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Amanda West

Session E6

Amanda West

 

Amanda West is the Lead Assistive Technology Specialist at the Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL).   She has a Bachelor's degree in Gerontology and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and graduated Cum Laude from Missouri State University.   She is a certified ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator and a member of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society.  She has a publication in the scholarly journal Taylor & Francis, and is on the board of directors for a nonprofit organization called SLICE, Inc., a nonprofit that serves individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Amy Nickless

Session D7

Amy Nickless

 

Amy Nickless has worked as the Adult Services Librarian at Wolfner Library since 2015. Prior to this appointment, Amy served as a graduate reference assistant at the University of Missouri's Ellis Library; a volunteer and intern at the State Historical Society of Missouri; and as a substitute teacher. Her position as Wolfner Library focuses on outreach, reference, accessible technologies, library programming for adults, and collection development to supplement adult materials.

Amber Cheek

Session A7

Amber Creek

 

As the Director of Accessibility and ADA, Amber works to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disabilities at Mizzou. She assists HR with arranging workplace accommodations for faculty and staff with disabilities, and manages all other ADA Compliance areas. Amber came to Mizzou from the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC, where she was a Presidential Management Fellow. Amber also has experience working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law.

Andrew Lackey

Session A7

Andrew Lackey

Andrew Lackey is the Deputy Commissioner for the City of Saint Louis, Office of the Disabled.

Andrew Lewis

Session F1

Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis is a Missouri native who works for TobiiDynavox as a Solutions Consultant.   For the past 3 years, he has provided AAC and computer access solutions to adults and children in Kansas and Missouri.  During his vacations, he travels with his wife and her Occupational Therapy ministry to Guatemala.  They offer low and high-tech AAC solutions for the people living with disabilities in and outside of Santa Maria De Jesus, a Mayan village just outside of Antigua Guatemala.

Andrea Rabenold

Session E1

Andrea Rabenold

Andrea Rabenold is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist with Forbes AAC.  Andrea previously served as a member of the Augmentative Communication Team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and founded a private practice focused on early intervention for children with communication disorders.

Andrea is passionate about developing and implementing AAC solutions for individuals with complex communication needs. She works in close collaboration with clients, caregivers and therapy teams to create systems that enable individuals with disabilities to participate actively in all aspects of their lives.

 

Anthony Blades

Session B4 & C3

Anthony is a Blind Skills Specialist at Missouri State University.

Beth Jordan

Session B3

Beth Jordan

 

Beth Jordan is a Great Plains Regional Representative for the Helen Keller National Center, serving people who have both vision and hearing loss and their families.   She also provides training and technicial assistance to agencies/organizations.  The Great Plains Region includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Ms. Jordan has a Masters of Education degree from the University of Arkansas in Rehabilitation Counseling and Independent Living with an emphasis in deafness.

Brandon Kempf

Session D7

Brandon Kempf

Brandon Kempf is a Reader Advisor for Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library.

Brenda Whitlock

Session D6

Brenda Whitlock

Brenda Whitlock has been with Missouri Assistive Technology since 2001.  She has 25 years experience in serving people with various disabilities, including program coordination, case management, residential and employment services.  She graduated with honors from Baylor University.  She enjoys working with the DeafBlind community and received the 2017 Bernie Bodine award for the difference she has made to the Kansas City DeafBlind community.  She currently manages the TAP for Internet program and Missouri’s iCanConnect program for people with combined vision and hearing loss.

Brett Wilhelm

Session A3

 

Brett Wilhelm is a blind and hearing impaired assistive technology user and trainer and owner of Wilhelm's Assistive Technology Services LLC.  Wilhelm's Assistive Technology Services is a business that does AT assessments and training for individuals and agencies in Missouri.  He received his certification to teach AT in 2013 from World Services For The Blind.  He provides training on a wide array of hardware including; screen readers, magnification software, smartphones and tablets, Braille displays, and more.  He provides training to clients receiving equipment from both the Missouri and Iowa ICanConnect programs. 

Cathy Fortney

Session B1

Cathy Fortney

Cathy Fortney is a St. Louis native who just celebrated 25 years of marriage to her wonderful husband, and who is the proudest Mom to 2 amazing young women.  Cathy has been an Occupational Therapist (OT) since 1993 and has worked as a school-based OT since 1997.  Cathy currently enjoys working as a Therapy Services Coordinator for the Francis Howell School District where she overseas Assistive Technology, OT/PT Department and ADA; her best days involve finding solutions that empower students to do big things and to know how incredible they are.

