North Missouri Center for youth & Families

Centered on strength, focused on the future.

Kalee Collis, youth professional assistant 

Kalee is our Centers Coordinator.    She plans and facilitates group games which require students to interact with others, use problem solving skills and learn to win or lose gracefully.  She is attending North Central Missouri College to earn her Associates Degree in Early Education.  Kalee plans to be a Preschool Teacher. She says that she loves working at Power Up, because the environment is gratifying for every adult and child. We have a team that helps everyone.    

Amanda LEE, site Director

Amanda is our Site Director and she has been with NMCYF, since August 2017. Amanda plans and coordinates all schedules and activities for our students at PowerUP!. Along with programming she implements family outreach  components for the families we serve. She loves working with kids and providing them knowledge of basic life skills and character education. 


Macy assists in our program each day in the STEM room.  Macy attends North Central Missouri College and is planning to get her Elementary Education Degree in the future.  She would like to teach grades 2-5.  Macy likes working at PowerUP! because it is very flexible, co-workers are easy to get along with and I just love the kids!

Amy Taylor, Stem Coordinator 

Amy Taylor is our STEM Coordinator.  Amy has a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She has a Mater's Degree in K-12 Leadership.  Amy teaches fifth grade at Chillicothe R-2.  She has taught for 16 years.  She says that she enjoys teaching Stem at Power Up, because it allows students to think outside of the box.  She enjoys watching each child problem solve in his or her own unique way.  Amy loves the values that Power up teaches children.  

Carla Neeley, Garden Greenhouse Coordinator

Carla Neeley is our Garden Greenhouse Coordinator.  Carla has worked in a variety of roles in education all of her life.  She was a Day Care Director for the city of Brookfield, Head Start Home Visitor, Parents as Teachers Coordinator, and an Elementary Education teacher for 13 years.  She says that she enjoys helping families by teaching their children at Power Up.  She enjoys teaching the children how to have confidence in learning how to grow different vegetables and fruits in the garden.  She loves helping each child's confidence grow in themselves academically and socially. 


Morgan assists in our program each day.  She is primarily responsible for the kindergarten students.  Morgan attends North Central Missouri College and is planning to get her Associate's Degree in Psychology and then transfer to a four year college.  Morgan would like to work as a Licensed Professional Social Worker in the future.  Morgan likes working at PowerUP! because the environment is welcoming and friendly and I like seeing the students each day!

Kaylynn Bingham, Physical Education/art coordinator 

Kaylynn Bingham is our Physical Education/Art Coordinator. Kaylynn has an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorder and Audiology with a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology. Kaylynn's background allows her to understand how important is is for students to work in small groups and receive accommodations in order for them to be successful academically and socially. Kaylynn enjoys working at Power Up, because it allows her to continue her passion of personalizing instruction in Physical Education and Art.  

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Nicole manages the Before School Program.  Each day she opens at 6:30 am for students of parents that must be at work before school drop off times.  Nicole feeds students a light breakfast and helps them get organized for a successful day at school.  Nicole then goes to work at a local technology business.


Marsha has taught pre-school for 16 years.  Currently she supports staff and students with a routine and social emotional learning classes.  Marsha assists in planning parent engagement activities, works with our kindergarten students and helps students transition into our program for a successful experience.  Marsha likes working at PowerUP! because she gets to support and encourage young students so they can be successful in the PowerUP! setting as well as the school setting.

Karie Black, Executive Director

Karie is our Executive Director and she has been with NMCYF since August of 2019. Karie retired from the Chillicothe R-2 School District as the Special Services District Administrator. She has worked with students in school and community setting for over 30 years. She says that she enjoys working at Power Up, because it allows her to work with kids and adults who have a passion for all types of learning opportunities.

Meet Our Staff:

Linda Lee, Food Service/Youth Professional Assistant 

Linda Lee is a Youth Professional Assistant. Linda assists our Site Coordinator with the daily activities for our students. Linda also serves as our food service coordinator--fixing and preparing our snacks and meals.


Denise Garber is our Learning Center Coordinator. Denise is a retired fifth grade teacher that taught at Hale R-1 School for 29 years. Denise has degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Denise has been at Power Up since the summer of 2015.  She says that she loves children and being a part of their learning in their education.  She has 3 grown children of her own that are her pride and joy, and she can continue to be a positive influence in the lives of the children that attend Power Up.