FWCL Staff and Board

Diana Yngstrom-Bugge - Executive Director

Diana came to FWCL in May 2005 as the assistant to the Executive Director. She has also served as the Resource Manager, Director of Operations and was named Executive Director in March of 2011.

Her past experience included 10+ years of working in non-profit environments in New York and Virginia. She has served as a Financial Manager, a Director of Volunteers and a Director of Fundraising. Throughout her life, she has also been an active volunteer and all of her non-profit and volunteer experiences have been for the benefit of children and families.

Diana is happily married with two grown children and two very active and fun grandsons. She also has an energetic boxer who keeps her busy!  She loves to spend time with her extended family, is an avid photographer and enjoys traveling and writing.


Lois Rehrer - Office Manager

Lois came to FWCL in November 2007 and just recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary! Her main responsibilities include scheduling of students and staff, bookkeeping, student management, database management, and greeting and directing students and parents.

Lois has extensive office operations experience. She has worked in several different office settings spanning over 25 years, including several years as a travel agent. Her volunteer experiences include those with church and school organizations.

Lois has been married for 37 years and has a son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and one energetic grandson – plus two grand doggies. In her free time she likes to spend time with family, and friends, travel, and watch or go to sporting events.


Mark A. Thomas - Director of Instruction

Mark originally joined the Fort Wayne Center for Learning staff in April of 2011, not long after earning a baccalaureate in English with a Writing concentration (added to an associate degree in Paralegal Studies).

While completing that coursework, he worked at the university writing center, where he consulted peers one-on-one to assist them with their academic writing – this was his introduction to Socratic method. He delivered presentations at the East Central Writing Center Association conference about cognitive load theory and creative writing.

During his time at the FWCL, Mark has participated in many hours of workshops and trainings that include topics such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, neuroscience, effective education, and trauma-responsiveness within organizations. He joined the 2018 Great Kids Make Great Communities Leadership Academy in order to increase cooperation between youth-serving organizations and to effect change in the community with regard to youth trauma.

Mark has been married since April of 2017. His wife indulges his various interests by accompanying him to summer festivals, hockey games (go Sharks!), and musicals. He enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, bird-watching, and, well, generally being outside! He also spends time growing his coin collection, restoring antique furniture, and writing creative fiction and poetry.


Jennifer Parry - Instructor

Jennifer joined the staff in May 2015. Her calling is to assist children in unlocking their potential. She has worked in Special Education for seven years, facilitated ropes courses, participated in respite care programs, and led nature activities for YMCA camps.

Jennifer is married to Jim, and has two teenage daughters. She holds a Bachelors in Science from the University of New Hampshire, and is 


Ellen Shannon - Instructor

Ellen is a graduate of IPFW, where she studied Speech/Language Pathology. She recently moved on to her current pursuit of a Master's degree in IPFW's counseling program, with a concentration in marriage and family studies. 

Ellen enjoys working with students, and has spent time as a classroom aide, 4-H volunteer leader, and peer tutor at IPFW. She believes that learning can be engaging, accessible, and enjoyable.  During her spare time, she enjoys time with friends, volunteering, and reading or writing.


Board of Directors

Paula Bostwick

Paula is the Director of Inpatient and Psychiatric Emergency Services at Parkview Behavioral Health.  She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Indiana State University and her Master’s in Nursing from Ball State University.  She is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).  With more than 30 years of nursing experience, she has been able to serve others in a numerous roles; from nursing education to leadership.  She has presented a numerous conferences on nursing leadership.  She has a passion for those with mental illness and works to improve their lives and that of their loved ones.

Paula greatest joy is  spending time with her husband Charles and their children Bailey Rae (15) and CJ (23) who is studying to be a special needs teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and writing.  She is also a published author of health care textbooks.  


Reanna Carver - Board President

Reanna is an attorney at bioMerieux, Inc.

 She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Minor in Business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in law school, she served on the executive board for the Indiana Law Review as the Executive Articles Editor and she served as a board member for the Staton Intermural Moot Court Competition. She was also named an Order of the Barristers in her second year. Reanna was also active in her school’s pro bono civil practice clinic program.

In her spare time, Reanna likes to travel, bake and spend time with friends and family.


