Staff Directory

Mary Jane Chapman, Executive Director

  • Oversees Operations of Cooperative
  • Prepares and Monitors Budget
  • Works with L.E.A.S.E. Governing Boards
  • L.E.A.S.E. Representative to Human Service Agencies
  • Supervises Circuit Breaker School
  • Pupil/Personnel Reimbursement
  • Oversees IDEA Grants

Cross Categorical Coordinators:

Nicole Butt - Allen/Otter Creek, Streator Elementary, Streator High School
Melissa Cassidy - Earlville, Leland, Marseilles, Rutland, Wallace
Janelle Gustafson - La Salle-Peru HS, Ottawa HS, Seneca Grade School, Seneca HS
Stephanie Huffman - Grand Ridge, La Salle Elementary, Mendota HS, Milton Pope, Waltham
Carolyn Jones - Deer Park, Mendota Elementary, Lostant, Putnam County
Kim Payton - Oglesby, Peru Public Schools, Tonica, Unit #2

Julie O'Brien Smith - Speech Language Coordinator/PreK Speech Language Diagnostician

Kathryn Fox - Cross Categorical Coordinator - Dimmick and Ottawa Elementary and Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Pre-School Screening Team

  • Molly Kasperski, Speech and Language Diagnostician
  • Michelle Pangrcic, Diagnostician
  • LuAnn Winterrowd, Hearing/Vision Technician

School Psychologists

Michael Grenda - Deer Park, Grand Ridge
Jacob Faltin - Circuit Breaker School, Lostant, Ransom, Tonica

Pat Hall - Visaually Impaired Coordinator

Julie Kirkpatrick - Audiologist

Support Staff:

Jennifer Adkins - Child Count/Personnel, Medicaid Secretary, and Records Custodian
Darci Aubry - Receptionist, Secretary to Melissa Cassidy and Kim Payton
Hallie DeFore - Secretary to Kathryn Fox, Julie O'Brien-Smith, Stephanie Huffman, School Psychs
Jean Gula - Secretary to Julie Kirkpatrick and Pre-School Screening Team
Marie McLaughlin - IT Coordinator
Julie Moore - Secretary to Nicole Butt, Janelle Gustafson, Carolyn Jones, LEASE Library Manager
Kathy Parzgnat - Bookkeeper
Colleen Stefan - Secretary to Executive Director