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About Us

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Priscilla Weigel

Executive Director


Priscilla Weigel has worked with young children and families for 38 years. She has been a classroom teacher, staff development coordinator, mentor teacher, Early Childhood Consultant and Inclusion Coach. Priscilla started with CICC in 2012 as the Inclusion Coaching Coordinator. She currently works as the Executive Director, overseeing all staff and programming. In addition to successfully including and supporting children with special needs in community settings, Priscilla presents to teachers, parents and early care and education professionals throughout Minnesota and nationally.

Beth Menninga

Beth Menninga

Relationship Based Professional Development Manager


Beth Menninga has been in the early childhood field for almost forty years. Her work has primarily focused on professional development efforts in the content areas of of infant toddler care giving, early literacy and early math. She has been with CICC since 2018, supporting the work of the Infant Toddler Specialist Network team through professional development, mentoring and developing local community partnerships. She is also supporting the full team of CICC RBPD Specialists and coordinating RBPD efforts with other CICC team members. 

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Amy Petersen

Finance Manager


Amy Petersen has been with CICC for over 18 years. In her role as finance manager, Amy handles all billing, budgeting and record-keeping. She works alongside the executive director to establish our budgets and ensure each fiscal year runs smoothly. 

Alicia Sandness

Alicia Sandness

Human Resources Manager

Alicia Sandness currently serves as the Human Resources Manager with CICC. She has spent over 18 years in the human resources field. Much of Alicia’s work has been in compensation, talent acquisition, performance management, and employee relations management. She also has expertise in policy development, HRIS system implementation, legal compliance and training. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and an MBA. Alicia started at CICC in 2020.

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Becky Gillard

Coaching Intake and Data Coordinator


Becky Gillard has been in the early childhood field for over 20 years, with a focus on system and program development, and continuous quality improvement. Becky works as the Coaching Intake and Data Coordinator with CICC, coordinating the implementation of coaching, managing all things data related and creating systems for sustained program development. Becky has been with CICC since 2017.

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Becky Espersen

Learning and Development Specialist


Becky Espersen currently assists the whole CICC team, serving as the Learning and Development Specialist. She maintains the resource library, supports the success of our coaching program and provides technical assistance to those accessing our online courses. She has worked with children most of her life- in both child care centers and as an elementary and substitute teacher. Becky enjoys helping children develop a love of learning. She has been with CICC since 2017.

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Brenda Lowe

Relationship Based Professional Development Lead


Brenda Lowe has over 19 years of experience in early childhood. She has served as the director at numerous child care centers, operated her own family child care, and worked as the Director of Family Services at Head Start. She is also a trainer and teaches in higher education. Brenda started at CICC in 2016 as a coach and currently serves as one of our RBPD Leads, supporting a team of CICC coaches throughout the state.  

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Jacy Nylander

Relationship Based Professional Development Lead


Jacy Nylander has worked in the early childhood field for over 14 years as a teacher, in management roles, and as a coach.   She has also spent over 5 years in the mental health field, giving her a broad base of knowledge on community resources and types of therapies available to support children and families.  Jacy has her B.S. degree in both early childhood and elementary education and is one of our RBPD Leads, supporting a team of CICC coaches throughout the state.  

Susan Ruff

Susan Ruff

Administrative Assistant


Susan has over 30 years of experience in administration, office management, and customer service. Over the years she has obtained extensive experience in supporting mid and senior-level managers, providing them with consistent clerical support, and maintaining effective and efficient organizational workflow. Susan is also an experienced event planner.