About . Our Team
The Bloom360 Learning Community team shares many signature character strengths: Honesty, Humor, Perseverance, Love and Fairness to name a few …
The Bloom360 team is well-rounded and experienced in all areas of business operations, special education and human development. Management consulting company, Vista360, LLC, supports and guides operations for the school. The team of business management experts truly “walk the talk” and utilize a process oriented, strengths-based approach to business.
Our team utilizes an evidence-based character strengths framework to help learners and employees realize and grow their strengths, while enhancing their abilities to recognize strengths in others. The team employs the character strengths approach in developing, launching and maintaining school operations. Importantly, the Vista360 team supports many initiatives with Bloom360 Learners to help kids harness their strengths and build organizational and entrepreneurial skills that will serve them as learners today and into adulthood.
Laura RaumanFounder and President
Laura developed Bloom360 Learning Community along with a very talented team of educators and therapists. She believes in recognizing and nurturing strengths in all people, especially children with neuro-diverse needs.
Laura is an entrepreneur at heart and passionate about her work at Bloom360 and Vista360. She thrives in an environment that values authentic relationships and teamwork. Those values and experiencing first-hand her daughter’s need for a more nurturing learning environment are what led her to develop Bloom360 with the support and involvement of the Vista360 team. Laura brings 25 years of business experience to Bloom360. As important, her perspective as a parent of two children brings the understanding and wisdom to the development and management of Bloom360.
Laura’s business experience includes working in the investment management industry. Her experience includes public accounting audit experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers and leading the finance and operations functions for mid-size and large investment management firms. This experience led her to found Vista360, a management consulting firm 16 years ago which actively supports Bloom360.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She maintains her license as a CPA through the State of Wisconsin and is a member of the AICPA.
Laura’s personal interests include spending time outdoors walking the trails at Wehr Nature Center, vacationing with her family in Door County, playing at the beach and trying new restaurants with friends and family.
“I believe all children can learn and thrive when we presume competence and then provide a nurturing environment built around their strengths and interests.”
Signature Strengths: Honesty, Bravery, Perseverance, Perspective, Self-regulation and Prudence
Cindy Gosh-Lee, MSWProgram Guide
Cindy helps lead Bloom360 Learning Community and guides the further development of our unique educational model. She cultivates interest-driven projects for Learners that engage their creativity while meeting applicable state standards. She is instrumental in guiding the overall curriculum and in supporting all of the Learners, Learning Guides and parents throughout each Learner's Individualized Developmental Learning Plan.
Cindy received training through the VIA Institute on Character in the areas of using character strengths at work, building effective teams and one-on-one strength based coaching. She is leading and guiding the implementation and continued development of the Character Strengths program for Bloom360.
Cindy has more than 20 years of experience working and serving families, children and adult learners in a variety of educational and community settings. Cindy began her teaching career in the early intervention program, Head Start which was the catalyst to pursue becoming a social worker because of the opportunity it allowed to deepen relationships and empower children and families. As a social worker, Cindy facilitated support groups for children and parents, provided short term strength based counseling and facilitated social/emotional programs within classrooms. Cindy also continued to teach part time over the years in a variety of roles including college professor of General Studies (Sociology, Social Problems and Organizational Psychology), designer and facilitator of professional development courses for educators, substitute teacher, and middle school project-based STEM facilitator.
Cindy has a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Mount Mary University. Cindy is certified by Wisconsin DPI as an early childhood teacher and a school social worker.
Her interests include reading for pleasure and reading to learn new things, walking in nature, kayaking on warm sunny days, coffee dates with friends, empowering/inspiring others to be their best selves and spending time with her four energetic, kind hearted children and supportive husband.
“No one is a better version of yourself than you.”
Signature Strengths: Gratitude, Hope, Honesty, Love and Passion for Learning
Dawn FrasaCommunications Director
Dawn supports all of our communication efforts at Bloom360. She brings more than 25 years of significant marketing, media and public relations experience to our team and is passionate about generating awareness and building relationships for our school. She and her family moved to Wisconsin a few years ago and were searching for a whole-child focused program like Bloom360 for their son. Dawn’s professional skills aligned with our needs and she joined the Bloom team too.
Dawn was instrumental in Bloom360 being featured in several television, online and newspaper stories and is leading our community outreach efforts. She wrote and directed our own Bloom360 videos as well as manages the creative direction and content for our school website, social media and quarterly newsletters. She is dedicated to researching and applying for numerous grants to help further support Bloom360 operations and programs.
Her prior business experience includes leadership roles at several top tier marketing and public relations firms in Michigan. She also served as Director of Communications at a large independent school for different learners where she initiated a new community-based media relations program which resulted in 50 feature articles, several network television spots and a 30-minute cable television show.
Dawn has a journalism degree from Michigan State University. Her interests include kayaking the Fox River in her backyard, cheering for her two children as they pursue their interests and spending time outside with family, friends and her family’s lively dog, Riley.
