About The Board

Howard Wakkinen

PRESIDENT

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.

Scott McGuire

PRESIDENT ELECT

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.

Sarah Perkins

Sarah Perkins

TREASURER

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.

Jacqueline Grimes

SECRETARY

Josh Rye

NASP DELEGATE

Stacy Meester

Stacy Meester

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Stacy Meester joined the Campbell County School District #1 team in Gillette, WY in 2020 after previously working as a school psychologist in her home state of North Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota with special emphases in the Psychology of Education & Learning, and Biological & Physiological Psychology. Stacy received her Masters (MS) and Specialist (PsyS) degrees in School Psychology from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.  

 

Stacy’s professional interests include RTI/MTSS, SEL and mindfulness, collaboration with her colleagues, and data collection. In her free time, Stacy enjoys reading, running, and hiking around WY with her husband and three sons. 

Eldon Clifford

NORTHEAST REPRESENTATIVE

Marika Vaden

Marika Vaden

NORTHWEST REPRESENTATIVE

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.

Tiffany Forbis

Tiffany Forbis

CENTRAL REPRESENTATIVE

Tiffany Forbis has worked as a school psychologist in Riverton, WY since 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming in 1997. Tiffany then attended Arizona State University and studied in the School Psychology department. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 2004. Tiffany’s professional interests include autism, emotional disabilities, and psychological testing.

Stacey Kern

Stacey Kern

SOUTHEAST REPRESENTATIVE

Stacey Kern, Ph.D. is the Director of Special Services for Carbon County School District #1. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Tabor College, 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. Dr. Kern is a nationally certified school psychologist who has practiced in the state of Wyoming for thirteen years. Prior to becoming an educator, she was a licensed master’s level psychologist working with incarcerated males in the state of Kansas. She advocates for the children of Wyoming through her work at the local, state, and national levels. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Wyoming School Psychology Association and is a member of the Wyoming Association of Special Education Administrators and the Council of Administrators of Special Education.

Bart Lyman

Bart Lyman

SOUTHWEST REPRESENTATIVE

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).

Lindsey Schumaker

Lindsey Schumaker

AWARDS CHAIR

Lindsey Schumaker is an Education Specialist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist currently serving Carbon County School District #1. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota and her Ed.S. in School Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Her interests include special education law, behavioral intervention, and supporting mental health within the school setting. 

David S. Briggs

David S. Briggs

ETHICS/PROF. STANDARDS CHAIR

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

SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

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).

Brandon Weiss

GPR STATE LIAISON

Brandon Weiss has worked in Wyoming as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist since 2015. He has worked in three different states and served grades K-12. Brandon earned his B.S. in Psychology, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, and Post Masters in School Psychology. He is presently employed in Lovell, WY.

Shawn Milam

Shawn Milam

PUBLICATIONS & WEBSITE CHAIR

Shawn Milam is an Educational Specialist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist currently serving in Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne. Shawn has been a School Psychologist in Wyoming since 2016. Before working in Cheyenne, Shawn worked for Sweetwater County School District #1 in Rock Springs and Natrona County School District #1 in Casper.  Shawn earned his Ed.S. School Psychology graduate degree from Northern Arizona University and his undergraduate B.S. in Psychology at Colorado State University—Pueblo.  His interests include MTSS, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Reading Interventions, and Dyslexia.

Keri Prichard

Keri Prichard

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Keri Prichard has served K-12 students as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in Kansas, Arkansas, and Wyoming. She has worked for the Laramie County School District 1 since 2019. Keri earned her B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University (2003) and Ed.S. in School Psychology from the University of Kansas (2005).  Keri loves hanging out with her husband of 14 years and their amazing daughter. She also volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and as one of the Key Spouses for the 20th Air Force. She is excited to join the board this year as the WSPA Membership Chair.

Brennan Proctor

Brennan Proctor

GRADUATE CREDIT CHAIR

Brennan Proctor is originally from Johnstown, Colorado and has worked in education for the last 11 years in various capacities (academic advisor, school counselor, and school psychologist) in both Colorado and Wyoming. He is currently a school psychologist with Laramie County School District 1. He graduated with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2008 and received his Ed.S. in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013. His professional interests include PBIS, Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, and Self-Determination in Special Education. 

Tara Waddell

Tara Waddell

WSPA and UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING LIAISON

Tara Waddell 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.