Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

Educational Service Unit #13


Ajax Loading Image


Special Services Staff


Laura Barrett – Director

Section 504/Title II Coordinator 

Laura’s background is in deaf education. She served as a teacher of the deaf and the Assistant Coordinator for the Central/Western Nebraska Partnership for Children who are Deaf of Hard of Hearing.  Laura has also served as a secondary transition specialist, Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities facilitator and special education coordinator prior to becoming the Director of Special Services.  She received her degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Chadron State College and is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska in the area of Educational Leadership. 

Stephanie Ryan

SPED Secretary


Stephanie has been with ESU13 since February of 2016. Before she came to work at ESU 13 she worked as a Para for Gering Public Schools. After being in Early Childhood for almost 13 years she decided it was time for a change.She has been married to her High School sweetheart Dean for 25 years and they have 3 wonderful boys together, Brayden who is 24 years old and attends Univeristy of  Kearney Nebraska, Collin who is 20 years old and works for Target, and Karsen who is 12 years old and is a 7th grader at Gering Junior High. After her husband retired from the Navy after 20 years they decided to move back to the area and have been back for 6 years. She is so happy to be working with great people at ESU 13.



Tina Rudy



Holly Widener



Peggy Coulter - Music




Russell Sinner







Lori Frank


Lori has been working for ESU 13 for 8 years in the Meridian Classrooms as a Para. She has 2 children, Brooklyn who is 17 and goes Scottsbluff High School and her son Quentin who is 9 years old and goes to Morrill schools this school year. She has a boxer named Snickers and she is 7 years old.


Jennifer Wimmer


Jennifer has worked for ESU 13 for 4 years. She is currently going to school to get her degree in Special Education. She is 1 of 6 children in her family and also she is 1 of 3. She is a triplet. She has a trip brother and a trip sister, along with 2 older sibilings and 1 younger sibling as well.




Diane Renander


Diane has worked with and for ESU 13 for 16 years. She has been a bus driver with Bridgeport Public Schools for a little over 34 years. She has been married to Cal for 36 years and has 2 children, Neil 32 and Lisa 27, 2 grandchildren Shawna and Gabriel. She enjoys making quilts and being with her family.

Anna Thompson



Ellie Eckman


  Speech Language Pathologists

Sheryl Kinoshita




Sheryl is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She provides speech and language services for Garden Co. and Leyton Schools. She enjoys working on the family farm, reading, walking the dog, and window shopping.





Sarah Schaaf




Jean Wegelin



Ingrid Einspahr


Ingrid is a Speech/Language Pathologist who has been serving the schools in Nebraska Panhandle with ESU 14 and 13 for 23 years. She grew up in Fort Collins, CO where she attended Colorado State Univeristy and received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She received her Master of Science in Education-Speech/Language Pathology from the Univerisity of Nebraska at Kearney. She lives in Sidney with her husand Jeff and their yellow lab, Indy. She has two grown sons, Eric and Ryan. She enjoys reading, long walks with her dog, Nebraska and Denver Bronco football, and supporting her husband’s high school girls basketball team.

Ashley Halstead


Ashley attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her undergraduate and graduate programs. She graduated in 2011 with her Masters of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology, and began working for ESU #13 in August of 2011. Her career has allowed her to share with others her belief that communication is essential and achievable for all individuals

Jodi Enevoldsen


Jodi was a teacher in the classroom for 27 years and has joined ESU13 as a Communications Assistant in the Special Services Department. Her teaching certificate is in middle grades English, and she has also spent time as a Director of a local learning center. Instructing students as unique individuals has been an important aspect of her teaching career




Ross VanAmburg




Ross graduated from OT school from Colorado State Universaity after working as a letter carrier for 16 years and after attending the University of Utah studying Philosophy. Ross is a staff Occupational Therapist at ESU13 working presently with Kinball, Banner County, and Garden County school districts. He also currently works with the Western Region BIRSST (Brain Injury Regional School System Team) program helping students, school districts, and families understand and manage concussions and other forms of brain injury in the Nebraska Panhandle. Previously, Ross has worked as a regional rehabilitation supervisor for a rehab company in western Nebraska and Wyoming; long term care;hospital inpatient,outpatient, and home health programs; and at the Wyoming State Training School in Lander, Wyoming working with residents with developmental disabilities and brain injury.

Jamie Selzer




Jamie is on her 6th year working as an Occupational Therapist with ESU. She graduated from Creighton University in 2005 with her Doctorate in OT. Her husband, Johnny and her met and lived in Lincoln until the spring of 2009, then moved to Scottsbluff to be close to his family here. She has 2 children, Elliot (8) and Charlie (6), and another son on the way in October. As a family, we enjoy the outdoors and love to take family vacations together. Her personal hobbies include running, reading, traveling, and mostly, just being at home spending time with my family




Pam Brezenski

Special Education Coordinator





Jessica Broderick

Speech/Language Pathologist/Secondary Transition Specialist




Teresa Halley




Teresa has been employed at ESU 13 for 12 years. She taught for three years in the Primary Level Meridian Classroom and then became the first teacher at LifeLink-Nebraska where she continues to teach today. She received her B.S. in Elementary Educ. & Physical Educ. In 1990; K-9 Special Education endorsement from Univ. Of NE/Omaha in 1995 & 7-12 SPED endorsement in 2002; Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Chadron State College in 2012. She has been an educator for twenty-six years. She has taught: Elementary Education; Elementary Physical Education; Adaptive Physical Education; Title I Reading and Math; and Special Education for students ages 5-21 years old (K-2 Multicategorical, 7-12 Resource, and LifeLink-NE). She has two children Devaney-16 (Junior at Scottsbluff High School) and Traceten-19 (Freshman at Wayne State College) are VERY active in sports and she enjoys traveling, with her husband Mike, to their many games and watching them compete. They are also dorm parents for WNCC softball and baseball student athletes and getting to know these young adults and having them become part of our family is very rewarding. She also enjoys doing landscaping, quilting, beadwork, spending time at her family’s ranch, and serving on the board of directors for Camp Scott, and Twin City Baseball.

