Category Staff

Sara Carlson
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Heather Wheeler

Heather is the mother to 3 daughters; Krystal 16, Miranda 9 and Marguerite 7.  Heather and her husband of 11 years moved from northern Michigan to North Dakota in 2010.  Their daughter Miranda has multiple health issues including mitochondrial disease, autism, seizure disorder, legally blind status, moderate/severe cognitive impairment, hypotonia (upper extremities) and advanced bone

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Jennifer Restemayer
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Tonya Oss-Brewer

My name is Tonya Oss-Brewer and I am so excited to be a part of this team. I have a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Science from NDSU. I also have a certificate from Minot State University for completing studies in developmental disabilities. I started working with people with disabilities when I was 18

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Joan Karpenko

In 1993 my world was turned upside down and would never be the same again.  But it has been an amazing experience and I have no regrets as it has made me a better person.   From a routine ultrasound 5 months into my pregnancy, I was told my daughter, Ali, would have Spina Bifida.  She probably would never walk and

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Vicki Peterson

I am a very proud mother of two boys, one 16 and one 6. My youngest, Aaron was diagnosed with autism at the early age of 15 months. Aaron went from being verbal to nonverbal. He lost all his language skills in one week. With the extraordinary help of trusted friends and family, early intervention

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Moe Schroeder

I began supporting parents long before I found myself needing to be supported. I connected with parents by providing In-Home Supports while caring for their children.  Since beginning my journey with all of them, my husband Rob and I have had two beautiful children, Kasey and Tyler. Kasey is a bubbly, shoe shopping, book loving,

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Donene Feist

Donene Feist is the mother of 3 children. I began my quest in assisting families early on when our oldest and middle child were initially diagnosed about a month apart.  Also, as a member of the Family Involvement Subcommittee of the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC).  I became involved as I was looking for answers in

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