Committee Chairs and Regional Representatives
I have been involved with WSPA since I became a school psychologist in 2000. My school psychologist training included the importance of being a member and staying involved in your professional state organization. What I enjoy most about being a school psychologist is working directly with the students and seeing their positive growth. I had worked for the Poynette School District from 2000-2011 as the district school psychologist. I currently work for the Portage Community School District since 2011 as the middle and high school psychologist. I enjoy problem solving at the building, district, and state levels.
Continuing Professional Development
I have been on the board since June 2001 and am the current chairperson for the Professional Development Committee as well as NASP Delegate. What I like best about being on the WSPA board is meeting people across state and playing volleyball once a year. I like the variety of the role of school psychologist and how we can make a difference for children. I retired from hockey at age nine. I enjoy bike riding.
I am the School Psychologist for the Northland Pines School District in Eagle River, Wisconsin. I’ve been a practicing school psychologist since the 2011-2012 school year. I will be serving as the Northwoods Regional Representative. I am excited for the opportunity that the role has to offer in creating a framework for collaboration amongst school psychologists in the area so that we may be able to share ideas and resources and grow professionally together. Aside from the more traditional roles of a school psychologist, I am passionate about developing Multi-Level Systems of Support to proactively meet the needs of all students. Outside of work, I enjoy the many outdoor recreational opportunities that the Northwoods has to offer.
My name is Melissa Flucke and I began serving as a co-representative for the Northeast Wisconsin (NEWSPA) region in the fall of 2016 alongside Evan Pagel. I am a graduate of the UW-La Crosse school psychology program and am currently a school psychologist for the Unified School District of De Pere, having completed my internship year in 2015- 16. While my professional passions include cultural competency and inclu-sion, my personal hobbies include running and spending time with family and friends. I am excited to be a part of WSPA and help promote the organi-zation to the NEWSPA area.
Northwest Regional Rep
100th Anniversary Committee
(715) 377-3880, ext. 6017
I currently work for the Hudson School District at Wil-low River Elementary since 2014 and I previously worked in the River Falls School District. Some of my professional interests include supporting Multi -Tiered System of Supports, data analysis, and Positive Behavior Interven-tion Support. What I love most about my job is the ability to work collabo-ratively with students, parents, school staff and community providers in order to facilitate student success. I enjoy being an active participant on a solution focused Student Support Team that includes school staff with di-verse expertise. In 2015 I was provided the opportunity to become a Teach-er Child Interaction Training (TCIT) coach for the Hudson School District, which is a language-based behavior intervention. Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to serving my fellow school psychologists.
Public Relations Committee
Planning and Development Committee
(920) 648-2355, ext. 307
My name is Kisten Gillespie, and I am a bilingual school psychologist currently working for the Lake Mills Area School District. I have had the opportunity to work all over the state of Wisconsin including CESA #11, the Madison Metropolitan School District, and Beaver Dam Unified School District. I have been a school psychologist since 2004. I am originally from a cattle ranch in Montana, and I spend part of my summer going back to work with my family. I have worked with all ages from EC to high school, and currently work as a middle and high school psychologist. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, scuba diving, hiking, biking and music. Above all, I love being with my daughter, Thea!
Southwest Regional Representative
I work for the Portage Community School District as an Elementary School Psychologist. I just completed my 25th year working in the field of School Psychology. I have served on the WSPA board since 2005 as a regional representative and enjoy my role of bring back information to my region. I am very involved in the RtI and PBIS leadership roles in my district and region.
I have been practicing as school psychologist since 2006 in the Parkview School District. As the only school psychologist in my district, I have been working to establish relationships with students, parents and educators to promote academic, behavioral, social and emotional growth in a multi-tiered system of sup-ports. After having my third child, I decided it was time to join WSPA as a regional rep to continue in my journey of growth and to help make a differ-ence in the lives of children in the south-central region and improving how we educate students. I enjoy spending time with my family, partnering with my husband in business ventures, photographing the moments that pass so quickly, working out and doing anything outdoors.
Coulee Regional Representative
I am currently working as a School Psychologist in Racine Unified School District and have worked in California and Illinois. My better half is also a School Psychologist in Racine. I joined the WSPA board to help promote School Psychology and evidenced based practices in education. It has been a pleasure to collaborate and learn from other School Psychologists from around the state and nation. One of my interests has been meeting with grade level teams at my schools through the Problem Solving Team process, which has been an excellent experience. I am passionate about being a school psychologist and providing the best services possible based on research and evidenced based practices.
I am the Wisconsin NASP Delegate and represent our state at the national level. Previously, I worked with the WSPA board as Northwest Region Representative, NCSP Committee Chair and Crisis Certificate Chair. I have been a School Psychologist in Amery, WI since 2002, working at all grade levels. Being a rural school psychologist presents unique challenges, but I love that I get to work with the full spec-trum of children and families. My favorite part of my job is working with parents and teachers to support students in school and at home. In my per-sonal life, I enjoy raising my two boys, and I love to walk and kayak. I am very excited for the opportunity to work on behalf of the students of Wis-consin.
I started my school psychology career in the School District of Janesville in 1994. I have worked for the Shawano School District since 1998. I have been on the WSPA board since June 1995 and currently serve as the Publications chairperson. Participating on the WSPA board has always been rewarding as it is a great group with which to work, and helping to discuss important topics and make decisions that impact our profession across the state has been truly inspiring. A spe-cial area of interest to me is transition. I enjoy gardening, photography, spending time laughing and having fun with family and friends, and taking vacations with my husband, Dane, and my children, Christopher, Gregory and Jillian. A special talent I have is imitating numerous different animal sounds.
