Staff Bios

  • Kathy Connell

    Director

    This is Kathy’s 4th year at Kirk House, but she has been teaching preschool for 18 years and working with young children for over 27 years. She is married and has two children. Her husband is an attorney, and their family has been active Menlo Church members for over 28 years. Her daughter, Hilary, is married and has two sons. Her son, A.J., is a student at the University of Illinois. When not teaching, she enjoys reading and gardening. The entire family likes to play golf, spend time at their Lake Tahoe cabin, and attend a myriad of Stanford sporting events.

  • Geri Boegner

    Teacher – Monday through Friday

    Geri has been at Kirk House for more than 25 years and has been married to Kurt for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Jacob and Kylie; both attended Kirk House. The entire family enjoys camping. Many of you might know Geri from her years as the childcare coordinator for Mother’s Together. On her days off, she loves to spend time with her family, her kitty Micah, or by herself with a good book.

  • Janice Zatarain

    Teacher – Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Office Manager – Tuesday & Thursday

    Janice started working as a teacher’s aide at Kirk House when her son, Henry, was a student here. She enjoyed it so much she went back to school and took ECE classes. She has been teaching at Kirk House since 2004. Henry is a student at Yale University. Janice enjoys baking, gardening, going to the theater, and travelling with her husband.

  • Gina Donohue,

    Assistant Director, Teacher – Tuesday & Thursday

    Gina has been working as a teacher at Kirk House for 22 years. Both of her children attended the preschool. Sierra is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and Carson is a student at Chico State. (Henry and Carson are friends). Gina loves to paint and teaches painting a couple of nights a week. In her spare time, she loves reading, caring for their backyard chickens, hiking, and spending as much time as possible at their cabin in Arnold.

  • Deb Autsen

    Teacher – Monday through Friday

    Deb is going into her 9th year as a teacher at KHP. Deb loves spending time with her grandchildren. She is active in her church, and over the years she has volunteered for Stephen’s Ministries, Vacation Bible School and Youth Ministries. Her favorite pastimes are knitting, camping and reading.

  • Wayne Stedham

    Teacher – Monday through Friday

    Wayne is in his 3rd year at Kirk House. Wayne is married to Jettie and has a stepson named Jordan. Jordan is 26 years old and attended Kirk House (Geri remembers him). In his free time, he likes to hike, travel and write.

  • Nikki Ciraulo

    Teacher – Monday through Friday

    Nikki is in her second year at Kirk House. She loves to read to children and delights in watching a child’s face light up with a new story. She and her husband are newlyweds and are both active members of Menlo Church. When not at Kirk House, she enjoys reading, travelling, hiking, photography, and being crafty. She has started to brush up on her Italian with her grandmother and would love to be uent.

  • Nancy McKain

    Teacher – Tuesday & Thursday
    Office Manager – Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
    Although in her 1st year at Kirk House, Nancy has been teaching for 25 years. She also spent four years in an administrative position with Tesla Motors. She is married, and she and her husband have six children and six grandchildren. As a family they love spending time together, especially barbecuing and watching football as a family. They are very active in their church, hosting a small group and a women’s Bible study. She also spends time studying, as she is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.