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Angel Berry

Angel Berry
Executive Director, Co-Founder

After 10 years of providing childcare in her home, Angel is proud to step up to the role of Executive Director and help create a kind and warm environment for families in need of care and support. Angel is nearing the completion of her Registry Administration Credential at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, adding to her continuing education. She was recognized three years running at a National Parent Support Convention as a Parent Leader (2003-2006) and continues to be an advocate for children and healthy families.

Angel has volunteered with the Youth and Family Project in West Bend and provided parental support and education for over 20 years. Angel is a proud mother of two grown sons and lives with her husband Matt in Sheboygan. Through her experiences as a mother of a child with special needs and a struggling single parent prior to meeting her husband, she learned firsthand how challenging parenting can be.

Angel is fiercely dedicated to bringing this vision of a childhood education and care center to the county she had grown to love in the hope that every family has the support that they need to raise happy and healthy children.

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Kate Boucher

Kate Boucher
Center Director

Kate Boucher is excited to be in such an inclusive, caring and enriching community. Born and raised in Shawano county, Kate loves natural outdoor experiences including camping, biking, kayaking and being at the lake or in the woods. Their other hobbies include painting, crafting, reading, Indigenous jingle dress dancing and growing their small businesses with their wife Sarah.

Their background and experience include a Masters in special education, yoga instructor certification and a Bachelors science in fine art painting. Kate has 20+ years experience in specialty childcare, public and private school teaching and community involvement. Their kindness and positivity are contagious and she looks forward to empowering individual growth and development within all members of the A Million Dreamz family.

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Breanna Crump

Breanna Crump
Lead Teacher

My name is Breanna Crump and I love working at A Million Dreamz. I'm 24 years old and was born in Chicago, IL. My family and I moved to Sheboygan in 2010 and I've enjoyed living in such a peaceful area. I graduated high school from Ideas Academy in 2016 and am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Lakeshore Technical College. I live with my three foster children and 7-year-old cat named Minnie. I'm also a dancer and the coach of TeamNation here in Sheboygan.

My Favorite Things ...

Food: Sweet Potatoes
Color: Pink
Singer: Beyoncé
Animal: Cat
Dance Genre: Afro/HipHop
Musical instrument: Soprano Ukulele
Holiday: Kwanzaa

Tagline - Broken crayons still color

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Ashley Frericks

Ashley Frericks
Lead Teacher

I'm a mother to a beautiful girl who attends AMD. I have an associate degree in early childhood education. I've worked with children since I graduated high school in 2014. I'm excited to be working at AMD and seeing how far we can succeed.

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Cindy Krolnik-Kelm

Cindy Krolnik-Kelm
Lead Teacher

Bio coming soon!

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Meg Peterson

Meg Peterson
Lead Teacher

After years of teaching middle school science, Meg has changed her focus to early childhood education. She realized this area must be improved so that future adolescents are better prepared, self-directed learners with critical thinking skills. In her spare time, Meg enjoys flower gardening.

She is thrilled to be a part of AMD and to be advocating for children and families to get the support and tools they need to thrive.

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Amanda Schlueter

Amanda Schlueter
Lead Teacher

Amanda is a wife, mom and special educator. She has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. She loves spending time with her family which is made up of her wife, their four children, two teddy bear dogs and two cats.

In her spare time, she enjoys coloring and reading. She is so excited to be making a difference as a member of the AMD family!

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Jamie Schlueter

Jamie Schlueter
Lead Teacher

Jamie is a nurturing person and caring for children is just part of who she is. She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in special education. Jamie has been an early childhood special education teacher since 1999 and has a strong background in applied behavior analysis.

Jamie believes that all behavior is communication and she speaks nonverbal communication fluently and has extensive knowledge and skills in augmentative and alternative communication. Jamie knows that early childhood experiences from birth-age 8 affect the development of the brain's architecture, which provides a foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. Strong foundations helps children develop skills they need to become well-functioning adults and she can't wait to help your child(ren) on their path.

No challenge too large, no victory too small.

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Liz Spain

Liz Spain
Lead Teacher

Hi, my name is Liz. I enjoy reading horror novels and anything Spider-Man. I have 3 cats, J-J, Bugzee, and Ravioli. I also have a leopard gecko; his name is Stu. I attended Central High School. While I was attending, I took early childhood education classes, complete with a childcare professional certificate. I also love listening to Post Malone and Panic @ the Disco, just to name a couple. I look forward to working with you and our kiddos!

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Bobbi Wartke

Bobbi Wartke
Lead Teacher

I live in Sheboygan Falls with my cat, Furball. I like Christian music, true story movies, hikes, children, coffee, and coloring.

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AnnaMae Zabel

AnnaMae Zabel
Lead Teacher

My name is AnnaMae Zabel. I've been working in childcare all my life, in my own home and in a center. I have over 30 years of experience. I also have three children of my own, one with special needs. I have a heart for children and an excitement for watching them grow through love and encouragement that fits each child's personality. By working together, let's make every child feel comfortable and encourage them to be the best they can be. Let us be the rainbow in their cloudy days.

