About The Board

Sarah Perkins

Sarah Perkins


Sarah Perkins has worked in Laramie County School District Number One as a Nationally Certified School Psychologists since 2010 at various Title One elementary schools. She received her Education Specialist degree from University of Colorado Denver in 2010 and her bachelor degree in English from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Her interests include special education law, behavior planning, evaluation, and special education team functioning.

Howard Wakkinen


Howard Wakkinen has been a school psychologist and assistant principal for the past 11 years (8 years as a school psychologist before serving as an administrator the past 3 years). He has served K-12 schools and students in Colorado and Wyoming. For the past 8 years, he has served in K-12 schools for Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Howard earned his B.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colorado (and an administrator endorsement from the University of Wyoming). Before transferring to UNC during his undergraduate, he attended the University of Montana where he played football for the Griz for three years (GO Griz!). He has served on the Wyoming School Psychology Association board in a couple different roles as well as currently serves on the Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP) board as the Southeast Regional Representative. After the past three years as an assistant principal, he is excited to return to his roots as a school psychologist for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year in a K-4 elementary school and an alternative high school. Howard enjoys numerous research areas, but his favorites include anti-bullying, MTSS/RTI (interventions to reach all students), solution-focused consultation / collaboration, and resilience / assets / SEL curricula.

Eldon Clifford


Eldon Clifford Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified/Licensed School Psychologist. He has worked as a school psychologist for 10 years and prior to that was a school counselor for a number of years. His professional interests include learning disability identification/diagnosis, Autism diagnosis and behavioral disorders. He has been honored to contribute to WSPA in a variety of roles over his tenure with the organization.

Mike Crane

Mike Crane



Mike Crane has been a Nationally Certified School Psychologist for 15 years. He has worked within the public school system in three different states and served grades Pre-School through High school. Mike studied Psychology and graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder and then obtained his School Psychology certification from The University of Massachusetts at Boston. He is presently employed in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has served on the WSPA board in various roles since 2008.

Laura Lane



I have worked as a school psychologist in Fremont County School District #1 since 1997.  I received my Specialist in School Psychology degree from Western Illinois University in 1995.  I worked in Illinois for 2 years prior to moving to Lander, Wyoming.  I have worked with all grade levels but have been at the K-5 level for the past several years.  I have held positions within WSPA leadership as both secretary and president.

Tara Clapp

Tara Clapp


Tara Clapp received her undergraduate training at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY and her graduate training at Niagara University, in Niagara Falls, NY.  She currently is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wyoming. Tara teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the areas of clinical assessment, developmental disabilities, and supervises graduate student assessments in the Psychology Clinic. Tara also works with ACSD#1, predominately at Linford Elementary.


Marika Vaden

Marika Vaden


Marika earned her M.Ed. and Ed.S. graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  She has been a School Psychologist in Jackson since 2014, where she worked in Teton County School District #1 for 2 years before becoming an independent contractor and opening a private practice. Prior to moving to Jackson, she worked in a large school district in northern Virginia for 10 years. She has experience with all ages from preschool through high school in rural and suburban settings.

Joe Palladino

Joe Palladino



I received my M.S. ED in School Psychology from the University of Dayton in August of 1977 and started my career in West Virginia a month later. I am Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in addition to my School Psychologist Certification. I spent 30 years as a School Psychologist in FCSD #1 and have worked part time for the last ten years at various school on the Wind River Reservation.

Annastashia Teepe



Annastashia has served as a school psychologist in Wyoming for six years and is finishing her seventh year as a school psychologist. She is currently working for Laramie County School District #1. Annastashia completed her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the UNK as well. Annastashia is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and her professional interests include behavioral intervention, early childhood intervention and mental health awareness. Annastashia is super excited to serve on the Wyoming School Psychology Association.

Dustin Blair



Dustan is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist working in the state of Wyoming. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He currently has four busy children, and works for the school district in Evanston, Wyoming. He has previous experience in residential treatment facilities and in rehabilitation settings. Professional interests include: motivation, psychological testing, educational diagnosis, mental health services within the school setting, and neuropsychology.

Dustin Blair

Dustin Blair


Bart Lyman is originally from Cody, Wyoming and currently works as the Outreach Program Director for Region V B.O.C.E.S. in Evanston, Wyoming. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a minor in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. He completed an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from Brigham Young University.  Bart is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and has a certificate in Educational Leadership.  He previously held a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology. Bart spent thirteen years serving as a school psychologist in southwest Wyoming and four years working as the Wyoming Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) Coach.  He is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Wyoming School Psychologists (WSPA).

Stacy Kern

Stacy Kern



Stacey Kern has been a school psychologist for nine years, all of which have been served in K-12 schools for Albany County School District #1 in Laramie, WY. Stacey earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University, her Ed.S. in School Psychology from Emporia State University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Wyoming. She has served on the Wyoming School Psychology Association board as the conference committee chair since fall 2016. Stacey is also serving an elected three-year term as the National Association of School Psychologists leadership assembly Delegate for the state of Wyoming. She has been married to her awesome husband for 19 years, and together they have three beautiful children. Stacey enjoys professional collaboration and problem-solving with her colleagues, intervention groups with her students, and is a die-hard fan of her own children.

Servio Carroll



Servio A. Carroll is a semi-retired school psychologist and clinical counselor. He received a Master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology in 1973, and a Specialist degree in school psychology in 1977 from the University of Nebraska – Kearney. He was the first school psychologist hired by PCSD#6 Cody in 1977, and SCSD#2 in 1980, from which he retired in 2015. Servio continues to work part-time in his private practice – Counseling Associates—providing English-Spanish bilingual clinical counseling and school psychology services. He was part of norming group for the NCSP credential and held various board, leadership positions and publications in NASP from 1989 to 2004. A member of WSPA since 1985 he has held various board, leadership positions as well since 1989, including editor of the WSPA Newsletter for over 20 years. Servio was also part of the group which developed the WY Mental Health Professions Licensing Board, and holds LPC # 12.

David S. Briggs

David S. Briggs


David Briggs, Ed.S., NCSP is a nationally certified school psychologist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho (2006), and then attended the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley, where he earned an educational specialist degree in school psychology (2010). Most recently, he finished a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Wyoming (2017). He has worked for ten years full-time in various school settings in Wyoming including: Green River, Pine Bluffs, Cheyenne, and Evanston. He also has five years of part-time clinical experience in various settings. While he specializes in the diagnosis (testing and assessment) and treatment (group or individual) of various disorders/deficits, including: depression, anger management, assertiveness, anxiety, developmental disorders (ex.- learning and cognitive disabilities, ADHD, and autism), executive dysfunction, and social skills deficits. His professional interests include: neuropsychology, special education law, early intervention, and resiliency.

Don Rentz



Don Rentz is currently a school psychologist at Laramie County School District #1 (Cheyenne, WY). He previously worked for 18 years as a school psychologist at Natrona County School District (Casper, WY). He earned his B.S. in Psychology at BYU and his M.Ed. and Ed.S. in School Psychology at Idaho State University. He is originally from Southern California (Rialto).

Scott McGuire



Scott McGuire has worked as a School Psychologist in Newcastle since 2010 and in Wyoming since 2007. He was born and raised in North Dakota and received his School Psychology Educational Specialist degree from Minot State University.  He has been employed in many different occupations and can easily relate to a diverse group of people and situations. Scott is trained in evaluating student special education eligibility, RtI consultation, and IEP development.