Our Leadership Team

WMLC’s Leadership Team is comprised of Quintessential, top of the line, professional, excellent, knowledgeable, character-filled employees who are always growing, always learning, and implementing cutting edge techniques.

Debra Schipper

Debra Schipper

Chief Executive Officer 
B.A. Secondary Education-English, German, and Journalism; M.Ed. Educational Psychology-Emotional Behavioral Disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist

Licensed:  K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders, K-12 Emotional Behavior Disorders, 7-12 English/Language Arts, and 7-12 German

Debra has been a professional educator in general and special education for over twenty-five years. She teaches, coaches, and supports children through young adults, and their families, with autism spectrum and related needs. With experience and expertise in elementary through high schools, Debra also teaches and prepares others to work effectively with these special young people.

In recent years, Debra has completed Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Clinical Training Program Level 1 Assessment Mentorship Training Program in San Jose and has also completed ADOS Reliability Training at the University of Michigan with Catherine Lord's team.

Mary Wyatt

Mary Wyatt

Director of Admissions and Educational Placement
Born and raised in Rock Valley Iowa, Mary attended Rock Valley High School and continued on to obtain a degree in Elementary Education (K-8) from Augustana College. Her previous experience includes teaching 1st grade at Fairmont Public School, being a Title 1 teacher for Menomonie Public School District, and being the Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center. Mary enjoys gardening, golfing, traveling, biking, reading, attending fitness classes, and having lunch with friends.

Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson

School Services Director & Lead Autism Specialist

Undergraduate degree from the University of St. Catherine in Elementary Education and Graduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in Specific Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Licensed: 1-6 Elementary Education, K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders, and K-12 Specific Learning Disabilities

Before joining the WMLC family, Nancy worked as a special education case manager for students with disabilities at a school in Maple Grove for ten years. Besides teaching academics and social skills, she made sure that her students got the appropriate supports in their mainstream classes. In her spare time Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling or just kicking back with a good book.

Janet Gressman

Janet Gressman

Director of Operations
Janet is responsible for planning and coordinating the day-to-day business operations of all centers and serves as administrative aid to the CEO. She brings more than 35 years of business knowledge and perspective into her role. Janet joined WMLC in 2002. She has served as a board member of Metro Friendship Foundation, has volunteered with TSA-MN and has been a foster mother to nineteen children. She is married to Mike and was the mother of Aaron (1988-2016).  Janet enjoys reading novels and magazines amongst her flowers, and with her cats whenever she can.

Carl Weber

Carl Weber

Lotus Specialized Learning Center Coordinator and Camp Connections Day Camp Coordinator

General Education Licensure in Progress

Carl was born in Watszka, IL and was raised in Fargo, ND.  He obtained a B.A. in Secondary Education Biology at the University of MN, Duluth.  Carl enjoys spending time with family and friends at the lake, outdoor activities, and nature, Biological Sciences, hanging out, and being optimistic!

 

Taylor Krahn

Taylor Krahn

Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator & Lotus Support Specialist

B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders

Taylor was born and raised in Warroad, MN.  She fell in love with every aspect of working with individuals with autism immediately after getting her undergraduate degree.  She likes anything outside, particularly biking, hiking, skiing, and sunshine!  Favorite sports are tennis and volleyball, and Taylor is a country music fan.

Debbie Shortreed

Debbie Shortreed

Lotus Special Education Teacher

Licensed: K-12 Developmental Disabilities, B-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Debbie has lived in the metro area most of her life.  She attended Normandale Community College and Minnesota State University, Mankato.  She has worked for many years with students with autism as a paraprofessional, special education teacher, and after school tutor.  She also has a special interest in STEM.  Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to movies, out to dinner, and traveling.

 

Cheri Hanna

Cheri Hanna

Lotus Special Education Teacher

Licensed: 1-6 Elementary Education, K-12 Emotional Behavior Disorders, K-12 Learning Disabilities, K-12 Mild to Moderate Mentally Handicapped, K-12 Moderate to Severe Mentally Handicapped, High School Teacher/Coordinator Work Experience Disadvantaged and Handicapped

Cheri was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota.  She taught special education in grades 3-12 for 33 years and has worked with students with EBD, LD, ASD, OHD, TBI, and Hearing Impairments.  Cheri was named Teacher of the Year by the Belle Plaine School District, and was awarded Teacher of Excellence at the 1993 Minnesota Teacher of the year annual banquet; top 17 teachers in the state.  Cheri enjoys visiting state parks, presidential libraries, board games, card playing, reading nonfiction, fine dining, memorabilia/collectibles, and home decorating.

Tomasina Uttecht

Tomasina Uttecht

Administrative Assistant

Tomasina joined WMLC in  2006 as Office Manager and has held the positions of Director of Office and Personnel Administration, Director of Marketing and Business Development, and Executive Director.  She is thrilled to assist with keeping WMLC’s mission and values strong.