Our staff comes with many years of experience in the fields of occupational therapy, special education, and adult services. Our staff-to-participant ratio rarely exceeds 1:3 and often times is less! We hold great value in keeping these ratios low so we can provide training that is not “one size fits all” but instead is customized to each individual's goals. The staff-to-participant ratio truly allows for personalized teaching moments at any given time. We believe our success has been built on carefully selecting staff that bring the right level of experience, compassion, and excitement for working with persons with disabilities to The Haase House.
Mary Haase is an occupational therapist and has additional certifications as a Transition Specialist and an Autism Specialist. She has thirty years of experience working in various school districts and has long advocated for her own son with autism along with many other families and their loved ones with disabilities. Mary's passion to leave her full-time job and start a business back in 2017 stemmed from the limited specialized programming options available to her son in his youth and adulthood. Her main goal at THH is to help other families facing the same challenges. She provides direct services to participants, develops curriculum and programming, and manages THH staff. She also currently works as the local family coordinator of a grant through the WI Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board.
Courtney North has over fifteen years of experience working with a diverse population of individuals with special needs and has been involved with the community since childhood. Hailing from Illinois, Courtney received her degree in Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Courtney worked in the special recreation field after college, supervising and growing an adult day program, planning recreational events, and coaching a variety of Special Olympic sports. After moving to Wisconsin, Courtney was a Vocational Skills Instructor. Courtney is looking forward to helping the adults of The Haase House succeed!
Sydney Lamers is currently a senior at Carroll University studying Exercise Science and Psychology, Pre-Occupational Therapy. After this year, she will continue her schooling for Occupational Therapy at Carroll University. She has a passion for working with individuals with disabilities and wants to continue to improve lives as she becomes an Occupational Therapist. She loves to see the smiles on participants' faces each day as we push them to independence. Her educational background, involvement in Best Buddies, and prior work experience has helped her implement and develop ideas for therapy programs for THH.
Lisa Starr has thirteen years of experience working as a paraprofessional within the East Troy School District. She has spent her years assisting in the education of our special needs community, with students from elementary through high school, and has also worked within the young adult life-skills program. Prior to working in special education, Lisa worked as a medical assistant in a multi-discipline clinic serving a vast grouping of specialty clients. Her passion for working with the special needs community along with her experience and skill-sets make her a perfect fit for the Program Assistant role at THH. Lisa also enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
McKenna Kovac is currently studying Elementary and Special Education at Carroll University and has multiple family members with special needs. Because of this, McKenna developed a passion to help and advocate for all learners in order to provide proper equity. McKenna has completed the Wisconsin Department of Instruction Trauma Sensitive Professional Development Program and implements it within her daily tasks. She is highly motivated and loves spending time with her participants!
Sara Vogel comes to us with a Pre-Social Work undergraduate degree and is pursuing a degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has been involved in coaching Special Olympics Basketball and Softball for six years and is Class A and B certified. Sara has over seven years of volunteer time with the Adaptive Sportsman. She has an older sibling with Special Needs which provides her an abundant amount of compassion and life experience that makes her a great addition to THH. Her family is very involved in her community, and it shows in her daily work at THH. She certainly can brighten up a room with her wacky side!
Monique Skarphol is an Occupational Therapy Assistant and has worked with individuals with disabilities for over ten years. She has worked for Palmyra, Delavan-Darien, and Burlington school districts. She loves watching those she works with learn new skills and grow as individuals. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends, family, and her many pets. Major animal lover, here!
Judi Weyer lives in Mukwonago with her husband and two crazy dogs. She enjoys spending time with my family, gardening, and pursuing various crafty things. She has forty years of experience in bookkeeping and is active in our community with Tim Tebow's Night to Shine and the Special Olympics. She was also part of a family-led grant to help build options and plan for the futures of our young adults with disabilities. She believes strongly in self-determination!
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