Tabitha Belhorn has a bachelor of arts from Heidelberg University, where she studied psychology and vocal performance. She has three children, the oldest of whom is deaf. Belhorn is currently the executive director of Ohio Hands & Voices and has worked with families of children who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf plus, or deaf-blind for over 10 years. She has been a member of the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children and is currently serving as the co-chair for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Subcommittee.
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Sally Brannan, joined Wittenberg University as Associate Professor in Education in 2001. Since her arrival at Wittenberg, Dr. Brannan has been very active in research, teaching, and service. Her primary research examines collaboration among special educators and related health service providers for children and students with disabilities. Much of her teaching is directed toward the introduction of candidate teachers to the needs of preschool and elementary students with special needs and the appropriate teaching strategies and methodologies that address these needs.
Dr. Brannan received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from West Liberty State University in 1987 and a Master's of Education in Special Education from Ohio University in 1991. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she served for a period of seven years as the Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Subsequently, she taught students with severe and multiple disabilities at John Marshall High School, Marshall County Schools, West Virginia, for two years. Dr. Brannan completed the requirements for a Doctorate of Education at West Virginia University. Her dissertation is titled "An Exploration of Interdisciplinary Collaboration when Serving Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities at the Middle and High School Levels: A Current Snapshot of Perceived Barriers and Opportunities."
Dr. Brannan has given presentations at the national meetings of several professional societies (e.g., The Council for Exceptional Children, The American Association on Mental Retardation, The Association for Severe Handicaps, and The American Council on Rural Special Education) on a variety of topics including: community-based instruction, assistive technology, collaboration, and distance learning. She has served on the editorial boards of "Rural Special Education Quarterly," and "Education and Treatment of Children."
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Sarah Buoni, M.Ed., is an Education Program Specialist with the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. Her primary responsibilities include providing support and resources to districts and parents in regards to low incidence disabilities. Prior to joining the Ohio Department of Education, Sarah worked as a supervisor and an itinerant teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind for nine years. She is committed to ensuring that all students have equal educational opportunities.
Shannon Clancy recently completed her doctoral studies at The Ohio State University, earning her PhD in Teaching and Learning. Shannon's research is focused on the language and learning of children who are deaf, particularly in content areas with specialized language, such as science and mathematics. She was an elementary school teacher of deaf students for ten years, has given multiple workshop presentations on the use of content-area and specialized vocabulary for educational interpreters, and currently works as a sign language interpreter.
Bobbi A. Colatruglio, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Prior to joining Nationwide Children's in 2015, Bobbi was a speech language pathologist at the Ohio School for the Deaf. She worked there for five years, providing evaluations, intervention and collaboration for the preschool and elementary. Bobbi also served on the multi-factored evaluation team in the Ohio School for the Deaf Outreach Department, providing evaluations for deaf and hard of hearing students across the state of Ohio. Bobbi is fluent in American Sign Language. She has completed the FIRST YEARS program through the University of North Carolina in order to receive a Certificate in Auditory Learning in Young Children with Hearing Loss.
Carrie Davenport is a doctoral candidate in the special education program at the Ohio State University. Prior to entering the PhD program at OSU she was the Early Childhood Consultant for the Center for Outreach Services at the Ohio School for the Deaf. As a consultant, Carrie provided statewide support to Local Education Agencies serving young children who are deaf/hard of hearing and coordinated professional development for educators, specialists, and administrators. Carrie is a founding Board member of Ohio Hands & Voices. She has served on Ohio's Universal Newborn Hearing Screening subcommittee, the Gallaudet University Regional Center advisory board, and the American Society for Deaf Children.
Nathan DeDino joined the Ohio Department of Health in July of 2011 as a Researcher in the then- Bureau of Early Intervention Services, after working for a number of years in the Defense intelligence industry. As a Researcher at ODH, he worked primarily with the data system. In November of 2013, he became the Research and Data Administrator and began supervising the research team responsible for data needs for the Help Me Grow and Regional Infant Hearing programs. In December of 2014, he took on responsibility for Early Intervention monitoring and, in April of 2015, he became the Part C coordinator.
Nathan obtained his bachelor of arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also holds a law degree, with honors, from the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University.
