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


Lisa Backer

SpEd Forms

DaSY Consultant 

Pyramid Model Board

of Directors

Lisa Maraist Byhre
Region 11
Prior Lake - Savage 
Public Schools

Judy Swett
CAN Coordinator
PACER Center

Almas Merchant

Region 11


Public Schools

Jody Altringer

Regions 5 and 7


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

Louise Raths
Region 11
St.  Louis Park  
Public Schools


Jessica Mattson

Region 11

Moundsview Public Schools

Julie Payne-McCullum

Region 11

Minneapolis public Schools

Pam Morrison
Region 11

Stillwater Public Schools

the minnesota division

for early childhood

Centers of Excellence for...

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

Board Directory

Andrea Robbins
Past President
Waseca Public Schools​​

Michele Kvikstad
Bloomington Public Schools

Sarah Wille

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)​

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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MN DEC Calendar of Events

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