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Meet The Tree House Team!

Babies and toddlers ages 0-5 years and their caregivers are invited to explore a world of discovery and wonder with the guidance of the nurturing and experienced Tree House Team!

Here your little one will explore art, gymnastics, music and movement. Caregivers will engage in the class and meet other parents and caregivers.

Our Tree House staff of early childhood instructors invests in each child and gets to know you and how you and your little ones learn best. Our team members discover and employ teaching strategies designed to maximize your experience! By doing this, we help you graduate through our programs as you become a part of our Tree House community.

Jill Vetstein

Early Childhood Specialist 

Jill teaches classes at the Wellesley Tree House and runs sought after workshops and lectures on parenting topics like potty training. She earned a Master of Social Work from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to that, Jill received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Education from Hartford University in 1997. Jill is a licensed independent clinical social worker, developmental & early intervention specialist, certified infant and toddler teacher, as well as a writer, blogger and professional speaker. With over thirteen years of experience in the field of early childhood, she continues to empower family and educators with a focus on children from birth through age eight. Jill’s additional experience in the field includes teacher, early intervention specialist, early childhood school consultant, parent coach, and enrichment class facilitator. What’s more, as a parent of two amazing and spunky children who are only 11 months apart, Jill totally gets it! 

Carrie Klimeczko

Early Childhood Specialist 

Carrie teaches and shares her love of music and movement with young children at the Wellesley Tree House. Miss Carrie began her teaching career over 12 years ago when she discovered the magic of Family Music Makers. With the FMM platform, Carrie is able to incorporate her education and experience in musical theater, dance, and performance to create a unique, exciting and engaging musical experience for both the children in class and their caregivers. Carrie holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance, and a Master of Music in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. 

Ingrid Dahlin-Doherty

Early Childhood Specialist 

Ingrid’s skillfulness in child development is evident as she shares her love of art and music through teaching young children at the Wellesley Tree House. Ingrid holds a B.A. in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College with a minor in Art History. Her education included a year of study in Spain at The University of Zaragoza. Subsequently, she earned an M.S. in Child Life and Family Studies from Wheelock College. Following graduation, Ingrid worked for seven years as a Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital Boston on the Neuroscience Unit. After having children, Ingrid taught art, music, and child development play classes for five years at Isis Parenting. As a parent of a young son and daughter, Ingrid includes music and art as a joyful and integral part of their everyday life. Ingrid enthusiastically extends that same joy to children and families in each class she teaches. 

Elizabeth Gerson

Early Childhood Specialist 

Elizabeth teaches young children at the Wellesley Tree House, specializing in early childhood art programs. She has an extensive background in child development, and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Clark University and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Elizabeth is certified to be a lead preschool teacher, and her work experience includes teaching preschool to two and three year olds as well as leading "mommy and me" developmental playgroups. Additionally, Elizabeth has over eight years of experience providing therapy to young children and their families.

Nancy Gair

Early Childhood Specialist

Nancy Gair grew up in Arlington MA and went to BB&N. After graduating from Yale in 1981, she went to drama school in London, England where she then lived for the next 26 years. Following the births of her sons, she was inspired to train with the National Childbirth Trust as a childbirth educator, qualifying in 2004, and had the pleasure of teaching couples in her own home while her young boys sneaked downstairs to pilfer the refreshments. Nancy and sons (now 17 & 14) relocated to the Boston area in the autumn of 2007, when she began teaching both pre- and post-natal classes for Isis Parenting, subsequently also obtaining her CAPPA certification. She enjoys watching her boys follow in their parents' theatrical footsteps, and keeps up her own endeavors with cabaret performances & individual acting coaching for young adults.

Val Maio

Dance Instructor 
Specialty: Ballet

Valerie brings passion and expertise to her ballet classes for preschoolers through high school, where she focuses on the fundamentals to create beautiful ballerinas. Further, her skillfulness and devotion can be seen in her work with the Wellesley Tree House’s mommy and me classes. Valerie has taught extensively in the Boston area including at The Boston Ballet and the Boston Ballet’s Citydance program. Most recently, she held the positions of youth cast ballet mistress for BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker and director of ballet division at the Tony Williams Dance Center in Jamaica Plain. Valerie trained as a ballet dancer at the Eglevsky Ballet in NY and enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional dancer in New England, primarily with Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI. Through her passion for the role of arts in education, Valerie helped create the Teambuilding Movement Workshop, a participatory program conducted by dancers for corporate and educational settings. In addition, she serves on local school and town arts committees. Valerie has a B.S. in Dance from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Management - Arts Administration from Lesley University. 

Lisa Gatto

Director of LINX Classes 

While serving as director, Lisa has enthusiastically lead activity and discussion groups for young babies, toddlers and their caregivers at the Wellesley Tree House for over twelve years. Lisa’s experience includes her time at Isis Parenting, where she was the director of their child development program, which incorporated all programs for babies’ age 6-36 months and their caregivers. Before this, she held the position of Child Life Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital for six years. Lisa is a graduate of Weelock College with a B.S. in Human Growth and Development and a concentration in Child Life. She is the proud mom of two beautiful girls and one baby boy, and enjoys being active, listening to music, singing, and spending time with her family. 

Joe Kahn

Owner and Founder

Joe Kahn is the Founder and Owner of The LINX Enrichment Club for Kids. He is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School and has his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. Joe believes that he has found a way to bring together his passion for teaching and desire to help children expand their interests. Through LINX, Joe has created an innovative enrichment environment in which children explore and experience new things and learn along the way. He has proven that children learn and retain experiences most notably in a fun based environment, which is the hallmark of LINX.

Josh Schiering

Vice President/Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps 

Josh serves as the Vice President of LINX and the Executive Director of LINX and LX Summer Camps. With over 20 years of experience managing and directing programs designed to help children thrive. His responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of a varied program that serves our community and families. Josh prides himself on his ability to assemble a team that puts children first. Josh’s staff training and character development programs have received national recognition. Josh holds a B.S. in Economics and Business.

Melissa Habersaat

BS in Business and Marketing
Vice President of Operations

Melissa Habersaat is the Vice President of Operations for LINX and skillfully handles many of the day-to-day operations. Melissa has her BS from Babson College in Business and Marketing. She has spent the past 7 years developing programs and systems to help staff and children succeed. Along with her unmatched attention to detail, Melissa has led the G.I.R.L. Power and Entrepreneurs Club, two classes that teach children how to become more confident leaders.

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