I have been a licensed school psychologist since 1992 practicing in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have worked for CESA 8 in the School District of Crandon since 1999. My work has been in RtI/PBIS, data-based decision making, academic coaching, and special education since entering work in the School District of Crandon. Advocating for those who have disabilities and learning difficulties brings great joy to me. Being the sixth of twelve children has helped with working in groups and with a diverse group of people. I have interest in projective and play therapy. I have also coached wrestling at the college, high school, and middle school levels. I believe these experiences have helped to work as collaborative team member, or maybe I just like hanging out with people who never stop learning and building!
I'm happy to continue to serve on the board as the Professional Preparation and Training Representative. I’m a faculty member and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Within the field of school psychology, I especially enjoy teaching and conducting research in the area of academic and behavioral interventions. My husband and I live in Libertyville, IL, with our beautiful baby girl, Maggie.
My name is Evan Pagel and I began serving as a co-representative for the Northeast Wisconsin (NEWSPA) region in June 2016 alongside Melissa Flucke. I am a graduate of the UW-La Crosse school psychology program and am currently a school psychologist for the Howard-Suamico School District, having completed my internship year in 2015-16. While my professional passion includes mental health, my personal hobbies include traveling and all things outdoors. I look forward to contributing to the WSPA Board and networking with other school psychologists in the NEWSPA region as well as across the state
I am proud to have joined the WSPA Board in Fall 2015 as the Capitol Lakes Area School Psychologists (CLASP) regional representative. I started my work in Milwaukee Public Schools in 2010, and later moved into an elementary position in the Sun Prairie Area School District, followed by a district-wide role. I currently serve as the lead school psychologist in the Madison Metropolitan School District, supporting the professional development, mentoring, and hiring of Madison's 50+ school psychologists. I am also a member of the Dane County Children's Mental Health Collaborative, which offers a platform for partnership be-tween school and community agencies in the region. As a product of Chicago Public Schools myself, I am a firm advocate, participant, and service-provider within urban public schools, and am pleased to engage with school psychologists from all Capitol Lakes Area communities in my role as CLASP regional representative.
I am the school psychologist coordinator at CESA 6. I also work in the Rosendale-Brandon and Oakfield school districts. I hold a series of school psychologist network meetings for the CESA 6 region each school year, which has been a great opportunity to connect with school psychologists in our area and hear from experts in our field. This is my first year on the WSPA board and it has been eye-opening to hear about the advocacy and planning that WSPA carries out on behalf of our profession and the needs of the students we serve. I attended the University of Minnesota School Psychology program where I met my husband, Brian, who is now a director of special education. We hope that our three children, Jack, Eliza, and Charlotte, will turn out okay despite being raised by two school psychologists!
I am the WSPA Children's Services Committee Chairperson. I went to UW-Whitewater for my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and for my Masters of Education with an Emphasis in School Psychology. My continuing education has usually been through Viterbo and UW-LaCrosse. I am currently working on my Masters of Educational Leadership through Marian University. My hobbies are spending time with family and friends, going downhill and cross country skiing, bicycling, and traveling.
I joined the WSPA board September 2011 as the ISPA representative. I’m Co-chairing this Role. This role allows me to be involved with ISPA which I really enjoy. Meanwhile, it gives me an opportunity to contribute to WSPA as well. This year, along with my role as the ISPA representive, I will represent Milwaukee school psychologists and hopefully increase Milwaukee’s involvement in WSPA. I really believe in WSPA’s dedication to increasing professional development and wanted to take a more active role in that.
Farsi is my first language. I’m addicted to traveling and can’t seem to ever save money because of all the trips I take. I’m a pretty serious poker player. No worries, there are no future plans of me quitting school psychology to become a professional poker player. However, so far, I’ve been able to make money playing poker rather than lose… hope that continues.
I work for UW-Eau Claire. I love learning and have a PhD in School Psychology from University South Carolina-Columbia. An area of school psychology that is of special interest to me is consultation. I enjoy playing golf. (MaryBeth Tusing is returning to the board after serving from 2006-2012.)
Public Relations Co-Chair
(608) 582-3500 ext. 2311
I am a School Psychologist in the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District in Galesville, Wisconsin. I’ve been a practic-ing school psychologist since 2010. This will be my first year serving as the Public Relations Committee Co-Chair on the WSPA Board. I am excited for the opportunity that the role has to offer in promoting our profession and increasing collaboration amongst school psychologists across the State so that we are able to share ideas and resources and grow professionally togeth-er. I am very passionate about mental health and trauma-related work. Out-side of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, and all things music.
Northwest Regional Rep
Hi, my name is Chris Weins. I am the Regional Rep from the Suburban area. Entering this school year, I have been a school psychologist for the School District of Cudahy (just south of Mil-waukee) since 2005. I'm a graduate of the UW-Whitewater School Psychology program. My current interests in the field are focused on systems change and the implementation of interventions within a MLSS. Outside of work my wife and I have three boys.
I have been on the board since June 2006 and currently serve as the Nominations and Election Committee chairperson. I am a trainer at UW-River Falls and I live in Eagan, MN. My specific interests are in intervention and collaboration on intervention teams and best practices.