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
At heart, I am a life coach and a visionary who develops and implements a plan to move a thought, idea or dream into a reality. I am intrinsically motivated to inspire, encourage and empower others to be the best versions of themselves and to take action steps to achieve their goals/dreams. My superpowers are my strengths of hope (I believe and expect the best in the future and work to achieve it), gratitude (I appreciate and am thankful for the uniqueness of myself and others), love of learning (I continually learn and expand my knowledge to share with others) and perspective (I provide an insightful point of view, wise counsel and see the big picture).
Cindy has more than 30 years of experience serving organizations and individuals in a variety of educational and coaching settings. Cindy is the Program Guide at Bloom360 Learning Community. She shapes the school’s curriculum and oversees the continued development and implementation of Bloom360’s educational model which is rooted in human development. She also consults with Bloom360’s founding supporter Vista360, LLC and its clients to support their management consulting practice which focuses on strengths-based team and business building.
Prior to co-creating and developing Bloom360 Learning Community, Cindy was a college professor of Sociology, Social Problems and Organizational Psychology. She also was the designer and facilitator of professional development courses (face-to-face and online platforms) and workshops within continuing education programs for adult learners. In addition, she facilitated support groups for children and parents, provided short-term strength based counseling and facilitated social/emotional programs within classrooms, clinics and work environments.
Cindy has completed the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s (IMSE) Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training. This is a multi-sensory phonics approach for reading, writing and spelling instruction. She also has engaged in multiple training opportunities provided by the VIA Institute of Character in the areas of using character strengths at work, building effective teams and one-on-one strength based coaching. She has completed the advanced practice course, “Character Strengths Interventions.” Cindy completed her certification in the DISC Assessment which is a Behavioral Analysis assessment that helps us understand our own and each other’s unique inner preferences and needs that our outward behavior is communicating. Cindy earned her master’s degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Mount Mary University. She has received her lifetime certification as a School Social Worker and Early Childhood Teacher from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Cindy currently serves as a board member for Bloom360 Learning Community.
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 a lot of time with her four children and husband.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Signature Strengths: Gratitude, Hope, Honesty, Perspective and Love of 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 one of the first practitioners in Wisconsin certified in The Greenspan Floortime Approach®. This licensing is the highest licensing in the world involving the DIR Model and Floortime Therapy. (Note: the only other certified practitioner in Wisconsin also is a Bloom360 Learning Guide.)
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’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. Nicci is one of the first practitioners in Wisconsin certified in The Greenspan Floortime Approach® This licensing is the highest licensing in the world involving the DIR Model and Floortime Therapy. (Note: the only other certified practitioner in Wisconsin also is a Bloom360 Learning Guide.)
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
I am driven by three things; helping kids become confident learners, guiding Bloom360 Learners through the twists and turns of growing up and sharing kindness with Learners, parents and our team. I’m inspired to learn new things, offer a new perspective and when I can help someone work through a challenge.
As a Learning Guide, Zach helps Learners grow in the five core elements of mind, body, spirit, social and emotional. Zach completed PBL101 training from Project-Based Learning Works, which included a focus on the design, assessment and management of PBL. This approach is guided by a research-informed model of Gold Standard Project Based Learning, that sets a high bar for implementing rigorous, standards-based projects. This training and Zach’s natural hands-on approach helps him plan and deliver project-based learning, which is our main curriculum.
Zach has helped Learners expand their knowledge of bridges, golf course design, rockets, all kinds of animals as well as their emotions and feelings. He has a special ability in explaining and using hands-on activities to help Learners understand complex math concepts. Whether guiding Learners’ projects or nurturing a specific skill, Zach’s kindness shines through.
Zach has seven years of experience working with children and young adults as an adaptive personal trainer. As an adaptive personal trainer he 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.
Zach 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, Teamwork, Judgement and Prudence
Brett OxleyLearning Guide
Brett has a ready smile and a spirit of going above and beyond to reach, teach and help others. For Brett, teaching is a calling.
As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and a teacher for nearly 30 years, Brett has experienced many of the highs and lows that happen when working with kids. From this, he’s learned a couple of important things: differences are something to be proud of and all kids can learn.
At Bloom360, Brett is instrumental in our working kitchen where he guides Learners in recipe planning, shopping, baking and more. These multi-step projects include opportunities for expanding social-emotional learning, experimenting with new ingredients and learning math, reading, sequential planning and kitchen safety skills along the way. Many relationships are formed and grown in the Bloom360 kitchen and Brett’s kind and calm approach facilitates the Learners feeling comfortable to try new things and expand their overall confidence.
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. Using this background, 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’s diverse and rich background includes three decades 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 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. He completed the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s (IMSE) Intermediate Orton-Gillingham Training, which is focused on reading, spelling and vocabulary instruction for upper elementary learners as well as older learners who are behind in literacy.
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
Signature Strengths: Honesty, Fairness, Prudence and Kindness
Elise CampbellAssistant Learning Guide
Elise strives to create meaningful personal connections with the Learners. These relationships serve as a trusted foundation which helps her encourage the Learners to openly express their feelings and interests while they continue to gain confidence in their strengths. She supports all aspects of Bloom360’s educational program and can be found supporting our project-based learning, reading with a Learner and offering to jump in wherever she is needed. For example, Elise has an eye for photography and is coordinating our school pictures and working on the annual yearbook.
With a heart for helping, Elise finds joy in bringing out the best in people, especially those who may appreciate a little extra kindness. She has four years of experience working with children and young adults with neuro-diverse needs. Throughout high school, she was heavily involved in her school’s Best Buddies chapter and acted in various leadership roles as a peer buddy, Friendship Walk Captain and Chapter President.
She has volunteered for and later worked as a camp counselor at ARCh Camp Pow Wow, a residential and day camp that provides outdoor recreational activities for both children and adults with disabilities in the southeastern Wisconsin area.
Prior to joining the Bloom360 team, Elise owned her own pet care business, where she managed client relationships (with the owners and the pets) as well as coordinated schedules and training with several employees.
Elise previously attended UW-Waukesha and plans to continue her program toward a special education teaching degree.
Her interests include tennis, kayaking, playing acoustic guitar, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. –Maya Angelou
Signature Strengths: honesty, Kindness, Fairness, Love and Humility
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. She has a calm and warm nature which helps Learners feel at ease to be themselves whether they are stretching themselves academically or engaging in mindfulness activities.
Sam discovered her passion of working with children with neuro-diverse needs when she started college at Carroll University. She gained experience in early intervention ABA therapy working in home, school and clinic environments. She found her true calling in this line of work by 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 strengths-based, developmental model which focuses on the whole child. She is grateful to be able to gain more meaningful experiences being at Bloom360 while completing her schooling at UW-Milwaukee. She will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2021. She has future plans to pursue a graduate degree in counseling, specifically working with children and their families.
Her interests include yoga, spending time with loved ones, being outside and traveling to new places.
“We are visitors on this planet; we are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.” -Dalai Lama
Signature Character Strengths: Perspective, Social Intelligence, Hope and Judgment
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 four 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 fundraising efforts and is an active volunteer for our events. 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:
- Fred Dreher – Franklin Energy (Retired); Enrolled in the Music Therapy Program at Alverno College
- Cindy Gosh-Lee – Bloom360 Learning Community
- Lela Harris – Vista360, LLC
- Caroline Jankowski – Operose Advisors
- Melissa Packee – Northwestern Mutual
- Laura Rauman – Vista360, LLC and Bloom360 Learning Community