Carmen Schafer

Session E7

 

Carmen Schafer is a Business Technology Analyst for the University of Missouri -Columbia's Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Science from William Woods University and over 20 years of working experience in the field of information technology.  In search of meaningful work, she joined the ACT Center in 2007.  She provides assistive technology support, conducts web and document accessibility testing and assesses the compliance level of procured Information Computer Technology (ICT) within the University of Missouri.

 

 

Corrine Mueller

Session E2

Corrine Mueller

Corrine Mueller is the Co-Founder of Vital, an educational technology company that focuses on digital accessibility for all students, and particularly those with visual impairments and blindness.  With her combined background in technology and business, she leads the team at Vital to develop and deliver cutting-edge assistive technologies.

 

David Baker

Session D5

David Baker

David Baker is an ATvangelist.

Darren Gabbert

Sessions A5, D4, E7

Darren Gilbert

Darren Gabbert has a BS in Computer Science and is a Sr. Business Operations Associate for the University of Missouri's Adaptive Computing Technology Center.   He has been responsible for the direction and strategic planning of assistive technology services on the MU campus for 30 years.  He has served as co-PI on projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health.  He also has an advanced form of spinal muscular atrophy and has successfully used single-switch scanning for 14 years.

Dennis Selznick

Session E5

Dennis Selznick

Dennis Selznick works with Sprint.

DJ Butcher

Session B4, C3

 

DJ Butcher is a Blind Skills Specialist at Missouri State University. She is a certified teacher of the visually impaired and a certified orientation and mobility specialist. She is interested in assistive technology. DJ completed the VITALL Outreach workshop courses in Assistive Technology at Northern Illinois University.

Dustin Wright

Session B6

 

Dustin Wright works with Rest Assured.

Eileen Belton

Session D4

Eileen Belton

 

Eileen Belton is a Program Coordinator at Missouri Assistive Technology for the Show Me Loans and KAT Programs.   She is also the staff website maintainer for Missouri Assistive Technology.  Eileen was a part of Missouri's State ICT Working Group to update the ICT standards for accessible website expectations for the State of Missouri.  In 2018 she completed a series of AT User videos that can be found on our website under the MoAT's IT Access page .  Some of our gifted presenters at this years conference are featured in these videos.  Eileen has a rich career of helping individuals with disabilities return to work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 12 years in the state of California.  She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist II and has provided Ergonomic consulting services in the work place for over 19 years.  Now a days, her passion is poured into helping individuals and families connect the dots in funding of financing to obtain the assistive technology needed to stay independent.   She is also an established jewelry artist in the Kansas City area. 

 

Elisa Parker

Session D1

Elisa Parker

Elisa Parker has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Early Childhood Special Education program for the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Missouri since she began her career 21 years ago.  Her passion has always been working with children with Autism and facilitating AAC.  As these populations and the district grew, the need for an Autism Coach and Assistive Technology Facilitator was developed for the Park Hill ECSE program.  Elisa has been the Autism Consultant for the Gerner Family Early Education Center for 8 years and the Assistive Technology Facilitator for 4 years.  Elisa provides consultative services and training to the Gerner ECSE staff, K-12 Park Hill staff and parents.  She has provided trainings and consultative services with the Missouri Autism Project Access, ABCnD Services in Kansas City, MO, Missouri Project in Mission, Kansas and Farmer's House in Weston, MO.  Elisa serves on the Sophie's Run board which is a non-profit organization that provides Assistive Technology to individuals in the Park Hill School District attending area.  Elisa has also been featured as a guest blogger for PrAACtical AAC.

Isha Bobra

Session B5

Isha Bobra

 

Isha works as a software engineer for Android Accessibility at Google.  Her primary product is Talkback - which is a screen reader on Android.  She is also an active contributor to Chrome accessibility on Android as a developer for accessibility services.  Isha understands the perspective of a user as well as a developer and looks forward to working with participants of Power Up.

 

Ian Dillner

Session D3

Ian Dillner

Ian Dillner works for Verizon.

Jason Vallery

Session C2

Jason Vallery

Jason has been in the wheelchair industry since 2002.  He has worked for 3 DME companies and has been a wheelchair manufacturer representative.   Jason is an ATP and currently works with Mobility First Inc.

