Say "Hello" to the Team
Our staff members are committed to building strong relationships with parents of young children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. STAR NET Region II has been providing high-quality training and resources to the early childhood special education community for over 25 years. We work together to give professionals and parents information they can trust.
Kathy Slattery, Project Director
Kathy Slattery is the Project Director and a ECSE Professional Development Specialist for STAR NET Region II. She has been involved in the field of Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, Early Intervention Provider, Parent Support Coordinator and as a technical assistance provider at STAR NET. Kathy has presented at the local, state and national level on topics related to supporting young children with disabilities and their families. In addition, Kathy has been a volunteer State Coordinator for the Selective Mutism Group for nine years. Kathy participates on several state level committees including Early Childhood LRE Stakeholders and the Stakeholders Committee for Early Childhood Outcomes.
Nancy Kind, ECSE Professional Development Specialist
Nancy Kind is an ECSE Professional Development Specialist consultant. She has been involved in the field of Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education as a classroom teacher and administrator for over 33 years. Over her career, Nancy has been a presenter for many regional workshops, state and national conferences regarding key topics in Early Childhood Special Education. Nancy has participated in many state level committees including Early Childhood LRE Stakeholders and the Stakeholders Committee for Early Childhood Outcomes.
Gina Musielski, ECSE Family Professional Development Specialist
Gina Musielski is the Family ECSE Professional Development Specialist for STAR NET Region II, and has worked as a parent and family resource and support specialist since 1999. As the parent of a child with a developmental disability, Gina draws on both her personal and professional experience in all of her training presentations. She has presented at state and local conferences, for parent groups, early intervention, childcare, and education professionals on a variety of topics relating to special education and parent rights. Active on state level committees such as ISBE/DHS Transition Guidance Committee and Early Childhood LRE Stakeholders committee, Gina is involved in training and resource development for parents of young children with special needs on topics such as transition, IEPs, LRE, parent rights and advocacy.
Katie Suchy, ECSE Professional Development Specialist
Katie Suchy is an ECSE Professional Development Specialist for STAR NET Region II. Katie holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University where she double majored in child, adult, and family services, and linguistics with an emphasis on communication disorders and a minor in psychology. Katie has worked in the field of Early Childhood in a variety of roles in the classroom and as an Administrator for Head Start where she partnered with the local school districts to support students and families in the community. In addition to training for STAR NET, Katie is a certified CLASS observer, and CDA Professional Development Specialist.
Seana Thomas, Project Manager
Seana joined the STAR NET Region II staff in 2007 as an Administrative Assistant and Data Entry Specialist. Seana coordinates the STAR NET registration process for workshops and works with the team in the development of the Region II Training Calendar.