Our Staff


Shandy Petersen Executive Director

Shandy has worked for YPEC since 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree from Park University in Social Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice.

“My favorite part about working for YPEC is meeting the families we serve and helping them explore their educational options. There’s no better feeling than watching our students walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.”

Favorite Children’s Book: Rainbow Fish


Deidra Haffner Teen Parent Specialist/Educator

Deidra has worked with YPEC since 2011. She has a degree in Health and Human Development Education from Montana State University.

“I love my job! My favorite part is building relationships with the families I work with. We have the best staff too their like family.”

Favorite Children’s Book: The Lorax


Child Care Coordinator Danielle Lozon

Danielle has been employed with YPEC since 2015. She has multiple certificates in Infant/Toddler courses and has a Child Development Associates (CDA) for Infant/Toddlers.

“I love being a part of YPEC and enjoy coming to work and spending my days with the infants and toddlers.”

Favorite Children’s Book: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear


Infant Room (0-6months): Lead Caregiver Marilyn Gervais

Marilyn has worked for YPEC since 2000. She holds multiple certificates in childhood development.

“I’m always excited to meet the new families, and help them with anything they need. My favorite part is seeing the parents graduate and walk the stage. That is YPECs ultimate goal and why we’re here.”

Favorite Children’s Book: The Kissing Hand


Cortney Rivenes Remote Educator

Cortney has worked with YPEC since 2011. Cortney is earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Criminal Justice from Park University.

“My favorite thing about working for YPEC is getting to know the moms and dads and helping their children learn and grow.”

Favorite Children’s Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Nurse: Amy Williams