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Our Staff

The Registry Staff

The Registry staffs brings together over 100 years of combined child care, early childhood and education expertise. Our staff is focused, well-trained and dedicated to helping you get the most out of your Registry Membership.

Nicole Lopez

Nicole Lopez - Executive Director
Ext. 642 |

Nicole brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to The Registry. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the childhood care and education profession including working for agencies that have managed school readiness services, Head Start and Migrant Head Start programs, child welfare, ECE professional development and ECE databases. Prior to joining The Registry in 2016, Nicole worked with Quality Rating Improvement Systems, most recently with The Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.

Betzaida Vera-Heredia - Director of Operations
Ext. 238 |

Betzaida has over 15 years of experience in the Childhood Care and Education field. She has established strong collaboration relations with organizations serving clients from underrepresented communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Betzaida is a passionate advocate for developing and implementing culturally inclusive ECE practices and professional development learning opportunities.

Peter Deakman - Director of Information Management
Ext. 738 |

Peter designed and developed the original data and system architecture and user interface for the Wisconsin Registry in 1991. Since then, he has worked with nine other state and regional professional development communities to define and implement their recognition and tracking systems. He currently works to support staff and expand the Wisconsin Registry’s services and reporting, in addition to providing technical support to organizations in five U.S. time zones. He is a passionate advocate for the power of recognition and accountability and the role of registries in improving the lives of teachers, children and families.

Luanne Platt - Director of Professional Development
Ext. 582 |

Luanne has been with The Registry since 1998. She has worked in the child care and education field in such capacities as classroom volunteer, assistant teacher, lead teacher, director and administrator. Prior to joining The Registry, the center that Luanne managed achieved NAEYC accreditation. Luanne approves trainers and training sessions for the Professional Development Approval System and works with conference organizers to coordinate Registry workshops. Luanne also oversees the timely issuance of certificates, codes four-year college transcripts and acts as a liaison with State Licensing.

Jody Gennrich - Director of Operations
Ext. 563 |

Jody has been with The Registry since 2001. Her background includes working as a preschool and school-age teacher in a group child care program. Jody enjoys working in the childhood care and education field and loves working with people. She processes Registry membership applications, provides daily customer service, and trains new staff members. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology.


Emily Finnerud - Director of Operations
Ext. 364 |

As the Director of Operations, Emily is the team lead and responsible for operational policies and procedures. Emily has a strong background in education. She has been a Higher Ed. Teaching Assistant, Higher Ed. Research Assistant, and After-School Assistant Teacher. Emily strives to achieve a high level of excellence in both her work and in supporting childhood care and education professionals.

Christine Moldenhauer

Christine Moldenhauer - Director of Credentials
Ext. 247 |

Christine brings a strong sense of purpose and organization to The Registry. Christine has worked in the childhood care and education field for over 15 years, first in group child care and now at The Registry. Passionate about coaching, guiding, and mentoring, Christine is strongly committed to working collaboratively with childhood care and education professionals through the credential process. Christine joined The Registry in 2015 and moved into her current role in 2016.


Brian Kluender - Comptroller
Ext. 558 |

Brian brings over 15 years of accounting experience to The Registry, most recently serving as the Accounting Manager for an IT Consulting firm in Madison. Having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Brian’s primary focus at The Registry will be processing payroll, managing accounts payable and receivable and creating and presenting financial statements to the executive staff and Board of Directors. Brian joined The Registry in August, 2016.

Joshua Vick

Joshua Vick - Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Ext. 567 |

Joshua is passionate about the importance of quality care for all of Wisconsin's children. He has experience teaching, having taught English in Beijing for more than 6 years, and also working in the childhood care and education field upon returning to the United States. Prior to joining The Registry in 2014, Joshua contributed articles and assisted in web development for a sports website.  Joshua is currently pursuing a master's degree in marketing communications.


Julie Christensen - Public Outreach & Engagement Specialist
Ext. 585 |

As a parent, Julie understands the importance of quality child care and education. Prior to joining The Registry in July 2016, Julie worked for over five years in the nonprofit sector for organizations such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf. She also has over five years of experience in higher education focusing on community relations, career services, and teaching business courses.


