Erin Locke

Erin Locke is a locally performing musician and has been teaching music and movement classes at the CFEC since 2014. A transplant from Rochester, NY, she earned a B.S. in Italian and traveled throughout Europe before settling in Northside in 2004. Music has always been a part of Erin's life, taught to her by generations of musical family members, and it is her greatest joy to bring it to other families through her work at the CFEC. She's also the proud mother of two little musical monsters.

Keena Stricker

Keena Stricker has been caring for children for 20 years. She's worked at the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center for over six years, following two years of volunteering since it opened. She's the Event Coordinator for birthday parties and private events and co-creator the Playful Learning program. Studying various methods of teaching and belief systems from around the world, she's cultivated a program that is rich in music, movement and nurturing the uniqueness in each child.

Lauren Straub

Lauren is a certified child life specialist and mom/stepmom of four girls. She began working with children as a babysitter at age 12, and hasn't looked back! Her work as a nanny, teacher, autism therapist, child life specialist and mother, adds a variety of experiences to the conversation. In the Nurturing Your Newborn classes, she tackles topics ranging from adjusting to your new lifestyle, to playful activities with your baby.


Naomi Larsson

Naomi loves learning with children and helping support their exploration of this magical world. Her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education is based in a constructivist theory. She implements Montessori- and Waldorf-inspired techniques and materials into her teaching. Science, nature and movement are her favorite topics. She's worked with children from infants to high school seniors, and much of her class work has been with infant/toddlers and Pre-k through 3rd graders.


Portia Dyrenforth

Portia is a Social/Personality Psychologist. Before becoming a parent, she taught and conducted research on emotions and relationships. In the Nurturing Your Newborn classes, she’ll discuss strategies for taking care of yourself as a parent and individual. She will offer some strategies to maintain well-being and find time for some fun during the intense newborn phase.


Larita Hayden

Larita Hayden has been working with children since 2008. She holds a 300-hour adult yoga certification and has trained with Rainbow Kids Yoga (ages 3–13) and child light yoga (ages infant–preschool). She loves leading yoga with kids and would love the opportunity to lead yours! 


Erica Konya

Erica is a certified Labor Doula and Childbirth Educator with CAPPA where she is also a faculty member and doula trainer. She is actively involved in the birth community and volunteers her time as the president of the Cincinnati Area Doula Society. As a seasoned mother of four children she knows how important it is to have the right kind of support and access to unbiased advice and personalized assistance when having a baby and nurturing your family.  When she’s not dashing off to a labor at 2am or talking all-things-birth-and-babies with everyone she meets, you may find her cooking up a storm in her kitchen or ruminating poetry with one of the many writing groups she’s involved with. 


Wendy Mchale

Wendy McHale has been helping mothers meet their breastfeeding and parenting goals since 2002. Wendy became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2011 and has continued to learn from the most up to date research about the best techniques for breastfeeding, parenting, sleeping, first foods, relactation, adoptive breastfeeding, child development and much more. Wendy is a private practice lactation consultant serving the Greater Cincinnati Area with Parent Education, Breastfeeding Classes, and Private In-Home and Phone Consultations. Wendy is looking forward to discussing Eating and Sleeping in the Nurturing Your Newborn class at the CFEC!