About School Age Child Care

School Age Child Care Staff

Stephanie Sturgis

School Age Program Director


Stephanie took on the role as our School Age Child Care Program Director in October of 2017 after working as a Program Coordinator since 2013. She has experience working at Dover Children's Center, Great Bay Kids Company, and M & C Children's Learning Place as well. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Psychology with a focus in Child and Adolescent Psychology and a minor in Early Childhood Education, she is the process of obtaining her MBA with a concentration in Organization Leadership. Stephanie is an advocate in the childcare field and is passionate about making a positive impact on youth and families. When she’s not working at the YMCA, Stephanie can be found with her husband, Tom, and their four children hiking, kayaking or just relaxing by the fire.

Bev Bowles

District Office Manager


Bev began her YMCA career the summer of 1988 as the Summer Camp Office Manager. She enjoyed 10 years in that capacity. In the fall of 1997, Bev started in the full time position of District Office Manager within the School Age Child Care Division now located in Exeter. Bev holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and volunteering for the NHSPCA.

Emily Hewes

Program Coordinator


Emily joined us in the fall of 2016 as our Hampton Site Director after 10 years of experience as an Assistant Camp Director and After School Program Site Director with the Meeting Waters YMCA in Vermont. She attended Keene State and the University of Southern Maine majoring in Human services. With a history in both camp and before and after school programs, she continues to work at Camp Lincoln during the summer months putting her talents to use for both organizations of the Southern District YMCA.

Nicole Spirito

Program Coordinator

Nicole joined our team as a Program Coordinator in October of 2017 after working as an Assistant Youth and Recreation Director for the City of Amesbury, Massachusetts. Nicole has over ten years of experience, including over four years of YMCA experience as a Site Director, Group Leader, and Assistant Director with the Southern District YMCA and YMCA Camp Gundalow. She has served as a coach and paraprofessional as well. In her spare time, Nicole loves running and she volunteers as a coach with Girls on the Run!

Jenna Caley

Program Coordinator


After working in early childhood centers for the past 10 years, Jenna joined the YMCA family in November of 2017! She worked as the Assistant Director or Center Director of several childcare centers such as KinderCare in Brookline Massachusetts, Bright Horizons in Cambridge Massachusetts, and Plaistow Learning Center in Plaistow New Hampshire. Jenna graduated from Great Bay Community College in May of 2016 with her degree in Early Childhood Education. She lives in Epping with her fiancé and enjoys spending time outdoors with their puppy! She looks forward to expanding her knowledge and skills working with school age children and is excited to be part of the YMCA community!

Southern District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.