Molly Estes is a native American Sign Language (ASL) signer, who works at the Statewide Services at the Ohio School for the Deaf as an ASL Specialist. For over 15 years, she has been teaching and evaluating ASL. She is genuinely dedicated to ensuring that each and every student and staff gain knowledge and fluency in ASL. Molly evaluates the sign language skills of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students from all over Ohio as part of the Student Assessment Center team. She was involved with developing a K-12 curriculum for learning ASL as a first language. She is a Sign Language Proficiency Interview:ASL (SLPI:ASL) Coordinator/Trainer and on National SLPI:ASL Leadership Board (NSLB).
Molly also holds Professional American Sign Language Teacher Association (ASLTA) certification. Molly obtains a Master's Degree in Sign Language Teaching in December 2012. She was asked to review the ASL Standards for America Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) book for K-12 and postsecondary by the national ASL Standards committee.
Danene Fast is a scholar with the National Leadership Consortium for Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) who is currently in her 2nd year of studies at The Ohio State University, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree within the College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning. Her background includes a dual undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Special Education for Children with Visual Impairments from Kutztown University and a Master of Arts Degree in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) from Western Michigan University.
Danene has over 20 years of experience in the field of visual impairments. She is the recipient of the Judy Cernkovich Excellence in Education Award from the Ohio Chapter of AER, the Joyce Mae Ogburn Education Award from AER International Educational Division, and the Orientation and Mobility Citation of Excellence for Direct Service Criteria from the AER International O&M Division. Currently, she is employed as a part-time manager for the programs in visual impairments, hearing impairments and O&M at The Ohio State University.
Danene is active with the Ohio Chapter of AER, where she currently serves as Treasurer of the organization, Division Nine of AER International, where she serves as the Blasch Scholarship Committee Chairperson, the Council for Exceptional Children, where she is a board member of the DVIDB Division, and several local committees with a focus on services for children with visual impairments.
Barb Gentille Green
Barb entered the field of Education as an Occupational Therapist, covering a friend's maternity leave in 1983 and never leaving! That opportunity opened many doors throughout the next 33 years. As an Occupational Therapist, Barb worked within public schools, Boards of Developmental Disabilities, clinical settings and homes serving children birth through age 23. Desiring more daily contact with small groups of students, Barb obtained her Intervention Specialist Certificate/License, and taught students with significant, multiple disabilities in Dayton, Ohio. Within administration, Barb has held positions of Director of Early Intervention, Special Education Director and Curriculum Director in public schools within north central Ohio and now serves as a Consultant/Coach with State Support Team Region 7. Throughout her career, a team approach to meet the needs of all learners has been a constant goal of Barb's, and serving on this Board is an exciting opportunity to continue that goal!
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Derek M. Houston, PhD, joined the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine July 2015. He received his doctorate in psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 2000. His graduate training research focused on how normal hearing, typically developing infants segment words from fluent speech and recognize words across different talkers. After graduating, he moved to Indiana University School of Medicine and constructed the world's first laboratory to investigate the speech perception and language skills of deaf infants who receive cochlear implants. Since then, his work has investigated the effects of early auditory deprivation and subsequent cochlear implantation on speech discrimination, attention to speech, sensitivity to language-specific properties of speech, word learning, and general cognitive skills in deaf infants and toddlers. His research in Columbus, OH represents a collaborative effort between OSU and Nationwide Children's Hospital. His work is currently funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Since 2003, Lauri Kaplan has shared her unique knowledge of parenting a child who is visually impaired while serving as Parent Mentor, at the Ohio State School for the Blind. Lauri is a parent of a child with different abilities; her adult son is blind and has additional medical challenges. Ms. Kaplan guides other Ohio parents of students who are visually impaired through the special education process, helping them to understand their rights and responsibilities. She listens, gathers information and provides resources and support to families and school districts. Lauri attends Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, Evaluation Team Meetings (ETR) and additional meetings at the request of school districts or parents.
