Kathleen M. LacQuay
Executive Director

Kathy LacQuay is a Certified Educational Assistant through Ridgewater College
and has 14 years experience as a Paraprofessional in Early Childhood Special Education at
Roosevelt  Early  Childhood  Center in 
St. Cloud,  Minnesota, and has been the Director of Little Puzzlers since it opened in 2006. Kathy is an Adaptive Communication Specialist and has 8 years experience in constructing communication systems for children who have limited or non-verbal abilities. She has presented to fellow educators on the creation and utilization of Picture Communication Systems for all students with various developmental delays, as well as typically developing peers. Kathy also speaks to college students on various subjects including Challenging Behaviors in Children.  She attends many workshops and seminars regarding Early Childhood Education including The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, Authentic Assessment, and Curriculum Implementation. She is also trained in SUIDS and AHT and is certified in CPR and First Aid.  Kathy brings her parenting skills to the company as well. She and her husband, Dennis, have been married for 38 years and are the proud parents of two wonderful, grown children and grandparents of two beautiful grandchildren. 

Kelly Lovold
Assistant Director

Kelly has been with Sugar Plum Childcare Center since opening in 2017, and has 16 years experience working in the Early Childhood Education field.  Kelly attended Ashworth College, and is certified in Pediatric CPR and First Aid, as well as having recieved training in both SUIDS and AHT.  She is also working towards her Director's Credential.  Kelly enjoys playing any kind of sport! She is married to her husband of ten years, Dusty, and loves spending time with her twin nephews and being with family.

Stephen Pennertz
Lead Preschool Teacher

Stephen has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 16 years and has been with Sugar Plum Childcare Center for over a year.  He received a Bachelor's of Science from  Southwest Minnesota State University in Business Management, and is Pediatric CPR and First Aid certified, as well as having received training in SUIDS and AHT.  Stephen has two children with his wife, Julie, and loves all sports, but mostly baseball.

Tammy Foss
Lead Toddler Teacher

Tammy has been with Sugar Plum Childcare Center for over a year and a half.  She has eight years in the Early Childhood Education field, and recieved her Associate Degree from St. Cloud Technical College.  Tammy is certified in Pediatric CPR and First Aid, as well as having received training in AHT and SUIDS.  Tammy is the mother of three beautiful children.  She has a passion for working with children and loves what she does.


Shannon Demarais
Lead Infant Teacher

Shannon has been with Sugar Plum Childcare Center for  nine months, and has over two years in Early Childhood Education experience.  She has her Associate Degree in Child Development from St. Cloud Technical College, and is curremtly attending Saint Cloud State University for her teaching degree. Shannon is certified in both Pediatric CPR and First Aid, as well as has recieved training in both AHT and SUIDS.  Shannon is planning her wedding for the summer of 2019.  She lives in Sauk Rapids with her fiance, cat, and two dogs.  She loves to travel and visit new locations in Minnesota, as well as outside of the state.  Shannon spends her days being outside, with her family and friends, as well as reading, crafting, and playing video games.