We are lucky to have an incredible team of instructors, administrators, coaches, and volunteers at WILC. We thank them for all they do!
Terri JohnsonExecutive Director
Joining WILC in Spring of 2014 as WILC Executive Director, I have loved being involved with working with individuals with special education needs including autism for most of my adult life. I was a teacher aide and media specialist prior to attending UW-Whitewater for my Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary/Special Education, and Masters in Emotional Behavioral Disabilities. I have over 35 years teaching experience in public schools grades k-12 and 18-21 in Southeastern Wisconsin. I have always looked for out of the box solutions to meet students needs especially involving technology and vocational opportunities from early on and respecting each student as an individual. I enjoy getting to know each adult student and their families. My husband and I have a married daughter, and a young grandson who we love spending time with, along with remodeling, cooking, and gardening. I am a lifetime learner.
Bre DuvallLead Instructor
I joined WILC in May 2017, after graduating from UW-Whitewater where I acquired my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. My autism experience started when I was 10, hanging out with my younger cousin with autism on holidays. I helped one on one in a classroom my senior year with a young girl with autism, worked as a behavior coach in line therapy, caregiving, and also respite care. The WILC job fell in my lap through a family I worked with; I couldn’t resist the opportunity and love being a part of the WILC team. In my free time I like to participate in pool leagues, coach youth soccer, hang out with my Iguana, Doc, ski in the winter and play video games with my sister.
Jenny LytleEmployment Specialist and Executive Assistant
I joined WILC in April 2018 and graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2017 with a degree in Human Resources Management. I also have prior experience in medical records, banking, and as an ABA Line Therapist. I joined WILC in May 2018 as an Employment Specialist. My roles include Job Coaching, Instructional Assistant, and helping with the DVR program. It is my goal to create relationships with businesses in our community that will provide more opportunities for work experiences for our students. My hobbies include reading, cooking, baking, and sewing; however most of my free time is spent with my mother and four younger siblings.
Jeanne EvansCulinary Instructor and Instructional Assistant
I joined WILC in late 2018. I am the Culinary and Volunteer Coordinator and have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Portland. I have extensive experience in Retail Management. My husband and son are both on the Autism Spectrum and have taught me so much about neurodiversity. I love to cook and I published my first cookbook this year. I look forward to teaching the students how to cook and prepare meals. I spend my free time with my family exploring Wisconsin, or relaxing at home reading and cooking.
Caelee RabayRecreational Therapist
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science and Health in Therapeutic Recreations and a minor in Psychology, after completing an internship at Gio’s Garden in Madison, a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture and strengthen families with children with special needs by increasing their access to needed services.
After graduation, working in Fort Wayne, Indiana as a contracted Recreation Therapist, providing Therapeutic Recreational programming I served individuals with all ability levels in their homes and community. I developed and facilitated different programs to help my clients improve or create new life and leisure skills to increase their independence. I moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family and am excited to use my experiences to provide a positive attitude and the patience necessary to recognize and cultivate the potential in others. I enjoy doing crafts and art activities, being outdoors and staying active and working for our family business. As a Recreational Therapist, my experiences and skills will be positive addition at WILC, offering many new opportunities for our students from individualized to small group recreational skills.
Ben FriskeLead Instructor
I joined WILC in summer of 2017. I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. I taught special education for two years in Racine before coming to WILC. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm of outdoor activities with the students from yard games to bike riding as well as playing musical instruments with them. Aside from being outdoors and playing musical instruments, I enjoy playing games, cooking, and visiting with family and friends. My wife and I recently had our first child, Bronson.
Kaycie KellyEmployment Specialist
I joined WILC in December 2017 as a job coach and instructional assistant. During high school and college, I volunteered to work with students with special needs. I am currently a caretaker for a young adult with autism, work with elderly adults who have disabilities, and have always had an interest in the special education field and helping others. I also work for the Town of Burlington Fire Department as a firefighter/Emergency Med Technician. I have a business management degree, emergency medical technician degree, and am a certified firefighter. I hold other certifications including being hazmat, CPR, EMT, and ICS certified as well as others related in the medical/fire fields. When I am not working, I find joy in being outdoors with my dog, family and friends and participating in season related sports.
Susie ThomasProgram and Vocational Coordinator
I joined the WILC Team in Summer 2016 as WILC was looking to build their Vocational Program. I accepted the position as the Vocational Instructor and was excited to partner with DVR. In Fall of 2018, I also stepped into the role as Program Coordinator. I have my Bachelors Degree in Special Education and my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. I taught eight years in the classroom, was a private tutor for 5 years and involved in 18-21 year old transition program in Burlington. My passion has always been adult transition, so when I learned of this program and the opportunity, I knew this was the path I had to take next. When I am not working I am with my husband and two children. We love to camp and travel and we are always busy with the kids sports and activities. I love to be outside and am always looking to discover new places. My goal for every young adult I work with is to give them a voice and provide them with the opportunities they want for their life.
Christina BuchholtzInstructional Assistant and Job Coach
I learned about WILC from my cousin’s wife, Laura Kau, a former lead instructor. I was a paraprofessional at 4 different schools for the last 5 and a half years. During that time, I have worked on completing my bachelors degree in special education and plan to graduate in December 2019. I have 4 years of respite care experience, including individuals with autism. I enjoy flipping houses in my free time with my husband, Matt. We are currently living in Mukwonago. We also enjoy boating, camping and other outdoor activities.
Sara LubusJob Coach
I have a wide variety of business experiences to offer expertise to our students at WILC. This ranges from general business office support, billing/invoicing, customer service and office management, in addition to extensive banking experience in positions such as teller to Senior Personal Banker. In addition at Children’s Hospital, I was a Health Unit Coordinator and a Radiologist Assistant. I have a very strong work ethic, keen sense of accuracy, positive attitude and drive to succeed in a fast paced environment. I have a nephew with autism who helped lead me to WILC. I love spending time with my daughter and family, and staying active. I look forward to working with many WILC students in paid work experiences and job hires.