Bill Moore




Bill is on his seventh year working as a special education teacher at LifeLink-NE. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kansas State University, a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Univeristy of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, with an endorsement in SPED Mild/Moderate K-12 from Chadron State College. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Stacy for 27 years. They have one daughter Elizabeth, and now they also have a granddaughter! Elizabeth gave birth to Norah Aviv on July 3rd. Everything I have ever heard about being a grandparent is true! It is awesome! Some of my other activities are playing the guitar and leading worship at his church, watching Husker football games and traveling.

Tara Ewing




Tara is a Job Coach with Lifelink-NE. She helps students find, learn and perform their work duties. Tara enjoys her job as she gets to help the students learn new skills that will help them succeed in their work place, learn new skills for herself, and work with a wonderful group of students and staff! She has worked for LifeLink-NE since February 2016. Prior to that she worked at Mitchell Public schools for over 5 years, where she worked with students of all ages from preschool through high school. She had many rolls to her name, during that time, such as SPED Para, basic sign language interpreter and a job coach. She also assisted in large group settings and ran small scripted groups, she also helped in an after school homework club and was involved in running the breakfast program for the Mitchell Jr./Sr. High building. Before Tara went to Mitchell she spent a year at Westmoor Elementary in the K-1 multi-categorical classroom. She started working in daycare 18 years ago and still enjoys that as a second job. She currently lived in Mitchell with her two children, Kelsey (18) who is a junior at the Jr./Sr. High building and Jacob (13) who is a 7th grader at the Jr.Sr. High building both in Mitchell. She loved spending her free time doing crafts and being surrounded by her family and friends!!!



Kelli Garcia




Kelli was born in Sidney, NE on March 20th. She moved around a lot, as her parents divorced when she was 2. She has lived in Oregon, CO, New Mexico, and Florida. She has been back in NE for 17 years. She left home at the age of 16, worked hard to support herself until she was married in 1989 at the age of 20. She was married for 13 years and has 3 amazing children, 2 girls and one boy, who she loves with all her heart. Judith age 25 also has given me 2 grandboys, Malakai age 5 ½, Messiah age 3. Judith is pursusing her nursing degree. Nathaniel age 22 who has worked at the sugar factory for 4 years and is a great father. His son, my grandson Zayden is 2 ½. Lily my youngest is 17 and a Senior at Gering. Her goal is to pursue college and become a math teacher. Attending Kearney is her desire at the moment. She is a great student and person and is involved with the Upward Bound program at WNCC. She had the opportunity this summer to travel to Washington DC (her first flight since she was 1 month old) and see amazing sites. Kelli became a first time home owner in 2010. She loves her house and neighborhood. She has been involved in special education in several areas from driving school bus, to a Para in the classroom and now a Job Coach for 9 years at Lifelink. Overall, more then 17 years. She loves her job and is grateful to servce in the capacity she does. She loves music, being outdoors and loves her two dogs Lil Girl and Chewy. One day when and if she retires, haha, she hopes to travel in an RV and see the world.

Glenda Heinrich






 Ashley Meyer




Ashley is the Western Region Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Network Coordinator. The Nebraska Department of Education developed the network to provide training and technical assistance to local school districts, educational service units, and parents/family members of individuals ages 0-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ashley is available to provide training and assistance to local school districts in the areas of assessment and verification, IFSP/IEP goals, program planning and implementation, as well as evidence-based behavioral and instructional strategies.




Meggin Funk





Deaf Educators

Heather Esterdahl




Heather earned a BS in Elementary Education from Chadron State College in 1999. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City, Kansas where she taught for two years in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. She completed her Masters in Deaf Education at the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2005. Until joining the DHH department at ESU#13 in August of 2014, Heather was employed in Jefferson County Public Schools in Lakewood, Colorado as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In Jeffco, Heather taught in the deaf/hard of hearing center based programs as well as an itinerant.  Heather is based out of the Central Office in Scottsbluff and will serve primarily Scotts Bluff County.

Sara Peterson




Sara earned a BA in Elementary and Deaf Education from Augustana College in 2001. She completed her Masters in Deaf Education from Idaho State University in 2004. She has been employed with ESU #13 since 2003.  Sara is based out of the Central Office in Scottsbluff and primarily serves students in Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Southern Sioux, and Banner Counties. Sara is currently assistant coordinator for Central Western Nebraska Partnership (CWNP) Regional Program for Children/Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  She organizes activities in the Nebraska Panhandle and across the state to gather students with hearing loss together for educational activities and fellowship throughout the school year.










Early Childhood

Tasha Roggasch - Sidney




Brittain Trave - Scottsbluff



Pam Uhl - Sidney



Nickey Bolek - Scottsbluff


Nickey is the new EDN coordinator for Minatare, Gering, Banner, Mitchell and Morrill. Prior to working for ESU 13 she worked as a Multi-categorical Para for Scottsbluff schools, at Westmoor Elementary working with 2nd and 3rd graders. She also currently owns and operates a photography studio named Sweet Rebel Photography in Gering and has been doing photography for 12 years. Nickey will also be attending classes through CSC in January to continue her education for her K-12 teaching degree with a SPED endorsement. She is excited to be working with ESU13 and learning new things to help her both with her new position and continuing education.

Angie Borgmann - Sidney