Jeff Bazer

Session B7

Jeff is the Sales Director of the South Central Region for Vispero.

Jeff Grosvenor

Session B6

 

Jeff Grosvenor works for 2GetherTech.

Jeff Williamson

Session E3

Jeff WIlliamson

Jeff is both a technicial writer/illustrator/video editor and director of sales and marketing with more than 20 years of experience.  He enjoys communicating information to help develop additional marketing channels for assistive technology.  Jeff is a Director of Sales & Marketing at Teltex, Inc.   He is most excited about being able to help people understand technology.  He was responsible for building a studio for Teltex, Inc. which allows training videos to be produced at their location and distributed over their website www.teltex.com and most recently www.iAccessibility.com  Jeff's activities include:  Traveling, history and genealogical research.   He is a private pilot, musician (drummer, singer and pianist).

Jessica Hall

Session B4 & C3

Jessica is a Blind Skills Specialist at Missouri State University.

Jim Fettgather

Sessions C5, D4

Jim Fettgather

Jim Fettgather has been a technology instructor for Alphapointe in Kansas City for 23 years.  During this time, he has observed, followed and taught many different aspects of adaptive hardware and software to hundreds of individuals.  He is now very excited about the fact that an individual with a visual disability can purchase any computer and use it immediately without dependence on expensive third party software.

Kara Booker

Session F2

 

Kara Booker is an Accessibility Program Manager for Google.

Krystal Connolly

Sessions E4, F4

Krystal Connolly

Krystal Connolly is the ICT Coordinator for the Illinois Assistive Technology Program.   Krystal began working for IATP in February 2009.  In July 2014 she became the Training Coordinator for IATP where she travels the state and provides 1 on 1 and group trainings on how to use assistive technology software.  In 2016, Krystal joined the ICT project where she quickly became an integral part of the program providing training to state and local agencies, school districts and other organizations about ICT Accessibility.

Laura Allen

Session F2

Laura Allen

Laura Allen is the Accessibility Program Manager for the Chrome and Chrome OS teams at Google.  She collaborates with the engineers, designers and product managers to make Chrome accessible and usable platforms, for people of all abilities.  She also leads various accessibility workshops and trainings around the country for teachers of the visually impaired, advocacy organizations, and special education classrooms.   Due to her personal experience with disability, she believes that technology has more power now than ever to transform lives, and progressing accessibility has become her true passion.

Lisa Hellman

Session D7

Lisa Hellman

Lisa Hellman is the Youth Services Librarian at Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library.

Lisa Turner

Lisa Turner

Session A6

 

Lisa Turner is a Housing Specialist with Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corp.  She Previously worked for the Department of Mental Health in Various capacities before retiring in 2016.

Linda Vandeloop

Session D3

Linda Vandeloop

Linda Vandeloop has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.  Linda has held a variety of positions at AT&T, primarily in the Regulatory and Financial Management organizations.  She currently works in AT&T's Federal Regulatory organization in the Washington D.C. office as the AVP-External Affairs/Regulatory.  In her current position she is responsible for consumer and accessibility federal regulatory issues.  Linda began her career in California at Pacific Bell in the Financial Managament organization responsible for revenue forecasting and financial analysis of regulatory issues.   She has a Masters of Administration Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Mark McCabe

Sessions A2, D2

Mark McCabe

Mark McCabe has worked to support people with disabilities for over 25 years in various capacities.  In 2009, he joined the Illinois Assistive Technology Program.  After earning his ATP, he went on to become an assistive technology specialist.  He started conducting individual evaluations for adults through the Department of Rehabilitation Services in Illinois.  Today he is the director of the ISBE K-12 AT/AAC Assessment program.

Mary & Angela Jecusco

Session C6

 

Mary & Angela Jecusco are users of remote support technology.

Meg Conger

Session A7

 

Meg Conger is the Director of ADA Compliance for the City of Kansas City, MO.

Meghan McCormak

Session D7

Meghan McCormak is a Reader Advisor for Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library.

Michael Wood

Session B7

 

 Michael Wood has been working in the Assisitive Technology field for 13 years.  He grauated with a Bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing before beginning his career in AT.  Currently his position has him focusing on supporting students and educators in the Blindness and Low Vision areas by providing software and hardware to help individuals succeed with independence at Vispero.

Penny Mata

Session B6

 

Penny Mata works for NightOwl.

