Our Consultants

Partners John VanWalleghem, Ph.D. and Anne Kresta, M.Sc., come with a wealth of experience and talent in providing support to school divisions, schools and community groups in the area of inclusive education, strategic planning and project management.  Together they have developed a network of consultants with proven expertise in a wide range of areas to help with your professional development and capacity building needs.

Our winning team of consultants come from a broad range of backgrounds with interest and expertise in many areas important to our constantly evolving schools, school divisions and communities.  We invite you to review their information and consider who might best meet your needs.  Contact us to learn more about availability, cost, and how we can assist you in addressing your professional development/capacity building needs.

Allan Appel

Allan Appel’s resume includes over 30 years in Manitoba public schools and twelve years with the University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Education. His passion is service learning and he also…

Read bio

Anne Kresta, M.Sc.

Anne brings her personal experience as a mother, sibling and long-time advocate for inclusive education and community development.  She has worked at local, provincial and national levels to plan and…

Read bio

Dale Kendel, M.P.E.

Dale Kendel offers over 40 years experience in the field of disability, with an emphasis on people living with an intellectual disability. Dale served as Executive Director of Community Living…

Read bio

Ira Udow, M.Ed.

Ira has over 38 years of experience as an Early Years Educator, Resource Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal in a variety of elementary schools throughout the Winnipeg…

Read bio

Janet Thompson, MEd

Janet has over 30 years of teaching experience in the area of special education, working as a Classroom Teacher, Special Ed Resource Teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher©, Support Teacher and Certified…

Read bio

Jennifer Oborne Crolly

Jennifer is a highly skilled professional with over 25 years of combined experience as a Student Services Teacher, an Aboriginal Perspectives Consultant, and a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. She is a…

Read bio

Joan Zaretsky, Ph.D.

Joan has been an educator for the past 32 years, serving as a classroom teacher, vice-principal, principal, Language Arts Consultant, and Curriculum Coordinator for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 13 in…

Read bio

John VanWalleghem, Ph.D

John has 40+ years of experience in student services and educational administration. He claims to have “done it all” in special education, from educational assistant and bus driver to teacher,…

Read bio

Mary Jo Quarry, M.Ed.

Many people in Manitoba will recognize Mary Jo as a consultant from the Autism Service at the Health Sciences Centre and with the Neurodevelopmental Services / Autism at the Manitoba…

Read bio

Pat Adams, B H.Ec., Cert. Ed., Cert. Voc. Ed.

Pat provides consulting services that support Middle Years, Senior Years and Adult Education teachers and student services personnel. Her target is providing appropriate programming so that all students can successfully…

Read bio

Richard Kennett, M.Ed.

Richard is an educator and experienced mediator. Trained in England and Canada, he attained his Master in Education degree from the University of Manitoba in 1975. He earned certification in…

Read bio

Ro Walker Mills

In high school, Ro was aware that he was attracted to girls but it was only in University that he came into his full identity as a transgender man. Growing…

Read bio

Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk

With a doctorate in Psychology, specialization in early childhood development, and experience in schools and pre-schools, Sheri-Lynn brings extensive expertise to Manitoba schools. She is prepared to support professional training,…

Read bio