Meet The Staff

Diane BullenDiane Bullen – Director         Diane has been at Stay and Play since 1993. She is a graduate of Edinboro University with a degree in Elementary Education. She has two grown children and has is married to Rick, who is recently retired.  She enjoys walking, crafting, reading, movies and watching sports events, especially the Eagles and Flyers. Diane has lived many places such as Toms River, NJ; Gambrills, MD and Stuttgart, Germany. While living in Germany for 4 years in the 80’s she saw the Berlin Wall come down and traveled to France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Mrs. Bullen enjoys spending time with her family and sharing in their interests.  What she likes best about working with children is the excitement they bring each and every day. She loves their sense of wonder and honesty.

Marion BoasMarion Boas – Asst. Director        Marion has been at Stay and Play since 2009. Mrs. Boas received her Associates degree in Education from Delaware County Community College and then received her Bachelors Degree in Professional Studies with a focus in Social Work from West Chester University. Mrs. Boas has spent many years working with children through childcare centers and the Girl Scouts and she has 1 child.  In her free time she enjoys doing volunteer work, riding bikes and camping. What Mrs. Boas likes best about working with children is their creativity and fascination with learning new skills.

Rogelinda Barraza-CabarcusRogelinda Barraza-Cabarcus – Teacher     Rogelinda is in her 1st year at Stay and Play. She came from Colombia in 2012 where she was a college professor. She has earned a BS in Microbiology at Colombia and a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico. Before starting college, she used to work as a teacher assistant in Christians schools at Colombia. Ms. Barraza is a fine Christian who loves to share with kids. Among her favorite activities are: Science, exploring, arts and crafts, games and storytelling. Because this is her first year at Stay and Play, she is very excited about working with our kids and having a great experience for her and her students.

Nancy Converse – Teacher     Nancy is in her 1st year at Stay and Play. Mrs. Converse was born in Chile and is the third of 5 siblings. Nancy met her husband Jim of 27 years while celebrating her last day of college at the British Institute in Vina Del Mar Chile. While at the British Institute Nancy obtained her BA degree in English Spanish Translation. She has lived in various states including Virginia where her grown daughter was born. Nancy has a best friend who lives in Barcelona which has allowed Nancy to visit and tour Europe. Nancy and her family travel to Chile often and she once visited Easter Island. Her work experience is varied, having held jobs at QVC, Sumitomo (a machinery company) and the US Coast Guard exchange at Governor’s Island, New York. Mrs. Converse enjoys listening to music, and cooking new recipes. What she enjoys about working with children in their sense of curiosity, ability to reason and innocence.

Svitlana DuffySvitlana (Lana) Duffy – Teacher     Lana has been at Stay and Play since 2013. She was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States in 2005. While living in Ukraine, Mrs. Duffy received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education. Mrs. Duffy is fluent in 3 languages: English, Russian and Ukrainian. Mrs. Duffy loves to travel and visited many places such as Russia, Poland and Czech Republic. She is married to Bill, and has a grown daughter. Mrs. Duffy currently works with the Life Skills Class in Penncrest High School. In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with her family. Mrs. Duffy also likes baking, crafting, reading and listening to music. What Mrs. Duffy likes best about working with children is seeing them grow and develop their own personalities. The most rewarding thing for her is to be a part of their accomplishments.

Mary Ellen StackMary Ellen Stack –Teacher Aide    Mary Ellen has been at Stay and Play since 2012. She worked for many years at TV Guide Magazine in Radnor, PA.  She has experience as the manager of the Advertising Dept. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Villanova University.  She attended Villanova as an evening student while working at TV Guide. She is single, with no children of her own, but has 3 nephews and 6 nieces and has spent a good deal of time with them.  She enjoys seeing them grow and take on new challenges. She has enjoyed meeting all of the new children and teachers, in her short amount of time here.  She enjoys seeing the different interests that the children have and how they interact with one another. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading fiction and walking.

Sherry VoorheesSherry Voorhees – Teacher      Sherry has been at Stay and Play since 2012. Mrs. Voorhees received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from DCCC.  She is married to Shawn and has two children.  Mrs. Voorhees works in the mornings at Penncrest High School cafeteria.  She enjoys spending time at her family’s vacation home in the Poconos. What Mrs. Voorhees likes best about working with children is watching them mature and develop throughout the year.

Patricia Boccella – Teacher    Patty has been a Stay and Play staff member since 2018. Patty recently retired but comes to us with many years of experience as a preschool teacher. In addition to working at Stay and Play she also serves as the Nursery attendant for Reformation Lutheran Church. She is married and has 2 grown children. Patty enjoys gardening and spending time with her family. She has travelled to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico and Saint Marten. What Patty enjoys most about working with children is the feeling of watching them grow and learn ant their never-ending curiosity.

Jacki Spuhler – Teacher & Office Assistant     Jacki has been a member of Stay and Play since 2018. Ms. Spuhler is a graduate of St. Joe’s University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Education with a Reading Specialist Certification at Cabrini University. She enjoys travelling, yoga, running, gardening, cooking, textile design, and reading. What she likes most about working with children is their inquisitive nature and sense of wonder. Children have the uncanny ability to help us see things from a whole new perspective. One of her favorite quotes is from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”


Additional Staff

Sara Dolan – Substitute Teacher     Sara has been at Stay and Play as a regular staff member since 2010. She is the mother of 3 children. Sara is lead teacher at Christ Church Preschool. Sara has Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Education from Delaware County Community College. What Mrs. Dolan likes best about working with children is their uninhibited curiosity.

DSC00311Lisa Goodman – Substitute Teacher        Lisa has been at Stay and Play as a regular staff member since 1998 and has been substituting for the program since 2003. She is mother 3 grown daughters. She enjoys crafts, gardening and hiking. Lisa loves being with all ages of children and looking at life through their eyes.


DSC00313Debbie Murphy – Substitute Teacher        Debbie has been at Stay and Play as a regular staff member since 2007 and has been substituting for program since 2013. She is mother of 2 grown children. Debbie has degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University. She taught 3rd grade for 3 years, preschool for 9 years and worked in daycare for 4 years. What Debbie likes best about working with children is the energy they share with us. The children keep us up to date on things and watching them grow is a sheer pleasure.

PatPat Roelofs – Substitute Teacher           Pat has been at Stay and Play as a Substitute Teacher since 2009. Pat has Masters of Education from West Chester University and Bachelor of Arts from Hartwick College.

Hanaa Toma – Substitute Teacher      Hanaa has been at Stay and Play since 2017. Mrs. Toma was born in Cairo, Egypt and then moved to the United States. Mrs. Toma received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has worked in the Rose Tree Media School District and Wallingford-Swarthmore school district as a substitute teacher assistant for 5 years. In 2017 she started working at Strath Haven High School as an instructional support teacher. Mrs. Toma is married and has 2 children. In her free time Mrs. Toma enjoys listening to music, participating in Zumba class and traveling. She has traveled to: Germany, Dubai, Oman and France and is fluent in the Arabic and English language. What Mrs. Toma enjoys most about working with children is watching them grow.