Cheryl Marcella
Director of Education

Ms. Marcella is a New York State certified School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) and School District Administrator (SDA) who serves as the the Director of Education for Wildwood School. She is the mother of a 24 year year old son who has received supports and services from Wildwood school and programs since he was 10 years old.  Ms. Marcella was a board member for nine years on Wildwood's Program Board before she became the director of the school. In addition, previous to her affiliation with Wildwood she was the President of the Albany Autism Society of America.

Before coming to work for Wildwood Ms. Marcella was employed at Capital Region BOCES as a supervisor and program manager in the School Support Services division.  Most of her work revolved around curriculum, program, professional and organizational development while working with regional and statewide school districts.
Her degrees are an AAS in Early Childhood Education, BA in Psychology and Educational Psychology, Masters of Social Work and a School District Administrator Certification.
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.

Heather Quinn
Associate Director for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessments, and
Program Coordinator for the Young Adult Program Level

Ms. Quinn serves as the Associate Director for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, as well as oversees the Young Adult Program level. Ms. Quinn received her masters degrees in special education from Simmons College, her board certification in behavior analysis from Northeastern University and her advanced graduate certificate in school leadership from Stony Brook University. She is certified as a special education teacher, school building and district leader, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She worked as a special education teacher and behavior consultant within the public sector prior to joining the administrative team at Wildwood School in 2008. Ms. Quinn's primary areas of interest are in communication and skill acquisition, and well as in challenging behaviors. She is a professional member of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis.

Laura Schaefer
Program Coordinator for the Intermediate Level

Ms. Schaefer began her career at Wildwood School in 2002 as a speech language pathologist.  She received a dual master’s degree in special education and literacy from the University at Albany and has served as a classroom teacher at the intermediate and young adult program levels.  Ms. Schaefer assumed her role as Program Coordinator for Instruction in 2012.  She holds advanced certifications in School District Leadership and School Building Leadership.  Ms. Schaefer also leads the summer extension program in Altamont.

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.

Jacqueline Curtis
Program Coordinator for the Elementary Level

Ms. Curtis initially started working at Wildwood School during the summer programs in 2007.  After receiving her Bachelors degree at Springfield College, Ms. Curtis started working at Wildwood School as a teaching assistant in 2010.  She received a dual Master’s Degree from Sage Graduate School in Special Education (1-6) and Childhood Education (1-6).  Ms. Curtis served as a teacher at the elementary level for 4 years and is now the Program Coordinator for Instruction at the Elementary level. 


Kara Burlingame, M.A. CCC-SLP
Lead Speech and Language Pathologist, and
Wildwood School Admissions Chairperson

Ms. Burlingame is a NYS licensed,  ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who serves as the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist and Admissions Chairperson at Wildwood School. Kara received her Master's degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from SUNY Geneseo. She obtained dual licensure in teaching special education and is fluent in American Sign Language. Prior to coming to Wildwood, Kara worked as both a teacher and a speech-langauge pathologist at the Rochester School for the Deaf. Kara also provides per-deim therapy services to early intervention and pre-school aged children in their homes.

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 for High School and Young Adult Levels

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.