Meet Our Team
My name is Janet Bates. I have been with CDS for 4 years. I am the Special Education Coordinator for both the Lander and Riverton Centers. Before coming to CDS, I taught in the public school system for 17+ years. Outside of work, I have a beautiful house in Crowheart. My husband and I have 3 kids and 3 grandkids! Being a grandma is the best! I enjoy camping, riding my 4-wheeler, crafting, crocheting, and quilting in my spare time.
My Name is Emily. I am the bookkeeper for CDS. I was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming and have lived in Rock Springs and now Lander. I am currently working towards my degree in Accounting. When I am not working or studying I like to workout, spend time with my husband, two daughters, and my goldendoodle Winston. I enjoy being outdoors, going for walks, hiking, bike rides and gardening. I also enjoy a good movie or historical fiction book
Hello! My name is Brooke Woods, I am the HR Coordinator for CDS. I joined CDS in 2015. I was born and raised in the Fremont County area. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, while being outdoors hiking and exploring the great state we live in.
My name is Glen and I’m the I.T Manager for CDS. I handle all technology needs and assist our staff with any issues. I’m proud to be part of an organization does so much good for the children in our community!
I was born and raised in Wyoming and have been happily married for 41 years. I have 2 sons and 4 granddaughters and I have worked for CDS since August of 2016
I am the Part B Case Manager in Lander.
I was born and raised in Lander. I enjoy being outside, hiking, reading and traveling.
I am the Family Service Coordinator for Lander Part C and the Case Manager for Lander and Riverton Part C programs. I am the person most likely to call, text or email you. I have a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Human Resource Management from Central Washington University.
My name is Margi and I am the receptionist in Lander. I am a native Texan and empty-nester who moved to Wyoming a year ago. I was a legal secretary/document specialist for 30 years. We moved to Wyoming when my husband accepted a job as a teacher at Wyoming Indian High School
I have been at CDS for two years, as a preschool teacher. I have a degree in Equine Management and I’m currently working on my Early Childhood Associates. I have three very active children. We enjoy spending time outdoors camping, fishing, or just being at the lake.
I am currently a preschool teacher and I love it. As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher! ;) I have a BA in elementary education with my area of concentration being in Early childhood. I am also currently working towards my licensure in early childhood.
I was born and raised in Wyoming. I have three daughters and loving spending time with family and friends. I have an AA in Early Childhood and a Certificate in Early Childhood and Family Studies. I have been with CDS since the fall of 2003. I love my job! CDS is a wonderful program and I have seen it change so many lives. I am thankful I get to be a small part of it
My name is Cecelia Hernandez, i’m a Preschool Teacher at CDS. I’m currently
working on my degree for Early Childhood Education. I’m married and have three kids and enjoy every moment I have with them. I hope to create a safe place for the children in my classroom. Through love and understanding, I believe that I can help students achieve their highest potential.”
My name is Cathy. I am originally from South Carolina where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, then taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and Head Start. I have lived in Lander for the past 11 years. I am married, have 3 children, 2 dogs, 8 chickens and 1 cat. I love my kiddos!!
My name is Jessica Spaid and this is my third year as a preschool teacher at CDS. I’m originally from a small town in Pennsylvania called Saltsburg where I was born and raised. I moved to Wyoming with my husband five years ago. I received my Child Development Associate Credential in 2018
My name is Ms. Sarah and this is my 3nd year working at CDS as a preschool teacher. I’ve worked with children ages 3-6 for 14 years. I taught traditional preschool for a year and then worked at a private school in Washington where I taught Montessori preschool. I spent my last year as principal before moving to sunny Wyoming with my husband and 2 children.
Summer has been licensed as a physical therapist in the State of Wyoming since 2001 and has worked at Child Development Services of Fremont County since 2006. She received her BS degree in Exercise/Sport Science from Colorado State University and her MSPT and DPT degrees from Regis University.
Tara earned her Associate of Applied Science degree from Central Wyoming College in 2000 and is registered to provide physical therapy assistant services in the state of Wyoming. She has worked as a PTA for CDS since 2006.