Sherri Chaney - VP of Finance

Sherri is a Vice President and Trust Officer at iAB Wealth Management and has more than 29 years of experience in the banking and trust industry.  She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) and a Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP).  Sherri is also Series 7, Series 63, Life and Health Insurance licensed and a registered representative for Cetera Investment Services. 

A graduate of Purdue University and Cannon Trust School, Sherri remains engaged in the completion of continuing education credits to stay well versed in securities operations, fiduciary and trust activities, financial planning, tax law and planning, investment management and ethics.

Sherri joined the FWCL Festival of Sports planning committee in 2015 as the chair of the Silent Auction.  She was then elected to the Board of Directors in July 2016. In addition to her FWCL commitments, she serves on a committee for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and is a member of the finance and leadership teams for her church.

She is married to her husband Todd and in her free time she enjoys snow skiing, biking, reading and volunteering.


Margeaux Corrao - VP of Governance and Fundraising Committee Chair

Margeaux Corrao is the Recruiting Director for Home Nursing Services and sister companies: Angel Corps, First Call, and Dorian Maples & Associates. After graduating from high school, Margeaux attended IPFW and studied courses in business and Hospitality/Restaurant Management for one year. At that time she worked part time for Home Nursing Services as administrative assistant and homemaker in the field. Her passion to help others led her in a different direction to the field of cosmetology in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2000, she graduated from Brown Aveda Institute and obtained her Ohio State Board of Cosmetology license. Throughout her career she obtained manager and instructor licenses. She worked her way up many levels to Signature stylist. She enjoyed helping others also, at her Alma mater, through the years teaching and in the admissions department, eventually becoming Admissions Team Leader.

Later in 2011, her passion to help others changed and led her back to Ft. Wayne at Home Nursing Services once again. Margeaux is passionate in her purpose to contribute in the mission to help others have a good quality of life while remaining at home.

Margeaux graduated from Leadership Fort Wayne class in May 2016.  She resides in Allen County with her husband and children.


Cory Dietz

Cory is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduating high school and with a passion for design, he enrolled in summer classes at Ivy Tech Community College and began his career immediately following for a local engineering firm.  He joined SchenkelShultz Architecture in 2014, having spent the previous years at various architecture firms in Fort Wayne. 

Cory now leads the Marketing and Business Development of the rebranded SchenkelShultz firm, known as Elevatus Architecture.  It’s here, where Cory’s leadership positions in local non-profits and love for architecture combine to bring value added services and relationships to all clients.

In his spare time, Cory continues to volunteer at multiple levels.  He enjoys helping a variety of organizations but relates mostly with the welfare of children.   Cory and his wife, Anne have two children.  He also loves building LEGO sets with his son and having dance parties with his daughter.


Eileen Goltz

Eileen is the Director of Sales for Integrity Tax Consulting. She has a passion for the Fort Wayne Community and the energy and vision to advance that passion. 

Eileen has experienced firsthand the difficulties that a child will go through when they learn differently from other children. Her son struggled in school but with the support of Eileen and her husband, he has now graduated with his second master’s degree. 


 

Ashley Motia - Secretary and Marketing Committee Chair

Ashley once dreamed of becoming an English teacher. She traded in that dream to work in marketing and advertising, though she also teaches public relations courses for IPFW as a limited-term lecturer. She never lost her initial passion for helping others learn and grow, and she was excited to join the Fort Wayne Center for Learning's board to further fulfill that passion. Ashley has more than a decade of marketing experience and holds two college degrees: a bachelor's in English from Ball State University and a Master's in communication from IPFW. She is a published writer and poet, and she is fascinated by behavior and psychology. 

Ashley's previous volunteer and board experience includes ACRES Land Trust, Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry, Fort Wayne Trails, and Start Fort Wayne. Though she's never been a Boy Scout, Ashley believes in their mantra of "Always leave the campsite better than you found it." 


Mindy Szczespanski

Mindy is an Assistant Vice President and Financial Sales Manager with First Federal Bank, where she is responsible for coaching and developing the branch sales staff to meet and exceed sales goals.  She actively represents the bank within the community and develops and maintains effective business relationships with customers, prospects, and retail partners, and act as a liaison for bank clients within all areas of the organization.  She is currently Treasurer for the Risk Management Association of Northern Indiana, a Board Member for the Arlington Park Homeowners Association, currently serves as Co-Chair for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Women’s Champagne Brunch Committee, and is active with the American Business Women’s Association.  

