Staff

Administrators

  • Jan SerakJan Serakjserak@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Jan Serak, M.A., is the CEO/Founder of WI FACETS, a parent-led nonprofit agency located in Milwaukee, WI. She also serves as the Co-Director of the Region 4 Parent Technical Assistance Center (www.region4ta.us) providing TA to 10 parent centers in 8 Midwest states; and the Co-Director of the WI Parent Training and Information Center. Serak is the Parent Partner for the WI Special Education Mediation System, providing administrative oversight and training. She is a consultant for the National Center for Systemic Improvement (Data Use Team; RBA Cross-State Learning Collaborative). Serak is a founding Board member of the National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment (National PLACE).advocating to ensure a place at the table for every family and family organization. She serves on the National CADRE Advisory Board, National Center for Deaf-Blindness Family Engagement Technical Workgroup, Family Support Research and Training Center Advisory Board, and Advisory Panel for the National Autism Indicators Report. She is a Senior Advisor for the Center for Parent Information and Resources. She has served as the President of the Autism Society of WI, President of the Autism Society of SE WI, and as a Board member and Legislative Chair for the Autism Society of America. She received her B.S. from the University of WI and M.A. in Educational Psychology and Dispute Resolution from Marquette University. She is the parent of two young adult sons (Ben, who has autism, and Jeffrey) and passionately believes that every child deserves a chance to shine.
  • Courtney SalzerCourtney Salzercsalzer@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Courtney Salzer is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training, and Support, Inc. She serves as Co-Director of the OSEP-funded Wisconsin Parent Training and Information Center and the Region 4 Parent TA Center. Courtney received Law Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University. She earned her Professional Certificate in Non Profit Management from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to her work with WI FACETS, Courtney was an attorney in private practice, where she did a variety of civil litigation including school and special education law. Courtney has worked over five years for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System. She is an Instructor in the UW-Milwaukee Nonprofit Management Program. Courtney has served on several nonprofit Boards of Directors, including currently as a founding member of the National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment (National PLACE). Courtney and her husband are the parents of two amazing young children.

Accounting Director

  • Cheryl PetersonCheryl Petersoncpeterson@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Cheryl Peterson is the Accounting Director for WI FACETS. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. She received her Bachelors’ Degree from Alverno College. She also holds an MBA in Finance and a Masters of Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to working with WI FACETS, Cheryl worked for other non-profit organizations in the local area where she was responsible for various accounting and finance functions. Cheryl also owns a local business with her husband.

Administrative Services Coordinator

  • Sandra McFarlandSandra McFarlandsmcfarland@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Sandra McFarland is the Administrative Services Coordinator for WI FACETS. Sandra provides secretarial support to the WI FACETS Administrative Team. Sandra has over 23 years of Customer Service experience and 15 years’ experience in the Administrative Field. She received her Associate’s Degree in 1997 for Administrative Assistance from the Milwaukee Area Technical College. Sandra has an extensive amount of training related to Customer Service, Data/Records Management and Effective Communication Strategies. Sandra provides secretarial support for all of the clergy staff and members at her church. Sandra is the sister of a young woman who was deaf, and she is the mother of two boys.

