Members at large:

Jodi Altringer 
Regions 5 & 7

Public Schools​

 Elizabeth Peters-Rust
 Region 3

Public Schools

Jodi Gryskiewicz
Region​ 9
New Prague 
Public Schools

Jenna Strain Lutz
 Region 11
​ Minneapolis

Public Schools

Emilie Levinson
Region 11
St. Paul 
Public Schools


Sarah Wille

Region 11
Public Schools

Lisa Maraist
Region 11
Prior Lake - Savage

Public Schools

Almas Merchant

Region 11


Public Schools

Judy Swett

CAN Coordinator

PACER Center

Centers of Excellence for...

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

Board Directory

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.

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Board Directory

Pam Morrison
Past President
Stillwater Public Schools​

Andrea Robbins
Waseca Public Schools​

Michele Kvikstad

Bloomington Public Schools

Lisa Schroeder
 Janesville Waldorf Pemberton Schools       
Louise Raths
St Louis Park Public Schools

Aaron Deris
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Carol Maliszewski
MDE Representative (nonvoting member)​

Lisa Backer
MDE Representative (nonvoting member)

Beth James
Student Representative

the minnesota division

for early childhood

MN DEC Calendar of Events

Find upcoming events of interest to members involved in the MN DEC. View the Calendar​

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