Rachel Hiles

Session C6

Rachel Hiles

Rachel Hiles is a 30 something aspiring local celebrity do-gooder in Kansas City.  She is a proud graduate of the UMKC Bloch School, where she obtained her Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management.  She worked in the developmental disabilities field in a variety of roles over 13 years.  Most recently, she ventured down the path to self-employment as a graphic, web and media designer so she could have flexibility in her role as primary caregiver to her grandma, Barbara.

Rob Carr

Sessions A4, C4

 

Rob Carr is the ICT Accessibility Program Manager for Oklahoma ABLE Tech.  ABLE Tech is Oklahoma's Assistive Technology Act Program housed at Oklahoma State University.   Rob helps Oklahoma State agencies and higher education institutions to make their websites and software more accessible.  Rob gets to work with Oklahoma's public sector on everything from details of creating accessible content to statewide accessibility policy and guidance.  Rob regularly talks about accessibility at local and national conferences and events.   He also organizes Oklahoma's statewide accessibility conference, TechAccessOK.

Rhonda Hughes

Session D6

Rhonda Hughes 2018

Rhonda Hughes is a Program Coordinator at Missouri Assistive Technology.  In her role she manages Money Follows the Person Assistive Technology and the Demonstration and Recycling Programs.   All MoAT program services cover the state of Missouri to help individuals with disabilities identify what assistive technology may help to overcome barriers in their environment.

Rhonda graduated from Penn Valley in 2011 as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant  and has worked predominately with assistive technology to help consumers reach their identified goals.  Areas of expertise include: Low vision, developmental disabilities, seniors with age related changes or incident specific trauma that changes their level of ability.

Rhonda is a member of KOTA, AOTA, and served on the KOTA conference committee from 2012 to 2015 helping to raise scholarship funds for OT/OTA students. In 2016 she was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” for her service. She is currently volunteering on the board for Guatemalan Ministries to serve children with special needs in the village of Santa Marie de Jesus. The goal of this board is to develop consistent Occupational Therapy Services with OT/OTA students during their last fieldwork before they graduate.  

Sandra Wright-Hackler

Session A1, B2, C1

Sandra Wright-Hackler

Sandra earned her doctorate degree in speech-language pathology from the Univeristy of Kansas.  She has over 15 years of experience working with persons with significant communication challenges, developmental launguage disorders or delayed social language skills.  She is an expert in augmentative and alternative communication and social language development.  Sandra is the Program Manager for State Leadership at Oklahoma ABLE Tech.

Sarah Morgan

Session F1

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan is a Speech Language Pathologist who graduated from Fontbonne University in 2014.  Upon graduation, she worked in several environments including an elementary school, outpatient clinical setting, and a skilled nursing facility. Beginning in graduate school, she felt very passionate about working with individuals who used AAC.  She excitely took the opportunity to work more closely with AAC in 2017 with TobiiDynavox.  Now she enjoys helping people with training and implementation, and production demonstrations.  She frequently says, "I am happy to train anyone who is willing to listen on the impact AAC can have on a person's life."

Scott Davert

Session B3

Scott Davert

Mr. Davert obtained his Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology in 2005 with a minor in creative writing. He also holds a Masters degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy from Western Michigan University.

Mr. Davert has served on multiple state and national association Boards advocating for the rights of those who are deaf-blind. 
Mr. Davert has published articles on various forms of technology and services for those who are deaf-blind in such places as the American Association of the Deaf-Blind website, Access World Magazine published by the American Foundation for the Blind, and several other places. He also serves on the editorial staff for AppleVis, a web based community designed to promote and advocate for accessible applications and devices specifically for Apple’s line of products.

Mr. Davert’s excellent career history includes running programs for the Helen Keller National Center in New York and also Denver; managing the Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program for the state of New York;  being the DeafBlind Specialist for the state of North Carolina; and he is currently the Customer Relationship Manager for Sprint Accessibility.

Two of Mr. Davert's passions in life are reading and technology.   "Braille and technology are 2 things that open so many doors for those who are deaf-blind.”

Scout Merry

Session C7

Scout Merry

Scout is the Access Services Manager for Services for Independent Living, the IL Center in Columbia, MO.  Scout has been working at Services for Independent Living since 2009 and has been overseeing the demonstration and reuse programs.   He also manages a home modification program.  He has presented on many topics but low cost, low tech AT solutions is his favorite area.

