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Meet Our Team

Whatcom Center for Early Learning’s dedicated, mission-driven team of professionals believes every child should have access to early support services and the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Our staff are passionate about our work with children and families with developmental delays and disabilities and aim to actively contribute to a culture of appreciation.


Our work and culture are guided by our commitment to our WCEL values. As a staff, we are dedicated to partnerships, quality, understanding, and accountability. We seek to always assume the best intent and be gracious to one another.

Early Support Staff - PSP

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Alex Bruce

M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Ariel Soria

B.A. Ed.

Specialized Instructor

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Coco Breen

M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Lauren Sanderson

M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Tasha Farabee

M.A., CCC-SLP, M.Ed., ECSE/ES, CLC 

Speech Language Pathologist

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Alex Kypuros
M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Beverly Pressey

M.S., R.D., C.D.

Registered Dietician

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Grace Christie

M.A., CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Liz Steensland

M.A., CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Alis Tortorelli 

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Bryn Burge

M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Jennifer Kurtz

M.A., CCC-SLP, CLC

Speech Language Pathologist &

Early Support Program Manager

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Lydia Lindahl

M.S.

Specialized Instructor

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Amelia Bacon

B.A. Ed.

Early Support

Program Director

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Chuan Kuzin

PhD

Specialized Instructor

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Kayla Gagnon

LSWAIC

Social Worker

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Megan Stewart

MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Andrés Sierra

Language Access Specialist

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Christine Wasserman

B.A. Ed., NBCT

Specialized Instructor

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Kristin Clements

M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist &

Early Support Program Manager

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Sarah Robinson Dudley

PT, MPT 

Physical Therapist

Early Support Staff - FRC

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Becky Kendall
Family Resources Coordinator
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Jennifer Enger
M.S.
Family Resources Coordinator & Early Support Program Manager
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Megan Jefferies
Family Resources Coordinator
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Britta Hensley
Family Resources Coordinator
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Julia Renner
Family Resources Coordinator & Early Support Program Manager
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Stephanie Fischer
M.Ed.
Family Resources Coordinator
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Carolyn Whipple
Family Resources Coordinator
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Kris Buettner
Family Resources Coordinator
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Torrance Nelson
Family Resources Coordinator
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Elvira Mares
B.A. Ed.
Family Resources Coordinator
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Moani N
Family Resources Coordinator
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Emily McDonald
Family Resources Coordinator
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Mattea Beeson
Family Resources Coordinator

 Early Learning Program Staff

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Anna Brim
Early Learning
Program Assistant
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Michael Haycock
M.Ed.
Early Learning
Program Manager
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Anne Moore
Early Learning
Program Assistant
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Susan Hemingson
B.A., M.S.
Early Learning
Program Teacher
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Aki Yada
Early Learning
Program Assistant
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Mary Melloh
Early Learning
Program Teacher
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Mayumi Paluh
Early Learning
Program Assistant

Administrative Staff

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Ann-Marie Sather
Facilities Maintenance Specialist
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Imanat Kang
Office Administrator
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Ella Sherburne
Communications & Events Coordinator
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Mae Gagnon
Bookkeeping Support Specialist
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Erin Malone
Development & Communications Director
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Stephanie Schmitt
Finance & Administrative Director
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Heidi Sechrengost
Billing & Insurance Coordinator
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Sierra James
M.A.
Executive Director
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Helena Schilling
MBA-HRM
Director of Culture & People Engagement
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Xavier Cano-Pedroza
Tech & Data Specialist

Board of Directors

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Andy Wheeler

Director

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Darcie Donegan

Vice President

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Julie Mauerman

Director

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Stevona Burks

Secretary

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Christine Biernacki

Director

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Gabriela Montenegro

Director

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Ken Bronstein

President

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Dani Harris

Director

Dewy Flowers

Jessica Staten

Treasurer

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Matt Hoogestraat

Director

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