YWCA Young Wonders Leadership

Here at YWCA Young Wonders, we care about the health, safety, and education of your child(ren). The first step in doing this is hiring qualified staff and leaders. Below are our Young Wonders leaders, please take a moment to read their qualifications and reach out to them whenever needed.

Nathina Williams 2021_2

Nathina Williams
YWCA Young Wonders

Nathina joined the Young Wonders team in 2012 but has worked with children since 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in University Studies from Illinois State University.

Nathina is an active member of the ABC Committee, America Reads/America Counts and Afterschool Programs, Illinois Afterschool Network, Central Illinois Director Cohort, and the YWCA Special Needs Committee.

Nathina's favorite quote and personal life mission is “...not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” - Maya Angelou


Steve Peart
Assistant Director
YWCA Young Wonders

Steve has been with YWCA since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Special Education.

He joined Young Wonders as a part-time school-age teacher while also teaching at a local elementary school. He started working as the full-time assistant director of the program in 2020.

Dianna Jacobs

Dianna Jacobs
Early Learning Program Specialist
YWCA Young Wonders

Dianna has been with YWCA since 2009 and has worked with children since 2003. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Science–Family Relations.

Before joining YWCA, Dianna was a preschool teacher, a nanny, and a PPT who worked one-on-one with elementary school children with special needs.

Like Steve, Dianna started working part-time in the school-age program before moving into her specialty position.