Lauri has served on Parent Mentor Council (2006-2008, and 2009-2011) Parent Mentor Care and Support Committee (2007-present), Family Advisory Council of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (2005-present) Braille Excellence for Students and Teachers (BEST) Advisory Board (2008-present), and The Ohio State University Sensory Advisory Board (2013-present). Since 2006, she has edited and produced a print and web edition of OSSB's quarterly newsletter, connecting families and the OSSB community. Ms. Kaplan has worked with the Center for Instructional Supports and Accessible Materials (CISAM now known as the AT&AEM Center) on various advisory boards, and they have collaborated to plan and execute an annual Assistive Technology Family Conference since 2010. She received her bachelor of fine arts from The Ohio State University.
Rhoda Mast has been an educator for 31 years. She taught for several years before developing and serving as director of the first public preschool in Holmes County in the 1980's and was an elementary school principal for 18 years. For about 10 years, she was president of the local Lighthouse of Hope Community Center. Rhoda currently is the Principal of Holmes County Board DD School. She earned her bachelor degree from Malone College and received her master's in elementary and middle school administration from Ashland University.
She has been awarded several distinctions, including 2006 Ohio's Principal of the Year (OAESA), 2006 National Distinguished Principal of the Year, and 2010 Holmes County's National Association of University Women's Educator of the Year. She has also served on the Wayne County JVS Career Advisory Council, Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) Committee and Ohio University-Akron Paraprofessional Advisory Council. Rhoda is married to Jon, mother of 3 and grandmother of 6.
Shelley McCoy is an Education Consultant at the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB). In this role, Shelley provides support and recommendations for educational resources and strategies to school-aged students who are blind or visually impaired and their education teams in school districts throughout the state of Ohio. In addition, Shelley serves as the Education Clinic Coordinator, facilitating evaluations of students throughout the state performed by the interdisciplinary team of related services professionals. At OSSB, Shelley also provides orientation and mobility instruction to a caseload of students. Previous to her role at OSSB, Shelley served for four years as an itinerant teacher of students with visual impairments and orientation and mobility specialist serving students throughout multiple regions of the state. Shelley's lifelong passion for service to persons with special needs spans the age spectrum, as evidenced by her 20+ years of work with individuals affected by dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
Shelley earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from The Ohio State University in 1994. She then attained her licensure in teaching students with visual impairments in 2008, and ACVREP certification in orientation and mobility in 2012. Shelley is currently enrolled in the graduate program at The Ohio State University in pursuit of her MA in sensory disabilities and inclusion.
Shelley has been an active member of the Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and currently serves on the board, as chairperson of the education division. She has been nominated for participation in educational conferences and programs, including the Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute through the American Foundation for the Blind, and the Teachers of Tomorrow program through the National Federation of the Blind. Shelley serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Orientation and Mobility program through The Ohio State University.
Peter (Pete) Moore joined the Ohio Association of County Boards Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (OACB) in November of 2009. Pete was named OACB's Chief of Staff in January of 2015. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff he served as the Project Manager for the Bridges to Transition Grant, a unique collaboration between the OACB, County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, Local Education Agencies (LEA), and the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). In February of 2010, he took on the role of Service Initiatives Director, which included work on The Good Life, a project that is designed to provide training and technical assistance to OACB members and organizations across the United States as they develop and maintain positive cultures for the people they serve.
Pete has 20 years of experience in working with people with developmental disabilities. He has had many roles during his career including: Recreation Director for the Salvation Army in Pittsburgh, PA; Teacher's Aid for Tiffin City Schools; Activities Therapist, QMRP, and Director of Vocational Services at Tiffin Developmental Center; Director of Residential Services for the Hancock County Board of DD; Behavior Support Consultant for the State of Ohio's Department of DD; and, as an independent consultant. Throughout his career, Moore has been respected for his common-sense approach and insight. He has provided training and technical support for many different programs and professionals across the State of Ohio and across the United States.
Pete is a Board Member for the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) and Chairperson for the NACBHDD Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Committee since 2012. Pete was also on the Ohio APSE Board from 2011 to 2016.
Pete is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh and received his Masters in Counseling from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, where he was also a football coach for 10 years. He is married to Deb and has three kids, Warren, Rilee, and Ava.
