Our Team

Special Programs Director

Annie Lamberto

Annie joined the WEA professional staff, as Special Programs Director, effective July 1, 2019. She holds a B.Ed. in Varying Exceptionalities, a M.Ed. in Technology, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She previously served as Director of Special Services in Battle Ground Public Schools, after a 20-year career in special education, beginning in Broward County, Florida. She has worked with students with behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and at-risk/life skills needs. Annie has been an instructor for ESD-U’s and City U’s teacher preparation programs in special education. In 2013, she achieved National Board Teacher Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, and has been a member of the WEA Special Education Cadre since 2014. You may contact Annie via email.

Special Education Cadre

Sherlunda Anderson-Smith

Sherlunda Anderson-Smith

Special Education Teacher

Sherlunda is a special education teacher at North Middle School in the Everett School District.

Jennifer (Stevens) Bendix

Jennifer (Stevens) Bendix

Special Education Teacher

Jennifer has 6 years experience in emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and 8 years as a Resource Teacher at Juanita High School in the Lake Washington School District – currently, the Special Education Department Leader at her school, a member of the district’s Special Education Advisory Board, and the high school education representative for the ELA adoption committee. Her areas of specialty/expertise are related to Behavior and Autism.

Joanna Blanchard

Joanna Blanchard

Parent/Occupational Therapist

Joanna has two sons, Ethan (17) and Dan (15) who fall on opposite ends of the autism spectrum. By advocating for inclusion and access for their wide range of challenges she became experienced in teaming with public school systems. This along with her experience as an occupational therapist on the “other side of the IEP table” gave her a unique perspective in helping teams collaborate. 

Amanda Brakebill

Amanda Brakebill

School Psychologist

Amanda is a School Psychologist at Southridge High School in Kennewick, WA. 

Mona Calahan

Mona Calahan

Special Education Teacher

Mona is an educational ASL interpreter, working with deaf students in the mainstream and special education setting; interpreting for and tutoring in the Moses Lake School District

Phyllis Campano

Phyllis Campano

Special Education Teacher

Phyllis is past president of the Seattle Education Association… more details to be added.

Shari Cotes

Shari Cotes

Position

Shari has served as a member of the Washington State Special Education Advisory Council.

Brenda Cunningham

Brenda Cunningham

Special Education Teacher

Brenda starting out studying cardiology, but kept getting “bumped into other programs and somehow just could not get out of the education classes that were being offered.”  She has held a number of positions with the Spokane Public Schools, since 1998: Resource Math – High School, Multi-handicapped, Orthopedically Handicapped – Elementary Level, and Special Education, Self-contained – Middle School. 

Franklin Day

Franklin Day

Associate Director, Special Education

Franklin has worked in mental health hospitals, birth to three early intervention programs, public and private preschool, public and charter k-12 schools and in higher education systems, as an ABA therapist, a school psychologist, a program administrator and as a school district administrator. Franklin is currently the director of student support services in Cheney Public Schools.

Christopher Doll

Christopher Doll

District Administrator

Chris is a Special Education Director through ESD 113 where he supports special education programming within the Lewis County Special Education Cooperative and other districts in the region. He has previously worked in the Central Kitsap and Edmonds School Districts. Chris has both elementary and high school special education experience.  His focus: students with Autism and Emotional/Behavioral Disability. He holds a Masters in Teaching Special Education and Functional Behavioral Analysis from Gonzaga University. 

Brandi Dyment

Brandi Dyment

Parent/Guardian

Brandi is a parent of two daughters, one of whom was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. She has learned much about supporting students with disabilities through her service on the board of the SW Washington Special Education PTSA – helping provide IEP training, Special Education forums, and advocacy for families. In 2016-2017, she was a member of the Clark County Parent Coalition Leadership Academy addressing areas of Special Education, Washington State Disability Services, and Advocacy. Brandi is a tirelessly advocate for her daughters and other parents in similar situations.

Amy Evitt

Amy Evitt

SLP & Early Childhood Coordinator

Amy has been the Early Childhood Coordinator for Wenatchee School District for 17 years.  She is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for early intervention.  The majority of her 36 years of experience has been with the preschool population. She has worked in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 

Antionette Felder

Antionette Felder

Retired Administrator

Antionette retired from Seattle Schools District after 18 years; currently a trainer for OSPI and WEA. She was introduced autism by her grandson and has continued learn through his experiences.

