Members at large:

Jodi Gryskiewicz
Region​ 9
New Prague  Public Schools


Jenna Strain Lutz
Region 11
​ Minneapolis Public Schools


Emilie Levinson
Region 11
Robbinsdale Area Schools

​Andrea Robbins
Waseca Public Schools​​

Beth James
Region 11
Edina Public Schools

Judy Swett
CAN Coordinator
PACER Center

Julie Payne-McCullum
Region 11
Minneapolis public Schools

Jody Altringer

Regions 5 and 7



Jessica Mattson
Region 11
St. Anthony/New Brighton Schools

Pam Morrison
Region 11
Stillwater Public Schools

Louise Raths
Region 11
St. Louis Park Public Schools- retired

Jody Kinney
Region 11
Stillwater Area School District


Deanna Gronseth
Region 11
Watertown-Mayer and Central School Districts


Brenda Hanlon
Region 11
Robbinsdale Area Schools

Lisa Backer
SpEd Forms
DaSY Consultant 
Pyramid Model Board o
f Directors

Elizabeth Peters Rust    
Region 3
MN Centers of Excellence for 
Young Children with Disabilities

MN DEC Calendar of Events

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An initiative designed to regionalize professional development systems in Minnesota. Visit MNCOE website

Board Directory

Michele Kvikstad
Past President
Bloomington Public Schools​

Sarah Wille
Minneapolis Public Schools

​Almas Merchant

Minneapolis Public Schools

Lisa Schroeder
Janesville Waldorf Pemberton Schools   
Beth James

Edina Public Schools 

Aaron Deris
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Carol Maliszewski
MDE Representative

(nonvoting member)​

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The Minnesota Division for Early Childhood (MN DEC) is a statewide membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs.

the minnesota division

for early childhood