“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” – Dr. Sukhraj Dhillon
Signature Strengths: Humor, Creativity, Social Intelligence, Honesty and Fairness
Andrea Svoboda, OTR/LLearning Guide – Occupational Therapist
Andrea helps Learners grow in their independence, confidence in movement and sensory exploration within the context of their daily activities. Andrea works with Learners individually and in small groups as the Learners participate in interest-driven projects and activities. Andrea is enrolled in the Level 2 certification program through the Floortime Center in Bethesda, MD and at completion wil be a non-provisional practitioner of The Greenspan Floortime Approach®.
Andrea has 15 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist. Her first role as an Occupational Therapist started in skilled nursing and she quickly realized within a few months that her skill set, energy and passion were more appropriate for working within the pediatric population. She has worked in a variety of settings including Fraser Child and Family Center, a school-based practice in the Chicago suburbs, Giant Steps School in Illinois, and in pediatric outpatient practice at Curative New Berlin Therapies. She also has consulted with Rogers Memorial Hospital for staff training on sensory processing, classroom design and sensory adaptations for the day treatment program. She has worked with children ages infancy through adulthood with a wide variety of neurological needs. Andrea also has experience working with Special Gifts Theatre in Illinois, a non-profit theatre program that puts on major musical productions on stage for children with diverse needs.
Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of
Wisconsin Madison and a Minor Certificate in Gerontology.
Her interests include music (any and all kinds), taking weekly dance classes, yoga, kayaking, hiking on nature trails, shopping, having tea with friends and spending time with her loving husband and two young, creative and inspiring daughters.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Signature Strengths: Gratitude, Kindness, Love, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Curiosity and Zest
Nicci MillerLearning Guide
Nicci brings to Bloom360 her knowledge, creativity and love of teaching to help all children succeed and grow a love of learning themselves. Nicci has successful experience implementing a strengths-based, interest-driven curriculum in a homeschool environment supporting a child with special needs. She uses this experience to help connect with Bloom360 Learners and nurture their unique strengths.
Nicci’s goal as an educator is to love and support each child for who they are as an individual and create a learning environment to support and nurture each child. Nicci is a Certified Early Childhood Teacher and has continuing education in Early Childhood Education through Lakeshore Technical College. She participates in ongoing training on Character Strengths and Mindfulness to incorporate those programs in the Bloom360 curriculum as well. She also is enrolled in the Level 2 certification program through the Floortime Center in Bethesda, MD and at completion will be a non-provisional practitioner of The Greenspan Floortime Approach®.
Nicci has more than 16 years of experience working with young children. She has always enjoyed and had a strong calling to work with children, from the times she would play school with her younger brothers and neighborhood friends to her babysitting days. As an early childhood teacher Nicci began working with preschool age children and over the years has grown her education, skills and knowledge to work with children with special needs. Working closely with the child, family and their child’s therapists/teachers, Nicci believes it is important to unite as a team. Nicci believes having a relationship with a child and family members helps one truly know them and their and their strengths and interests. Working from this perspective has helped Nicci to create the best approach to help each child learn and be successful.
Her interests include reading and crafting (thanks Pinterest). She enjoys drinking tea while cuddling with her cats and spending time with family and friends.
“Be the reason someone smiles today.”
Signature Strengths: Honesty, Love, Prudence, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Kindness
Zach Moffatt, COTALearning Guide - Occupational Therapy Assistant
As a Learning Guide, Zach helps our Learners grow in the five core elements of mind, body, spirit, social and emotional. Whether guiding Learners' projects or nurturing a specific skill, Zach's kindness shines through. Zach has five years of experience working with children and young adults as an adaptive personal trainer. As an adaptive personal trainer he has acquired techniques to modify a variety of exercises and create personalized workout plans to assist his clients in reaching short and long-term goals. He was inspired by his clients to become an occupational therapy assistant. Zach completed clinical fieldwork at St. Francis Children's Center, Goodwill Industries - Work Services Program, and West Allis Medical Center. During these clinical experiences he worked with children from infancy through adulthood with various neurological needs.
He has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Carroll University and an associate’s degree in occupational therapy assistant from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Zach earned the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by The State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to practice as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. He is a boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. His interests include the outdoors, spending time with family, playing and watching sports, hunting, and playing with his family dogs.
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
Signature Strengths: Fairness, Kindness, Love, Perseverance and Prudence
Brett OxleyLearning Guide
Brett helps Learners grow across all subjects and with their social/emotional well-being. He has a ready smile and a spirit of going above and beyond to reach, teach and help others. For Brett, teaching is a calling.
Brett brings to Bloom a diverse and rich background that includes 27 years of teaching experience spanning all subjects as well as serving as an IT integration specialist, where he guided other teachers and parents with workshops and weekly suggestions for websites and online programs to explore for school and home use. He also was instrumental in obtaining technology tools for classrooms and meeting weekly with classes of students to teach computer skills.
Brett has many years of experience directing musical theater programs that included working on every aspect of the show from selecting the script, to working with the students to master their lines and working with the music teacher and choreographer to produce several performances for a packed auditorium of parents, grandparents, students and community members. And, he brings a unique approach to literacy with in-depth experience in Readers Theater, a dynamic approach to improving fluency and confidence by incorporating some theatrical elements into a reading curriculum. This is a great fit for Bloom360’s multi-sensory approach to learning.
