Our Team

Our goal is to provide our youngest learners and their families with educational opportunities that are effective, equitable, and interconnected. We prioritize and provide support and coaching to pregnant women, new parents, and children from birth to age three.

Meet the Team


Susana Denise Silveira , D.C


Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Dr. Susana D. Silveira, D.C. has been working with children in Early Start Program for a decade and has a history of providing Evidence Based Practices to consumers of Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) as an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teacher through her previous employer Merced County Office of Education. She was the first Early Childhood Special Education Teacher to earn endorsement as an Advanced Transdisciplinary Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner in Merced County through a collaborative effort between Central Valley Regional Center, Merced County Office of Education and Fresno State. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, a teaching credential as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and an Administrative Services Credential.

As an ECSE Teacher she supported the learning of medically fragile and orthopedically impaired students in the preschool classroom for 3 years. As an ECSE Teacher in the G.R.O.W. program for 2 years she served a caseload of 36 families on a weekly basis. Her caseload included children with a variety of eligibilities ranging from Down Syndrome, Autism, Speech Language Impairments, Visual Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injuries or Intellectual Disabilities. She was responsible for assessing, developing and implementing each child’s IFSP in collaboration with each parent/family priority and CVRC Service Coordinator. The IFSP’s included child and family outcomes based on the needs of the family. As an administrator for Special Education, she has collaborated with many families and agencies in Stanislaus County to transition children from Part C of IDEA to Part B of IDEA over the course of the past five years. Her passion has always been working with children from birth to 5 years of age and their families. She would like to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary infant-toddler program that will work directly with infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disabilities, or are at risk for developmental delay or disabilities and their families. Her plan is to provide services in family homes, community, and other natural environments that support the various domains of development with an emphasis on the Social Emotional aspect of learning.
The program model will be to employ clinical and educational specialists to provide services to infants, toddlers and their families.


  • Education Specialist Instruction
  • Administrative Services

Olga De Leon, M.S.,SLP-CCC

Speech-Language Pathologist

I have served the Merced County community as a speech-language pathologist for 20+ years. Services were provided throughout the educational system from birth to 21 years of age via early intervention and school-age children with mild to severe disabilities. I have presented to caregivers for First 5 in Language & Literacy in Merced, CA. In addition, I have given a language development presentation for Merced County Office of Education – Head Start Teachers. Early intervention is critical for facilitating language development and assisting families with strategies to use in their homes. Likewise, being part of watching a child develop on their continuum is priceless! Spending time with my three children and husband gives me great joy as they are my teachers in continually improving myself.

Adriana Priego

Infant Devlopment Specialist

Adriana holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual Authorization and a Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She studied at San José State University and taught 4th grade at the elementary school she once attended. She enjoys working with children and seeing them learn and grow day by day! At home, she enjoys spending time with her family and creating special memories.


  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Katie McLaughlin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am a speech language pathologist with experience working with children in an educational setting, preschool through eighth grade. I also have experience working with pediatric and adult patients in acute care and acute rehab. I received my Bachelor's Degree in communicative disorders and deaf studies with an emphasis on speech language pathology in 2012 and a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2014, both from CSU Fresno. I'm raising three kids (9, 3, 1) and enjoy spending time with my family. Advocating for children and their families has become a passion for me. 

Theresa Garrett

Registered Nurse

I have been a nurse for over 12 year with the majority of my time spent in the emergency department and the last 3 in Pediatrics. Received my Bachelors in Nursing at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and completed my dual Master’s Degree in Business and Nursing Leadership in 2017. I have a true passion for helping my community and advocating for those who cannot.

Jazzy Koga

Registered Nurse

Born and raised on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, I attended Kauai High School and later ventured to Hawaii Pacific University where I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree. I am currently working in Same Day Surgery at Wilcox Medical Center as a peri-op/PACU/interventional radiology and cardiology registered nurse. On my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my daughter and husband. 

Monica Mata

Infant Development Specialist

Monica is a Program Supervisor for a Non profit agency and has worked in intensive home based services and social services related fields for the the past 15 years with children 0-21. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She was trained by the Trauma Institute on the Community Resiliency Modal, Life Space Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing and The Five Protective Factors Framework. Her passion has always been working with children and their families.

Amy Moldenhauer

Infant Development Specialist

Amy has been a teacher with Merced City School District since 2011 where she currently teaches English and US History. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (English and Social Studies authorizations) from California State University Stanislaus. Having taught in a variety of settings, Amy is passionate about children building a solid foundation for continued growth. 


At home, Amy and her husband, Josh, are devoted to raising their four children, serving in the church and schools, and taking the occasional visit to the beach. It was their children’s various health challenges as babies/toddlers that motivated Amy to become more involved in helping other moms, while also advocating for babies and kids.