Malones Early Learning Center

Malone's Staff

Lee Eklund

Executive Director holds an associate degree from John A Logan and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Kendall College, both in early childhood education. He has over 22 years of experience in early childhood. Mr. Lee has a Level II Director’s Credential from the State of Illinois. He also holds a current CPR Certificate. Mr. Lee sits on the Board of Director’s for the Carterville Chamber of Commerce, the Carbondale Science Center, and the Southern Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children. In the latter capacity, he is the Southern delegate to the Illinois AEYC state board and represents Southern Illinois children and families in Springfield and Washington D.C.

Donna Eklund

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has extensive experience in this field including 20 years at this site. She is responsible for doing contracts, taxes, payroll, and all financial aspects of the business.

William Malone

Site director. William attended John A. Logan College and Kendall College for Early Childhood. He has a Level IV Early Childhood Credential and a Level II Infant/Toddler Credential. He holds a Certificate from the Secretary of State to be a teacher assistant for Pre-K. He holds current CPR, First Aide and Water Safety Certification. He is also the Food Service Manager and holds a current Illinois Food Handlers Certificate. Currently he mentors staff on curriculum and assessment and is the lead teacher for the pre-school class.

April Malone

April Malone is the Infant/Toddler Director. She has 16 years of experience working at the center plus 4 years of prior childcare experience. She attended St. Louis Community College, SIU and John A. Logan College. She is working on her Early Childhood and Infant/Toddler Credentials. When it comes to singing praises, a parent said it best, “As a new mother returning to work after maternity leave, I was extremely nervous and reluctant to leave my child in the care of another. Ms. April showed compassion towards me and an understanding of my internal conflict of leaving my baby. She provided tender, loving and safe care to my son and the other babies. The room had a warm, cozy yet stimulating ambience. I felt very confident and secure and my son thrived.” Ms. April provides that type of care for all infants and toddlers whether she is supervising other staff or personally providing the care.