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

Human Resources Manager

Marcus Mihelcic


Mary Jo Maynard, MS, MEd

Administrative Assistant

Donna Koenig

Director of Finance

Kathleen B. Varley

Director of Pupil Services

David D. Williams, MEd

Administrative Assistant

Sierra McAndrews


Randy Wozniak
Melinda Stepanek

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

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

School Psychologist

Christian Giannone, EdS, NCSP

Physical/Occupational Therapist

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

Behavioral Specialist

Mandy Mulligan, MEd

Teaching Staff

Early Childhood Department

 Teachers of the Deaf

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

Teaching Assistants

Amanda Rea Miller

Credentialed Paraeducator

Maria Supe

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

Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf

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