Staff and Board

Diana Yngstrom-Bugge
Executive Director

Diana began her journey with FWCL in May 2005.  She wore many different hats on her way to being named the Executive Director in 2011.

Educated in Europe, Diana brought with her 10+ years of working in non-profit environments in New York and Virginia. She has served as a Financial Manager, a Director of Volunteers and a Director of Fundraising.  Throughout her life, she has also been an active volunteer and all of her non-profit and volunteer experiences have been for the benefit of children and families. 

Diana is happily married with two grown children, two very active grandsons and a handsome boxer dog named Collin.  She loves to spend time with her extended family (all here in Fort Wayne!), is an avid photographer and enjoys traveling and writing.

Lois Rehrer
Office Manager

Lois came to FWCL in November 2007.  Her main responsibilities include scheduling of students and staff, bookkeeping, student management, database management, and greeting and directing students and parents.

Lois has extensive office operations experience. She has worked in several different office settings spanning over 25 years, including several years as a travel agent. Her volunteer experiences include those with church and school organizations.

Lois has been married for 38 years and she and her husband have a son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and one energetic grandson and another grandbaby on the way!  She and her husband also have two grand doggies – a great dane and a dachshund. In her free time she likes to spend time with family, and friends, travel, and watch or go to sporting events.

Mark A Thomas
Director of Instruction

Mark originally joined the Fort Wayne Center for Learning staff in April of 2011, not long after earning a baccalaureate in English with a Writing concentration (added to an associate degree in Paralegal Studies).

While completing that coursework, he worked at the university writing center, where he consulted peers one-on-one to assist them with their academic writing – this was his introduction to Socratic method. He delivered presentations at the East Central Writing Center Association conference about cognitive load theory and creative writing.

During his time at the FWCL, Mark has participated in many hours of workshops and trainings that include topics such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, neuroscience, effective education, and trauma-responsiveness within organizations. He joined the 2018 Great Kids Make Great Communities Leadership Academy in order to increase cooperation between youth-serving organizations and to effect change in the community with regard to youth trauma.

Mark has been married since April of 2017. His wife indulges his various interests by accompanying him to summer festivals, hockey games (go Sharks!), and musicals. He enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, bird-watching, and, well, generally being outside! He also spends time growing his coin collection, restoring antique furniture, and writing creative fiction and poetry.

Jennifer Parry

Jennifer has been with the Fort Wayne Center for Learning since May of 2015.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Hampshire.  She is married to her husband of 25 years and has two grown daughters.

Prior to joining the team at FWCL, Jennifer was an aide for middle schools for 10 years in Indiana and Texas, as well as volunteering with schools and church when her children were young. Through these experiences she saw that all children are capable of learning, just not in the same manner or at the same speed. When she discovered Fort Wayne Center for Learning, it seemed a perfect fit!

Jennifer has participated in workshops and conferences about youth development presented by Great Kids Make Great Communities, Indiana Youth Institute and Junior League. She finds topics such as Conscious Discipline and being Trauma Informed critical to understanding today’s youth and giving them the tools they will need for future success.

Jennifer enjoys being outside, especially hiking, kayaking, gardening and cross-country skiing.  She enjoys time with her family and the antics of her dog, Jefferson. She also enjoys attending dance, theater, and concert productions.

Diane Schoonover

Diane joined the team of instructors at Fort Wayne Learning Center in September of 2018. She has worked as a substitute teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools and also served as a teacher in northeastern Ohio for several years. Prior to teaching she worked as a data center manager for Verizon. 

Diane has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and her teaching certificate. She loves children and enjoys teaching. “It is so rewarding to see or hear one of your students apply the skills and knowledge that you have taught them and see the excitement on their face.”

Diane and her husband, David, relocated to Fort Wayne four years ago to reunite with their three children and ten grandchildren.  Diane is excited to be a part of FWCL, and plans to be a positive addition, while serving and meeting the educational and learning needs of the children.


Ellen Shannon

Ellen joined the FWCL staff in May  of 2017.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy Track). 


Board of Directors

Paula Bostwick
Board Member


Reanna Carver
Board President


Sherri Chaney
VP of Finance


Margeaux Corrao
VP of Governance


Cory Dietz
Board Member


Ashley J Motia
Board Member


Mindy Szczepanski
Board Member


Andrew Thomas
Board Member


Hallie Urban
Board Member


Advisory Board 

Kathy Boles


MaryAnn Flueckiger


Sarah E Jones


Kenn Kunze


Deb Overcash


Karla Rahn


Tina Rusk


Olivia Torres


Olivia Valencic-Miller, PhD


Donna Yngstrom

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