Dr. Chemika Burkhalter, LCSW

Dr. Burkhalter assumed the role of Executive Director of St. Alban’s in December 2018.

Prior to joining the organization, Dr. Burkhalter was the Director for Community and Family Wellness with the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership with the Early Learning Coalition. In addition to working with children and families in Early Head Start and Head Start, Dr. Burkhalter was a mental health counselor for several years working with incarcerated adult males.

Dr. Burkhalter holds a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master’s of Social Work and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.

Tamela Dawson

Ms. Dawson assumed the role of Assistant Programmatic Services Director in 2010.

Ms. Dawson began working for St. Alban’s in 1994 and hasn’t looked back. She began her work with the organization in the classroom and has continued to work in various positions within the organization.

In all that she does, Ms. Dawson shows a genuine love for her work, the children, and the families that look to St. Alban’s for support.

Iliana Medina, BS

Ms. Medina assumed the role of Assistant Director for South Miami in August 2016. Ms. Medina holds a Bachelor Degree, she has twenty years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and the Head Start program.  Ms. Medina was a Curriculum Specialist for 12 years. Early Childhood Education is Ms. Medina’s passion.

Prior to this role, she was the Director of Education at St. Albans for three years.  She is committed to serve the families and the children that come to our center.  Her goal is to expose the children to developmentally appropriate practices in order to prepare them to be school ready.

Kathie Cherry, MSW

Kathie Cherry assumed the role of ERSEA Coordinator in 2006. ERSEA stands for Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance.

Ms. Cherry received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University and her Master’s degree from Barry University.

Ms. Cherry is an alum of St. Alban’s (yrs 65-68) and has lived in the Coconut Grove community for 59 years.