Crista graduated from Laramie County Community College in May 2012 with her Associate of Applied Science degree. She successfully passed the Board Exam in July 2012, enabling her to join the quality team at Child Development Services in Lander.
Cindy Donahue is an occupational therapist and early childhood special education teacher. She has worked in early childhood for the last 25 years and has also been an early childhood classroom teacher and administrator.
Lee M. Vice is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Child Development Services, where Lee develops and implements occupational therapy treatments to increase children’s independence with their specific classroom goals.
My name is Kaitlyn Roberts. I am a COTA/L here at CDS, which stands for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. I obtained my degree via a six semester program at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. Pediatric therapy is my passion because I love to work with children and help them reach their full potential. I am a Wyoming native, and in our spare time, you can find my husband and I outdoors with our two fur babies.
I have been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 15 years and for the past several years I’ve been a contract therapist. So even though Georgia is home, I’ve worked in eight different states. Working with the kids of Wyoming has been so much fun! When I’m not working, traveling is my favorite thing to do. Currently I’m trying to see all 50 states and every continent.
I’ve been a speech language pathologist for 13 years. I’m married with three children between the ages of 9 and 13. I’m a big Patriots fan and a highlight of my life was traveling to New England to attend a home game. Most of my free time and money is spent renovating my home. You can see my handiwork on my home Facebook page: Hut Rehab.
I have been an SLP for 7 years and currently a travel contract SLP. I am originally from West Virginia, but loving my time here in Wyoming! Outside of work I love hiking, camping, photography and spending time with my dogs.
I worked as a teacher’s aide, teacher, and bus driver at two different schools on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD over the course of four years. Several of the children I worked with during that time had significant communication deficits, and this inspired me to return to school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. I earned a master’s degree from the University of Colorado in 2009 and moved to Lander. I worked as an SLP in the Lander school district for 8 years before coming to CDS in the fall of 2017.
My name is Amy Lott and I am an SLP in Lander. I just relocated to Wyoming and am loving it here in Lander. I have a masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State University. I love working with young children and helping them improve their communication skills. I love to spend time with my family or be in the mountains whenever I can! years old and never plan on moving away.
My name is Kayla and I have been with CDS since September of 2019. I currently work as a speech and language pathologist aide, and also am currently attending college working towards a degree in the speech and language pathology field. I’ve lived in Lander since I was 6 years old and never plan on moving away.
I have worked at CDS since January of 2000. I’m a Speech Therapy Aid/Assistant. My job duties include developmental screenings, hearing screenings and providing speech/language services under the direction of the Speech Therapists.The best part of the job is spending time and playing games with the kids
Early Childhood Special Education
I’m an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in Lander. I worked with children for 10 years in child care facilities before joining CDS in 2019. I have a bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies for Kindergarten through 8th grade from Western Governors University
My name is Katie Stanton. I am an Early Childhood Special Educator (ECSE) at CDS. I graduated with my Bachelor’s from Chadron State College and completed my ECSE endorsement at the University of Wyoming.
I provide services as an Early Childhood Special Educator with an emphasis on improving Social Skills. I started working at CDS in 2017 as the receptionist in Lander while working on my Masters. I hold a Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness, A Post Masters Certification in Counseling: Childhood and Adolescent Disorders, and a Post Masters Certification in Counseling: Trauma. I enjoy quilting, weaving, gardening and art in my spare time.
Hi, I’m Lilly Bang! I am an ECSE Teacher (Early Childhood Special Education Teacher) Here are a few fun facts about me:
-I was born and raised in Maine and moved to Wyoming in 2020 with my husband
-I have my bachelors degree in Humanities with two minors in Educational Studies & Athletic Coaching
-I ran track from middle school all the way up until college
-I’ve met Patrick Dempsey
-Working with children has always been a passion of mine
My name is Kaylee Brink, I’m an Early Childhood Special Educator. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. I’m working towards a Masters in Behavioral Psychology. I’ve spent most of my life in Riverton. I love to travel. In my free time I enjoy baking and coaching gymnastics.
