Elim Learning serves as an organizational and community catalyst for learning by promoting a learning culture, coordinating and providing the implementation of high-quality learning experiences that seek to increase knowledge, skills, competencies, and continuous development, and promoting opportunities for shared learning with Elim staff and extended communities.

Meet our team

Amy Flynn

Director of Learning

Amy is a Learning Behavior Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Multicategorical Special Education from St. Xavier University. She has been in the field of special education for more than fifteen years in roles that include direct support, special education teacher, program coordinator, trainer, educational advocate, and consultant and is currently serving as the Director of Learning. Amy feels blessed to be a part of the Elim Christian community and is extremely passionate about amplifying Elim’s message that all people have a God-given purpose and are a vital part of the body of Christ. She is excited to partner with schools and ministries and witness individuals with disabilities thriving in their communities.

Colleen Steele

Educational Consultant

Colleen is a Learning Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University and has been in the field of education and training for twenty years. Throughout her career, Colleen has held roles that include training coordinator, consultant, clinician, general education teacher, and special education teacher. Colleen is passionate about learning and sharing with members of diverse communities and building collaborative relationships. Colleen is excited to work with Elim in honoring the unique qualities of individuals and empowering them to live as valued contributors in their local and global communities.

Allie Szczecinski

Educational Consultant

Allie is a Learning Behavior Specialist a with Master’s degree in Special Education & Multiple Disabilities from the University of Illinois. She has been in the field of Special Education more than ten years, partnering with and teaching in self-contained special education classrooms and a residential treatment center. Allie has a passion for international development in the field of special education and has helped ministries in Uganda with their disability services. Allie is excited to work with the Elim team because of her heart for Elim’s mission of fostering thriving communities for individuals with disabilities at national and international levels.

Kate LaVelle

Staff Development Coordinator

Kate is a Staff Development Coordinator with an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State University. She has been in the field of special education for more than five years, working with individuals with severe behavioral challenges and cognitive-communication disorders. Kate is passionate about fostering and sharing unique staff development programs with members of our outreach family to ensure individuals with disabilities are thriving in their communities. Kate is excited to collaborate with schools and ministries internationally while sharing a wealth of knowledge and culture.

Lin Marie Carey | Elim Learning

Lin Marie Carey

Staff Development Coordinator

Lin Marie is a Staff Development Coordinator for Elim’s Agency and Adult Services. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Communications from Illinois State University and has been in corporate training, professional development, and adult education for over 25 years. Lin is passionate about creating professional development programs with respectful of individual learning and personality styles, as well as organizational culture to foster enthusiasm for lifelong learning, teaching, and service to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She feels tremendously blessed to be a part of bringing the Elim experience to local staff and partners around the globe.