Director of Programming
Tiffany Tobkin graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a special education license in Developmental Cognitive Delays. She also graduated through MSUM with a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder and licenses in Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She taught for five years at Sebeka Public school working with students who have a variety of abilities and disabilities spanning from kindergarten through sixth grade.
During her time in Sebeka, Tiffany has taught a variety of social emotional curriculum including Michelle Garcia Winner’s social thinking work, the Zones of Regulation, 5 point scales and Second Step. She used the Structured TEACCH framework in her classroom along with visual schedules, video self-modeling, social stories, and incorporated student interests in their daily tasks. In 2015, she received the Teachers of Excellence Award for Exemplifying Innovative Practices in Education.
Tiffany lives outside of Perham with her husband Chris and their extremely energetic dog, Berkeley. Tiffany’s special interests include spending time with her family, watching shows on Hulu involving drama and comedy, putting together puzzles, listening / dancing / singing to music, and reading.
Heidi Solberg graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Heidi has spent the last 25 years working in the public school system teaching children with special needs. Heidi has taught at all levels including elementary, middle school, and high school and all disability areas. Heidi’s number one priority is and always has been her students and she will dedicate her time and energy to make sure they get what they need.
In 2007, Heidi started an Autism program at the elementary school in the Perham School District. At that same time, she was introduced to Michelle Garcia’s Winner’s
“Social Thinking” curriculum. With that, Heidi went on to get her teaching license in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Heidi has been incorporating Michelle Garcia’s Winner’s curriculum into her social skills lessons ever since. Heidi is dedicated to teaching children and watching them learn.
Heidi loves helping all people to see that Autism is an attribute. Heidi is passionate about helping children and families be who they are, and be a part of our community. Heidi is a “master special educator” and a role model for best practices in education.
Her leadership skills do not go unnoticed as in 2014, she was awarded teacher of the year in the Perham School District.
Heidi lives in Perham with her husband, Cory and their three sons, Joe, Aaron, and Rian. Heidi loves spending time with her family, watching sporting events, and being outside.
Christi has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science from North Dakota State University and prior to joining Empowering Kids Perham, she worked for United Way of Otter Tail County for three years as the Volunteer and Events Coordinator. Christi is passionate about helping children and families, and believes that every child has a gift or talent that can lead to success and happiness into adulthood.
In her free time, Christi serves on the Perham Dent School Board, the Perham Area Community Center board, and volunteers with Girl Scouts, Dent Community Club, Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area.
She lives in Dent with her husband Jim and two children Mike (11) and Anna(12), two cats, Cinnamon and Ginger, and dog Kirby. Together they enjoy waterparks, going to the beach, playing keep away from Kirby, running around after the new calves, and going on vacation to warm places!
Board of Directors
Empowering Kids Perham is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The board is made up of a diverse group of individuals who share a common interest: ensuring that the children in our community have all the tools and support necessary to be successful and happy throughout their lives! We appreciate the commitment that the members of our board have made to Empowering Kids Perham.
Tami Kalina, Chairperson
Kim Nelson, Vice Chairperson
Staci Malikowski, Treasurer/Secretary
Lacey Thiel, Director
Cori Brown, Director
Emily Dreyer, Director
Jen Hendrickson, Director
Fred Sailer, Director
Liz Swanson, Director