This is a formal portrait of Dr. Shelly Severson

Shelly Severson, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools



Dr. Severson began her teaching career teaching elementary general music and middle school vocal music in the School District of Black River Falls.  She worked for two years as an assistant principal in a neighboring district before returning to the SDBRF as an elementary principal, where she served for 11 years.  In 2013 Dr. Severson was hired as the district administrator in this fine community.

Dr. Severson’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Silver Lake College, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Marion University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College.

Dr. Severson is an active member of our community and currently serves as a trustee of Black River Area Foundation, a member of the Black River Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, the Library Board of Directors, as well as the local Rotary Club.  Dr. Severson volunteers at many school events and thoroughly enjoys being a Tiger fan!  She and her husband Larry, a Black River Falls alumnus,  have raised their two sons in the Black River Falls community.  Zach is a 2016 graduate of BRFHS, and Abe will be graduating in 2018. 

This is a portrait of Jill Collins.
Jill Collins
Director of Business Services


Jill Collins graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and minor in Accounting. She  also earned a Master of Science degree in School Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Additionally, Jill has earned a Certified School Risk Management designation.

Jill is a life-long member of the Black River Falls community and has worked for the School District of Black River Falls for a combined total of 21 years; first as a bookkeeper for four years and the last 17 as the Director of Business Services.  She has also worked in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District and the Wilmot Union High School District as the Director of Business Services.  Professionally, Jill has been a director of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), a chair for the annual WASBO Fall Conference for seven years, and a committee member of several WASBO committees for over ten years.

Jill volunteers and serves the community in many facets.  She is currently the president of the Black River Falls Athletic Booster Club, serves as the parent rep for the boys high school hockey team and keeps the Black River Youth Hockey books in order by providing accounting services.  Previously, Jill served on the Black River Area Child Care Board, the Black River Figure Skating Board and coached youth softball and volleyball for many years.  

Jill enjoys watching ALL Tiger athletics and competes in the adult co-ed volleyball league and in the local women’s golf league.  Jill and her family also enjoy boating on the beautiful Black River and Lake Arbutus, traveling near and far, and spend time snowmobiling in the winter.  Jill is married to Steve, also a Black River alum, and they have two children, Hailey, a 2016 graduate attending Winona State University and Matt, a senior at Black River Falls High School.

Stephanie Brueggen
Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Stephanie Brueggen has been happy to call the School District of Black River Falls her home as an educator her entire career. She began her journey in elementary education, teaching kindergarten for five years and fifth grade for two years. She served the district as a Literacy Coach for four years, working with teachers in grades 2-5. In 2013, Stephanie became the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the district. She is very passionate about this wonderful district and is excited for the continued good work to be done. 

Stephanie achieved her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Elementary Education, with minors in Early Childhood Education and Spanish. She received her Literacy Coach certificate from the Center for Literacy Collaborative at Cambridge University in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University. 

Stephanie and her husband, Tim, own Falls Meat Service in Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin. They have three young children.  Stephanie enjoys canoeing, fishing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with the family. 

This is a portrait of Chad Stanley.
Chad Stanley
Forrest Street Early Learning Center


Mr. Chad Stanley is a proud graduate of Winona State University!  His education entails a Bachelor’s of Science in Business, a Master’s of Science in Education and an Educational Specialist Degree, which were all received from Winona State.
Mr. Stanley began his educational career as a special education assistant at Winona Senior High School, where he worked with and assisted students with special needs for two years.  He then moved to Spooner High School and became a K-12 school counselor for one year.   Then Mr. Stanley moved his career to the awesome Black River Falls School District, where this became his educational home for over 20 years!  The first 16 years were at Black River Middle School, where he served as a guidance counselor.  During this time, Mr. Stanley worked with many families and students across the district.  He also helped coach baseball and basketball for several years.  In 2013, Mr. Stanley became Forrest Street Early Learning Center’s Principal and has been here ever since!  He truly enjoys working with the Black River Falls families, school staff, and students!

Mr. Stanley is married to his wife, Randi, and they have two children, Macaid and Sada.  As a family, they own and operate Stanley’s Strawberries in the summer time.  During their leisure time, Mr. Stanley and his family enjoy the great outdoors and spend some of their summer time on the Chippewa Flowage, fishing and recreating around the area!

Mr. Stanley would like to welcome all new families to Forrest Street Elementary and the Black River Falls School District and encourage them to stop by for a visit!

This is a portrait of Richard Dobbs.
Richard Dobbs
Red Creek Elementary


Mr. Dobbs will be entering his fifth year here at School District of Black River Falls. The 17 years before this included eight years teaching middle school math in Nekoosa, WI as well as eight years teaching math in West Salem, WI and one year as the 7-12 principal and athletic director in Greenwood, WI. 

Mr. Dobbs’ education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a math minor from UW-La Crosse and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University. 

Outside of school, Mr. Dobbs enjoys the outdoors with his family. His wife, Daina, and their four girls, Maddie, Morgan, Macy, and Marley, keep him busy and enjoying life. He is active in his community, having served over 20 years in the Army National Guard--most of which was right here in Black River Falls--and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, spending a year in Kuwait and Iraq in 2004-2005. He is also an active member of the Black River Falls Lions Club, Melrose American Legion, Jackson County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Board of Directors, Ho-Chunk Nation CST Coordinating Committee, and has served on the council of the Mindoro Lutheran Church. 

