Our Staff

Chris Kutter, Office Manager

Chris Kuttler, office manager extraordinaire, has been with the Afterschool Programs since 2007. Chris maintains the CACFP (snack) program for the Afterschool Program and the YMCA. She also manages the childcare program for all our locations. She is the heart and soul of our organization and there is nothing she won't do to support the needs of our employees, families and students. Chris is marred to Marc and has two grown children, Andrew and Mary Beth.

Diane Warner, STEM/STEAM and Social Emotional Learning Coordinator

I am a graduate from Capital University and began working for the Afterschool Programs in 2010. For the last three years I was the site director at the Tallmadge Community Learning Center. My hobbies are music, biking, and ham radio. Recently I used my radio hobby to teach my students about STEM. We even talked to an astronaut on the International Space Station! I enjoy working with the students; there is so much we can learn together.

Michele Ritchlin, Executive Director

I am a 1994 graduate of William V. Fisher Catholic High school and a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. I have worked in the field of education and afterschool since September 2008. In January of 2014 the Board of Directors promoted me to the Executive Director of The Afterschool Programs of Lancaster where I proudly advocate at the local, state, and federal levels on behalf our families and students. I have a dog, Max, and two cats, Ilsa and Matilda, who keep me busy in my downtime.

Disclaimer type: The Afterschool Programs of Lancaster is a recipient of federal funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool programs. The Afterschool Programs of Lancaster has been fortunate to receive these grants and continues to grow with annual enrollment of more than 280 children within the seven locations we serve. The Afterschool Programs of Lancaster is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Click the link below for for Child Care Licensing Rules.

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