Tara - Professional Development Coordinator
Ext. 827 |

Tara began working at The Registry in 2014. Tara has dedicated many years to the child care and education field as a Licensed Child Care Provider. In addition to this, she has been a parent volunteer at her local school district, a Girl Scout Leader, and a Preschool Sunday School teacher. Her love of children and appreciation for those who educate and work to ensure their bright futures, fuels her desire to support the work of practitioners and trainers. Tara’s daily work consists of Trainer and Course approval and support.


Ashley - PDAS Specialist & Registry Support
Ext. 274 |

Ashley joined the Registry in 2013 after moving to Madison. She has worked in the early care and education field as a Sunday school teacher, a nanny and a lead teacher in a group child care program. Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. She’s previously worked in customer service positions at a library and in retail settings. At The Registry, Ashley provides customer service,completes mailings and processes Registry applications. Ashley also processes trainer applications, reviews trainings, and assists the Director of Professional Development.


Nicky - Professional Support Specialist
Ext. 846 |

Nicky joined The Registry in February 2016. She has worked in the childhood care and education field for 11 years as a lead teacher in group child care. She has an associate degree in early childhood and is working on finishing her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies/social work in the fall. Nicky provides customer service by helping members better understand The Registry and how it pertains to their job in the field of childhood care and education.


Hyewon - Data Verification Coordinator
Ext. 493 |

Hyewon brings 12 years of experience in the field of education to The Registry as a campus group organizer, administrative assistant and teacher at a Montessori academy, and ESL teacher in Chile and Spain. As a Professional Development Specialist, she is responsible for supporting the trainer and course approval processes. Her duties also include: providing automatic training approval support, maintaining excellent customer relations, and supporting data verification and entry process.


Julia - Lead Data Verification Specialist
Ext. 583 |

As a person who describes herself as extremely organized and detail-oriented, Julia does an excellent job verifying data. She began working at The Registry in August 2016 and has experience as an event coordinator and working in retail. Julia takes pride in ensuring clients' profiles are up-to-date and accurate, and also enjoys helping them in all ways possible. 


Dan - Data Verification Specialist
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Dan started working at The Registry in February 2014. Dan moved to Wisconsin after serving as the Registry Coordinator in Minnesota. His extensive 25 year background in the field of early childhood includes Special Needs Coordinator and Executive Director in center based programs. He also was employed by the Minnesota AEYC as the Professional Development Coordinator. His philosophy serves him well:  "Everything will be good in the end; if it is not good then, it is not yet the end."


Gina - Data Verification Specialist
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Having worked 3 years at a Head Start program and another 3 years at the Literacy Network, Gina brings experience in the field to The Registry team. Originally from Puerto Rico, Gina moved to Wisconsin after earning a bachelor's degree in early childhood and primary education. She joined The Registry team in April 2016 and provides bilingual customer service and data entry.


Sheemika - Data Verification Specialist
Ext. 743 |

Sheemika brings over seven years of childhood care experience to the The Registry staff.  With her experience in the field, she has a keen insight into what it takes to remain up-to-date on current research, best practices, and requirements.  Sheemika believes that "professional development allows us to grow and better ourselves.”  Since joining The Registry in July 2016, she enjoys supporting those in the field through her role. 


Natalie - Lead Document Intake Specialist
Ext. 628 |

Natalie is passionate about children’s education. Prior to joining The Registry in 2014, Natalie worked as a substitute teacher, an Assistant Director of Afterschool Academic Clubs of Excellence, and an Administrative Assistant in child care billing.  These experiences have helped Natalie understand and "value the professional work our clients have completed in the field of childhood care and education."  At The Registry, she enjoys working with and helping clients navigate the membership application process. 


Heidi - Document Intake Specialist
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Heidi is passionate for quality child care and education opportunities for all children and desires to support all families. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in childhood care programs, assisting families to access resources and find quality child care experiences, and as a trainer of child care providers and educators. Since joining The Registry in 2016, she strives to provide excellent customer service to Registry members and also processes membership applications. "There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." Margaret Wheatley