2021-2022 Preschool Committee

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Laurie Billadello,
Committee Chairperson

Laurie's involvement with the preschool began 27 years ago. Her three daughters attended Setauket Presbyterian Preschool during which time she was the Parent Representative twice. It is her honor to have chaired the preschool committee since 1999.

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Rev. Kate Jones-Calone,
Interim Pastor

Rev. Kate Jones Calone is the Interim Pastor at Setauket Presbyterian Church. She also founded the Open Door Exchange furniture bank at Setauket Presbyterian Church, which provides Long Island families in need with basic furniture for their homes. Prior to attending seminary, Kate was a practicing attorney focused on criminal justice and criminal defense. She lives in Setauket with her husband, Dave, three children, and dog Penny!

Heather Klein,
3's Preschool Teacher​

Heather is a New York State Certified Tenured Teacher who earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master of Science in Reading from St. John’s University. Her teaching experience includes years in an elementary school setting in a variety of grade levels. She has been employed by the NYC Board of Education, Elmont School District and Long Beach School District.

Heather volunteered in our 3 year old class and substitute taught our 4 year old class. She and her family reside in Setauket and are active members of the community.

Katie O'Connor
Katie O'Connor,
Committee Co-Chair

Katie is a lifelong member of Setauket Presbyterian Church. Her two oldest children are SPP graduates and her youngest is currently enrolled in the twos program; her nieces are also SPP students, one graduated and one currently enrolled in the threes program. She is a professor at Hofstra University and a Coast Guard Reservist, works at her family’s puzzle business in Setauket, and is a fabulous, professional baker.

Karen Loomis,

Karen learned of Setauket Presbyterian Preschool when she observed the 4’s class for a college course she was taking.  Based on the curriculum, the teachers, the surroundings, and all that the school encompassed, she knew she would one day send her children to SPP.  In 1992, she sent her first son, and two others followed in 1995 and in 2001, commuting from Rocky Point.  In 1996, she took over the duties of Treasurer.

Yvonne Chase,
4's Preschool Teacher

Yvonne is a New York State Certified Teacher who earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education and a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Long Island University at C.W. Post.  She has taught pre-k through twelfth grades in a variety of subjects in both public and private settings.


Yvonne has volunteered in our three and four year old classes since 2012.  She and her family reside in East Setauket and are actively engaged in serving the local community.


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Jess Gilard,
Parent Representative

Jess Gilardi was a school social worker before becoming a stay at home mom. Her youngest started out in the 3s program, is currently in the 4s, and loves everything about SPP. She has two older children in elementary school. She is an Ohio native and moved to the East Setauket area in 2019 with her family and is enjoying getting to know the area and the community