Meet the Team

Kelly Matthews

Kelly Matthews

WEESSN Co-Director

Kelly has over 20 years’ experience in early care and education, specializing in family child care business practices and professional development. She brings compassionate, provider-focused leadership to this program.  

JoAnn Hayden

JoAnn Hayden

WEESSN Program Coach

JoAnn was a family child care provider for over 10 years. For the last 25 years, she has worked oneonone with providers throughout the state through her work with the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA). JoAnn is eager to help advance the child care experience in her role with WEESSN. 

Ruth Schmidt

Ruth Schmidt

WECA Executive Director

Ruth has been working with local community leaders as they have considered options for addressing the child care challenge facing their communities. She believes that the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network can be part of a solution to stabilizing and growing child care to meet the needs of children, families and the community at large. 

Louise Stoney

Louise Stoney

Co-Founder of Opportunities Exchange and the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance

Louise is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education (ECE) finance and policy, and Co-Founder of both Opportunities Exchange and the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance. Louise has worked with state and local governments, foundations, ECE providers, industry intermediaries, research, and advocacy groups in over 40 states. Public and private organizations have sought Louise’s expertise to help craft new finance and policy options as well as write issue briefs on challenging topics. She has helped model ECE program costs, revise subsidy policy and rate-setting strategies, re-visit QRIS standards and procedures, craft new approaches to contracting and voucher management, and more.

Angela Albert

Angela Albert

WEESSN Relief Squad Educator

Angie has been teaching in Early Childhood programs for over 25 years. She has worked in both licensed group and family programs and enjoys spending her days working with children and families. Angie understands the struggles programs have and is excited to join WEESSN’s Relief Squad.   In addition to her work in ECE Angie teaches yoga, fitness and health classes to children , moms and moms to be. Angie and her husband Kevin have two grown children. They live in La Crosse WI with their dog, Rose and spend their free time hiking, reading, listening to podcasts and always continuing to learn.

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