UNF Preschool Staff

Office Staff 

  Mahreen Mian, MHA, BBA, FTC (Pre-K - 3rd Grade) & CDA



     Ms. Mahreen Mian is the Director of the UNF Preschool, she has a Master in Health Administration and a Bachelor in Business Administration from University of North Florida. She also has a second Bachelor in English Literature and Geography from Kinnaird College in Pakistan. Ms. Mian also has a Florida Teaching Certificate in Pre-k Primary through third grade and a National Child Development Associate (CDA). Ms. Mahreen has also completed her Director’s Credential with a VPK endorsement.     Along with a multitude of certificates and trainings in early childhood, Ms. Mahreen has also received formal training in "Conscious Discipline" which trains teachers to provide choices to children and to redirect children in a positive manner. Ms. Mian has assisted UNF faculty and staff in research related to curriculum and has also had the opportunity to present on various topics in Early childhood classes at UNF. In 2010 Ms. Mian received the Spot Award from UNF for her extraordinary leadership skills.  


Jessica Gonzalez

Assistant Director  





 Luci Tappin 

Office Manager 


Mrs. Luci Tappin is the Office Manager at the UNF Preschool. She has an Associates in Arts from Florida Community College of Jacksonville. She has worked the past 23 years as the Business Administrator for Palms Preschool & Chilc Care Center. She looks forward to working at UNF Preschool for many years to come.




  Latoya Harris 

 Office Assistant 



    Ms. Latoya is a Senior at UNF, and majoring in Chemistry with a minor in American Sign Language. She has been working at the UNF Preschool for 4 years and she really enjoys being here and working with children! 


 Lead Teachers

   Sheila Mastriana, C.D.A. 

   Bears Lead Teacher 

 Mrs. Sheila Mastriana, has a child Development Associate (CDA), CPR and First Aid training and has worked with young children for over 28 years. She is proficient in all our curricula and assessment systems and has been through NAEYC accreditation. She is originally from Dunoon Scotland, UK but has lived in Florida for over 21 years with her husband. She has four daughters, 1 son and 14 grandchildren.


    Ivory Brown, C.D.A.

   Manatees Lead Teacher 





  Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, C.D.A 
 Dolphins Lead Teacher   
    Ms. Nancy has worked with young children and families for over 40 years, including ten yeas as a lead VPK teacher here at the UNF Preschool. Her international experience includes over 13 years establishing and running a primary school in the country of Belize. One of her passions is writing and telling stories of the people in our community who give back to others. Nancy has one grown son and is a grandmother of a almost-one-year-old!
Maria Beattie, Bachelors in Elementary Education

Cardinals Lead Teacher



 Assistant Teachers


  Melissa Leone 

  Cardinals Assistant Teacher


    I began my career in childcare in 2011 by working with children ranging in age from six weeks old to sixth grade. My primary focus has been with preschool age children. I recently celebrated my first year at CDRC since being hired January 2015. Beyond holding a National CDA since 2012, I plan to continue my college education. On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two sons.



Kimberly Turner

Manatees Assistant Teacher 


Lashley Milligan

Bears Assistant Teacher  


Louis Ashley

Dolphins Assistant Teacher 

 I began my working life in the military, and various supervisory roles in management. Six years ago I began working in the childcare field in West Virginia. I held various positions in the county and school system and headstart, including Lead and Assistant teacher, long and short term aide for Pre-K-12th grade, and instructional support for all ages of special needs. I have an Associate of Arts degree from FSC of Jacksonvile, Austism 1 & 2 Certificates from Marshall University, and I am a former UNF student.
I am a married, father of two sons, who enjoys traveling, sports, and any family time activity. Raising a son with special needs has fostered a strong passion for working with children of all background and abilities.


Part- Time Teaching Assistants  

Carrie Mosley  

Ms. Carrie has worked with CDRC for over 15 years and has loved the way the children at the UNF Preschool have grown and learn so much while they have been here. She's happy to be apart of such an amazing staff! 

We are here to provide the best care and education for your children!