The West Team

The West Region - We are here to help

During this time of social distancing, we are unable to provide face-to-face in-person home visits, but we are here to coach and support you virtually via phone or video conferencing. This is just a temporary way of servicing your family, and we look forward to the time we can join you in your home again. Until then, be safe, and reach out to your Primary Service Provider for assistance.

In this time of crisis, our brains can only handle so much. If you as a parent can only handle one thing at a time, that is ok. Let your mere presence for your child be enough. You cannot be a breadwinner, teacher, doctor and parent all of the time. When your child calls your name, if just for a second, make eye contact, look, touch and see them. Just let them know you are there. They only need a touchstone. Give yourself a break, you are good enough and are enough.

We primarily serve families who live in the Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester, Milan, Saline and Whitmore Lake school district boundaries.  Our team meets weekly to consult about your child and family's needs and we work collaboratively to provide parents with developmental information and strategies.


Welcome to Washtenaw ISD Early Intervention


The Team

Michelle Pogliano, Early Intervention Supervisor

Alicia Kruk, Early On and Family Services Supervisor

Rebecca Espitia, LMSW, IMH-E (III) School Social Worker

Annette Bowman, Early Intervention Teacher

Susan Nichols, Early Intervention Teacher

Cynthia Sommerfeld, MA CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Margaret Bett, MA CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Elizabeth Hartmann, MA CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Heather Sawdy, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Melinda Ploucha, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Meghan McGowan, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Rebecca Yates, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Crissy Dochoda, Early Intervention Home Visitor   

Susan Risi, Psychologist

Althea Wilson, Early Childhood Specialist/Home Visiting Coach

Pam McClure, MA CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Carlene Laskey, Teacher Consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Laura White, Teacher for the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor

Jessicia Klenk, Teacher for the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor

Lyn Golden, Early Intervention Home Visitor 

Julie Lenhart, Early Intervention Home Visitor 

Ghufran Al-Sheemary, Early Intervention Home Visitor 

Latasha Davis, Early Intervention Home Visitor 

Cheryl Carpenter, Early Intervention Home Visitor 

Kerrie Hollow, Early Intervention Home Visitor 

Rachel Frey, Early Intervention Home Visitor