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Desiree Burns-Jones

Desiree Burns-Jones
Apprentice

My name is Desiree, and I'll be pursuing my education in Early Childhood Education through the A Million Dreamz apprenticeship program.

I'm 19 years old, and one thing that interests me is working with and educating children. I enjoy this because it's both rewarding and fun. When working with children, you get to watch them grow daily and develop their own personalities.

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KĂ©vana Ruffin

KĂ©vana Ruffin
Assistant Teacher

I'm a devoted mother of three children ages of 2 to 10 with all sorts of different abilities. My life is dedicated to making the world a better place, not by arguing or focusing on our differences but rather the things I can change. I've lived in Iowa and Sheboygan but am originally from Chicago.

I believe children are the future and where there's love, there's life.

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Donna Schultz

Donna Schultz
Assistant Teacher

I am semi-retired from a financial services career and spend some of my time volunteering in the classrooms. I enjoy being part of an organization that provides much needed quality child care to families in our community. Children make me smile; it is fun to see how they learn and grow. My my husband and I have two adult sons. I enjoy traveling, bicycling, hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

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Amber Venzke

Amber Venzke
Assistant Teacher

Hi, I'm Amber! I'm first and foremost a mom of two (my son and bonus-daughter). I've worn the hats of mom, salon receptionist, hair stylist, school secretary, and now early childcare assistant teacher. I'll be pursuing my degree in early child care soon and coming from a long line of teachers, I'm beyond excited for this newest adventure!

I believe kindness is a superpower and we're all capable of amazing things, no matter who we are or where we came from.

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Autumn Wooding

Autumn Wooding
Program Aide

Hello! I've loved working and teaching kids for soooo long! I'm 16 years old. My favorite color is pink. I love working and helping kids and being a part of their growing.

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Kayla Brennan

Kayla Brennan
Behavioral Therapist

I've been working with kids on the spectrum for the past 7 yrs as an ABA therapist, respite care provider, and a special ed paraprofessional. I enjoy seeing them accomplish new tasks, big or small, and achieving new milestones. I look forward to bringing my skills and knowledge to AMD and learning much more from a whole new group of kiddos.

In my free time, I enjoy drawing outside with chalk, coloring, or anything outside when it's hot out. But most days, I look forward to curling up with a blanket, my cat, and my rat after a long day.

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Sarah Boucher

Sarah Boucher
Head Cook

Sarah Boucher has worked in food service for 20 years, in everything from summer camp kitchen to restaurant management. She is passionate about feeding people not only good but healthy foods and after taking a break from food service, she has spent the last few years working in a produce department and learning about different fruits and vegetables from around the world. She is excited to teach the kids at AMD why certain foods are good for our bodies, how to expand our recycling impact to help our planet and eventually how to grow food and compost food waste.

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Kamilia Nabbefeld

Kamilia Nabbefeld
Executive Assistant

Kamilia joined the AMD team late in 2022. A graduate of Madison College, Kamilia is multitasking in the office as the executive assistant and bookkeeper/accountant. Working closely with the Executive Director and our Board Treasurer, Kamilia has quickly become an integral part of the operations of AMD.

She says "I'm incredibly fortunate to work with a company that is trying to make a change in a much needed industry. If you aren't aware of the continued childcare and early childhood education crisis then you're severely out of the loop. Thankfully friends at A Million Dreamz are here ready to educate us on what we can do to support our community needs and make a difference in the standard of childcare provided to our future generations!"

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Sophie Vanic

Sophie Vanic
Teacher Aide

I'm a junior in highschool at Sheboygan Falls. I've worked in childcare the past four summers and love working with kids of all ages. I'm planning on going to college for early childhood education and want to be a teacher.

I enjoy painting, hanging out with my friends and family, and traveling. I'm excited to be a part of AMD and am looking forward to learning and growing through this experience!

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Board Members

Nena Bemis

Nena Bemis
Board President, Co-Founder

Nena is a loving mother of four children. As early as she can remember Nena wanted to be a teacher. This emerging passion compounded with a high interest in the human psyche led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which she followed up with a master’s degree in School and Community Counseling.

Through her studies, Nena found a particular interest in working with children who were struggling with mental health or crisis and children with special needs. She has volunteered with Rainbow Kids as an early childhood grief group counselor, lead small group activities with children temporarily housed at Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter, and served as a mentor with Big Brother/Big Sisters of Sheboygan for 10 years.

Nena’s studies and volunteer experiences lead her to a realization that often the special needs child population, as well as children struggling with mental health, get “left behind” in different venues of their lives. They often find an absence of quality services, including childcare, often resulting from lack of funding. This belief was further solidified as she encountered different obstacles while raising her oldest child, who has special needs. Because of this, her passion emerged to advocate for children in need and help their voices be heard, and to find ways to support the family as a whole in times of need by empowering them with proper tools. As she and her co-founder, Angel, agree: “Everyone needs a village “. This is where the dream of A Million Dreamz started … with endless possibilities for children of all abilities and their families.

