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Staff

Our staff is the backbone of our mission.

A Note from the Executive Director

VIPS believes the families we serve deserve to be taught by the highest level educators in the field of visual impairment and blindness to help each child reach their highest potential. VIPS is nationally recognized because we strive to attract only highly certified, compassionate,  skilled team members concentrating on continuous improvement and industry advancements. I am so very proud to introduce our amazing teachers, instructional assistants and the critically important administrative team that help to make our services possible.

Diane Nelson
Executive Director

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Leadership Team

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Diane M. Nelson
Executive Director

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Kelly Easton
Director of Community Outreach & Intake

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Kathy Mullen
Director of Education

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Meredith Howell
Director of Development

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Christina Welsh
Controller

Education Team

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Kim Berghoff
Blind/Low Vision Specialist

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Rebekah Dunda
Instructional Assistant

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Suzanne Bigbee
Instructional Assistant

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Ashley Emmons
Teacher of the Visually Impaired | Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist

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Trisha Conklin
Teacher of the Visually Impaired |  Orientation & Mobility Specialist

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Michelle Flora
Blind/Low Vision Specialist

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Kristan Decker
Preschool Assistant/Preschool Teacher/2's Class

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Debbie Hardesty
Instructional Assistant

 

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Pamela Holladay
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

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Sheila Klopfenstein
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision

 

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Lesley Lusher
Developmental Interventionist

 

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Paige Maynard
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

 

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Staci Maynard
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

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Tammy Maynard
Developmental Interventionist

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Juanita Miles
Preschool Director | Developmental Interventionist

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Amy Nichols
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision

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Rebecca Osley
Instructional Assistant

 

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Brenda Pharris
Instructional Assistant

 

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Sarah Potter
Instructional Assistant

 

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Tommie Roesch
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision | Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist

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Joni Santiago
Instructional Assistant

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Julia Sleder
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

 

 

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David Sterne
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision | First Steps Coordinator | Cultural Quality Assurance Coordinator 

 

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Crystal Tolbert
Instructional Assistant

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Malinda Vogel
Instructional Assistant

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Cheryl Vincent-Wallace
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision

Administrative Team

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Justine Aycock
Assistant Director of Development

 

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Jenny Castenir
Family Services Coordinator

 

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Carol Dahmke
Human Resources & Office Manager

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Rita DeVore
Office & Volunteer Coordinator

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Pauletta Feldman
Special Projects

 

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Ashley Ford
Event Coordinator

 

 

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Brian Justice
Building, Grounds, & Maintenance

 

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Ashley Ross
Communications Coordinator

 

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Kirsten Schmidt
Guest Relations & Volunteer Coordinator

 

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Mary Smyth
Grants Specialist

 

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Emily Thornton
Database Coordinator

 

 

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