Kim Moritz, M.Ed., is the Family and Community Engagement Consultant and a member of the Special Education Team for State Support Team 6. Prior to working for SST6, Kim taught high school and college level science for sixteen years. Kim has two children, Matthew, 16, and Emma, 13. As a result of a traumatic brain injury at the age of ten, Matthew is deafblind and non-verbal. Through Kim's personal and professional experiences, she has worked to assist the public school that Matthew attends and other districts in the region in supporting families and students with multiple disabilities. She is honored and excited to be a part of the advisory council to assist in meeting a need for the state of Ohio and to better serve families.
Karen Oswald, holds the position of mom and advocate. After studying veterinary technology at The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College, she became a mother to a very special boy.
When Karen's son was born profoundly deaf, she decided she needed to be a stay at home parent to help advocate for him, so that he could have the best possible services and supports to lead him to a bright future.
In 2012, he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, resulting in him also having progressive vision loss. As a parent of a deaf/blind child, Karen's goal has become trying to educate others about the challenges that deaf/blind children face and facilitating strategies to ensure inclusive classroom interactions for a high-quality education.
Leanne is the Deafblind Education Consultant at the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE), a state- and federally-funded project that supports children, ages birth through twenty-one, with combined hearing-vision loss by providing professional development, consultations and resources to their parents, educators and support staff. Leanne has a background in deaf education and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Sign Language/English Interpretation from William Woods University. She has worked in the Deaf and deafblind communities for 25 years, and has presented at both national and international conferences. Leanne recently published an article in the Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention on early identification of infants and toddlers with combined hearing and vision loss.
Karen Burk Paull, Ph.D., is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, where she completes comprehensive evaluations with children who are D/deaf and hard of hearing. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a child and family subspecialty, from Loyola University Chicago in 1998. Both her masters and dissertation theses were studies of the development of deaf children and their siblings. Dr. Paull completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where half of her time was devoted to training at the Boston Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (BCDC). She remained on staff at BCDC until moving to Cleveland, where she joined the staff at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center in 2009. Dr. Paull lives in the suburbs of Cleveland, with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with family in her free time.
Elizabeth L. Sammons holds an M.A. in journalism from OSU and has served in the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities for 12 years. Her current position is Program Administrator. In June, 2016, Elizabeth coordinated a first-of-its-kind literacy and independent living program for deafblind adults in Ohio called DoDots. Additional to her disability career, Elizabeth is an active creative writer, parent, wife and internationalist, having lived in 5 foreign countries through Peace Corps and other work and exchange opportunities.
Shannon Seger is currently the Director of Interlink, the Deaf Services Center of Northwest Ohio. Language delay is an epidemic among the deaf and hard of hearing in elementary and secondary education in the United States. Shannon currently combats this on many fronts. First, by introducing Language Facilitators into the educational system to fill in the "gap" in language and attempt to help students meet and exceed their educational goals through mentoring. Secondly, presenting workshops and presentations to various agencies, educational institutes and newfound parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, placing an emphasis on acquiring American Sign Language along with spoken English while the children are still young and able to compete with their peers in terms of language and comprehension.
Dr. Carrie Spangler has over 17 years of experience as a professional in the field of audiology and has a lifetime of personal experience living successfully with hearing loss. Dr. Spangler is the 2012 recipient of a national award, the Cheryl DeConde-Johnson Award for Best Practices in Educational/ Pediatric Audiology. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to educational and pediatric audiology. She has publications in peer reviewed journals and has co-authored 3 chapters.
Currently employed at Summit Educational Service Center, Ohio where she provides educational audiology outreach services. Her areas of interest include educational audiology for all students with hearing loss, teens and support groups, advocacy, and humanitarian audiology. Dr. Spangler initiated the TALK (Teaching Auditory Learning in Kids) listening and spoken language preschool program in Summit County. She also created the Hit It! program (Hearing Impaired Teens Interacting Together) which is a support group for teens with hearing loss. She currently serves as a Governor appointed audiology board member for the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Dr. Spangler is the past chairperson and current member of the Ohio Department of Health's Universal Newborn Hearing Screening committee.
Wendy began her career as an educational audiologist at Heartland Area Education Agency in Iowa before moving to Ohio. She has been with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) since August 1998 initially as a special education mediator, complaint investigator then autism consultant from 1999-2004. In 2004 she moved to OCALI, a new statewide technical assistance and training project focused on students with autism spectrum disorders. In 2005 Wendy returned to ODE in the Office of Assessment to develop the Ohio Graduation Test for Writing, coordinate the OGT Fairness and Sensitivity Committee, and assume responsibilities as project director for a federal grant to develop an Alternate Assessment based on Modified Achievement Standards or 2% assessment.