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Leah Andrews

Leah Andrews
Board Vice President

Leah is a devoted mother of three and grandmother. Her experience throughout her life has led her to a career in childcare. A former Head Start Assistant, Leah is halfway through her Administration Credential through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Leah enjoys spending lots of time with her family including her beautiful daughters and her grandchildren. She brings heart and soul to the organization by focusing on our most important aspect, children.

Kristin Bergamo

Kristin Bergamo
Secretary

Kristen relocated to Sheboygan in 2001 from Omaha, NE. She has worked in the banking industry for the past 20+ years in a variety of roles. She finds fulfillment and purpose when she is able to help others with their financial goals.

When she isn't working she enjoys volunteering throughout the community, reading, thrift store shopping, practicing Yoga, and spending time with her three daughters.

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Carol Janssen

Carol Janssen
Treasurer

Recently retired from her position as CFO of Polyfab LLC, Carol had been a dynamic and integral part of developing a one-man shop into a manufacturing facility known worldwide. Her experience and expertise with financial matters, human resources, business planning and management are welcomed with enthusiasm. Carol is happy to be on board.

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Joseph Voelkner

Joseph Voelkner
Legal Advisor

Joseph J. Voelkner was born and raised in Grafton, Wisconsin. Joe currently resides in Sheboygan with his wife, Melissa. Joe is a partner of Olsen, Kloet, Gunderson & Conway and presides on several non-profit boards throughout Sheboygan County.

Joe is an avid sports fan and tennis player, he enjoys playing tennis, golf, hockey, basketball, and softball and enjoys traveling at every opportunity.

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Jennifer Irish

Jennifer Irish
Board Director

Jennifer Irish is the Early Childhood Education Instructor and Program Chair at Lakeshore Technical College. Over the last 20+ years, she has worked with young children in a variety of settings including licensed child care centers, public schools, and private schools. She now prepares and guides adult students to be leaders in the early childhood classroom focusing on positive guidance, anti-bias perspectives, and developmentally appropriate practices.

Jennifer earned her first bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison, gaining knowledge and experience working with individuals with differing abilities. She then earned her second bachelor’s degree, PK-6 teaching license, and master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University. Jennifer’s passion is sharing her love of children and their holistic development with others to build a brighter future for all. Jennifer lives in Sheboygan with her husband and two children.

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Amy Wirtz

Amy Wirtz
Board Director

Amy has spent the past 12 years in various financial roles within the not-for-profit industry. Prior to that, Amy worked in public accounting. She is the current Assistant Vice President of Financial Services at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI where she oversees Accounting Services, Student Financial Services, and Financial Analysis & Planning. In addition, she has expertise in not-for-profit compliance, construction and facilities planning, human resources, information technology and digital transformation, and contract negotiation.

Amy and her husband, Richard, reside in Plymouth with their two children. Amy is inspired by the talented staff at A Million Dreamz as well as the families they serve, and she is looking forward to helping furthering the organization’s mission and making a positive impact in Sheboygan County.

Steven Schmitt

Steven Schmitt
Ad Hoc Member

Fourth-generation to lead the Jos. Schmitt Construction Company, Steven is a Sheboyganite dedicated to his community. His philanthropic nature has led him to work diligently to help bring the ideas of others to fruition to benefit the entire community. Sheboygan County Humane Society, The Shaw Family Playground, and the Purple Octopus at Above and Beyond Children's Museum are examples of the wonderful things Steven helps to create.

A dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, Steven is paving the way to a brighter future for the citizens of Sheboygan County.

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Employment Opportunities

Early childhood education professionals foster each child with learning opportunities, encouragement to grow, and support while core centers of the brain are developing. The first six years of life are the strongest in terms of brain development. Quality childcare sets a child up for future success in education, personal relationships and community involvement. Be a part of the important team helping our future leaders to grow!

A Million Dreamz is hiring qualified lead teachers to begin right away. We are also looking for Assistant Teachers and offer a pathway to qualification with our guided step-by-step education plan. Through this process, AMD staff will work with you to help you gain the qualifications needed to begin or continue your career in Early Childhood Education. Working with the state of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and our local childcare resource and referral agency, Family Connections, we are able to help you access the classes and trainings to get started for little to no cost.

Working in Early Childhood Education is a rewarding experience in which you can help to shape the world of the children in your care, assist families with support and structure and make a difference that will ripple through the entire community. Whether you are a seasoned veteran in the ECE workforce or you are in the beginning stages of considering a career in the field, we are happy to help you through the process toward making your work meaningful in the lives of the families and children throughout Sheboygan County.

Get started in your career at A Million Dreamz today! Begin by filling out our online application form. Our list of positions and descriptions can be viewed here.

Employees at A Million Dreamz are required to pass a fingerprint background check. We are guided by the regulations of the Department of Children and Families of the State of Wisconsin. For more information regarding regulations and requirements, click here.

A Million Dreamz415 Euclid AvenueSheboygan, WI 53083Phone: 920-287-3092
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