Brett holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, and a master’s degree in educational computing. He has lifetime Wisconsin Licenses to teach elementary grades and computer science.
His interests include: bowling, watching movies, taking trips to Door County, and spending time with family.
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness..” – R.J.Palacio
Samantha (Sam) WitthunAssistant Learning Guide
Sam supports Bloom360 Learners as they engage in project-based learning and throughout the many movement activities built into each day.
Growing up, Sam loved school and dreamed of becoming a teacher. As she grew up, this love for teaching and learning continued. She studied psychology with an emphasis in child development at Carroll University. Sam knew she wanted to work with children, but it became clear her true passion was in the field of special education when she started working with children with autism.
Sam has more than two years of experience in early intervention ABA therapy working in home, school and clinic environments. She quickly progressed to an Advanced Behavioral Treatment Technician and enjoyed her leadership role in the company. She found her true calling in this line of work helping children grow and develop to their highest potential while bringing more light into their lives.
While Sam found this type of therapy rewarding, there were pieces of the puzzle that still seemed to be missing in terms of the child’s experience. Sam was very drawn to Bloom’s strength-based, developmental model which focuses on the whole child. Sam values the practice of mindfulness, gratitude, self-awareness, and presence in her daily life, which aligns very well with the Bloom360 educational model.
Her interests include yoga, spending time with loved ones, music of all kinds and playing games.
“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Wizard of Oz
We are fortunate to have a talented team of business professionals serving on the Bloom360 Development Committee who bring years of experience and a tremendous amount of compassion to everything they do.
Patrick supports Bloom360’s many operational initiatives including overall administration, IT and fundraising. He is the Operations Manager for Vista360, bringing 16 years of experience in providing staff support, customer assistance, IT and other operational support. Patrick loves to play golf and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
Signature Strengths: Kindness, Humor, Love, Gratitude and Teamwork
Stacey supports Bloom360’s development in a number of ways, and in particular, is responsible for the organization’s accounting efforts. She is a Partner and Consultant for Vista360, bringing 19 years of experience from the financial services industry, and is passionate about learning new things and volunteering her time to various local nonprofits in her community. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cardinal Stritch University and an associate’s degree in accounting from Waukesha Technical College. Stacey’s interests include spending time with friends and family, watching her husband race dirt bikes, exercising and playing with her dogs, reading and playing games.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.” – Audrey Hepburn
Signature Strengths: Honesty, Humor, Love, Fairness and Perseverance
Diana (Di) supports Bloom360 business development and fundraising efforts and helps drive all of our communications with the public. She is a Consultant for Vista360 with over 30 years of investment industry experience and supports Vista360’s business development team. Di is passionate about sharing the message of hope to families. She believes Bloom360 Learning Community will provide a school where children can thrive, grow and find their passions. Di enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Di and her sister love doing craft projects together and shopping at local flea markets for inspiration. She and her husband enjoy attending University of Wisconsin basketball games during the long cold winter and Brewers baseball games in the summer.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada
Signature Strengths: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, Gratitude, Honesty, Kindness, Love, Perseverance and Humor
Lela is a member of Bloom360’s Board of Directors and supports efforts related to school governance, fundraising, and the creation of school policies and procedures that are aligned with legal requirements. She is a Consultant for Vista360, bringing ten years of business experience to the school development, and has always had a profound and genuine interest in supporting and encouraging others, especially children, in pursuit of their goals. She has a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lela’s interests include watching football (Packers and Badgers), spending time outside, practicing yoga and spending time with her friends and family.
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
Signature Strengths: Humor, Forgiveness, Hope, Honesty and Perseverance
Caroline is a member of Bloom360’s Board of Directors and is active in the operations of the school by supporting efforts related to school governance, fundraising and the creation of school policies and procedures. She is passionate about creating an environment where all children are able to thrive. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Caroline enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, hiking and relaxing in the north woods, reading and traveling.
“Children see magic because they look for it.” – Christopher Moore
Signature Strengths: Honesty, Fairness, Forgiveness, Hope, Kindness and Gratitude
Dan actively supports many aspects of Bloom360's development including overseeing IT initiatives, supporting operations and fundraising efforts. He is a Partner and Project Lead with Vista360, bringing 11 years of financial services industry experience. Dan is passionate about learning new things and taking on big challenges. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Norbert College and is a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. Dan enjoys spending time outdoors, playing and watching sports, including the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, and spending time with family.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
Signature Strengths: Judgment, Humor, Forgiveness, Fairness, Love and Perseverance
Board of Directors
Bloom360 Learning Community is seeking talented, resourceful and experienced professionals from many industries to join its Board of Directors. Current board members include:
- Cindy Gosh-Lee
- Lela Harris
- Caroline Jankowski
- Melissa Packee – Northwestern Mutual
- Laura Rauman
- Kevin Svoboda – U.S. Physical Therapy