Our Staff

DePaul’s staff consists of Certified Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Education Teachers, 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

Human Resources Manager

Marcus Mihelcic

Director of External
Educational Services

Michelle Andros, MEd

Director of Pupil Services

David D. Williams, MEd

Administrative Assistant

Sierra McAndrews


Randy Wozniak
Melinda Stepanek

Director of Finance

Kathleen B. Varley


William Doman


Mary Jo Maynard, MS, MEd

Administrative Assistant

Donna Koenig

Director of Early Intervention

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

Chief Communications Officer

Sara Baines-Miller

Outreach and Development Manager

Julianne Bartko

Capital Campaign Administrator

Linda S. Buker

Clinical Staff


Tessa Wirt, AuD, CCC-A

Speech-Language Pathologists

Jill Chieruzzi, MS, CF-SLP
Emily Luther, MA, CF-SLP
Susan Schmitt, MA, CCC-SLP
Wendy Zdobinski, MA, CCC-SLP
Marjke Van Der Zee, MA CCC-SLP

School Nurse

Aimee Mitchell, RN, BS

Physical/Occupational Therapist

Laxmi Velankar, MPT, Cert VRT (Peds)
Casey Waugh MS, OTR/L

School Psychologist

Christian Giannone, EdS, NCSP

Behavioral Specialist

Mandy Mulligan, MEd

Teaching Staff

Preschool and Toddler
Early Childhood Department

 Teachers and Teachers of the Deaf

Chrissie Barcelona, BSEd
Lindsay Diethorn, AuD, CCC-A
Madison Ifft, BSEd
Kelly Kimmy, BSEd
Jessica Leschinsky, BSEd
Emily Snyder, BSEd

Teaching Assistants

Amanda Rea Miller

Elementary Department

Teachers of the Deaf

Margaret Cowan, BSEd
Lindsey DePra, BSEd, MA, IDA-CERI
Alicia DiBenedetto, MSEd
Kylie Hepler, MSEd
Kathy McDermott, MEd
Jane Newcomer, MEd
Angie Nordstrom, MEd
Emma Santos, MEd
Rose Velgich-Figlar, MS, MEd

Credentialed Paraeducator
Maria Supe


Itenerant Teachers
of the Deaf

Tanya Averso, MS, MEd
Sarah Brailler, MEd
Jill Inscho, MEd
Michael Prezioso, MS, MEd
Natalie Rugg, MEd, Ph.D.