Mindy enjoys spending time with her 13 year old son, Carter, and their dogs, Sammy and Boo.  In the summer her passion is gardening and golf.  In the winter, she enjoys home improvement projects and puzzles. 


Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas is a legal aid attorney in Fort Wayne, and works to provide legal representation to low-income individuals.  He holds a law degree and MPA from Indiana University-Bloomington, as well as a music education degree from the University of Utah.  

He enjoys helping his wife foster dogs, playing in the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, and watching musicals (he’s proud to have seen Hamilton live).  Before making Fort Wayne his home, Andrew worked in Washington, DC for HUD.   


Hallie Urban

Hallie is the Wells Fargo At Work Program Manager for Wells Fargo Regional Banking covering IN/OH in a supporting role to the community bank. She oversees the program, which promotes financial wellness and educational events to small businesses, colleges, schools and non-profits. She serves in a consultative role to four districts, where she implements strategies that will grow the Wells Fargo At Work program. Hallie Urban is a 2007 graduate of Ball State University.  She joined Wells Fargo in 2009 and served as a retail banker for 9 years. 

She is a 2017 graduate of the Wells Fargo Leadership Development Academy. Hallie is active in the community, developing financial education classes to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, The Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau, and multiple other non-profits on a regular basis. She also is a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana. She is a member of Saint Michael Lutheran Church, and resides in Columbia City with her husband Matt, her 5-year old Will, and 3 teenage step-kids, Tyson, Hayley and Landon, all who love to play sports.


Dr. Olivia Valencic-Miller

Olivia started her teaching career at Franklin County Community Schools in Brookville, Indiana. Following a move back to Fort Wayne, Indiana, she taught at DeKalb High School before transitioning to Homestead High School. At Homestead, she served as Department Chair for the English Department. She began her career with North Adams Community Schools in 2014 and serves as the Director of Learning where she is primarily responsible for developing, overseeing, and managing the day-to-day operations of educational programs and services for students across the district, grades preschool-12th. Planning, developing, and implementing functions related to curriculum and instruction, grants, and professional development are significant components of educational operations.

She is a John Maxwell Certified Team Member and serves as President of Indiana ASCD, "a professional global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading." She also serves on the board for the United Way of Adams County and serves as the liaison for early learning instruction.


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MaryAnn Flueckiger

MaryAnn is a retired RN having received her degree from Barnes Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. The majority of her career was spent doing cardiac, critical care and trauma nursing. Prior to raising her children she owned a gift and gourmet food store in Goshen.

She has been involved as a volunteer and team member at the Brain Game from the very first event.  She was a member of the 2013 Brightest Bulbs in the Fort team – the Babes & Bandits.  She chaired the 2014 Brain Game. She has also served as the chair of the silent auction for The Festival of Sports.


Sarah E. Jones

Sarah is a caring wife, dedicated mother, and career motivated individual working full time for Allen County Department of Planning Services. She is a planner, working in permits and enforcement with the land-use division of the Allen County Department of Planning.

Sarah also serves as a Captain with the Indiana Air National Guard. She is the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Operations Officer with the 122d Fighter Wing. Sarah has deployed overseas in support of multiple named operations, most recently from October 2014 to April 2015 in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM & INHERENT RESOLVE as the Officer in Charge of the A-10C Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

As a recent graduate of the Leadership Fort Wayne program, Sarah is serving a one-year internship on the FWCL board.  

In her free time Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, reading and camping. She enthusiastically volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the lunch buddy program and enjoys playing chess with her “little sister”.


Kenn Kunze

Kenn has been with the Fort Wayne Center for Learning since its beginnings in September 2003. His daughter was one of FWCL’s first students and due to the dramatic gains she achieved academically Kenn decided to become more involved in the Center. He began as a parent representative to the Board of Directors and then became an integral part of the planning and implementation of FWCL’s signature event, the Brain Game. He served as the Executive Director of Fort Wayne Center for Learning for nearly 3 years.

Kenn received a degree in communications from Indiana University and has spent the last 25 years in the public relations, media, and entertainment businesses. He also brings to the Center 22 years of service and 12 years of leadership with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, culminating in the rank of Battalion Chief. He recently retired from the FWFD.

Outside of the Center, Kenn enjoys spending time with his wife, his three children and their families (including grandchildren!) in the community he has called home and dedicated himself to for the past 25 years.


