LeafSpring School at Hanover Medical Park

Meet Our Staff

Ross Grieve Owner
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Ross Grieve
Ross Grieve
Owner

Ross has worked in the fields of education and recreation for over 30 years. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both psychology and psychobiology from Hamilton College and a Master of Science degree from Villanova University, where he studied counseling and human relations. He began by working with emotionally disturbed children in local agencies outside of Philadelphia. After completing his graduate work, Ross spent 11 years working as a school counselor specializing in family counseling and crisis intervention.

Prior to moving to Richmond, Ross spent 23 years as a director of summer programs for two separate summer camp operations. As the director of a day camp with 200 children at a prominent independent school outside of Philadelphia, Ross built and developed a comprehensive, integrated summer program that included a general day camp, sports camps, specialty camps and academic enrichment programs. Building on the foundation of the original day camp, the program grew and evolved over 11 seasons into 12-15 separate programs with more than 1100 children. Ross then moved to a large, privately-owned, multi-faceted recreational facility that included a newly-established summer camp with an enrollment of only 185 campers. Ross was responsible for all facets of the program: personnel, budget, registration and enrollment, scheduling, marketing and business development, facilities, transportation and food service. Under his leadership, enrollment grew to 800 campers within four years and averaged over 600 campers per year during his 12-year tenure.

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Mary Jo Grieve Owner
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Mary Jo Grieve
Mary Jo Grieve
Owner

Mary Jo (MJ) joined the team at Community Idea Stations, the PBS affiliate for the greater Richmond, VA region, as the Ready to Learn Project Manager in the fall of 2015. Ready to Learn is the PBS Kids outreach program designed to empower parents and childcare providers to use PBS resources to get their children ages 2-8 ready for success in school. In this capacity, Mary Jo oversees all the outreach and community partnerships for Central Virginia.

Prior to her current role, Mary Jo’s most recent appointment was with the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children. There she served as a policy field organizer working with volunteers and community partners to advocate for high quality Pre-K in Pennsylvania.

Mary Jo has a BS Summa Cum Laude in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Gwynedd Mercy University and is a certified Early Childhood/Elementary teacher. She taught pre-school and ran afterschool programs for many years before becoming founder and Director of Germantown Academy’s Early Childhood Program for 13 years and then Director of St. Andrew’s Nursery School for five.

Ross and MJ have three children and one grandchild.

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Lacey Hall Director of Early Childhood Programs
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Lacey Hall
Lacey Hall
Director of Early Childhood Programs

Lacey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Statistics and Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She had previously worked with children with autism and learning disabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, outdoor sports and spending time with her husband, Ryan and her son, Blake who was born December 2017.

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Ashlee Johnson Director of School Age Programs
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Ashlee Johnson
Ashlee Johnson
Director of School Age Programs

Ashlee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Recreation Administration from Southern Virginia University. She began working for LeafSpring School Wyndham in September 2007 and transferred to LeafSpring School Hanover in 2012. Ashlee married her high school sweetheart, Michael, on Valentine’s Day 2013. Ashlee has 2 sons and 1 stepdaughter, Oliver, Griffin, and Ta’te. In her spare time Ashlee enjoys biking, camping, sports of all kinds, and music.

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Amanda Bradley Assistant Director of Early Childhood Programs
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Lynsey Musselman Assistant Director of School Age Programs
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Lynsey Musselman
Lynsey Musselman
Assistant Director of School Age Programs

Lynsey attended VCU where she obtained her degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Creative Advertising. She grew up in Hanover with her large family and is the second oldest of 18 children. She has been a nanny for multiple families before joing the LeafSpring School Hanover team where she found her forever work family!

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Kaitlin Dandridge Curriculum Specialist
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Michael Swenson Director of Support Services
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Michael Swenson
Michael Swenson
Director of Support Services

Michael joined LeafSpring School at Hanover in August 2017 and before then worked for the Three Chopt location for about 4 years.

He has been in the Education field for 10 years as a teacher and school administrator for the Dooley School Special Education program. He is a proud  alumni of VCU where he obtained a B.A. in Religious Studies and a B.S. in Sociology. He is even prouder to be father of two boys, Gavin and Brody who attend LeafSpring School Hanover.

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Zina Bey Director of Get Well Place, LPN
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Zina Bey
Zina Bey
Director of Get Well Place, LPN

Zina started her career at LeafSpring School at Three Chopt in 1992 while attending Virginia Union University. She has worked with all ages, but many of her years were dedicated to working with the school aged children in the Village. She became a nurse through the Henrico County St. Mary’s Nursing Program and after graduation and passing the state boards, she joined our team as the Get Well Place head nurse. She loves getting to know every child in our program and helping them when they get hurt or feel sick.

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Amy Haggerty Get Well Place Nurse
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Amy Haggerty
Amy Haggerty
Get Well Place Nurse

Amy has been a nurse for 20+ years in pediatrics. She currently works full time as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. She hopes to continue taking care of and educating students in this new and different setting. She is always there to lend a helping hand when Nurse Zina is off for a day so that we can always have a wonderful nurse on site. She is blessed with four children (Michael, Victoria, Dylan, and Allison), who keep her extremely busy when she’s not working!

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Veronica Allen Preschool Assistant Teacher
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Emily Ashworth Preschool Teacher
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Audrey Harper Preschool Assistant Teacher 
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Claire Huffman Preschool Assistant Teacher
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Vanessa James Preschool Assistant Teacher
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Lisa Lee Preschool Lead Teacher
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Romy Lee After School Recreational Counselor
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Marion MacKenzie Preschool Lead Teacher
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Beth McDonald Master Teacher; Curriculum Coordinator
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Lauren Mills Private Kindergarten Teacher
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Stacey Moore Preschool Lead Teacher
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Savannah Zbinden After School Recreational Counselor
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Ian Page After School Recreation Instructor
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Shawna Pollard Preschool Teacher
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Katie Pritchard Preschool Assistant Teacher
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Criss Seabrook After School Recreation Counselor
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Kaitlyn Schneider Preschool Assistant Teacher
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Carrie Thompson Private Kindergarten Teacher
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Denise Upshaw Preschool Assistant Teacher 
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Melissa Waddell Preschool Teacher 
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