Barbara is a life-long Lutheran, originally from West Palm Beach, Florida and brings 20 years of ECE experience to Open Arms. Her most recent position in early childhood education was at Timothy Lutheran Preschool, in Woodstock, where she was the Director for 10 years. Prior to her Directorship, she worked as a Preschool teacher at Timothy Lutheran and as a Kindergarten Para-pro with the Cherokee County School Board.
Barbara graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Parks and Recreation, and earned a Master's in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Barbara moved to metro Atlanta 25 years ago and has called Roswell home since 2010. She and her husband, John, have been married for 29 years and are parents to Jake, a Paramedic Firefighter in Gwinnett County, and Hanna, who is finishing her second year in college. When they can coordinate their schedules, the Bowlers enjoy traveling and visiting family in Maine(John's birthplace) and South Florida. Barbara relies on God not only during the tough times, but as a constant source of inspiration and hope.
"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added on to you". Matthew 6:33
Elizabeth Cordoves was born in Puerto Rico and has worked for Open Arms for the last 15 years. Prior to joining Open Arms, she was a Director of a child care center, and a Spanish teacher and supervisor for two other schools. Elizabeth manages the kitchen and provides warm and nourishing meals to our children that meet the State requirements. She also expanded our menus to include a vegetarian option for those children requiring a different choice. Elizabeth is the proud mother of two children, Sofia and Hernan and grandmother to Camlo.
Kim Sperry is a Georgia native and a graduate from University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She worked in the corporate world for 11 years before God called her to work at Open Arms. She has worked at Open Arms for 20 years, 17 as a teacher and the last 3 years as the Faith Based Coordinator. Kim leads the children’s chapel on Wednesdays of each week and Jesus Time daily for the GA Pre-K children at the end of their school day. Kim’s son & daughter both attended Open Arms as preschoolers and her daughter, Nicki works at the school during school breaks and the summer. Kim is a member of Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church and received the distinguished award from the Missouri Synod as Professional Educator of the Year in 2018.
Stacy Slaton has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and an Associate Degree in Child Development from Lanier Tech. She is married and has two children, Jacob is a junior at West Forsyth High School and Jessica is in the 7th grade at Vickery Creek Middle School. Both children attended Open Arms from infancy. Stacy has been at Open Arms for 18 years and in many roles. She has been an Assistant Director, Private Pre-K teacher, GA Pre-K teacher, Toddler teacher, Half-Day Three’s teacher and now Curriculum Coordinator. She stays physically active and works out at several times a week at Cumming Cross Fit.
- Has been with Open Arms since opening day in 1991
- Born and raised on the Philippines Island of Leyte
- Studied at Manila Central University
- Bilingual in English and Tagalog, which is the native language in the Philippines
- Married to Rick with one son, Barry
“It’s my pleasure as your Infant One classroom teacher to introduce myself and to thank you for allowing us to be part of your child’s growth, development and memories. My 47+ years of experience with children has been wonderful and I feel blessed. I have been an infant caregiver for most of my 29 years at Open Arms and I love what I do!”