Tanya Gahler, MA, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Tanya began working with the Northern Voices Summer School Program in 2003 and became a Small Classroom Teacher in the fall of 2006. She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of River Falls in 2002. Tanya also has a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. Prior to coming to Northern Voices, Tanya worked at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) for 4 years. Tanya enjoys reading, jogging, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Erin Loavenbruck, MPA, Executive Director

Erin has served as Executive Director since 2011. She provides strategic leadership and direction for the effective management and growth of Northern Voices. Erin is responsible for expanding and strengthening community relationships, and securing financial resources to ensure that Northern Voices fulfills its mission and long-term goals. Erin earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Pace University’s School of Political Science, Public Affairs & Administration in New York and her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Erin has more than 15 years of experience leading resource and program development activities at nonprofit organizations that serve children, youth and families in the Twin Cities.

Jenny LittleJennifer (Jenny) West, Preschool Large Classroom Teacher

 Jenny has been working as the Head Learning Center Teacher since the fall of 2010. She attended the University of Minnesota – Morris where she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in English. Prior to coming to Northern Voices, she student taught in the Osseo school district during the spring of 2010. Jenny enjoys camping, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her dog Charlie!


srm2Sasha Moen, Small Classroom Teacher

Sasha began at Northern Voices in the summer of 2010 as a Teaching Assistant in the Discovery Room after volunteering as a student from the University of Minnesota. Sasha completed her B.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in May of 2010 and plans to continue her education and work towards a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.


Angie Schnellman, Preschool Large Classroom Teacher

Angie has been with Northern Voices since the opening of the school in 1999. Angie has worked with toddlers, preschoolers and in kindergarten settings. She has her B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Special Education from St. Catherine’s University and St. Thomas University. Angie enjoys reading, thrift-store shopping, and has enjoyed working with the Northern Voices’ families and children since the beginning of this school. It brings a smile to her face to see the accomplishments these kids make.

Jenny Smith, MA, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Jenny has been working at Northern Voices as a Small Classroom Teacher since 2011.  She received her B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2009.  Jenny also has a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  Prior to being a teacher at Northern Voices, Jenny was a student volunteer at Northern Voices during her undergraduate years.  Jenny enjoys traveling, camping, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.



Jan Sutton, MA, Teacher 0f the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Jan has taught summer school at Northern Voices since 2006 as a Large Classroom Teacher. In the fall of 2009 she began working as a Toddler and Small Classroom Teacher. Jan graduated from the University of Kansas with her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and continued on at the Central Institute for the Deaf to receive her M.S. in Education of the Deaf. Recently, Jan attended Hamline University to obtain her certification to teach students who are on the Autism Spectrum. Jan enjoys living on her hobby farm, raising an organic garden, picking berries, and harvesting honey from the bee hives. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and sharing her knowledge with others.


Susan Wong, Toddler Large Classroom Teacher

Susan began at Northern Voices in the fall of 2001 as a Teaching Assistant and returned in 2006 as the Lead Toddler Teacher. She received her B.A. in Child Development from Concordia University – St. Paul in 2010 and is currently completing her coursework through CSP to obtain her Birth-3 Teaching License. Susan enjoys reading, going on long walks, and is passionate about being a part of the unlimited possibilities the children at Northern Voices have.


Elizabeth Nelson – Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher











Laura Ibsen,

Business Manager