Scott Mosher

 

Session B6

 

Scott Mosher works for Smart Care.

Shannon Smith

Session F5

Shannon Smith

Shannon is the Director od Accessibility at Teltex, Inc.  She offers 18 years of experience in managing disability programs, with 8 years in State Government specializing in telecommunications technologies for individuals with disabilities.   Shannon is Hard of Hearing, uses American Sign Language and has her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management.

Shawna Dunnaway

 

Session E1

 

Shawna is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology specialist for Forbes AAC.  She received a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri and a Master's degree from Fort Hayes State University with an emphasis in Assistive Technology.  Shawna is a licensed ATP through RESNA.  She previously worked at the University of Missouri - Assistive Technology Evaluation Center as part of an interdisciplinary team along with a speech and language pathologist for 15+ years.  In that role she has completed a vast number of AAC and computer access evaluations.  In addition she has worked extensively with alternative mobility and power wheelchair evaluations, AAC mounting, and alternative access solutions for many types of assistive technology.

 

Stacy Brady

Session D3

Stacy Brady

Ms. Brady has been working in the field of disabilities for over 21 years. She is a graduate of Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas. Ms. Brady has been employed with the State of Missouri since 2001. In 2010, Ms Brady joined the staff of Missouri Assistive Technology as the Program Coordinator for TAP for Telephone. Along the way in 2014 TAP-Wireless evolved as a pilot which Ms. Brady is also the Program Coordinator. When away from the work, she is a busy wife and mother of 2, a son and daughter.

Stephen Kinstler

Session F7

Stephen Kinstler

Stephen Kinstler has been a user of adaptive equipment for over 25 years.  He is a graduate of Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation utilizing their services to attend graduate school, achieve full time employment and modify his home for accessibility.  He is a Mobility System Specialist.  He has been with United Access, an adaptive vehicle provider, for over 14 years and worked with many individuals to meet their mobility needs.   Mr. Kinstler is married and a father of twin daughters, Alexandra and Olivia and a son, Andrew.  He makes his home in Kearney, MO, just north of Kansas City.

 

Steve Hahn

 

Session C5

 

 

Steve Hahn has taught assistive technology since the Apple 2e was the standard in computer accessibility and the MacIntosh was just an edible fruit.  He has been using Android since version 2.0 (Eclair) back in 2009.  Unlike iDevice consumers, Steve doesn't have to wait in long lines to get the "Latest and greatest" because with so much choice and variety out there in the Android world.  There is always something new and different available with Androids.  The problem is deciding what new and exciting features he can't wait to try next. He spends much of his free time troubleshooting his wife's Apple products. 

Sue & Jeremiah Gibson

 

Session C6

 

Sue and Jeremiah Gibson are users of remote technology.

Susan Sauter

 

Session F6

 

Susan Sauter is a Cisco Product Manager for the 8800 Series IP Phones.   She has been actively involved working with the technicial team on the development of the Voice Feedback feature.   Susan has enjoyed working collaboratively with customers to define and identify the key features needed for improving accessibility on the Cisco IP Phones.

Tara Wineinger

 

Session D1

Tara Wineinger

Tara Wineinger is an Assistive Technology Facilitator for Parik Hill School District.

TJ Schlouski

 

Session E4, F4

TJ Schlouski

 

TJ has been involved in assistive technology for over 18 years.   His primarily focused on assistive technology for the end user, adapting off the shelf tech for those in need.  In 2003, he started working for the Illinois Assistive Technology Program as the Director of Assistive Technology Services.   As a byproduct of his interest in assistive technology he also started to become interested in information communication technology accessibility.  Believing that assistive technology and information communication technology had a symbiotic relationship, his focus started to morph towards websites and digital document accessibility.

 

Vince Cianfrone

Session F3

Vince Cianfrone

Vince is the president of NanoPac, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has spent the last 25 years matching assistive technology to the needs of people with various disabilities, training and supporting AT solutions, as well as programming solutions not previously available.  Vince lives in Bixby, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children and is a proud Oklahoma State Cowboys fan and OSU graduate.

 

Staff Not Presenting at the Conference

Kristine Rooff

Kristine Rooff,

Administrative Assistant

 

Kristy Summers

Kristy Summers, 

Administrative Assistant

 

Felicia George

Felicia George,

Administrative Assistant

 

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