Heather Crum Cognitive Skills Trainer
My husband, Stuart and I have been married for 29 years. We have three children. Two are in college and our youngest will be starting his senior year of high school this fall (2017). Throughout the years, I have had various jobs, but the most rewarding was homeschooling my children.
- Bachelor of Science, Business, Iowa State University
Holly Munch Cognitive Skills Trainer
I have been married to Jon for 24 years, and we have 3 children. The oldest is a freshman in college, the middle is a junior in high school, and the youngest is in 8th grade. I am a college biology instructor starting my 10th year at South Central College. Previous to that I stayed home with my children for 8 years and wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I am a volunteer student ministry leader at my church. I enjoy gardening, hiking, music, birds, dogs, being outdoors, spending time with my family, teaching, and lifelong learning.
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, UW-River Falls
- Master of Science, Natural Resources Sciences/Wildlife Biology, Washington State University
- Master of Science, Community Health Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Sharon Buyrska Cognitive Skills Trainer
I have been in special education for 15 years as a Special Education Paraprofessional, currently working in the Owatonna School District and prior to that in the Apple Valley School district. I also have 11 years of experience working with developmentally disabled adults in a group home setting and therapeutic rec. I’m married and we have 2 children. My daughter will be a sophomore in high school (2017) and my son will enter his senior year of college in the Fall. I enjoy attending their many extra curricular activities such as soccer, track, hockey, band and choir concerts. I also enjoy crafting, walks, road trips, learning and reading about home organization, decorating and self help books.
- Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Saint Cloud State University
- Certified in Visual Phonics - Specific Learning Disabilities Community of Practice
Steve Vanek Cognitive Skills Trainer
I am the proud parent of five sons and my youngest is a 2009 LearningRx Graduate! I am currently the HR/Safety Manager for Alamco Wood Products in Albert Lea, MN. I have spent more than 20 years in the Human Resources field that includes stints at United Parcel Services, Sears Holdings In-Home Services and Genuine Parts Company.
I grew up in St. Helens, OR and attended college at the University of Montana-Missoula where I earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a duel emphasis in Business Management and Human Resources. I was also fortunate to play basketball for four years for the Grizzlies as well as professionally in Germany, Peru, Australia and Argentina. Upon returning from international basketball my late wife and I opened up a store in the Mall of America called “The Lost Forests” and later “Enchanted Tales”.
I am currently remarried to a wonderful lady who has four children of her own (three daughters and one son). I am also involved with the local Rotary International of Albert Lea in which I am the current Past-President.
Susan Bendorf Cognitive Skills Trainer
I have had a fulfilling career in both legal and medical genres. Upon welcoming twins into our family, I was fortunate to stay home with my children for a number of years. Currently I am employed at Wilson Elementary School as an Educational Assistant and during the summer month I work in the 4-H office. My twins will be heading off to college this fall (2017) and my oldest child will begin her junior year at UWP. I enjoy gardening, sewing, crafting, baking, walking, mountain hiking, softball and learning.
- Bachelor of Science, Paralegal, Hamline University
- Certified Red Cross First Aid & CPR
Sonja Harris Director
Hi! I’m Sonja Harris, and I’m the Director of the Owatonna LearningRx Brain Training Center in Minnesota. I’d love to give you a tour of our center and answer any of your questions regarding what brain training is all about.
I am the proud parent of a LearningRx 2017 graduate. I was born in San Diego, CA and when I was 7, my mother moved my sister and me to Evanston, IL where I grew up. After school I worked for Rotary International until 1988 and then changed careers and started work at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and ended my career there as their Chief Financial Officer in 2004. At that period in my life, I moved to Owatonna, MN. I have one daughter who is 14 and going into her freshman year at Owatonna Senior High School.
Darci Stanford Owner
I am the proud parent of a LearningRx 2016 graduate! I am also a Child Development faculty at South Central College in Faribault, MN and have been working there for 10 years. My experiences have been in a variety of subjects and environments. I spent five-years as a Family Life Educator at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD providing classes and technical assistance to parents and childcare providers. Prior to that, I was the Program Manager for an education program for adult inmates in South Dakota. - ABD: Doctorate of Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, Chicago - Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapy Practitioner - Education Specialist, Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato - Master of Science, Human Development Child & Family Studies, South Dakota State University