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 master's 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.

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.

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.