Anna Fritts

Anna Fritts

School Psychologist

Anna is a school psychologist in the Spokane Public Schools and an adjunct professor in the School Psychology program at Gonzaga University. She earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and has been in practice since 1998, serving students from pre-K through high school; in Resource, Designed Instruction, MHOH, Behavior Intervention, ADAPT (for higher functioning students on the Autism Spectrum), MAP and Tamarack (for students with severe mental health needs), the Skills Center, and Images (post-high school transition).

Rebecca Fry

Rebecca Fry

Educational Consultant

Rebecca previously worked as a Special Education teacher and a K-12 Life Skills coordinator in the Bellevue School District.  She holds a BS in K-6 Primary Collaboration and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), a masters degree in ECSE, and a masters in Administration. Rebecca is Nationally Board Certified in the area of ECYA/ENS Sever/Multiple for ages-21 and has worked in a multitude of environments fron K-12 to higher ed. She has served as a head coach for Special Olympics for 10+ years.

Kelly Gettles

Kelly Gettles

Speech Language Pathologist

Kelly holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University.  She has taught students in public schools for 28 years, primarily at the elementary level.  For the past two years, she’s been working for Autism Therapy Services in Moses Lake serving preschool students with Autism.
Suzanne Gladsjo

Suzanne Gladsjo

Speech Language Pathologist, Wenatchee School District

Suzanne has a Masters Degree in Speech Language and Pathology from Nova Southeastern University, and Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Washington University. She has 23 years experience in K-12 education: 9 years as a General Ed Teacher in a variety of grade levels, and 14 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Wendy Graves

Wendy Graves

Special Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Devin Gurley

Devin Gurley

Central Office Administrator

Bio coming, soon. 

Erinn Havig

Erinn Havig

Social Worker

Bio coming, soon. 

Jen Havig

Jen Havig

General Education Teacher

Jen teaches English in the Battle Ground School District, holds both a B.A. and M.Ed. in English from Washington State University, and is pursuing an administrator credential. In her 17 years of teaching Jen has worked with all high school grades serving students from intensive to honors level. Jen facilitates professional development focusing on student engagement and instructional improvement. She also works with OSPI in the BEST program as Mentor Faculty and Roundtable Facilitator to train mentors of new teachers.

Mindy Hoffman

Mindy Hoffman

TOSA, Mentor for new SpEd Teachers

Mindy teaches Special Education in the Kennewick School District. Throughout her career, she has held several teaching positions including: middle school resource teacher and inclusion teacher, elementary life skills teacher, and elementary resource room teacher. Mindy is currently a full-time mentor teacher, facilitating the development of new-career special education teachers. With her Master’s in Elementary Math Education, Mindy also has taught Math and Science, in the Early Education department at Columbia Basin College.

Colleen Homola

Colleen Homola

General Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Heather Hupe (Frede)

Heather Hupe (Frede)

Paraprofessional

Bio coming, soon. 

Jonathan Judy

Jonathan Judy

Assistant Principal

Jonathan is a Middle School Assistant Principal in the Monroe School District. His Master’s degree was focused on Emotional and/or Behavioral Disabilities. Jonathan previously spent 4 years developing and facilitating programming for under-served students with a pattern of internalizing behaviors in the Lake Washington School District. His primary interest is in increase access and lowering barriers to achievement for students with disabilities, drawing from restorative justice, positive behavior intervention, and multi-tiered support.

Rachael Kettner-Thompson

Rachael Kettner-Thompson

General Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Madonna Konshuk-Carlton

Madonna Konshuk-Carlton

Special Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Marisol Mallari

Marisol Mallari

TOSA, P-12 Compliance/Safety Net Facilitator

As Special Services Compliance & Safety Net Facilitator for the Everett School District, Marisol is responsible for supporting, training, and monitoring special education teachers and related staff providers in the writing of IEPs – monitoring IEP compliance for all high need students. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in ECYA/ENS Mild/Moderate for ages 5-21, with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Marisol has taught students with various disabilities in multiple classroom settings: K-8 Resource, 6-8 Extended Resource, and 3-5 Behavior Support.

Heidi Melcher

Heidi Melcher

Special Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Dacca Michaelis

Dacca Michaelis

Special Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Terressa Montgomery

Terressa Montgomery

Parent

Terressa has two adult children, one of whom was identified as autistic. Thus, she was active in her childrens’ education and collaborated with the school teachers and staff. Working with private specialists, Terressa established an in-home therapy program for her sons that helped her provide strong leadership to her son’s respective IEP teams. Terressa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Eastern Washington University and a JD from Gonzaga University School of Law. Terressa is currently employed as a Business Coach and trainer with a national insurance company.

