Meet our Family

Caring, professional, creative, and devoted -- our team is all that and more. They each have a true gift for teaching and a love for children, which makes Ramah seem more like family than staff. Everyone here is committed to providing a well rounded curriculum and a safe learning environment for your children.

 Alice Howerton,

our director

Alice is a native of Virginia, born and raised in the Martinsville area where she still has family.  She studied at Radford University, where she met Scott, her husband of 21 years. They made Huntersville their home 17 years ago and have been active in the community ever since. They are often on the go with their three wonderful children who are all active in area athletics and school activities. In her free time Alice enjoys baking and decorating cakes and cookies, spending time outdoors, and cheering on her children's teams.  Alice's love for children and love for teaching through Christ brought her to Ramah, first as a teacher and now as our director.

Mel Liebler,

Two-year-olds Teacher

Mel moved to Huntersville in 1978 while still in high school.  College and marriage moved her to several other places before returning to Huntersville in 1999. with her husband, daughter (a student at North Meck), and two dogs. She has worked with children in Sunday school, Mother’s Morning Out programs, Vacation Bible Schools, summer camps, mission trips, and preschool. Mel thoroughly enjoys teaching them that they are loved, especially by God.  She was raised in a home where that was not only taught, but lived through example.  She feels children need to be in a safe loving environment to explore their thoughts and actions through play and learning.  Mel believes that every child is unique and has their own gifts and talents. It is her  hope that at preschool they feel loved and safe so they may start to understand a small fraction of the possibilities that lie within them. Mel serves as chairperson for North Meck's Speech and Debate Booster Club and  serves on the Youth Council at Davidson United Methodist Church, where she is a member. She enjoys spending time in the mountains and hanging out with family, friends, and especially her dogs.  She is an animal lover of all kinds and really appreciates any time she can spend in nature.

Lindsay Butler,

Three-year-olds Teacher

Lindsay is originally from Kansas, and now lives in Charlotte by way of Winston Salem, Wilmington, and Raleigh.  She is thrilled to be at Ramah Preschool! She came to Ramah in 2019 and fell in love with her very first class of three-year-olds.  She loves learning from the children as much as she loves teaching them! She's excited to see what the coming years have in store for us all!

Terri Dutiel,

Four-year-olds Teacher

Terri is a native of Northeast Ohio and travels back there often. She has lived in Huntersville since 2014. She and her husband, Michael, have two teenagers who keep her busy with sports teams and community events. In her free time she enjoys thrifting for old furniture to upcycle, traveling, boating, discovering new trails, and teaching her children to cook and bake.  Terri's love of teaching has taken her from the world of corporate training to volunteering in schools to leading childcare for several church ministries.

Terri is excited to be at Ramah and brings an energy and enthusiasm for making learning fun.  Her passion is creating a visual craft that teaches several skills at once. "There is no better sound than a child's laughter, as those are the cherished moments that stay with them, and us, a lifetime".


Kristi Hilliard,

T-K Teacher

Kristi is the mother of a seventeen year-old , a sixteen year-old, and an almost thirteen year-old.  She left a corporate sales job just after her second child was born and has been fortunate enough to be home with them since, aside from working part time. Before coming to Ramah she worked at the gym where her children participated in competitive gymnastics, serving in the after-school program and instructing some basic gymnastics classes.  Kristi has a BA in English from UNCC, where she met her husband. They lived in Asheville for 14 years, but moved back to this area to be closer to family after the birth of their third child. Kristi and her family love the outdoors and enjoy camping, mountain/trail biking, kayaking, and hiking. They enjoy visiting the beach and the mountains, and exploring all the different places gymnastics has taken them -- places they probably would not have thought to go.   Kristi has been a teacher at Ramah for 2 years. She is always amazed with her students, all of their changes and growth in the space of the school year. She loves watching them begin to really take off in their learning and grasp different concepts, and thinks theirs is such a fun and exciting age to be around. 

Staci L. Ritchey,

Assistant Director

Staci is from central Pennsylvania, where her parents and older brother still reside. She earned a BA in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In 2016 she and Jason, her husband of 23 years, and their two daughters moved to Huntersville. Their daughter Kayla attends Appalachian State University and Leah is a student at Hough High School. Staci first found her passion for educating children while working as a preschool teacher and working with at-risk families and children with mental health and behavioral issues.  When her daughters were younger, she volunteered with the PTA and as a soccer and basketball coach. and served as a substitute teacher.  Most recently, she worked for a nonprofit organization that focused on local families and children. During her free time, you can find Staci outside running, walking, or at the gym. She enjoys crafts, watching her daughters perform in the band or running track, and spending time with family and friends.

Ramah Presbyterian Church Preschool


14401 Ramah Church Road

Huntersville NC 28078