Our Team

Barb Tengesdal, Ph.D.

Director- First 5 Fox Valley

Barb brings a broad range of expertise in child development and non-profit leadership that is critical to building the infrastructure of the new Help Me Grow navigator system that matches families with young children to the resources available in our tri-county area. She is a respected leader in the field of early childhood with a deep understanding of how to create resource equity for all families, enabling our youngest children to thrive. Barb obtained a Master of Education degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota and has taught at Universities in three different states. At the heart of her values, Barb believes that childhood should be a journey, not a race through life!

Susan Steinhofer, Ed.D.

Family Outreach Navigator – Child Development Specialist

Susan’s passion is working with children and families; having spent her entire career in early childhood education.  Susan has worked as a teacher of children birth to age 8 in a variety of for profit and not-for profit early learning programs.  She has a Master’s degree in Education from St. Mary’s University and a Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership with a double minor in Curriculum Planning and Early Childhood Education. Susan brings with her skills in Advocacy, Inclusion, and Collaboration.

Marth Franco

Family Outreach Navigator – Community Outreach

Martha is a bi-lingual Navigator who focuses on connecting community members to the resources they need.

Amy Wilson

Family Outreach Navigator – Early Intervention: Birth to 3

Amy has worked in the field of early childhood for over 25 years, as a direct service provider, training and technical assistance support, coordinator of AASD Birth – Five Outreach and most recently as an Early Intervention Team Leader. Amy’s passion is linking parents and caregivers of young children to critical community resources, so they feel confident in supporting their child’s learning and growth. Amy as a B.S. in Early Childhood Special Education from UW-Eau Claire.


Sarah Talbot

Family Outreach Navigator – Welcome Baby & Home Visiting

Sarah is an advocate for the ongoing support of children and families in the community. She has worked with various agencies to offer early childhood education to parents and practitioners. Her expertise in child development allows her to engage new parents in offering the best possible start for their babies. Sarah’s background in early childhood development and special education enables her to make meaningful connections between families, developmental activities, and local organizations. Sarah has her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. Her passion for supporting families drives her work to improve child outcomes.