Our Staff

Jana Fogarty


My husband Josh and I are owners of Big Steps Little Feet.  We have a little girl, Jocelyn who was born in October 2010.  We are having so much fun watching her grow!  My parents Rob and Annette Young own the original BSLF in Ada, MI (opened in 1994).  I grew up helping out at the Ada location and love seeing children learn and play.  In our free time we love to travel: we have been to Alaska, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, England and Australia.

(920) 458-5437

Alison Ruback


I have been working in the childcare field since 2002 and have been with BSLF since before we opened in fall of 2009.  I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and recently completed my Child Care Administrator’s Credential.  I have been married to Adam since May of 2006 and we love to snowboard, play tennis and watch movies!

(920) 458-5437

Melanie Dippel

Assistant Director

My name is Melanie, and I am the Assistant Director. I have been part of the Big Steps family since January of 2010. I am currently attending Lakeshore Technical College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I also completed an Infant/Toddler Credential through the Registry. I am married to my husband Duane, and we have four daughters: Desiree, Ashley, Melissa and Alysen. We also have a cat named Zoey. My hobbies include reading and walking. My favorite thing about working here is being with the children, and watching them learn and grow!

(920) 458-5437

Josh Fogarty

Maintenance / IT Support

I am the maintenance man at BSLF, and strive to continuously improve the facility. I also ensure that the video cameras for each room are working and providing the best possible image. If you have a question or issue with either the building or video cameras, don’t hesitate to contact me by email or in case of emergency my cell phone.

(262) 353-6000