The Belle Center


Lucy Candelario, Executive Director

 Jack Norton, Ed.D., Program Development 
was brought up, as he says in the three “P’s,” Philadelphia, Portland, Maine and the Philippines. He earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum Planning from SUNY at Buffalo. His dissertation was among the first to be printed from an Apple computer. Jack spent much of his career as a specialist in religious education and youth work, serving in churches in five states. He also taught in that field at Houghton College, pioneering distance learning so that he could teach on two campuses at the same time. After a time in what he calls, “the Car Biz,” he returned to the nonprofit world to direct an AmeriCorps*VISTA program which had 8 members when he began and 46 when he left. He has two children, Ken and Karen and two grandchildren, Riley and Carter with a third grandson on the way. When someone asks

 JoAnn Hernandez, Operations Director 

 Lizbeth Medina, Receptionist
is a native of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and is a graduate of Escuela Superior Vocational Salvador Fuente De Aguadilla-Culinary Arts program. She has served in the past volunteering for a nearby church summer camp in Puerto Rico helping with children. Lizbeth is passionate about cooking, teaching and caring for her children and hanging out with friends.

 Laurie Beck, Early Childhood Director is a native of Buffalo, NY and a graduate of Buffalo State College with a B.A. and M.S. in Education. She has worked 8 years as a Child Care Director and 1 year as a Preschool teacher and is a member NAEYC, AEYC and Child Care Resource Network. She is passionate about helping families, encouraging young parents to continue with their education to make the best possible life for themselves and their children and to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children and day care staff alike at the Center to meet their fullest potential.

Allison  Hernandez, K-8th Grade Youth Program Director 

 Evelyn Pizarro, is a native of Buffalo, NY and a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Early Childhood Education and M.A. in Education Administration from Buffalo State. She is the 1st Hispanic female principal in the Buffalo Public School System and retired from the Buffalo district in January 2008. She is second oldest of six and is the wife of forty years to Jose C. Pizarro, mother of three, grandmother of four and great grandmother of one.