Who We Are
Christine Croyle, Ed.D., CCC-SLP provides leadership to the Outreach Center team as they work to build capacity of professionals, families, and community members who serve learners who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired. Christine has served as a school administrator for The Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities and as a speech language pathologist at The Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB). She has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics including leading inclusive models of education, instructional strategies, and designing spaces with accessibility in mind.
Jennifer Catlin, M.S.Ed., LPC, is the Administrative Professional for The Outreach Center. Prior to joining OCALI, she worked for META Solutions, formerly Metropolitan Educational Council for four years. During her time with META Solutions she worked in many different capacities, including Coordinator of Administrative Services, Fiscal Support Specialist, and Student Information System Support Specialist. She’s also worked as Accounting Assistant for National Youth Advocate Program for almost ten years. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Wittenberg University and recently earned her Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton.
Jennifer Govender, M.Ed, is a highly adaptable and a versatile educator. Over her 13 years of experience as an Early Intervention Specialist, Assistive Technology Specialist and a Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments, she has had the opportunity to work in-depth with diverse groups of students. These experiences have aided her development in becoming a well-rounded and compassionate individual, who takes each student’s unique goals, needs, and interests into account to allow them to be successful in the school setting.
Kelli Henery, B.A., A.A.S., supports staff members by facilitating communication between American Sign Language and spoken English. She has a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from The Ohio State University and an Associate’s degree in ASL Interpreting from Columbus State Community College. Kelli’s next goal is to obtain the National Interpreter Certification. Interpreting in the PreK-12 setting has included work with students who vary in language use and cognitive ability, many of whom work to acquire ASL and English simultaneously. These observations have influenced her academic research regarding the interpreter’s role in engaging the student’s language center to improve literacy outcomes.
Heather Herbster, Ph.D., has a background in supporting the needs of students, families, and educators using outreach supports. She is a licensed Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with experience in the areas of lifespan transitions, signed language modalities, and higher education instruction. She has had the opportunity to build partnerships utilizing both state and national initiatives focused on improving student outcomes with research interests that include the examination of evaluative practices for children with vision and/or hearing loss.
Family Support Liaison
Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Adolescent to Young Adult Education with a concentration in English writing from Heidelberg University. Michelle is a motivational speaker. In 2014, she was the keynote speaker for the BEST Assistive Technology Family Conference. As the Outreach Center’s current Family Support Liaison she provides information, supports, resources, and connections to families and learners who are deaf, hard of hearing, or blind. Michelle has personal experience with deafness and blindness, since she has two cochlear implants and is fully blind. She is passionate and enthusiastic about providing equity and access to all students.
Julie Stewart, M.S. brings experience of ten years classroom teaching and two years as an educational consultant working with deaf/hard of hearing students in Ohio to the Outreach Center. Her research interests include language development of children using American Sign Language and/or spoken English, early literacy and development and integration of strategies to increase successful outcomes for students.
Mackenzie Workman, A.A.S., supports staff members by facilitating communication between American Sign Language and spoken English. She has an Associate’s degree in ASL Interpreting from Columbus State Community College and has 5 years of experience working as an Educational Interpreter. Mackenzie’s next goal is to obtain the National Interpreter Certification. Interpreting in the PreK-12 setting has included work with students who vary in language use and cognitive ability, many of whom work to acquire ASL and English simultaneously. She enjoys collaborating with the classroom teachers to help make the school environment accessible to our students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.