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Stakeholders

The Minnesota Collaborative Plan was developed by a diverse group of stakeholders. Each stakeholder is a chosen representative from an organization that is involved with the Collaborative Plan. The stakeholders are authorized to make decisions on behalf of their organization. A complete list of organizations involved with the Collaborative Plan is available. Each stakeholder is assigned to a work group dedicated to a specific age range.

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  • Birth - Age 5 work group

    • Kathy Anderson - Low Incidence: EHDI Projects
    • Nicole Brown - MN Department of Health
    • Darcia Dierking - MN Department of Health
    • Anne Grace Donatucci - Minnesota State Academies
    • Laura Godfrey - Manager: Minnesota Hands & Voices
    • Debbie Golos - University of Minnesota
    • Danelle Gournaris - Minnesota Deaf Family Mentor Program
    • Michelle Isham - D/HH licensed teacher: Region 5/7
    • Doobie Kurus - D/HH licensed teacher: Minneapolis Public Schools
    • Susan Lane-Outlaw - Metro Deaf School
    • Erin Loavenbruck - Northern Voices
    • Gloria Nathanson - Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens
    • Chelsea Paulson - Deaf/Hard of Hearing Role Model Program
    • Lyndsey Raffelson - D/HH licensed teacher: Region 10
    • Deanna Rothbauer - DeafBlind Projects
    • Kara Tempel - Part C Coordinator: MN Dept of Education

    View the current goals and indicators for the Birth - Age 5 work group.

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  • Kindergarten - Grade 4 work group

    • Brenda Ackerson - Regional Low Incidence Facilitator (RLIF) Regions 1-2
    • Anne Barlow - Metro Parent Guide/Event Coordinator: MN Hands & Voices
    • Aaron Barnes - Supervisor of Work Force and Low Incidence Special Education: MN Dept of Education
    • Nicole Brown - Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Co-Coordinator: MN Dept of Health
    • Mary Cashman-Bakken - State Specialist of D/HH Education: MN Dept of Education
    • Janet Caven - Staff: University of Minnesota
    • Brooke Peterson - Director of Low Incidence Disabilities: ISD 917
    • Susan Rose - Professor Emeritus of D/HH Education
    • Diane Schiffler-Dobe - D/HH Licensed Teacher
    • Valerie Shirley - D/HH Licensed Teacher: ISD 196
    • Melissa Sweetmilk - Dean of Students: Metro Deaf School
    • Terry Wilding - Superintendent: Minnesota State Academies
    • Kathy Zerby - D/HH Licensed Teacher: St. Paul

    View the current goals and indicators of the Kindergarten - Grade 4 work group.

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  • Grades 5-8 work group

    • Aaron Barnes - Supervisor of Work Force and Low Incidence Special Education: MN Dept of Education
    • Sunny Brysch - Representative: Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens
    • Diane Dohnalik - Administrator: St. Paul
    • Mandy Fredrickson - D/HH Licensed Teacher: Metro Deaf School
    • Brenda Hommerding - Guide By Your Side Coordinator: MN Hands & Voices
    • Rebecca Jackson - Work Force Specialist: Minnesota Dept of Education
    • Cathy Lyle - State Specialist: Minnesota DeafBlind Project
    • Emily Manson - D/HH Licensed Teacher: St. Paul
    • Ann Mayes - D/HH Licensed Teacher: ISD 917
    • Sara Noble - D/HH Licensed Teacher: Minneapolis
    • Jody Olson - Administrator: Minnesota State Academies
    • Chelsea Paulson - Coordinator: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Role Model
    • Rebecca Thomas - Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens
    • Jody Waldo - D/HH Licensed Teacher: ISD 916
    • Kathy Zerby - D/HH Licensed Teacher: St. Paul

    View the current goals and indicators of the Grades 5-8 work group.

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  • Secondary/Transition work group

    • Mary Cashman-Bakken - State Specialist D/HH Education: MN Dept of Education
    • Robyn Coninx - Lead Metro Guide: Minnesota Hands & Voices
    • Deanne Curran - Parent Advocate: Pacer
    • Pearl Devenow - D/HH Licensed Teacher: ISD 917
    • John Fechter - Representative: Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens
    • Jay Fehrman - Director of Low Incidence Disabilities: ISD 916
    • Katie Huttmeier - D/HH Licensed Teacher: St. Paul
    • Katy Kelley - State Coordinator for DeafBlind Services: State Services for the Blind
    • Elise Knopf - State Coordinator for Deaf Services: MN Vocational Rehabilitation 
    • Jeanne Kolo-Johnson - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD)
    • Kendra Rask - Transition-Post Secondary Liaison: Vector Transition Program
    • Kristin Ryan - D/HH Licensed Teacher: Metro Deaf School
    • Terry Wilding - Minnesota State Academies

    View the current goals and indicators of the Secondary/Transition work group.

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  • Steering Committee

    The leadership of the Collaborative Plan is called the Steering Committee. This group is coordinated by Anna Paulson, MNCDHH's Coordinator of Educational Advancements & Partnership. The members of the Steering Committee are:

    • Aaron Barnes, Low-Incident Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education
    • Nicole Brown, EHDI Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health
    • John Fechter, Board Member, Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC)
    • Debbie Golos, Coordinator of Special Education, University of Minnesota
    • Laura Godfrey, Manager, Minnesota Hands & Voices
    • Mary Hartnett, Executive Director, Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH)
    • Elise Knopf, State Coordinator for Deaf Services, Minnesota Employment and Economic Development, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    • Katy Kelley, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, State Services for the Blind (SSB)
    • Terry Wilding, Superintendent, Minnesota State Academies
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