Dragon Zone Staff

Kim Adams - Program Director

Kim  has been the program director of Dragon Zone Childcare and Camps and Zone Middle School Program since the spring of 2008. Kim excels at designing environments in which children can safely learn and explore. With over 25 years of experience educating and operating preschool/childcare centers as well as a degree in Creative Arts from San Jose State, Kim has a rare understanding of the ways in which children perceive and interact with their world.  Kim owns and operates a preschool in Palo Alto. Kim has led workshops and trainings on creativity and curriculum both locally and nationally and is a certified Positive Discipline Parent and Classroom Educator.
Kim enjoyed being an active member of the LVCS parent community from its beginning. Kim identifies herself first as a mother, and uses what she has learned as a mom to partner effectively with families and the community.  

Sharlee Solis- Dragon Zone Site Supervisor

Sharlee has been working in the field of Child Development since 2006.  Sharlee began her work at Dragon Zone in the winter of 2008 and is an outstanding member of our team. Sharlee took on the position of Site Supervisor in the summer of 2013. The children, families, and staff enjoy Sharlee’s friendly and charismatic personality. In the future, Sharlee plans to continue her work in childcare or a related field. Some of Sharlee’s hobbies include running, reading and social event planning.



Lena Barta- Dragon Zone Teacher and Adminsitrative Assitant

Lena has been with Dragon Zone since its beginning. Her work keeps her busy inside the classroom and out. Lena has worked in the field of  child development since 1999 and has loved every minute of it. Something special Lena brings to D.Z. would be her love and affection towards kids. Children and adults alike respond well to Lena’s kind and gentle spirit. Lena is happily married and enjoys being a mother of a young adult daughter. She has 2 pet Chihuahua’s named Sweetie and Noname. Her hobbies and interests include shopping, hiking and spending quality time with her family.


Gina Bartlett-Dragon Zone Teacher

Gina Bartlett has lived in Livermore most of her life. Growing up here has given her a special understanding of this exceptional community. Gina has been teaching at Dragon Zone since September 2007. Gina attended college at Las Positas. She has two wonderful boys that keep her going non-stop. Something special Gina brings to DZ would have to be her happiness and understanding of the kids. Gina enjoys working with children and communicating with their families.

Danielle Bodemann-Dragon Zone Teacher

Danielle joined the Dragon Zone team in October 2014. She is a full time student at California State University East Bay where she is studying communications. Danielle enjoys hiking, shopping and spending time with her fmily and friends. Danielle loves working at Dragon Zone with this gread group of kids, families, and staff.

Christina Nemanich-Dragon Zone Teacher


Alexandra Rule- Dragon Zone Teacher

Alexandra joind the Dragon Zone team in the fall of 2015. Alexandra's experience with children of all ages started at a very young age. Alexandra's passion and care for children helped shape her decision to make teaching her career. She hopes one day to become a  third grade teachers here in the Tri-Valley. Alexandra's other hobbies include family time, friends, and cosmetology.

Raney Shimozono-Dragon Zone Teacher

Raney has been a part of the Dragon Zone team since September 2012. Raney is attending California State East Bay where she is studying Liberal Arts. Raney enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends. Raney's dream is to be a 4th grade teacher continuing to help children grow and develop.

Luisa Guzman- Dragon Zone Staff

Luisa has been a part of the Dragon Zone team from the beginning. Luisa is our resident "mom", enhancing our program with her nurturing and service-minded attitude.  The children enjoy the snacks Luisa prepares, and the staff always appreciates her efficient management of the DZ kitchen.

Sammie Almaguer- Dragon Zone Aide / Zone Staff

Sammie joined the Dragon Zone team in the fall of 2014 ; Ever since, she has enjoyed her job. Sammie is currently attending Las Positas College where she is majoring in psychology. During her free time, Sammie likes to go hiking, watch movies, and spend time with friends and family.

Samantha Davis- Dragon Zone Aide

Sam began working at Dragon Zone in December of 2014. She has loved working with our wonderful TK and Kindergarteners. Sam is comfortable working with our youngest kids, as she is a mother to an energetic little two year old boy. Outside of Dragon Zone, Sam spends most of her time with her son and studying for the classes she is taking at Las Positas College. Sam is looking forward to meeting and getting to know all future and current DZ students.

Nick Held-Dragon Zone Aide

Nick is an LVCS alumnus! Nick has been working ar Dragon Zone since the spring of 2013. He enjoys working with the students and staff of Dragon Zone and is the lead of our Loose Parts Area. Nick is studying at Ohlone College to become a broadcast director. In his free time Nick enjoys nature photography and hanging out with family and friends..

Bonnie Oellrich- Dragon Zone Aide

Bonnie joined the Dragon Zone team in September 2013 as an afterschool aide. She has lived in Livermore since 1969, graduating from Granada High School. Bonnie also works at Granada, and loves the mix of helping high school students during the day, and working with younger students in the afternoon. Bonnie has a daughter and granddaughter, and lives with her 2 dogs Chip and Maggie May.

Chris Shirley-Dragon Zone Aide

Chris joined the Dragon Zone Team in our first year.  Chris finds time in her busy schedule working as an instructional aide at Joe Mitchell Elementary School, tutoring, and being a mom, to work at Dragon Zone twice a week.  The children and families enjoy Chris' loving and approachable nature. 

Marie Urabe- Dragon Zone Aide

Marie joined the Dragon Zone team in the spring of 2016. She has worked with young children for nineteen years. Marie enjoys watching nature, playing games, and doing physical activities. Her passion is helping children succeed in all their endeavors. Marie is returning to school for an Early Childhood Education certificate.

Carrin Whitehurst-Dragon Zone Aide

Carrin joined the Dragon Zone team in the fall of 2015. Carrin has always loved kids. Her experience working with chldren ranges from mentoring and homework help, to creating a dance. Carrin is going to Las Positas College in hopes of transfering to a four year University to one day become a credentialed teacher.