Racine County Opportunity Center Inc. ( RCOC)     

Creating Opportunity for Life's Potential through Learning and Living               


Sereving People with  Special  Needs

Early Childhood: Exceptional Education Need Teacher: Donna Dixon, BS/EC:EEN - Donna has worked at RCOC for 37 years. She has a BS degree from UW-Menomonie in Child Development and Family Life with a minor in Sociology. She received her EC:EEN teacher certification from Cardinal Stritch College.

Early Childhood:  Exceptional Education Needs Teacher: Bryanna Clendenning, BSE/EC:EEN-  Bryanna graduated for The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Science in Education, majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education in 2017. She obtained a teaching licensure through the Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin. She also received her Associates Degree in  Early Childhood Education in 2014 from Gateway Technical College.  Bryanna has worked with children for over 10 years in childcare settings as well as the public school settings. Her passion is working with young children, as well as their families, to facilitate the skills that are necessary to maintain a healthy educational career throughout life.

Occupational Therapist - Amy Opansky, BS/OTR - Amy has been with RCOC since 2008 and an occupational therapist since 2001.  She graduated from Mount Mary College. She has worked with pediatrics on and off in both hospital and outpatient settings.  Amy considers herself "a well rounded therapist with an additional understanding of post surgical hands, sensory issues, and autism."
Occupational Therapist - Jean Splitgerber, BS/OTR- Jean has been working with the pediatric population for 22 years, and with RCOC for 6 years.  She graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Jean 's speciality is with medically-fragile infants with calming issues, along with NDT intervention.  She is certified as an Infant Massage Instructor.

Occupational Therapist - Kaitlyn Hasen, BS/OTR -  Katie has worked with the pediatric population for over 20 years.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from UW-Madison in 1996.  She specializes in autism spectrum disorders, sensory integrative difficulties, and is a certified infant massage instructor.  She has 3 children of her own, with one child having autism.  She feels very passionate to assist and educate others with their journey with a special needs child. 


Physical Therapist - Michelle Kreiter, BS/PT- Michelle has been with RCOC as a Physical Therapist since January 1999. Michelle graduated from Marquette University in 1991 with a BS in Physical Therapy.  She has a passion for all children with special needs, but do gravitate to diagnoses of Downs Syndrome and Spina Bifida.  She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with a special interest/emphasis on children and families.   Michelle has certifications with special needs Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga. She also teaches adult yoga in her hometown.

Physical Therapist - Amie Hoagland, MS/PT- Amie has worked at RCOC for 9 years and with the pediatric population for 15 year.  She graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University. She has vast experience with infants and children with varying diagnoses.  She has specialty training in equipment needs. "I feel it is essential to develop a close rapport with each child and their family."
 Physical Therapist - Ann Winiarski, BS/PT -  Ann   became an employee at RCOC in December 2006. She has 34 years experience working with the infants/toddlers and children.  She graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy. Ann has an NDT certification and Baby Certified.  Her special focus areas are: NDT intervention, working with torticollis, NICU follow through, and premie development.
Service Coordinator Supervisor - Angela Contreras -  Angie has been with RCOC for a little over a year.  She has an Associate's Degree in Human Services, Aspects of Disabilities Certification, and a Certificate in Early Childhood Daycare Services. Her special focus is working with children Birth to 3 with developmental delay and making sure they receive the appropriate services.  Her passion is working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children as she can relate personally.

Service Coordinator - Kelly Lindstrom,  BS - Kelly began working at RCOC in September 2002. She has a Bachelors degree in Science emphasizing in Special Education.  She has a total of 13 years experience working with children.  She has three young children of her own, and her sister has special needs.

Service Coordinator - Amanda Johnson, MA

Growing up in a large blended family, with siblings of varying abilities and challenges, provided me with patience and understanding as well as a desire to help individuals and families reach their highest potential and desired goals.  I went on to explore human development beginning with children and spent 3 years as an infant and toddler teacher.  During my time as a teacher, it became apparent that families need support from  the people involved in their children’s lives.  I started a breakfast program at the center where children could have a hot meal at a table together then proceed with routines of the day as if they were at home; brushing teeth, washing faces, getting dressed, etc..  The program was accompanied by age-specific nutritional training for parents to carry-over in the home.  My passion for helping others never wavered. I went on to study Neurological Disorders and Psychology, working with the young adult and aging population, in vocational and residential settings, helping people with special needs reach for the greatest quality of life with the least amount of restriction.  Ultimately leading me to RCOC.  I’m grateful to be a part of the Birth to 3 program, helping children and families learn and grow together!  😊

Service Coordinator - Julie Kistner

High school: Marian Catholic High School (home of the famous nun from the Chicago White Sox game, Sister Mary Jo)

College: Prairie State College

College: Loras College- psychology major

Work: Easterseals CFC12

Played college softball.

My favorite band is the shaggs
Speech/Language Pathologist - Kim Mirek, MS/CCC- Kim has worked at RCOC for 8 years, and has 14 years experience in the pediatric population.  She graduated with a Masters Degree from the UW-Oshkosh.  Her areas of focus are: autism, apraxia, oral motor issues, and language processing disorders.
Speech/Language Pathologist - Julie Ellis, MS/CCC - Julie recently became part of the speech department at RCOC when she retired from Racine Unified.  She has been with RCOC for 2 years, but she has worked with the early childhood population for 26 years.  Her special area of focus is diagnostics and autism.

Speech/Language Pathologist - Katie Canning, MS/CFY

Katie graduated with a Master's Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University in 2017. She has experience working with children in a pediatric community clinic and elementary school setting. Katie has always been passionate about working with children, and became particularly interested in the Birth to 3 population during a pediatric clinical rotation in graduate school. Her areas of focus include speech sound disorders, language difficulties, and autism.

Speech/Language Pathologist - Karen Lien, MA/CCC

Speech/Language Pathologist - Christina Spaeth, MA/CFY

Christina graduated with a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa in 2018. She has experience working with children in the hospital, schools, and adaptive athletic programs. Christina has always loved working with children and became interested in Birth-3 when working at RCOC as an SLP assistant in 2016. Her focus areas are: language difficulties, autism, feeding/swallowing, and speech sound disorders. She has a sister with significant disabilities and is passionate about helping parents and siblings on the journey of a child with special needs.

Assistant - Sharon Schaller - Sharon has been the assistant here at RCOC since 1997. Sharon has many roles at RCOC.  She is the main van driver for the transporatation services and assists in the different daycare rooms. Sharon does an excellent job of working alongside the staff. She makes sure the teachers/therapists have all the materials needed for their daily plans.