Our Staff

Alexis Finlayson

Alexis Finlayson

Executive Director

Favorite Children’s Book: Little Blue Truck

Amanda Wheeler

Amanda Wheeler

Assistant Director

Favorite Children’s Book: Otis


Shandy Petersen

Director of Operations/Grant Writer

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: The Lorax


Deidra Haffner

Parent Educator/Family Support Specialist

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