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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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Andrés Sierra

Language Access Specialist

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Chuan Kuzin

PhD

Specialized Instructor

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Kayla Gagnon

LSWAIC

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

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Megan Stewart

MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Alex Kypuros
M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Ariel Soria

B.A. Ed.

Specialized Instructor

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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

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Alis Tortorelli 

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Beverly Pressey

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

Registered Dietician

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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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Amelia Bacon

B.A. Ed.

Director of Programs

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Bryn Burge

M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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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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Andrea Bartel
M.A., CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Ciara Ray

MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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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

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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Sydney Piepereit
Family Resources Coordinator
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Elvira Mares
B.A. Ed.
Family Resources Coordinator
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Family Resources Coordinator
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Torrance Nelson
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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Aki Yada
Early Learning
Program Assistant
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Michael Haycock
M.Ed.
Early Learning
Program Manager
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Anna Brim
Early Learning
Program Assistant
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Susan Hemingson
B.A., M.S.
Early Learning
Program Teacher
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Anne Moore
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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Helena Schilling
MBA-HRM
Director of Culture & People Engagement
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Xavier Cano-Pedroza
Tech & Data Specialist
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Ella Sherburne
Development & Communications Specialist
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Imanat Kang
Office Administrator
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Erin Malone
Development & Communications Director
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Mae Gagnon
Bookkeeping Support Specialist
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Gabriela (Ella) Cardona
Outreach & DEI Specialist
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Stephanie Schmitt
Finance & Administrative Director
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Heidi Sechrengost
Billing & Insurance Specialist
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Sierra James
M.A.
Executive Director

Board of Directors

Andy Wheeler
Andy Wheeler
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Gabriela Montenegro
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Matt Hoogestraat
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Carmela Carrasco
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Jessica Staten
Treasurer
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Stevona Burks
Secretary
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Christine Biernacki
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Julie Mauermann
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Yvonne Doyle
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Dani Harris
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Ken Bronstein
​​​​President
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Darcie Donegan
Vice President
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Kendra Norton
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