Program Staff

  • Victoria Davis DávilaVictoria Davis Dávilavdavisdavila@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Victoria Davis Dávila is the director of the State Personnel Development Grant and the Milwaukee Public Schools Initiative Grant at WI FACETS. Victoria received her Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Madison in 2007 and her Law Degree from Marquette University in 2011. Prior to joining WI FACETS, Victoria was an attorney in private practice, where her practice focused on disability law, including special education, guardianship, and juvenile law issues. She has served on non-profit boards, spoken on disability law topics for various groups, and volunteers for pro bono legal service providers. Victoria is the sister of a young man with physical and learning disabilities. She is recently married and lives in Milwaukee with her husband.
  • Lori KarcherLori Karcherlkarcher@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Lori is one of our Help Desk Specialists. She joined the WI FACETS staff in late November of 2015. Lori brings 17 years of personal experience of navigating the WI Special Education System alongside her daughter who lives with cerebral palsy, cognitive and physical disabilities and a seizure disorder. Lori has served on numerous boards as a parent volunteer both within the special education system and with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She holds a BS in Biology from UW-Milwaukee. Her mission aligns with that of WI FACETS, to empower parents to make informed decisions regarding their children’s education. Lori is thrilled to be included in this impressive and passionate group of individuals who have come together to support our future through our children.
  • Martha LechugaMartha Lechugamlechuga@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Martha Lechuga has worked with WI-FACETS since October, 2008. She is the Statewide Multicultural Specialist/Latino and Milwaukee Child Find Project Multicultural Specialist/Latino. Martha has been a Parent Mentor and Parent Volunteer, assisting Spanish-speaking families of children with autism since 2002. 2008 to present, She is the coordinator of the "Latino Autism Support Group". Martha came from Mexico 16 years ago and she lives with her husband and two children, Alfonso Jr. and Mariell who has autism.
  • Bonnie Vander MeulenBonnie Vander Meulenbvandermeulen@wifacets.org608-821-0730Read bio »Bonnie Vander Meulen is a licensed professional counselor with more than 40 years of counseling experience. She has worked extensively with students and families on all levels of the educational spectrum. She has previously served as the technical advisor for a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant through Pathways to Independence entitled Employment of Persons with Disabilities in Professional Positions. Previously, Bonnie completed her responsibilities as the primary facilitator for a Department of Education grant at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater’s Center for Students with Disabilities. This extremely successful one year grant provided supported education for individuals with pervasive and persistent mental illness. The mother of a young adult with multiple disabilities, Bonnie advocates for children with special needs. She currently serves as the Trainer for Wisconsin FACETS, the Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support. Bonnie is responsible for the coordination and implementation of WI FACETS trainings for parents and professionals throughout the state.
  • Wendy OverturfWendy Overturfwoverturf@wifacets.org855-629-2199Read bio »Wendy started working for WIFACETS in the fall of 2012. She has been a professional educator for over 25 years and has held positions as a special education teacher, a disability consultant for Head Start, an Associate Principal and an elementary principal. Wendy retired in May 2012 from her fulltime position, after serving five years as school district superintendent. She attended UW-Whitewater for her undergraduate work, Marian University for her masters' level work and received her doctorate from Edgewood College in 2007. Her dissertation focused on topics related to special education. Working with children with special educational needs and their families has always been an integral part of her life both professionally and personally as her husband was a Director of Special Education for 30 years
  • Nelsinia Ramos Nelsinia Ramos nwroblewski@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Nelsinia Ramos is the Parent Services Coordinator of the OSEP funded Parent Training and Information Center of Wisconsin. She is also the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator for the WI Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS); and a multicultural consultant for the Region 4 PTAC, a grant funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education and managed by WI FACETS to provide technical assistance to 8 states in the Midwest. Nelsinia received her B.A. in Business & Management from Alverno College; an Associate’s Degree in Social Work from Milwaukee Area Technical College and a Non-Profit Management professional certification from UW-Milwaukee. Nelsinia is the parent of a young adult with social and intellectual needs and the founder of the Latino Autism Support group. She currently serves on the National Military Parent TA Center Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Autism Society of Wisconsin Board of Directors and the National IDEA Partnership on Creating Agreement training team.
  • Chris StaggeChris Staggecstagge@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Chris Stagge is the Accounting and Development Assistant, coordinating annual WI FACETS fundraiser: Diamonds in the Rough. She also serves as the Region 4 PTAC Program Assistant, coordinating Region 4 Annual Parent Technical Assistance Center Conference. Chris has worked for disability related non-profit organizations since 1993, and with WI FACETS since October, 2008. Chris is the parent of two young adults, including a son with autism.
  • Mildred StarksMildred Starksmstarks@wifacets.org414-374-4645Read bio »Mildred completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction concentrating in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University. She has recently started a doctoral program in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy. Her professional history includes both being an early childhood educator and managing early childhood programs. She has a special interest in social-emotional learning, particularly in the area of literacy. She has also trained extensively on a variety of early childhood, literacy, and professional development related topics.
  • Matthew ZellmerMatthew Zellmermzellmer@wifacets.org414-374-4645877-374-0511Read bio »Matthew joined the WI FACETS staff in 2009 as the Transition Coordinator for the Youth Information, Training, and Resource Center grant after serving on the project’s youth steering committee for two years. He also serves as the Director of the Milwaukee County Advocacy grant and is the Lead Helpdesk Specialist on the statewide PTI Grant. In addition, he serves on a number of state and local committees related to transition. Matthew graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2003 with a degree in broadcast journalism, then earned his Master’s in communication from there in 2006.