaviors, and approaches for managing and motivating employees.

Markeya Bragg

Pre K Cooperative Program Manager


Hi, my name is Markeya Bragg and I am the Pre K Cooperative Program Manager. My bio is coming soon!


Dorothea Kelley

Director of Health Services 

Dorothea received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.  She has extensive experience in working in the nonprofit sector and over 25 years of service to children and families in the Kansas City Area. 


Prior to coming to Emmanuel she taught Pre-K for 8 years and later returned to that center as Director for several years. She work at the Local Investment Commission as the Educare Coordinator where she had an essential role in providing training and support to the early childhood sector. She is passionate about providing exceptional services to the children and families that she serves. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at Longview Lake, relaxing with friends, and helping emerging authors develop and publish their work.

Faith McMillan

AmeriCorps Program Director

My name is Faith McMillan and I am the AmeriCorps Program Director. I have a Bachelor's of Science in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology from Missouri State University. I completed a service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and in turn, have become very passionate about National Service. The idea that one person can make such a big difference in a community is amazing to me. The amount of work that has been done with the AmeriCorps program is astronomical, and I have a lot of pride to be a part of it.

I am excited to be a part of this great community of Kansas City and to be here at Emmanuel and I know there are and will be some great AmeriCorps interns that will continue to make this organization thrive and help reach our goal of Kindergarten readiness and I look forward to meeting each and every one of them because when you serve at Emmanuel you are providing a child with a stepping stone to a future
they may not have been able to reach without you. Almost everyone can name a teacher or an adult that helped them when they were younger and changed their life for the better, and here at Emmanuel, we can be that for a child.