With the retirement of Linda Olson, the new K-8 Extended Day/Enrichment Coordinator is Sue McNally. Sue is coming to Winona from La Crescent, Minn. where she ran their school-age child care program for the past 16 years. She is a graduate of UW-La Crosse in Recreational Mgt. and is a graduate of Winona Senior High. She is “very excited to be back in Winona serving the children and families of the community.”Sue is supervising the Key Kids and After School Activities Program for grades 5-8.
Chris Dahlke is coordinating the Adult Literacy program after the retirement of Judy Root. He will be at the helm to shepherd in the changes to GED testing in 2014. Chris is a native of St. Paul. He received his Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and his Master’s degree from WSU-both in English. He has 15 years of teaching experience at the high school and university levels.
After 20 years, Maureen Gaffron retired as a family resource worker. Rebeckah Ellinghuysen joins the Family Based Services staff as a Family Resource Worker, following a recent move from central Wisconsin. She comes with a strong educational and experiential background as a parent, foster parent, and group home house parent. Rebeckah has extensive training in the developmental needs of children and special needs children. Additionally, she has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of communication, family dynamics, and relational wellness. Rebeckah is specifically trained in helping families navigate changes due to loss or trauma. She is excited to join the team in the Community Education Department.
Shala Corey is now facilitating the Baby Connections program. Prior to starting at Baby Connections, Shala spent the last five and a half years as a labor and delivery and postpartum RN at Gundersen Health System. She received her RN degree from MN State College Southeast Technical and has since furthered her education at Winona State University. Currently, Shala is working on a Masters degree at Walden University. She looks forward “to enhancing the existing community network of services and support for our Winona County families. My goal is to begin seeing families during the prenatal period as well as through a child’s first year of life.” Shala replaces Jenni McHugh who is now working full time on an advanced degree.
Sue, Chris, Rebeckah and Shala can be reached through the Community Education Office at 494-0900.