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Our Staff

DePaul’s staff consists of Certified Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, a School Psychologist, Registered Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, administrative personnel, teaching assistants and support services staff.

Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Ruth G. Auld, EdD

Administrative Assistant

Dianne Vano


Mary Jo Maynard, MS, MEd

Administrative Assistants

Donna Koenig
Mary Ann Potter

Director of Finance

Kathleen B. Varley

Director of Pupil Services

David D. Williams, MEd

Administrative Assistant

Sierra McAndrews


Randy Wozniak
Melinda Stepanick

Director of Outreach and Audiology Manager

Debbie Johnston, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA

Director of Early Intervention

Michelle Parfitt, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Director of External Educational Services

Michelle Andros, MEd

Chief Communications Officer

Sara Baines-Miller

Development Manager

Rachel Mende

Clinical Staff


Lindsay Diethorn, AuD, CCC-A
Debbie Johnston, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA

Speech-Language Pathologists

Brittany Furnari, MS, CCC-SLP
Shannon Sharma, MS CCC-SLP
Mary Lofreso, MA, CF-SLP
Susan Schmitt, MA, CCC-SLP
Wendy Zdobinski, MA, CCC-SLP

School Nurse

Aimee Mitchell, RN, BS

School Psychologist

Christian Giannone, EdS, NCSP

Occupational Therapist

Janet Taylor, OTR/L, SIPT Certification

Physical Therapist

Laxmi Velankar

Teaching Staff

Early Childhood Department

 Teachers of the Deaf

Olivia Pietrusinski, MSEd
Jessica Leschinsky, BSEd
Emma Santos, BSEd
Amanda Wysocki, MEd 

Teaching Assistant

Mandy Mulligan, MEd 

Credentialed Paraeducator

Maria Supe

Elementary Department

Teachers of the Deaf

Jennifer Boehm, MDE
Lindsey DePra, BSEd, MA
Alicia DiBenedetto, MSEd
Kylie Hepler, MSEd
Kathy McDermott, MEd
Sister Mary John Moore SC, MEd
Jane Newcomer, MEd
Angie Nordstrom, MEd
Rose Velgich, MEd

Teaching Assistants

Julianne Bartko, BA
Jennifer Craig

Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf

Tanya Averso, MEd
Emline Augustine, MEd, SLP-A
Michael Prezioso, MS, MEd

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