Meet The Little Angels Staff


Elysia Goebel-Center Director

Elysia Hello, I’m Elysia Goebel, I am one of the owners and the director of Little Angels Childcare Center.  I have a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa.  I have been working in childcare centers, elementary schools, high schools and in home childcare since 1988.  I also coached volleyball and basketball at City High School and Prairie High School before my oldest son was born.  I have two boys Christian and Cale.  I grew up in Swisher and moved back to Swisher in 2000 when we opened Little Angels.  We have a bird, “Hopper” and a guinea pig, “Jackie.”  I love to spend time with my boys outside when it is nice and we are big movie buffs when the weather doesn’t cooperate.  I love to scrapbook and do home improvement projects.  I am really enjoying the help of my boyfriend Doug with those.  We live across the street and I love my walking commute to work.



Michelle Bahr-Business Manager

My name is Michelle and I am one of the owners of the daycare. Before opening the daycare center 2000, I worked in accounting for sixteen years. I graduated from Prairie in 1986 and have been in the area ever since.  I have a son in high school named Isaac and a daughter in middle school named Gracie. We have a Schoodle named Jo-Jo and a cat named Kit Kat Bahr. I my spare time I like to scrapbook, go camping and fishing, take road trips and I also LOVE to cook.



Daycare Teachers

Infant Room

Susan Fields-Supervisor and Lead Teacher

photoMy name is Susan Fields and I work in the infant room.  I have been an employee at Little Angels for thirteen years. I’m originally from Mississippi, that is where I graduated high school and attended college. I have been married for thirty years and have one son, Zac and a daughter- in-law, Ashley. I also am a big animal lover and share my home with three dogs and two kitties. I love spending time with friends and family.  I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, gardening, and traveling. Before working for Little Angels, I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom.



Toddler Room

Mariam Mosher-Lead Teacher

Mariam resize Hi, my name is Mariam Mosher and I have been with the Little Angels family since March of 2013. I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and now reside in my childhood home with my own family. I have been married to my husband David for almost 16 years and together we have 3 children. Our oldest son is Landyn and we also have 2 little girls, Laikynn and Dylainey. We completed our family and few months ago when we welcomed our new puppy Kwincee. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and shopping. Being a Mom has been the greatest journey in my life and now that my little ones are in school and I cannot be with them throughout the day; I feel very blessed and grateful to spend my days with yours.


Preschool/School Age Rooms

Amber Miller-2 & 3 Year Old Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Amber Miller. I am the lead teacher in the 2-3 year old room and have been at Little Angels since December 2012. I have my Associates Degree in Education from Kirkwood Community College and I am an alumnus of Prairie High School. I have three children; Christopher, Phoebe, and Sophie. Phoebe, Sophie, and I live in Swisher. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, crocheting rag rugs, and spending time at Lake Macbride. I have worked with children for over 20 years and love to see them learn and grow!



Melissa Madison-Preschool Lead Teacher, 3 & 4 years olds

melissaMy name is Melissa Madison. I am married and we have one son who is 15 years old. I graduated from Norway High School and we live in Norway. I have worked at Little Angels for 11 years. In my spare time I love making crafts, collecting Pepsi Memorabilia, reading books, and spending time with my family.




Mercedes McDonnough








Issac Bahr







MaKayla Reese

Makayla 2








Mary Chapman Darrow

Mary Chapman Darrow









Doug Bowersox-Swisher, IA


I’m usually outside mowing and trimming. When I do maintenance inside it is after hours. I have been volunteering for almost 4 years at Little Angels. I went to Wyoming Tech to receive my certification as a Diesel Mechanic and I enjoy helping out at Little Angels in my spare time.






Katherine Goebel


I was born in Greene and raised in rural NE. Iowa. I moved to the Cedar Rapids area in 1969. I graduated from West Delaware High School in Manchester in 1969.. I also went to Kirkwood Community College and graduated from the Dental Assistant Program in 1972. I went on to work at the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa from 1972-2014. I was one of 6 children (4 sisters and 1 brother). My children are Elysia Goebel (owner) and Eric. I have 3 grandsons, Christian, Coleton, and Cale. I have one dog named Spot that I share with Chris and Cale. I like to read and garden in my spare time. I volunteer in the infant room and 3 year old room. I also prepare lunch for the center when I volunteer. I retired in January 2014 and I have been thoroughly enjoying my experience as a volunteer for Little Angels during my first year of retirement.