Ola Skyba
Summer Program Director - phone. (608) 890-3093
Olha Skyba has over seven years of experience directing and managing programs at the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), University of Wisconsin - Madison. She worked with over 200 WCATY teachers guiding the process of curriculum development as well as overseeing program evaluation and student assessment. She holds Master of Science in Educational Psychology with focus in Gifted Education from Purdue University as well as graduate level coursework in Curriculum and Instruction and Gifted Education from the University of Kansas. She is a former teacher of English and Spanish languages with degree in Linguistics from Kiev State Linguistic University, Ukraine. Throughout her career, she has taught courses for Education majors in traditional as well as online settings, designed and coordinated program evaluation projects, and supervised student teachers.

Rebecca Vonesh
Academy Program Director - phone. (608) 890-3093
Rebecca, Program Director of the Academy, has dabbled in the details of classroom culture in a variety of school settings and is a DPI Certified instructor who has taught literature, English, history, debate, theater and an art class. Her experience in the classroom complements the thematic approach that WCATY uses throughout the Academy. Years of working with and exploring the boundaries of online communication , also enables Rebecca to assist the wonderful WCATY instructors as they build a truly unique web community.

Christine Congdon
Outreach Specialist - phone. (608) 890-3260
After graduating from St. Norbert College, Christine pursued her passion for middle school education by teaching seventh grade life science for 13 years. Upon relocating to the Madison area, she discovered WCATY`s Online Academy and was excited to put her Master`s in Technology Education to use! More than 6 years later, she continues to design curriculum and teach online courses for the organization. Christine believes in creating an interactive and challenging learning environment that encourages respect for all learners, a deeper understanding of the world, and a passion for lifelong learning. She`s also motivated to find, train and support great online teachers. And if you ever call to inquire about WCATY`s online programming, you`ll probably talk to her!

Marissa Greuel
Outreach Specialist - phone. (608) 890-3260
Marissa earned her bachelor`s degree at St. Norbert College in Elementary Education with a minor in broadfield science focusing on environmental science and geology. After graduating from St. Norbert College she was a Residence Hall Director at Ripon College. She taught at Pacelli High School in Stevens Point for four years as a learning resource instructor and science teacher. Marissa is currently employed with WCATY as an Outreach Specialist and is in charge of the GEM, PACE, and YSSP programs. Marissa is passionate about both the academic and social experience provided at WCATY camps and strives to create a supportive and engaging environment for the students.

Bethany Stoppel
Outreach Specialist - phone. (608) 890-3260

Katie Effertz
Outreach Specialist - phone. (608) 890-3260
Katie graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Spanish with a minor in Psychology. While there, she developed a passion for working in Student Affairs and chose to continue developing that passion through earning a Master`s degree in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University. While there, she worked with both study abroad and outreach programs. At WCATY, Katie organizes and runs the ALP and STEP camps. As a seven-year WCATY alum and prior WCATY Residential Assistant, Katie loves having the opportunity to provide an engaging and supportive community for WCATY kids to develop and enhance their own passion!

Annalee Good
Research Coordinator - phone. (608) 8903260
Annalee Good is WCATY`s research coordinator, as well as an associate researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison. A former middle school social studies teacher, she earned her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from UW-Madison in 2011. She also teaches in WCATY`s online Academy and blogs regularly for ``Curious Minds``.

David Goblinson
Data/Development - phone. (608) 608 554-21
Designs virtual experiences that go into virtual worlds that are all controlled by very real data.
All in the name of education.