My name is Leah. This is my third year as a one-on-one at CDS. I have worked with kids in different capacities for 15 years. I worked at a daycare for a couple years prior to working at CDS, and have been doing childcare for several years. I love working with children and helping them expand their horizons.
My name is Shay. I was born and raised here in Fremont County. I have my associates in Early Childhood Education, which I received in 2009. My family and I have lived in the Lander area for 12 years, and have worked in preschools for 13 years
My name is Ashley Pieracini and this is my fourth year as a teacher assistant at CDS. I am 32 years old and I live in Lander with my husband Ryan, our three children and our cat and dog. I moved here five years ago from Carey, Ohio where I was born and raised
My name is Chelsea. I’m a classroom assistant for CDS. I’m originally from MI and have lived in WY for 9 years. I enjoy spending time with family and making people laugh. I’m proud to be part of the CDS family.
My name is Adela Duarte I’m married I have 3 children 2 boys and 1 girl . I have been working 20 years at CDS. I really enjoy working with such nice people and cute kids they are so sweet , they make my day every day. CDS is like my family.
My Name is Araceli Cleveland, I have worked for Child Development Services as an Educational Assistant, for the past 12 years. I primarily work with 3 to 5 year olds, where I enjoy making a difference with these young people.
I have been with CDS for 15 years. I am married to my best friend, Jack. I was raised in a family of 9 kids so working with young children has always been a huge part of my life. I love being a teacher’s assistant. All the children are all special to my heart. I LOVE MY JOB!
My name is Jill Ferry I grew up in Washington State. I’m married to my husband Douglas and we have two children my daughter Kayla she is 30 and my son is Justin who is 22 and I’m also a grandma to my grandson Mateo who is 7 months old . We have 2 labs a chocolate lab Nova and a yellow lab named Cooper. We moved to Riverton Wyoming in June and I have been working in childcare for 29 years.
My name is Jennifer Hyatt I am a teachers assistant and I work in the classroom with 3 to 5-year-old kids. I help the teacher prepare lesson plans for the week. I help maintain the classroom. I also occasionally drive the bus. I love working with children, and I have been with CDS for 6 1/2 years.
My name is Trishia Knott. This is my first year at CDS. I am a one on one. I have a 9 year old daughter. I love working with children.
My name is Fanny A. and I have worked for CDS for almost five months now. I enjoy working with the children and my co-workers. I like books, yarn, and crafts in general.
My name is Isabelle Hoenes and I am a Transportation Coordinator. I’m married have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. I have worked for Child Development Services for 14 years.
I was born in Casper but have lived in several places in WY. I was in Okinawa Japan and CA while in the Marines. I have been married for 41 years. I have 2 sons and 4 grand daughters. I have been with CDS since 2016 as a bus driver and maintenance man.
I am a team member in the transportation department working on buses, the buildings and grounds of the Lander CDS center. I have worked as a one-on-one and assisted in the classroom. I’m a lifelong native of Lander and have been able to enjoy most of what our area has to offer. The children are why I stay and come to work every day, they are my inspiration.
My name is Steve. Before retiring and moving to Lander in 2017, I lived in Uinta County and worked for a manufacturing plant for 25 years. I’ve been married to my wife, Su, since 1991 and we have one son, Cole. Before moving to Wyoming, I worked as a carpenter in the Tacoma, Washington area. I’ve truly enjoyed my job as a bus driver.
My name is Alisa Casey and I have been with CDS since October 2017. Everyone calls me the “snack lady” because I prepare the daily meals for all of our kiddos. Additionally, I help out wherever I am needed, including assisting with the daily bus runs. My husband and I, along with our Doberman (Lexi) moved to Lander from Colorado in 2017. And none of us can begin to express how much we are in love with this community!
I was born and raised in Nevada. We moved to Wyoming in 1993. I am the snack lady for CDS in Riverton. I love all the kiddos, they remind me every day to look at the world through youthful eyes! I have been in the food service industry on and off most of my life.