"Where we love to learn, and learn to love." 
801 County Rd. HH West 
(formerly 801 Old Hwy 10 West)
Stevens Point, WI 54481 
715.341.8747 or 715.341.3275 ext. 3
Ode to a Child Care Provider
Little children come to me for hugs and books and such.

I care for all their simple needs and I also fix them lunch.

I pick up toys, I mop their spills and often dry their tears.

I change their diapers, settle fights, and kiss away their tears.

I tie their shoes, I button coats and push them on the swing.

I really love these kids, you see, but there is just one thing.

Call me Teacher or Care-giver or Early Childhood Professional, and those titles just might fit.

But please don't call me SITTER, because in child care you'll hardly ever see us SIT!

Meet Our Administrative Staff

Pastors Matt & Deb  Mallek
Lead Pastor & Administrative Lead

Pastor Matt, the Lead Pastor of Refuge. He and his wife, Deborah are the co-founders of Canaland. Pastor Deb was the first Canaland Director, back in 1985, and now oversees administratively. 

Deb began in child care because she loved children! She and Matt have four children: Daniel, his wife Amanda & daughter Emory, Nathan and his wife Traci, Mikayla, 19 & McKenzie, 16. Nathan, Traci and Mikayla are all on staff at Refuge!

Some of Deb's favorites: Color: Blues; Travel destination: Anywhere the ocean is, preferably a warm climate; Food: Italian; Game: Balderdash; Candy: Dark chocolate; Coffee: Ethiopian French Press; Bible character: Deborah of course, she was a judge who was well respected and lived in the land of Canaan! 
Jennifer Kleiner, Program Director
Jennifer, her husband Tim and two children, Ally and Dylan moved to Stevens Point in 2008 from the balmy state of Oklahoma. . . but don't worry, they've lived in Michigan too, and Tim in Alaska, so the WI winters haven't scared them off!

Jennifer operated an in-home child care prior to moving to WI. She's been involved as a Children's Ministry Leader and been on the mission field. She's able to speak Spanish too!

Jennifer's educational experience includes graduating from Rhema Bible College, Tulsa Community College, North Central Technical College and attending Liberty University. She's pursued education with an emphasis in Children's Ministry and Early Childhood Education, as well as an Early Childhood Program Administration.

Jennifer tries her best to try to meet the needs of the families at Canaland. You'll enjoy her kind heart and desire to please.
Missy Kessel, Assistant Director
Missy comes with 20+ years of experience as a Department of Public Instruction, Licensed Teacher. She has had an array of experience from teaching 4 year old Kindergarten, to High School Algebra and Calculus!

Missy is a wealth of knowledge and great resource to Canaland's staff and parents. She loves children and interacting with them is a treat for her & to them as well!

Missy and her husband are proud grandparents to Kalvin and enjoy exploring new adventures with him. Missy enjoys camping and outdoors. She hails from the community of Lodi, just north of Madison!

Mrs. Heidi Osborne, Assistant Director
Mrs. Osborne's "claim to fame" at Canaland is that she was once the little girl getting her hair braided! Look at  her now!

Heidi and her husband, Dave have two little girls, pictured here is one of them and the other in Heidi's tummy! The benefit of babies at Canaland is she can relate well with the parents, seeing things from that vantage point.

Heidi is homegrown in the Stevens Point area. She graduated from SPASH, attended UWSP and is completing her Early Care and Education Administrative Credential. You'll love Heidi's practical, common sense and nurturing heart!