Bill LeForestier
Director of Education

Mr. LeForestier is a New York State certified School District Administrator (SDA) who serves as the the Director of Education for the Wildwood School. Prior to coming to Wildwood, he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education in the Kingston City School District from 2014-2018. Prior to Kingston, he was the Superintendent of Schools at Vanderheyden Hall in Wynantskill, the Campus and Career and Technical Principal at the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, and the Junior-Senior High School Principal in Duanesburg for four years. He also has administrative experience at Shenendehowa and Troy in both Special and Alternative Education. Prior to entering school administration, he was a special education teacher in Troy and at Vanderheyden Hall. He holds a master’s degree in Special Education from the Sage Colleges and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hartwick College.

 
Cindy Riggi
Associate Director of Operations and Clincial Services

Ms. Riggi is a New York State certified School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) and School District Administrator (SDA) who serves as the Associate Director for Operations and Clinical Services.  For many years, she worked directly with students at all program levels at Wildwood School as a certified and licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and then as the Department Lead for Speech and Language Therapy and Chairperson for the Admissions Committee.  As Associate Director, Cindy oversees the hiring, orientation, and appraisal process for all staff.  In addition, she works closely with Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Nurses and Admissions Committee.

Jennifer Guernsey
Associate Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and High School Program Coordinator

Ms. Guernsey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of New York who serves as the Program Coordinator for the High School Program level.  Ms. Guernsey received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY Oswego and her Master of Education in Special Education/Autism/Behavior Analysis.  She worked as a special education teacher at a residential school in Massachusetts for three years, and as a behavior specialist at a residential school in New York for four years before coming to Wildwood in September of 2016 to work as a Behavior Specialist at the Intermediate level.  Ms. Guernsey spent the last two years serving as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary Program level.  Ms. Guernsey's areas of interest include working to build communication skills, social skills, and other areas of skill deficits in young children, as well as working to decrease problem behaviors.  She is a professional member of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis.  Ms. Guernsey is currently attending The College of Saint Rose Graduate Program for Educational Leadership to obtain her School Building Leader/School District Leader Certification.

Kelly Sagan
Program Coordinator for the Intermediate Level

Ms. Sagan started working at Wildwood School during the 2009-2010 school year. She has received her Bachelor's degree from Siena College and her Master's Degree in Special Education/Adolescent Education from the College of Saint Rose. Throughout her time at Wildwood, Ms. Sagan has served as a teaching assistant and as a teacher at the intermediate program level for the past 5 school years. She has been the Assistant Program Coordinator for Wildwood's summer extension program in Altamont for the past 2 summers. She is now the Program Coordinator for Instruction at the Intermediate level.

Audrey Franke
Program Coordinator for the Elementary Program

Ms. Franke serves as the Program Coordinator for Instruction at our Elementary Program Level. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood and Special Education as well as her Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Saint Rose. During the 2014-2015 school year, Ms. Franke started working at Wildwood School as a teacher at the Intermediate Program Level. Before coming to Wildwood, she taught both integrated and self-contained classrooms at both the preschool and kindergarten levels.  Ms. Franke is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Niagara University, which will lead to certifications in both School Building Leader and School District Leader in December of 2019. 

John Clausson
Coordinator of Instruction for the Young Adult Program and Transition Readiness Department

Mr. Clausson is the Program Coordinator for instruction at our Young Adult Program. John is a Licensed, Certified School Social Worker and graduated with his MSW from SUNY Albany in 2005. Prior to his new role, John oversaw Wildwood’s Work-Based Learning and Transition Dept. for the past 7 years. He has helped students of all abilities use the skills developed through their education in order to find post-secondary success through employment, OPWDD and ACCES-VR services. 

Melanie Ebbing, RN
Lead Nurse for Wildwood School Nursing Department

Ms. Ebbing is a Registered Nurse who serves as Lead Nurse for Wildwood School.  Ms. Ebbing attended the Nursing Program at the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing.  Along with Ms. Ebbing, the Nursing staff provides students with the best healthy learning environment possible.  During the year, Ms. Ebbing also serves on several school committees.

 
Katelyn Farrell, MS Ed., CCC-SLP
Lead Speech and Language Therapist
Mrs. Farrell is a Licensed Speech Pathologist who serves as the Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Wildwood School.  Katelyn completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech and received her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorder from the College of St. Rose.  She holds her teaching certification for Speech and Language Disabilities and is certified by ASHA for clinical competence. Katelyn has worked at Wildwood School since 2009, working directly at the Young Adult Level, prior to taking on her current role.  Katelyn serves on several school committees and is committed to creating meaningful and functional communication for the students of Wildwood School. 
 
Susan Frost, LCSW-R
Lead Social Worker

Ms. Frost is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who serves as the Lead Social Worker at Wildwood School.  Sue worked as a classroom social worker at all levels prior to taking her present position.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Albany.  Sue provides clinical supervision and oversees the development and follow-through of social work outcomes.  Sue serves on several committees within the school as well as the agency’s Incident Review Committee.  She also works with youth in the community where she co-teaches a youth theater program.

Heather Isabelle, OTR/L
Lead Occupational Therapist

Ms. Isabelle has been the Lead Occupational Therapist since 2011.  Prior to this, Ms. Isabelle has been an OTR/L since starting at Wildwood in 1999.  She received her Occupational Therapy degree from Quinnipiac College and is registered and licensed to practice in New York State.  

Kelly McKnight, MS, LBA, BCBA
Lead Behaviorist

Ms. McKnight is a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who serves as the lead behavior specialist at Wildwood School. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University and has experience providing behavioral assessment, consultation, and training in clinic, school, and home settings. Ms. McKnight supervises the members of the behavior support department and her interests include using applied behavior analysis to address challenging behaviors, as well as, training others on the application of behavior analytic principles. 

Cheryl Nelson, PT
Lead Physical Therapist

Ms. Nelson is a licensed physical therapist, and is registered and licensed to practice in New York State. Ms. Nelson graduated with honors from Russell Sage College receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical therapy. She has been a part-time member of the Wildwood School staff since 1997.  Ms. Nelson has prior pediatric physical therapy experience from Capital Region BOCES and private practice. In addition to pediatrics, she stays active in the area of rehabilitative physical therapy. 

 

 

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