Our Staff

UCUM Preschool & Church Staff

Marcee Krkosa
– Director
Marcee Krkosa (“Ms. K”) is the current director at UCUMP and has been in the education world for over 20 years.  Her true love is preschool!  She holds a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a Montessori certificate, and a teaching license for both Virginia and the state of Texas. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 
Her passions are Jesus, children and families, movies, traveling, and writing. Her first book was published in 2014. Ms. K resides in Cibolo and is the mother of 4 children and “Mimi” to 1 grandson.

Pre-K staff

Brenda Aniol
– Teacher
Mrs. Aniol graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a degree in education.  Mrs. Aniol has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education.  She finds joy in sharing her students’ accomplishments with them.  When she’s not teaching, she enjoys reading , traveling with her husband and son, and trying new recipes. 
Lori Guyott
– Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Guyott has been a teaching assistant at UCUM Preschool since 2001. She is the assistant in Mrs. Runyen’s pre-k class.  Mrs. Guyott has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.   Her favorite thing about preschool children is their curiosity.  She is married and has two sons, both of whom attended our preschool. Mrs. Guyott loves to make jewelry in her free time.

Nancy Light
– Office Assistant
Mrs. Light joined our program in 1997.  Mrs. Light is the office assistant and our Jack of All Trades! She has two sons and three wonderful grandchildren.  When Mrs. Light isn’t working, she enjoys being with her grandkids, attending church, and eating with friends.

Deanna Mendez
– Pre-K Teacher
Mrs. Mendez has taught at UCUM Preschool for several years.  Mrs. Mendez has an early childhood/elementary teaching degree from Texas State University. She is currently the lead teacher for the Three Day Morning Pre-K Class and all the Lunch Bunch classes.  Mrs. Mendez is married and has two children who both attended the preschool.   Mrs. Mendez loves escaping to her beach bungalow at North Padre Island.  

Juli Mussi
– Pre-K Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Mussi has been at the preschool for over ten years.  Mrs. Mussi has a teaching degree from Central Oklahoma University.  She is an assistant for Mrs. Mendez and Mrs. Aniol’s class. She is married and has two children, both of whom were UCUM preschoolers.  She also has a beautiful fur baby (dog) named Oliver.  

Cynthia Runyen
– Pre-K Teacher
Mrs. Runyen has been at UCUM Preschool since 1982!  Mrs. Runyen has helped shape UCUM Preschool and has been largely responsible for the accreditation and many reaccreditations of our preschool by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has four children (two are UCUM alumni) and two grandchildren. Mrs. Runyen is currently the  teacher for the Gift of Time Class.  Mrs. Runyen is an Aggies fan!  Is anyone surprised that during Mrs. Runyen’s free time, she can usually be found in her classroom?

Three Year Old Classes

Sharon Abercrombie
– Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Abercrombie is the assistant in all the three-year old classes. She is a retired public school teacher and loves her time in the preschool classroom. Her children and grandchildren have attended UCUMP.  Mrs. Abercrombie loves her dogs, watching her granddaughter twirl baton, and attending her grandson’s baseball games.

Jennifer Feutz
– Teacher
Mrs. Feutz graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Deaf Studies and Special Education. She is the lead teacher for the Tuesday/Thursday full day class for three-year olds.   Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the joy and curiosity on the children’s faces.  Mrs. Feutz has also been a leader for teacher training sessions for our staff.  She is married with three children, two of whom attended UCUM Preschool.  She is currently learning how to play the guitar.

Karen Press
– Teacher
Mrs. Press is a graduate from James Madison University and also Wilmington College in Delaware, where she received her master’s degree in elementary education.  She is teaching the half day W/F three-year old class. She is married and has three grown children who also are UCUMP alumni.  Mrs. Press runs daily and encourages her fellow co-workers to drink a lot of water.  The most important thing to know about Mrs. Press is that she’s a new grandma!  


Becky Painter: Mrs. Painter is our Chapel Minister.  She is a Sunday School teacher at UCUM Church, a member of the United Methodist Women, and an active participant in the Border Ministry between Piedras Negras, Mexico and UCUM Church, supporting orphanages and churches.  Mrs. Painter has a husband, 3 children, and 5 grandchildren who are truly GRAND.  🙂

Music & Movement

Tiesha Hartman:  Coach Hartman has a degree in both kinesiology and  education.  She has several years experience in teaching early childhood P.E, and she is also an occupational coach.  Recently, Coach Hartman started her own business called Fearfully & Wonderfully Made, which is a brain-motor development program.  This program is an extra-curricular option at our preschool this year.  Coach Hartman is married and has 7 children.  

Preschool Board
Marcee Krkosa – Preschool Director
Jamie Opielski – KDO Director
Linda Faulkner – President
________________- Vice President
________________- Secretary
Sally Cook- Treasurer

________________- POLO president

________________- Parent at large

_______________- Parent Representative

Cynthia Engstrom Senior Pastor
Sarah Holland Director of Children’s Programs
Maria Gayton Nursery Coordinator
Amanda Cohen Office Manager
Vivian Wagoner Financial Secretary



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