As a Co-Owner of L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC I am able to wear many “hats”. Some of my responsibilities include Administrative oversight, Coordination of the Daily Living Skills Program, and working directly with clients in the Supportive Home Care program. I love being able to work both directly with staff and employees, as well as with the Care Teams and Guardians. These different job roles allow me to remain balanced in my Administrative roles.
I began working in the field 25 plus years ago. I transitioned from a career in Clinical Supervision of Special Needs Foster Care to Supportive Home Care. I maintain a master’s degree in Social Work for the State of Wisconsin and have a counseling degree in Marriage and Family Therapy a well. I believe the maintenance of these degrees allows me to better serve clients and their families/guardians. This knowledge and experience allow me to better understand the struggles being faced daily, and what approach may be appropriate to help each individual find greater success. L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC offers services to clients of varying disabilities and needs, this creates an atmosphere of inclusion as we strive to achieve successful programming for everyone. I am proud of the services we provide and the work that all our employees do within the communities.
I reside in the Pulaski area and have a house in the country. I enjoy country life a great deal, and my yard has been home to many animals including horses, dogs, rabbits, and even a pig or two. I enjoy traveling, going up north to the cabin, cooking, and spending time with my family as often as possible. We love to play cards and other board games but are especially fond on Canasta and Spades.
If you would like more information about any of the programs L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC offers please feel free to contact me at (920) 366-2796 or email at Jsmits@lifeacademy.us.
Hi! My name is Tamara Sandoval but call me Tammy please! As a co owner of L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC, I also have had a lot of hats to wear!
I started out with helping in the DLST program, and doing the administrative things along with starting to get people ready to move into their own apartments. Then the game changed!! More and more people started moving and that became more than a full time position! Being on call 24/7 for our folks is important to me and it also puts the parents/guardians at ease as well.
I started out in this field literally from birth! One of my older siblings had epilepsy and we were trained on how to respond to that. I also have 2 cousins who have profound cognitive disabilities whom I have grown up with. One much older than I and the other much younger. It is amazing the differences in services made available over the years.
I have gone to school for Psychology and Human Development and have known that I wanted to be in this field since I was in 8th grade and took my first Psych class! I have worked in this field in different group homes and agencies for more than 25 years, many of those years I started and ran the Residential program at a local agency. When Joanne and I decided to open our own place it was with equal amounts of excitement and fear; but we knew this was meant to be and have not looked back.
I have been married for 4 years and my wife is also a big part of L.I.F.E. Academy. I am a volunteer guardian for 4 people and a Rep Payee for 1 of them. My wife and I also are an AFH (Adult Family Home) provider and have a young man living with us right now.
If you would like more information about any of the programs L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC offers please feel free to contact me at (920) 265-5674 or email at
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Hello, my name is Cami Selissen-Sommers and I am the Manager of the Children’s Long-Term Support program located in Shawano County (CLTS). I also work as a Group Facilitator of the Daily Living Skills Program in Green Bay (DLST), and as a Supportive Home Care provider also in the Green Bay area.
I began working in this field approximately 13 years ago and have expanded my career and job functions as a result. I have a Child Development Certification and an extensive history working with children. I believe this experience and knowledge helps in my work as a Manager for the CLTS program because it allows me to have a better understanding of how the children of that program respond to their developmental stages and the challenges they may experience. The CLTS program, which makes up a large portion of my job functions within L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC, focuses primarily on working with children of varying disabilities and or environmental challenges find success within their own lives and community. I find this work to be both rewarding and challenging. No two days are alike as no two individuals are alike.
On a personal note, I am local to the Shawano County area and love the community in which I reside. My hobbies and interests include photography, reading, baking, and spending time with my friends and family. I enjoy music of all genres and attending concerts of all types.
If you would like to receive information on the CLTS program or have any general questions please feel free to email me at Csommers@lifeacademy.us.
My name is Dawn Kane and I am the Manager of the Daily Living Skills program in Green Bay. I also work directly with clients through the Supportive Home Care program also located in Green Bay. My two job roles are quite different within the agency however, they both compliment one another. DLST allows me to teach individuals with disabilities new skill sets, and my work in the SHC program allows me help individuals use those skills to live a more independent life. I enjoy both of those roles however, the DLST management position accounts for the largest percentage of my work within the agency.
I began working in this field approximately 28 years ago, working with individuals with varying degrees of both cognitive and physical disabilities. I earned an associate degree in Nursing in 2013 and find that this knowledge helps me better serve my clients. Continuing to work directly with clients allows me to always practice patience, understanding and inclusion.
On a personal note I have resided in the Denmark area for more than 30 years. My family and I enjoy camping, four wheeling, playing sports and having family time together playing games whenever possible. I am a country girl at heart.
If you would like more information regarding the Daily Living Skills Program please email me at Dkane@lifeacademy.us.
My name is Gina Casey and I am the Manager of the Supportive Home Care program in Green Bay. The Supportive Home Care program provides services to individuals with disabilities that wish to live in their individual home settings with staff support. The type of staff support depends on their needs, and the program developed to assist in areas of daily living. My role as the Manager allows me to work with both clients directly and the Care Teams assigned. Prior to joining the L.I.F.E. Academy “family”, I worked in the EMS field for 17 years and then transitioned to being a Supervisor in Sheltered Industry. Joining L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC has allowed to me to continue to use prior knowledge and experiences in a direct manner.
On a more personal note I reside in the Green Bay area, but am originally from the U.P. In the time not spent at work I enjoy crafting, and anything related to the outdoors. I especially enjoy spending time with my friends and family (and the dogs of course)! Attending Badger games are another favorite of mine. GO BADGERS!
If you would like more information on the Supportive Home Care program please feel free to email me at Gcasey@lifeacademy.us.
L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC operates its Daily Living Skill Training facility in a “Home” located on the West Side of Green Bay, WI. This facility is used as a training center for those in both the DLST and SHC programs. The neutral setting offers individuals the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in a setting that resembles that of their own home or future residence.
Clients do not need to be a part of the DLST Program to enter into the Supportive Home Care Program. These two programs can work together but it is not a requirement to have both.
L.I.F.E. Academy, LLC operates on the concept that everyone is unique and individual. No two programs or two participants should be treated exactly the same. Everyone deserves the right to have programming and support that is tailored to meet their needs.
Each individual is participatory in their programming along with their TEAM which may include parents/guardians, other community support program staff, case managers/care managers, and anyone that they feel important in their lives.