Staff

Olha Skyba

Olha Skyba

Director
olha.skyba@wisc.edu | 608-890-3093

Olha Skyba has over nine years of experience directing and managing programs at the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has worked with over 200 WCATY teachers, guiding the process of curriculum development as well as overseeing program evaluation and student assessment. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a focus in Gifted Education from Purdue University, and completed graduate-level coursework in Curriculum and Instruction and Gifted Education from the University of Kansas. She has a degree in Linguistics from Kiev State Linguistic University, Ukraine, and is a former teacher of English and Spanish languages. Throughout her career, she has taught courses for Education majors in traditional and online settings, supervised student teachers, and coordinated program evaluation projects.


Katie Effertz

Katie Effertz

Residential Programs Coordinator & Admissions
katie.effertz@wisc.edu | 608-261-1951

Katie is the program coordinator for WCATY residential programs (ALP, STEP, and YSSP). As a seven-year WCATY alum and former WCATY Residential Assistant, Katie loves having the opportunity to provide an engaging and supportive community for WCATY kids to develop and enhance their own passions. Katie graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Spanish with a minor in Psychology. While there, she developed a love for working in Student Affairs and chose to pursue that passion by earning a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University. Her background is in higher education and she brings that experience to WCATY and UW–Madison to expand the opportunities available to K-12 students.

Denise Ksioszk

Denise Ksioszk

Commuter Programs Coordinator & Community Engagement
denise.ksioszk@wisc.edu | 608-262-0002

Denise Ksioszk is an Outreach Specialist with WCATY, working with students in the GEM and PACE programs. Denise brings her varied experience in the field of education to WCATY, having previously worked in research, as a Montessori school administrator, and as a reading interventionist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from DePaul University. Denise works with the GEM and PACE programs and hopes to share her passion for educating the whole child. Her areas of interest in education include literacy, parental involvement, and educating students in underserved communities.

Bethany Stoppel

Bethany Stoppel

Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator
bethany.stoppel@wisc.edu | 608-262-4477

Bethany Stoppel has worked with WCATY in the areas of curriculum and instructional support since 2017. Bethany has a broad range of professional experiences including teaching high-school-level Social Studies and working with various online and out-of-school youth programs. Most recently, she began working with WCATY online programs, and completed her Master of Science degree in Professional Development with an emphasis on Gifted and Talented Education from UW–Whitewater. In her current role, Bethany is responsible for curriculum development and assessment and evaluation support across the various WCATY programs.