Mr. Dobbs cannot express enough the gratitude he has for this generous community towards the education of our students. He would like to extend a welcome to anyone that would like to come and visit and learn more about what our great schools have to offer and to see the amazing new Red Creek Elementary. 

This is a portrait of Laura Simonson.
Laura Simonson
Assistant Principal
Red Creek Elementary


Mrs. Simonson began her career teaching grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5 in the School District of Black River Falls in 1995.  After leaving the classroom, she continued at SDBRF for four years as a Reading Recovery teacher and interventionist. She is now beginning her third year as Assistant Principal at Red Creek Elementary.

Mrs. Simonson's education includes a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a minor in PreK-3 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She received her master’s degree in Professional Development Learning Community from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She also holds her 316 Reading Teacher license and Principalship license from Viterbo University.

Mrs. Simonson enjoys living in the Black River Falls community. She enjoys attending her students’ and children’s sporting events. She and her husband David have three children. Grace is a 2016 graduate of BRFHS and is attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, majoring in Elementary Education. Hunter and Hailey are juniors at BRFHS.

This is a portrait of Dave Roou.
Dave Roou
Black River Falls Middle School


Dave Roou was an associate principal at Merrill High School prior to his arrival at BRF Middle School in the summer of 2000.  He earned his undergrad degree in English-Secondary Education, from UW-La Crosse and his Master’s in Ed Administration from Edgewater College in Madison.  Dave and his wife Kris, who is a family nurse practitioner, have four children and reside in Black River Falls. 

This is a portrait of Tom Chambers.
Tom Chambers
Black River Falls High School


Black River Falls has been my and my wife's home for eleven years, and we are very proud to call it our hometown. Having served for two years as the assistant principal and now nine more years as principal of the high school, I have come to know many people and places in and around this beautiful and historically and culturally-rich area. We enjoy the river, parks, and trails as well as the other amenities of the town and are grateful to the many, many people who have and continue to make this a great place to raise a family. I am happy to serve the many families who have children in our schools.

Before moving to Black River Falls, I was an assistant principal in Tomah, after having taught German there and in Sparta for a total of five years. My teaching career started with a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship in Neumarkt am Wallersee in Austria followed by two years as an English and American Studies Lecturer at the Martin Luther Universität in Halle/Saale, Germany.

I grew up in suburban southwestern Michigan and rural west central Wisconsin, graduating from high school in Madison in 1984. I earned a B.A. in German with an emphasis in history from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1988.  In 2003, I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Winona State University. In 2015 through Viterbo University's Servant Leadership program in Educational Leadership, I completed and Ed.S. (Education Specialist) degree with superintendent certification. 

I am proud of and honored to serve the dedicated staff at BRFHS. We provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for our students and strive to help them become truly college and career ready by the time they graduate. If you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 715-284-4324 or

This is a portrait of Lisa McCullough.
Lisa McCullough
Assistant Principal
Black River Falls High School


Mrs. McCullough grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  She began her teaching career in 2002 at Township High School District 214 where she was a high school social studies teacher at Buffalo Grove High School for 12 years.  McCullough came to Black River Falls in 2014 as the high school assistant principal.

McCullough’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Marquette University, a master’s degree in Teacher Leadership and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change, both from Roosevelt University.

She is proud to call Black River Falls home!  Her ties to BRF begin with her husband Dan, a 1997 alumnus, and also her in-laws who taught at the high school for many years.  McCullough was drawn to the beauty of the area and all the activities available in western Wisconsin.

McCullough stays busy with her four young children.  She and her husband are thrilled to raise their children in this fine community and look forward to experiencing the school district as parents.

Tammy Kielbasa Ed. D.
Director of Pupil Services 

Dr. Kielbasa began her educational career as a special education and regular education teacher in the Menomonee Falls School District for 15 years.  She also served as a reading recovery teacher during her time as a regular education teacher.  She then served as an elementary principal in the Oshkosh Area School District for seven years, an elementary principal in the Peshtigo School District for four years, superintendent of the Washington Island School District for one year and elementary principal and special education director for the Belleville School District for two years.  She is very happy to be in the Black River Falls School District and start her new position as the Director of Pupil Services.

Dr. Kielbasa’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College.  Dr. Kielbasa also holds her Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Pupil Services licenses from Edgewood College. Dr. Kielbasa is a life-long learner and loves taking courses to further her understanding and knowledge base.

Dr. Kielbasa is married to Randy Kielbasa.  They will be celebrating 36 amazing years of marriage during the 2017-2018 school year.  They have three grown children and one five-year-old granddaughter that they love spending time with and spoiling as often as possible.

In her free time, Dr. Kielbasa loves to travel.  They spend a lot of time in the Daytona Beach Shores Area of Florida.  Dr. Kielbasa and her husband enjoy deep sea fishing, swimming and sitting on the beach, going to baseball games, and taking walks.  She also enjoys different craft activities in her spare time.  

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