Mary Llamas


Mary graduated from USC with a Business degree in January 1979. Since she enjoyed working with children, she took classes in Early Childhood Education from Glendale Community College. A move to the southernmost portion of CA in 1988 brought her to Imperial Valley College, where she earned more ECE credits and co-taught her first class at TLC Preschool in Brawley until 1990. She moved to the Central Coast with her family in 1992, and was an occasional substitute teacher at Coast Christian Preschool in Arroyo Grande. She started with New Life Preschool in November 2006; she loves being a Teacher's Aide and can usually be found in the naproom and on the playground in the afternoons.


Mary's husband, Vince, is a Pastor of Care Ministry here at New Life and they have two college-age sons, David and Greg. Mary enjoys going for walks and reading everything (even dictionaries). She is a breast cancer survivor (2010).


Mary's favorite verse since she accepted Jesus as her Savior while in college is Romans 8:28, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good

to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

This verse came to mean more during her cancer battle, because although

our circumstances may change, our God always remains the same - our Rock,

our Fortress, and our Strong Tower. He is Faithful!

Alex Johansen

Playground Teacher

Alex has been involved in New Life Church since she first moved to the central coast when she was in third grade.  In the past 5 years she has also been a part

of the childcare throughout the week and on Sundays in the nursery. 


In 2007, Alex went to Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelors degree in Child Development.  She has always had a passion to work with and teach young children.  She believes that each child is unique; she loves to watch them grow into their own selves.


In her spare time Alex enjoys going to the beach, hiking, reading, and practicing yoga.  She loves spending time with friends, family and her boyfriend, Kelby,

of 7 years.  She also has been working for a handbag company named Jewell

for the past year. 


Alex’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

Nicole McGuire


In Nicole's free time she loves to go to the beach, go hiking, go camping, or just go grab a cup of coffee! 

Nicole graduated from Cuesta with AA-T in psychology. She plans to continue to study psychology and education. She has always loved working with kids because they bring her so much joy and she sees God working in them every day. She also believes children are the most vulnerable members of our society, and that they are also the fastest learners! Nicole says, "It is a blessing to be able to help shape their hearts and minds." Her goal is to use her degree to help underprivileged children have the best quality of life possible. 

Nicole's favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:3-5, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

Cami Johnson

Resource Aide

Cami grew up here on the central coast and is thankful each day to still call it home. She began helping in the children's ministry at Grace Bible Church even while still a child herself, and is still passionate about sharing Jesus' love with little ones.

Cami earned her bachelor's degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University in 2006, and since then has enjoyed raising her three children and teaching dance part-time at a local studio. She is excited to join the New Life Preschool staff and explore new ways of supporting the growth and development of young children.

Cami's favorite things are time with friends and family, good food, beach days, and her favorite scriptures are Isaiah 40:11 "He tends his flock like a shepherd:He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." and Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Kaitlyn Poorman

Resource Aide

Kaitlyn Poorman has grown up on the Central Coast and feels incredibly blessed that such a beautiful place is her home. Kaitlyn attends Allan Hancock College and will be receiving her AA in Early Childhood Development in 2018. She plans to transfer to Cal Poly to further her education and one day become a teacher in a Children's Hospital.


Kaitlyn has had a passion for children ever since she was a little girl and would babysit with her mother. She believes loving on children is crucial to their growth, and that we learn from them just as much as they learn from us. They teach us to be fearless and love with open hearts. Kaitlyn is happiest when around children, and when surrounded by gigantic trees. When not at New Life, she is going on road trips to new places and challenging herself to new activities (or scary new foods).


Kaitlyn's favorite bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”