Our Commitment to be a Good Neighbor
Harrigan Development Services is owned by Andy Harrigan who holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has a wide range of experiences providing services to individuals with disabilities.
Andy has surrounded himself with a team of job developers, job coaches, and trainers who are all passionate and committed to creating win-win employment situations for both our individual clients and local businesses that hire through our organization. The HDS team is committed to opening the eyes of local businesses to this truly diverse and highly skilled workforce.
Wendy is not only the mother of a child in special education, but also has a wide variety of experiences helping people in need. As a job coach for Harrigan Development Services, Wendy helps her clients learn job skills as well as enhance their confidence and positive thinking.
Laurie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She practiced for over 20 years in different nursing environments, including hospital and clinic settings, and several years as a school nurse at a local University. She then transitioned into serving as a para-professional in the cognitively disabled classroom at Cedarburg High School.
At the high school, Laurie worked with a number of students that required job coaching. The students worked at a variety of locations within the school and in the community.
Laurie's well-rounded background makes her perfectly-suited to work as an Employment Consultant at Harrigan Development Services.
June Byrne earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Behavioral Disabilities and a MS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Educational Psychology. June worked as a special education teacher for the Cedarburg School district for over 30 years. She taught students with a variety of needs including those having cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Most recently June filled the role of Program Support Teacher for students with Autism Spectrum disorders.
Given her experience, passion, and life-long focus in working with individuals with unique needs, June is dedicated to helping our clients develop the skills and building blocks necessary to achieve vocational success and satisfaction.
Laura Harrigan, a job developer and job coach for Harrigan Development Services, holds a bachelor's degree in Special Education from UW-Eau Claire.
For the past 15 years she has worked as a resource room teacher of students with learning disabilities. That experience has provided her with the insight, compassion and enthusiasm necessary in working with our clients.
The process of job development, finding employment opportunities and securing the right fit for both an employer and a client is what Laura truly enjoys.
Susie Heitman earned her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Occupational Therapy (OT) and a ME from Cardinal Stritch University in Educational Computing. Susie has worked across the age range as an OT in mental health (acute and community settings). She also taught adults in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Milwaukee Area Technical College for over 20 years and continues as adjunct faculty. She embraces the OT brand of ‘Living Life to its fullest’. Susie has a drive to help people identify their own goals and dreams and make steps to realize them.
Erin graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a BA in Psychology. She has worked as a Senior Therapist for children with autism locally and out of state. For the past 12 years, Erin has worked as a Service Coordinator for children and adolescents with developmental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Working with individuals with unique needs, their families, and providers in the community is one of Erin's passions as she believes firmly in integrating individuals with disabilities in the community.
Catherine has worked with individuals with disabilities for 16 years, 5 of those years as a job coach. Her background includes 19 years in retail management and 9 years as office manager, bookkeeper, and HR manager for a corporation holding an array of diverse businesses. Her experience in a variety of work settings has given Catherine the confidence she needs to help her clients.
Ellen McKay has her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has 32 years of teaching experience working with students with various disabilities.
Ellen retired from the Mequon-Thiensville School District after teaching at Homestead High School for 25 years. Her professional, educational, experience was to teach academic, functional, and vocational skills to assist students with special needs transition into their community as productive members of society.
Jada graduated from Cardinal Stritch College in 1994 with a BA in Sociology and a background in Geriatrics. She worked at Bell Therapy for four years, which was a work program for individuals with cognitive disabilities as well as behavior problems.
Jada also worked at the group homes assisting with daily living skills and engaging residents in the community. She also currently volunteers at the Friendship Circle.
Michele graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Elementary Education. She taught full-time and substituted in various school districts in the Milwaukee area for 20+ years. Most recently Michele worked as an Autism therapist in-home and in schools. She is a job developer and coach with Harrigan Development.
She was born and raised in the Milwaukee area, is a mother of three and grandmother of two.
Cheri comes to HDS with 13 + years in case management experience for individuals with developmental disabilities, physical disablities, autism and various learning disabilities. She has worked in case management in day services programs, group homes, adults in independent apartment living and adult foster home programs.
She also has 6+ years working with the senior citizen population in setting up home care, rehabilitation and hospice services.
Cheri's role is to help implement, coordinate and monitor support services for her clients. A special aspect of her work is to be an advocate and a liasion/communicator to her clients and their families.
Karyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh with a degree in Education. She taught students with Special Education needs for 34 years in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Karyn's background in dealing with students with various disabilities helps her job coach those transitioning into the world of work.
Fred Schmitz is a retired Regional Human Resource Professional with Silgan Containers, International Paper, Broan Manufacturing and Ford Motor Co. He has over 40 years experience in HR and has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Masters from the University of Detroit.
Ricky graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and has 10+ years experience working with youth, families, and young adults in Ozaukee County. He has experience facilitating social skills groups, peer mentoring groups, and support groups for various youth populations. He also has experience as a wraparound service facilitator, and utilizes a collaborative, strength-based approach with those he works with. Ricky believes in identifying strengths and utilizing positive supports to help an individual succeed.
Ashley St. Peter
Ashley is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a B.S in Human Services, and a Minor in Social Justice. While in school, Ashley primarily focused on working with individuals with various disabilities. Ashley currently runs the Occupational Therapy group with Susie Heitman through a partnership HDS has with Concordia, as well as works with individuals as a mentor/life skills trainer.
Mary Pat Thompson
Mary Pat Thompson holds a Masters Degree in Education. Mary Pat served students in the Wisconsin Technical College System for over twenty five years as a Career Instructor. She assisted students with career assessment, selection, job seeking skills and job placement.
She is passionate about connecting people to meaningful careers, and feels her skill set fits ideally as a Job Developer with Harrigan Development Services.
Doug has over thirty-two years in the Human Resources field. With his experience in the business field and wanting to help individuals with disabilities find work his role with Harrigan Development Services is a great fit. Using his knowledge of the job search process and networking, Doug is helping individuals gain dignity and enjoyment through work. Doug has a B.S. in Management from San Diego State, and a Master of Science in Human Resources from Boston University.
Teri graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. After teaching middle school for one year, she then transitioned into the computer software industry where she worked for various companies as a Software Analyst. She also worked for 5 years as an Office Manager and Financial Secretary at a private school in Madison, where she developed an interest in financial software and reporting. Most recently Teri worked as a Global Account Analyst as well as an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Global Sales at ManpowerGroup.
Teri’s well-rounded background in computer software and financial reporting makes her perfectly suited to handle the administrative and financial requirements of Harrigan Development Services.