Ashley Smith- Director/ Preschool Teacher

Hello, my name is Ashley. I am the 3 & 4-year-old teacher at our Markesan location. This is my first year of teaching, but I have always had a passion for working with children. I am fortunate to work alongside such dedicated and warm-hearted teachers. When I am not working you can find me with my boyfriend and my three children. My hobbies include crafting, fishing, camping, and any family activities. I look forward to meeting your and your family!

Allie Henke - Owner/Administrator Email me:

Hi, I’m Allie, the owner and Director of Young Stars Childcare LLC. I have been working in the field for 13 years. I hold my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Administrative Credential, and Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I live not far from Green Lake, in Berlin. I was born and raised there. It has been my passion working with children and I have always had a strong vision for what I’ve wanted my own childcare center to look like. My husband, Adam and I have two children of our own, Jaycee and Braxton. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and going on family trips as well as shopping and home decorating. I am excited to share my vision and the importance of Early Childhood through Young Stars Childcare LLC and can not wait to get to know everyone in the Green Lake community.

Kenzie Retzlaff - Infant Teacher
AJ Brookly- Two year old Teacher

Hello, I am AJ. I have been working at Young Stars the past couple years. I bounce around all the classrooms helping our lead teachers with anything they may need. I have a background in Anthropology, History and computer science. When I am not at the daycare you will find me scuba diving local lakes or exploring Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks. Feel free to send me an email

Hillary Davis - Assistant Teacher

Hi, I’m Hillary Davis. I am currently enrolled at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin majoring in Early childhood/Elementary education! When I am not working, you can find me relaxing at home or hanging with my family or friends!