Leslie Morrison

Leslie Morrison

Special Education Teacher

Leslie is an Employment and Transition Liaison Teacher for the Gateway to Adult Transition Education Program with Vancouver Public Schools; workint with students 18 to 21. She is trained in Person Centered Planning and facilitates and mentors in the PCP process. Leslie has worked with special needs students from elementary age children to adult. Before joining the staff of the Vancouver Public Schools, Leslie worked as the Director of Public Relations for Creative Educational Co. She was also an adjunct faculty for Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University.

Camille Nelson

Camille Nelson

Special Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Danae Place

Danae Place

Special Education Teacher

Danae is a National Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist P-12 for Severe and Profound students. She holds a BA focusing in Deaf and Bilingual Education and has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Danae started her career in Deaf Education and has taught at every level from early childhood through adults. Some of that time was spent training teachers of the Deaf in Kenya. She is currently working as a K-2nd grade teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities at Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton, WA, specializing in students with language delays. Danae is also the parent of three typically developing children and one child with severe disabilities.

Gordon Quinlan

Gordon Quinlan

Special Education Teacher

Gordon is a native San Diegan, where he spent 13 years as a Laboratory Technician. He has lived in Washington for the past 20 years; first attending The Evergreen State College and graduating with a Master in Teaching degree, in 2004. Gordon intended to be a Kindergarten teacher but discovered that he enjoyed Special Education. He teaches students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Behavioral Disability, and other similar disabilities that present with challenging behavior.

Erin Reiber

Erin Reiber

General Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Tamra Scheetz

Tamra Scheetz

Position

Bio coming soon.

Heidi Schroeder

Heidi Schroeder

Special Education Teacher, Coach

Heidi has several degrees from Washington State University – endorsed in both Early Childhood General Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Over her 30+ year career she has taught K-5 Resource Room, A K-5 Life Skills class, General Education Kindergarten, General Education 1st grade and Special Education Preschool. She currently, teaches an alternative classroom for preschool students on the Autism Spectrum as well as coaches in an inclusive preschool classroom. Heidi has recently opened her own Consulting Business focusing on assisting new Special Education Teachers with classroom organization and some teaching strategies.

Joan Smith-Bator

Joan Smith-Bator

Special Ed Teacher, Adjunct Professor

Joan is a middle school teacher in the Ellensburg School District. She works with students with moderate and significant disabilities, and is an adjunct instructor at Central Washington University. Joan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and a Master’s degree from City University.  She is National Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, Severe and Multiple Disabilities. Joan has been in education 25+ years, teaching students with all levels of abilities and in a variety of inclusive settings. Joan’s husband, Steve, is also a teacher.  They have 4 children, 2 dogs, plus several horses and mules.  

Kari Sullivan

Kari Sullivan

Parent/Guardian

Kari lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband Tim and son (now 20 years old) who was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Kari has been a strong parent advocate and classroom volunteer: a PTA member, on the board of the local Special Education PTSA, coach & board member for Miracle League baseball, and volunteer for local disability organizations. Kari’s main goal is to help create an inclusive and accepting school and community environment – advocating for inclusion in general education classes and helping support differentiated instruction – recently organizing a parent advisory group to work with staff to improve the Evergreen Transition Program.

Beth Ann Sykes

Beth Ann Sykes

Special Education Teacher, Adjunct Professor

Bio coming, soon. 

Janise Wertz

Janise Wertz

Special Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

Julie Wickersham

Julie Wickersham

Education Support Person

Bio coming, soon. 

Emily Wilgus

Emily Wilgus

Special Education Teacher

Bio coming, soon. 

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Consultants

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Retired WEA Staff

Mark is a life long special educator who previously served as Coordinator of Special Programs for the WEA. Since retirement, Mark has continued his interest in special education by serving as a Special Education trainer, advisor, and critical friend, for the WEA Special Education Support Center.

Gary Obermeyer

Gary Obermeyer

Consultant, Learning Options

Gary has served in various roles in support of WEA projects and programs, beginning in the mid-80s with the Restructuring Schools initiative and later with the NEA Keys to Excellence program. For more than a decade, he has been a consultant to the Special Education Support Center in the design, maintenance, and promotion of the SESC website, and in the facilitation of online support for the WEA Special Ed Cadre.

Pat Steinburg

Pat Steinburg

Consultant, Education Services Group

Pat has extensive experience as a special educator in the public schools of Washington State and as the special education coordinator for the Washington Education Association.  Responsibilities included designing and providing training to educators on a wide range of special ed topics. Pat has a strong background in school improvement, special education service models, and instruction – currently consulting with several school districts, agencies and educational organizations, and the WEA Special Ed Support Center.