We are lucky to have an incredible team of instructors, administrators, job coaches, and volunteers at WILC. We thank them for all they do!
Joining WILC in Spring of 2014 as the 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 Program 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 and family needs especially involving technology and vocational opportunities from early on and respecting each student as an individual. I enjoy getting to know each of our WILC adult students and their families. My husband, Ron, our daughter, Anna, and our young grandson, Noah love spending time together. Ron and I enjoy remodeling WILC and our home, cooking, yard work and gardening. I am a lifelong learner.
I joined WILC in the fall of 2014 as the Lead Instructor after earning my Bachelor’s of Science – Communicative Sciences and Disorders, University of Central Florida. Working at Brain Balance as the Lead Sensory Motor Coach for two years in Wisconsin led me to completing my Masters Degree in Special Education, at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, 2014.
I left WILC in Fall of 2017 to move to Missouri with my family. My husband and I, and our two children, Greyson and Kennedy, spent the next four years there. While in Missouri, I was a stay at home mom for three years and then returned to the Public School District – Special Education Department. Summer of 2021, my husband’s company gave our family the opportunity to move back to Wisconsin and be closer to our extended family. This gave me the opportunity to rejoin the WILC family this fall as Program Coordinator. During our free time we enjoy spending time with family and being out by the Mississippi River
I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2017 with a degree in Business/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 have included Job Coaching, Instructional Assistant, the DVR program, and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. In 2020 I became the WILC Business Manager. It is my goal to create relationships with businesses in our community that will provide more opportunities for work experiences for our students, and to improve the functionality, financial responsibilities, and organization of the school as a business. My hobbies include reading, cooking, baking, and sewing; however most of my free time is spent with my mother and four younger siblings.
Lead Instructor/ Certified RPM Provider
I joined WILC in May 2017, after graduating from UW-Whitewater where I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. My autism experience started when I was ten as I spent holidays with cousin who is on the spectrum. My senior year I worked with a young girl with autism in a classroom, worked as a behavior coach in line therapy, also spent time caregiving and providing respite. The WILC job found me through a family I worked with; I couldn’t resist the opportunity and love being a part of the WILC team. I love to continue to learn and just completed another training in augmented communication in 2020. In my free time I like to participate in pool leagues, hang out with my Iguana, Doc, and play video games with my sister. My family recently adopted a very cute dachshund puppy who is named “Moseley”. He enjoys coming to WILC to love our students and staff.
I joined WILC in summer of 2019 as a part time Recreational Therapist and became full time in Spring of 2020. 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. I have also completed certification to work with Recreational Therapist interns. 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.
Daily Living Skills Instructor
I learned about WILC from my cousin’s wife, Laura Kau, a former lead instructor. I was a paraprofessional at four different schools for the last five and a half years. During that time, completing my bachelors degree in special education and graduated in December 2019, I also worked part time providing respite care experience, including individuals with autism. I enjoy working as an instructor with our WILC students, focusing on daily living skills including culinary activities. Initially hired as a Instructional Assistant, after completing my degree, I became a full time WILC Instructor. I enjoy home improvement projects and flipping houses in my free time with my husband, Matt. We are currently living in Mukwonago. We also enjoy boating, RV camping and other outdoor activities.
DVR Lead and Employment Specialist
I have a wide variety of business experiences to offer to our students since starting at WILC in 2019. I started as Job Coach in the community and aided as an Assistant at WILC. In Fall 2020 I started taking lead in DVR to help coordinate Employment Specialists around job sites. My work experience and background consisted of general business office support, billing/invoicing, customer service and office management. In addition to extensive banking experience in positions such as teller and Senior Personal Banker, I also worked at Children’s Hospital, as 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 cousin with autism who helped lead me to WILC. I love spending time with my daughter and family, and staying active.
Job Coach / Assistant
I joined WILC in Summer 2021 as a DVR Job Coach and provided support as an assistant when needed. Since graduating from Waukesha County Technical College in June 2020 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services, I am attending Ottawa University working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Human Services. I have two years of experience working with children, teens, and adolescents who are on the autism spectrum, as well as with other disabilities. I love learning from my students and growing as a person from those experiences. During my freetime, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and dog Aurora. I also enjoy listening to music, laughing / joking, playing video games, crafting, and thrifting / antiquing with my Dad.
I joined WILC in December 2017 as a job coach and and instructional assistant. During high school and college, I spent time volunteering and working with many individuals with different abilities across all ages. In addition to my interest in working with individuals with special needs, I also work for the Town of Burlington Fire Department as a firefighter/Emergency Med Technician. I hold certifications in hazmat, CPR, EMT, and ICS as well as others related in the medical/fire fields. In summer of 2020, Bre Duvall and I developed an autism awareness/sensory training for Fire, EMTs, and Law Enforcement essential care staff and presented to Town of Burlington FD. Alongside being an Employment Specialist for WILC I have started doing job development for students and writing WILC emergency protocol as well. When I am not working, I find joy in spending time with my dogs and family as well as enjoying seasonal sports.
I joined WILC in late summer, 2020. I am an Employment Specialist and Instructional Assistant. I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work from University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. I have internships and work experience in social work, counseling, and direct instructional support.I facilitated daily living skills such as health and wellness learning, active community recreation, and academic training. In addition, I have worked with individuals with a variety of disabilities by actively supporting, facilitating, transporting, administration, and supervision/support in the community and schools / living environments. I am married and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Often in my free time, I enjoy making jewelry, sewing, and creating Pinterest crafts.