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.

 
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.

Stacey Jantzen
Program Coordinator for the High School Level

Ms. Jantzen is the Program Coordinator for Instruction at our High School level.  Stacey received her Bachelors in Science from SUNY Geneseo and her Masters from The College of Saint Rose.  She holds advanced certifications in School District Leadership and School Building Leadership.  Ms. Jantzen is a NYS licensed and ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist.  Stacey has worked for Wildwood School since 2003.

Jennifer Guernsey
Program Coordinator for the Elementary Level

Ms. Guernsey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who serves as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary 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'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.

Scott Iovinella
Program Coordinator for the Young Adult Program

Mr. Iovinella is the Interim Program Coordinator for Instruction at our Young Adult level. Scott received his Bachelors in Science in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta and his Masters from the College of St. Rose. Scott has been a member of the Transition Readiness Department since 2013, helping families and students navigate the transition into adult services. Before that, Scott served as a member of the Social Work Department working with students and families as part of the classroom team. Over his 20 year career with Wildwood, Scott has served on many committees within the school and agency.

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.

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.