Leadership & Staff

Board of Directors

Don Carufel-Wert, M.D., President

Steve Kelley, CFP/CPA, Vice President/ Treasurer

Bob Combs

Shannon Byrnes , Secretary

Jessica Thanas

Leslie Giguere

Chris Webster, Executive Director

Nicholas Curran CPA, CNAP

Advisory Board

Ken Urso
Bob Lazarz


Administrative Staff

Chris Webster, B.Ed MS, MFT – Executive Director

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D. – Director of Programming

Ellen Eggen, MS, LPC, ATR-BC – Director of Clinical Services

Kate Kriha, MA, Special Edu. Teaching License - Director of Student Services

Judy Endow, MSW – Resource Specialist for Autism Services

Karl Pierick- Human Resources

Michael Jones – Administrative Coordinator


Mental Health Staff

Justin Woodward, MS, LMFT

Elyse Gardner, PC-IT

Lissa McLaughlin, MA

Mary Hager Mower, MAAT, PC-IT

Rachael Erickson, M.Ed, LPC

Elizabeth Purpero, PC-IT

Chris Miskowiak, MS, LPC, CRC

Kerstin Nelson, MS, MFT


Education Staff

Rachel Wright, PhD, Special Education Teaching License

Jennifer Grasty, BA

Joe Koopmans, BS, Special Education Teaching License

Erica Fogeltanz, BS

Shannon Castrodale, BS, Special Education Teaching License

Heather Mattice, BS, Special Education Teaching License

Corey Poedtke, BS

Jesse Klemp, BS, Regular Education Teaching License


Occupational Therapy Staff

Melanie Petersen, MS, OTR/L

Emily Laird, MS, OTR/L

Elizabeth Fey, OTR/L

Julie Curran, OTR/L 

Jessie Lundey, COTA


Speech and Language Staff

Carly Hanna, MA, CCC-SLP

Morgan Schuchardt, MS, CCC-SLP







Learn more about Common Threads Family Resource Center programs and services.

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We watched our child’s self confidence grow daily. Most competent and compassionate staff. It was a gift for our whole family.

Mother of 5 Year Old Boy

Our Support …

Common Threads support children, adolescents and adults with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mental health challenges
  • Developmental delays
  • Sensory integration needs
  • Behavioral issues
  • Social challenges

We Understand …

We understand the challenges you face as a parent and offer a helping hand of support. If you’ve struggled with the constant demands, fully aware that you are doing all you can but still in search of that extra something to unlock your remarkable child’s full potential, you are not alone. We promise to do everything in our power to assist you in your mission to secure the best possible care. From psychological, therapeutic, and behavioral therapies to ongoing emotional support, we are here for you and we can help.

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