Jane Leatherman

Jane Leatherman, PhD. is an assistant professor and Director of the Special Education Program at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Early Childhood Special Education. She was a classroom teacher and administrator of early childhood programs for 12 years. Dr. Leatherman has taught 20 years at the university level in North Carolina, California, and Indiana. She has served on state committees for education and presented at international, national, state, and local conference for Educators


Greg McNabb

Greg is a Client Advisor in Private Wealth Management at Old National. He served as a Board member and chair of the Finance Committee at the Fort Wayne Center for Learning for 6 years before taking a position on the Advisory Board. Mr. McNabb has also served as a Board Member of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Council and Legislative Affairs Council.

Greg received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After graduation, he served in the United States Air Force for seven years.

He and his wife Ana have two sons. 


Deb Overcash

Deb was born in Ohio but has lived in Fort Wayne for over thirty years. She attended Ball State and graduated with a degree in history from IPFW. She began working part time at FW Radiology in 1976 while finishing her degree and stayed there wearing many different hats until recently retiring.  She finds the job and healthcare in general, to be fluid and challenging.

Deb enjoys nature, swimming, politics and photography and believes that everyone should participate in their community in some way, large or small. Giving back is very important to her

Deb is a big fan of the Brain Game. In fact she is a member of the team that won the title of 2011 Brightest Bulbs in the Fort


Karla Rahn

Karla is a Minnesota native. She obtained her BA degree in Liberal Studies from the College of St. Benedict and she received her MA in Communication and Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She taught as an instructor in the Communication Departments of the University of Wisconsin systems in both Madison and Marshfield before moving to Fort Wayne in 1990. 

At this point she stayed home to raise her three children, the youngest of whom was a girl adopted at age four from Russia named Anya.  It was ultimately her quest to find help with Anya’s learning difficulties that led her to the Fort Wayne Center For Learning.  After an intensive program and continued after school tutoring, Anya learned many tools and strategies to achieve reading success.  Seeing first- hand the benefits of the programs at FWCL and wanting to ensure this wonderful support for families with learning differences would continue in their community, the Rahns have been financial supporters of the Center ever since. 

Karla has done much volunteer work in her children’s schools over the years and has served over eight years on local hockey and lacrosse boards.  She hopes her passion for children, their education and her personal experience dealing with a child with learning differences might contribute to the FWCL in a meaningful way.


Tina Rusk

Tina graduated from Ball State University in 1988 with a BS in Mathematic and has a license to teach Secondary Math.  She has been substitute teaching for Southwest Allen County Schools for the last twelve years.  During that time she has spent many hours working with the special needs classes at all levels.  This experience showed her that many students have difficulty conforming to the teaching styles in the traditional school classrooms.  At the same time she has a niece and nephew (siblings) with special needs and while they are non-verbal and therefore not able to benefit from FWCL programs, she felt a calling to help students that could use the help of the center.

Tina has been married for twenty eight years and has three wonderful children.   Her oldest works as an underwriter for Medical Protective and recently got married.  Her middle child is a senior at Purdue (much to the dismay of her father, an IU graduate) studying biology and hoping to attend Veterinary School.  The youngest is a freshman at Ball State University. 

Tina has been a volunteer coach for a recreational softball team for the last eleven years.  In her spare time she enjoys watching her son play baseball and going to see the Cincinnati Reds play.  Tina claims that she is not creative except for when she is scrapbooking.
 


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Donna Yngstrom

Donna is a long – time volunteer for and supporter of FWCL. She has volunteered for the Brain Game – and been a contestant each and every year the event was held.  She has chaired the silent auction committee, designed the Brain Game mascot's costume, and decorated the venue for the event. She has also volunteered for our Friendraiser – Fort Wayne Through the Beers, and has served as event chair for the Fort Wayne Center for Learning Festival of Sports that will takes place in the fall.

Her daughter Michelle was an AIM (Academic Independence Management) student at Fort Wayne Center for Learning. She was able to pass her required math classes as a direct result of the instruction and support received at FWCL. This allowed her to graduate high school on time, and she has now also graduated from college with a BA in Graphic Design.

Donna is a philanthropist at heart – always looking for ways to help others. She is a member of the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance and has helped with several of their initiatives including Cinderella Dress Day and Doctor’s Day at Science Central.

 

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