Get to know our Trainers. As with our programs, if you want the best for your child (or staff member), you want R’Club!

Penny Eggert, Director of Training, has been employed with R’Club for over 21 years and is responsible for the coordination of training opportunities for R’Club’s 300+ child care staff. Penny focuses primarily on supervisory and leadership skill building for management staff but also trains all staff on workplace issues including increasing customer service skills and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Penny is involved in training child care workers throughout the community and has presented annually at the Florida After School Alliance Conference. She holds a BA in Human Development and an AA in Early Childhood Development.


Kathie DiPolito
, Training Resource Coordinator II, has been employed with R’Club since June 1990. Kathie’s responsibilities include providing support and technical assistance to Center Directors and Assistants, training all staff in CPR and First Aid, training on Diversity In The Workplace, Safety In the Workplace, and Disaster Preparedness. Kathie also coordinates a Healthy Living and Wellness Series for staff and coordinates R’Club’s annual Wellness Fair. Kathie trains extensively in the child care community and for the JWB Children's Services Council. Kathie is a member of the Florida After School Alliance's Board of Directors and has trained child care administrators at both state and national conferences.

Elaine Bowers
is a Behavior Management Specialist for R’Club Child Care where she has been employed since 1989. Elaine specializes in a variety of training topics including Behavior Management, Basic Group/Classroom Management, Diversity In The Workplace, Emergent Literacy, Character Education, Positive Behavior Support, Peer Mediation, Volunteer Management and various other topics within the child care field. In addition to training R’Club staff, Elaine has trained at the Florida After School Alliance State Conferences and for Pinellas County Safe and Drug Free Schools. Elaine has an Associates of Art degree.

Charles Street
has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice and has been employed with R’Club Child Care since October 2005. Charles is involved in training throughout the community and has presented workshops on working with foster care children in after school programs at the Florida After School Alliance's state conference. Charles’ experience includes working as a Juvenile Probation Officer, teaching youth at a drop-out prevention school in Cleveland, Ohio, and working extensively with foster children as they transition out of the foster care system.

Marshall Lester, Jr.
, Training Resource Coordinator, has been employed with R’Club since 1997. Marshall welcomes new staff to the agency and provides orientation, training, support and technical assistance to new Child Development Specialists. Additionally, Marshall provides training on customer service, sexual harassment in the workplace, and other workplace issues for all agency staff. He also coordinates and oversees R’Club’s Volunteer Program. Prior to joining the R’Club team, Marshall worked for Pinellas County Schools for 16 years as a Health and Physical Education teacher.