Since returning to the Office for Exceptional Children within ODE in 2011, Wendy supervises the Diverse Learner team focused on functional and academic content standards, assessment accommodations, alternate assessment, multi-tiered systems of support, early literacy, secondary transition, and school culture and climate to meet the needs of students with disabilities, students who are gifted and English learners.
Douglas (Doug) Sturgeon was granted a doctorate from Marshall University with a major in Educational Administration and a minor in Preschool Special Needs. He currently is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education at Shawnee State University. Doug Sturgeon has extensive experience in education. He has 17 years of Preschool to Grade 12 special education teaching experience.
Doug is currently licensed in Hearing Impaired PK-Adult, Learning Disabilities PK-Adult, Alternative Education, Principal, Supervisor, Director and Superintendent along with Social Studies 7-12. He has trained as a trainer in Safety Care behavior intervention and facilitated and mediated IEP. His research interests include history of education, Ohio Valley history, and textbook history.
Leah Subak resides in Northeastern Ohio, Cuyahoga Falls, and lived in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Current interpreting venues include post-secondary and Video Relay. Credentials include; MA from Gallaudet University and Ph.D. from Kent State University. Professional certifications held include CI/CT, NAD, and EIPA.
She is on staff with Kent State University as co-coordinator of interpreting services, and adjunct faculty. She has held offices in professional interpreting organizations and chaired various conferences.
Teresa Thomas is a licensed Teacher for the Visually Impaired and a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio University in 2002. Upon graduation, Teresa entered the field of special education teaching students with multiple disabilities for four years. One of those students had a visual impairment which led her to the graduate programs for VI and O&M at the Ohio State University. Teresa has been a teacher for the visually impaired for Lancaster City Schools for 11 years and O&M specialist for 6 years. Currently, she serves on the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) for Lancaster Public Transit.
Abbey Weaver began working with Southern Ohio Educational Service Center/Hopewell Center Region 14 in 2003 as an itinerant teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is also the Team Leader for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing department. She supervises itinerant teachers, educational interpreters, language facilitators, and an audiologist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education from Kent State University. In addition, she has a master's degree in reading from Xavier University.
Abbey is also currently National Board Certified in Deaf Education. She works with a variety of individuals in various schools located in Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette and Highland Counties.
Abby White is a licensed Teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the southern region of Ohio. She has a Master's of Education from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science. Abby started Hands to Learn, an educational service business, to provide direct instruction, curriculum modification, and consultative services for students with hearing loss in Ross and Pike Counties. She is now employed by the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities and provides itinerate teaching services to students in mainstream schools. Abby is a board member of Ohio Hands and Voices and also a trainer in Visual Phonics, a tool to promote access to English phonemes for decoding, spelling, and articulation. Abby has an Advanced Plus rating on the SLPI and over ten years of experience working with individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing using a variety of communication modalities.
Susan Wiley is a developmental pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She has a long-standing interest in children who are D/HH Plus, and children who are Deaf-Blind through efforts in clinical care, research and advocacy. She has collaborated with the Ohio Center for Deaf-Blind Education through workshops, development of tools to guide earlier identification of children with deaf-blindness and as a member of their advisory committee. She is a member of the Leadership Team for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) at the American Academy of Pediatrics and has focused on advocacy for newborn hearing screening at a state level as the Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter Champion for EHDI and as the co-chair of the Ohio Department of Health Advisory Committee on Newborn Hearing Screening.
Tracey has had over 30 years serving individuals with disabilities which began by providing direct care in residential settings while in college. She continues to provide supported living services to young adults in Pickaway County. She has taught special education at elementary, middle school, high school and summer program classrooms in Pickaway County. She has also been Special Education Director at Logan Elm and Vocational Special Education Coordinator at Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center. Tracey currently works for State Support Team 11 serving career-tech centers in central and southeastern Ohio.
Tracey earned her bachelor of science in business management from Franklin University and her master of education in special education and educational administration. She enjoys church, hiking, reading, cooking, music and spending time with friends and family.