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Meet Our Team

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Katie Haun

Head of School, Primary Guide

Katie is Coordinator of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the Diocese of Madison. She is a graduate of the UW-Madison with degrees in Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology and currently getting a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education at the UW-River Falls. She has leadership experience in schools, academic cooperatives, and religious education settings. She and her husband, Nick, along with their eight children live in Verona, WI, and are active parishioners at St. Christopher Parish.

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Barb Schmiesing

Elementary Guide

Barb graduated from UW-Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in math. She taught 4th grade for 5 years in a public school while coaching cross country and basketball. She and her husband Scott have 8 children which she has homeschooled through 5th grade for the past 17 years. This summer she will attend UW-River Falls to begin her Masters in Montessori.

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Laura McBain

Director of Special Education

Laura has been an occupational therapist for the last 15+ years, specializing in pediatrics.  She graduated with a degree in occupational therapy from UW-LaCrosse and has worked in public and private schools, as well as private practice settings. Laura has worked with kids of all ages and abilities, many of them with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, over the course of her career.  Working alongside parents, teachers, and other professionals, she has helped many children improve their ability to engage in the world around them.

Laura and her husband Michael have five children, with two of them attending Divine Mercy Academy. She and her family attend Christ the King Parish in McFarland.

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Ryan Hartberg

Board President

Ryan is the Vice President of Business Development for Commercial Recreation Specialists in Verona that provides recreation solutions to municipalities, campgrounds, camps, resorts, and schools. As a graduate of UW-Whitewater in psychology and statistics and with training in systems theory, Ryan has extensive experience in sales, management, operations and marketing, giving him a valuable perspective and understanding of different types of business models, forging mutually beneficial strategic relationships, and driving growth. Ryan is married to his high school sweetheart, the father of 9 children, and active in his home parish of St. Christopher’s in Verona in religious education, small groups, Knights of Columbus, and more.

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Dr. Daniel Tataje

Board Treasurer

Originally from Peru, Dr. Tataje received his doctorate in dentistry from Garcilaso De La Vega University and has completed advanced training in Prosthodontics, TMD, and Orofacial Pain through the University of Minnesota and the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Daniel Tataje owns and leads Mercy Dental Group with an innovative, personalized, and fresh approach to the family dental care experience. A pioneering practice leader, and a proven business builder, Dr. Tataje was named 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year by Midwest Family Broadcasting and the Latino Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Tataje loves to spend time with his loving wife, Scarlet, an avid DMA volunteer, and their six children (three of whom attend Divine Mercy Academy). The Tataje family love living out their Catholic faith as they experience local and far away adventures together. They are active parishioners of St. Christopher Parish in Verona, WI.

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Becca Rouleau

Board Vice President, Director of Infant & Toddler

Becca is a wife and mother to four littles, all at Divine Mercy Academy. She was born and raised in New Hampshire and has lived in Wisconsin since 2014. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota in Health Sciences and most recently worked with Pediatrics in Radiology at UW Health. Becca has a passion for a child's experience in education that is Christ-centered. She has seen Montessori education foster independence, spark the joy of learning and truly honor the dignity of every child.

Kate Briguglio

Board secretary

Kate holds a masters in medical science from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine. She has practiced as a Physician Assistant in primary care with an emphasis on serving medically underserved communities. She has a BS in biology from St. Olaf College and is thrilled to use that degree to teach nature study at DMA.

In both undergraduate and graduate studies, Kate has researched the effect education has on health metrics in both children and adults. As a mother, her search for an educational model that is Christ centered, academically rigorous and honors the child as an individual was satisfied at Divine Mercy Academy.

Joe and Kate have 3 children, 2 of whom attend DMA. They are members of St Christopher parish in Verona.

Tara Darnell

Lower Elementary Guide

Tara is a wife and mother of 5 children, all of whom attend Divine Mercy Academy. She obtained her B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies (a Classical Great Books program) from the University of Notre Dame and is certified in Montessori Lower Elementary through the North American Montessori Center.

She is passionate about raising independent children, critical thinking, and Catholic Social Teaching and is thrilled to be teaching somewhere that combines all three.

Emily Norgal

Special education guide

Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from UW Madison, and also became certified in early childhood education through Edgewood College. She has taught Special Education in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District for the past three years.  

Emily was inspired to pursue a career in Special Education because of her brother, Michael, who has Down Syndrome. Emily, her husband Jared, and their son Landon live in Madison and are active members of St. Christopher Parish. Emily joined Divine Mercy Academy this year, fall 2022. Welcome, Emily Norgal!

Rosie Francis

Infant & Toddler Guide

Rosie Francis graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in music education. She has taught general music at the elementary and middle school levels, and worked as the music minister for St. Paul's Catholic Student Center on the UW-Madison campus. She and her husband Patrick recently welcomed their first child, Joseph, into the world and Rosie now enjoys serving Divine Mercy Academy in the Infant/Toddler Environment, as well as providing music education for the elementary students. Rosie and her family are parishioners at Blessed Trinity Parish, where Patrick serves as music director.

Rick Tejeda

Board Member

Rick and his wife Tina have five children who have been educated at home and in Catholic schools.  Rick has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison and has over 20 years of experience in product design development and simulation.  He is currently part of the new product development team at Sub-Zero.

Jessica Derks

Primary Guide

Jessica graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. She has experience working with children of all ages but most recently she worked as a third-grade teacher in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She looks forward to serving DMA and being part of this beautiful Catholic community. Divine Mercy Academy welcomed Jess to the team this year, fall 2022. Welcome, Jess Derks!

Elizabeth Verges

Elizabeth Verges

Elementary Assistant

Elizabeth is a graduate of Wyoming Catholic College with a degree in Classical Liberal Arts and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Theology from Aquinas Institute. She has worked as a backpacking instructor, a Director of Religious Education, and a teacher at a small Catholic School in Edgar, WI. Elizabeth also spent some time working with Learning Atrium tutoring children with dyslexia. She is excited to assist in the Lower Elementary classroom and combine all the experiences God has given her for the families of Divine Mercy Academy.

Contact Us

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