Kimberly Allen (Miss Kim) is the owner/operator and director at MKH Early Education Center (MKHEEC). The center opened in 2016, but Kim has been operating her home-based daycare program since 2005.
She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and then worked at Greater DuPage MYM in Glen Ellyn, helping teen mothers and fathers in DuPage County.
Nearly five years later, Allen decided to try something new and became a case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters at Metropolitan Family Services in Wheaton. As a case manager, she supervised a caseload of 100 matches and interviewed parents and children for the program. She also worked in the Parent’s Teacher Program in Naperville as a Parent Educator, providing child development information and overall support to families on child issues and development.
“I love children and working with them,” Allen says. “My past experiences and training in working with families and children allowed me to offer a service that would help and benefit the community in which I live.”
Allen takes what she does very seriously and is not only a licensed family daycare provider but is also certified in CPR/First Aid. She also takes 15 hours of child service training every year. She lives in Aurora with her husband, Keith, and their children Jasmine and Michael.
Tanesha Lambert is the owner/operator and center administrator at MKH Early Education Center (MKHEEC). She attended DePaul University, where her focus was marketing.
Lambert brings a spirit of entrepreneurship and a heart to serve others in everything she does. Recognized as one of the most influential women, 40 and under, throughout Chicagoland, thousands of people have attended her non-profit and “just because” social events. She has helped clients with a range of services, from improving their connection with their target audiences, developing relevant programs, and delivering business operation solutions.
Exposed to entrepreneurship during her teenage years, Lambert often gave her mom unsolicited advice about growing her successful in-home business. This is where her thirst for entrepreneurship started. As a contractor, she expanded her skills and experiences in marketing, grew ideas for program development, and discovered a passion for business efficiency.
A few years as a manager for McDonald’s Corporation’s marketing department took Lambert’s creativity to new levels. She continued to learn what worked, and what was needed, for small businesses and non-profits to succeed.
Lambert is dedicated to volunteerism and is an avid researcher and listener. She loves dancing, cooking, and creating memorable moments with family and friends. She lives in Naperville with her husband, Mario, and their children, Maria and Mario III.