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James Allen

Session F6

James Allen

 

Pam Arbeiter

Session A3

 

 

 

Pam Arbeiter works on the Field Services Team at the Kansas State School for the Blind. Her region covers Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, where she serves as a resource and mentor to teachers & school districts in those counties. Pam also works on special projects for KSSB including the Vision Symposium, Braille Challenge, E-Mentoring, TASN & KIRC Trainings. Pam has been a TSVI/COMS for 24 years.

 

 

David Baker

 

Session  G1

David Baker

David Baker is the Director of Missouri Assistive Technology, where he has worked since 1995. David has been working in the field of assistive technology for nearly 20 years. In that time he has had the pleasure of training scores of Missourians about assistive technology devices and services, developing programs to help individuals obtain devices and helping people understand that technology opens opportunities to the community, to education and to employment.

 

Bethany Baldwin

Sessions A4, F3, G7

 

 

 

 

Bethany Baldwin has been with ICAN, the state Assistive Technology (AT) program for Arkansas, as an Assistive Technology Program Coordinator since 2018. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude from Henderson State University in Arkansas and is a member of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honor Society. She is an avid user of Assistive Technology due to having a profound hearing loss and has recently undergone cochlear implantation. Bethany is active within her role in Arkansas as Vice Chairperson on the Alternative Finance Program board, and has been part of Governor's Board for People with Disabilities, Community of Champions, Can Do Committee, and Statewide Advisory for Crime Victims with Disabilities.

Caitlin Bartley

Session F6

Caitliln Bartley

 

Caitlin Bartley is the NCI Coordinator for the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities. She graduated from Lincoln University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW), and she completed her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) in 2017 from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Lori Ann Becker

 

Session C4

Lori Ann Becker

Lori Ann Becker is the Chief Operating Officer at the Starkloff Disability Institute where she has worked since 2013. . Prior to this promotion in 2016 she served as the organization’s Director of Development and Communications. Ms. Becker has 18 years of experience in public relations, community engagement, and political campaign management and fundraising. Ms. Becker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development from Saint Louis University. She is also a graduate of the Starkloff Career Academy Class of 2013. Ms. Becker has a condition called Stargardt’s Disease that caused her to become legally blind at age 15. Ms. Becker was inspired by her experience at the Starkloff Career Academy to join the staff of the Institute and pursue the organization’s mission to help people with disabilities gain acceptance in the workplace and all facets of society.
Ms. Becker is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Leadership St. Louis, the Spanish American Girls Society, and a founding member of FestAbility: A celebration of disabilities.

Eileen Belton

Session F4

Eileen Belton

 

 

 

Eileen Belton is on staff at Missouri Assistive Technology where she is the Program Coordinator for the Show Me Loans and KAT Programs.  She is also MoAT’s website maintainer. Eileen was part of Missouri's State ICT Working Group responsible for updating the state’s ICT standards for accessible websites and other electronic communications. In 2018, created a series of AT User videos which can be found on MoAT’s website on the IT Access Page. 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 workplace for over 19 years. Now days she pours her passion into helping individuals and families connect the funding and financing dots the lead to obtaining the assistive technology they need to stay independent.

Whitley Bieser

Session C6

Whitley Bieser

 

Whitley Bieser, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at MU Children’s Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center in Columbia, Missouri, with a special interest in the area of evaluation and treatment with alternative and augmentative communication.

Gretchen Bright

Session G2

 

 

Gretchen has been with PRC-Saltillo for over ten years as a regional consultant and augmentative alternative communication specialist. She has special interests in implementation and language acquisition. Prior to joining PRC, she graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Before joining PRC-Saltillo, she worked at an adult residential facility. During her time at there, she worked with various types of AAC. She worked closely with the psychology department to help reduce behaviors and frustration levels in clients through their use of communication. She prepared various AAC strategies, developed low tech solutions, programmed AAC devices and implemented therapy.

Tammy Bruegger

Sessions A1, C3

 

 

Tammy Bruegger, OTD, MSed, OTR/L, ATP, has worked in a variety of settings for 37 years with children and adults with complex needs including visual impairment/cortical/cerebral visual impairment. She is currently an Assistant Professor in OT at Rockhurst University.

Dana Chole

Session B5

Dana Chole

 

Dana is a pediatric physical therapist that works mainly in outpatient setting in Columbia, MO. She primarily works with the Tiger Intensive Program at the Children's Therapy Center. She is also one of the founder of SWITCHED Adapted Toys, an organization that strives to make play possible for all kids.

Betsy Clifford

Session  G2

Betsy Clifford

 

Betsy completed her undergraduate and graduate coursework at the University of Missouri earning a Masters of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduating in May 2010, Betsy worked as a speech-language pathologist in a pediatric outpatient clinic, rehabilitation and long-term care setting, and an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) school. Working in these settings gave her a range of experiences with individuals using augmentative alternative communication (AAC) across the life span. Betsy began working as a consultant for Saltillo Corporation in February of 2015. She covers Western & Central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. In these areas, Betsy provides individualized training for clients with Saltillo equipment as well as ASHA CEU trainings for school districts, clinics, and university SLP programs. Betsy is passionate about educating the communication partners of those who use AAC and increasing success and quality of life for those needing an AAC solution. She resides in Fairway, Kansas.

 

Bob Cunningham

Session B3

Bob Cunningham

 

Dr. Bob Cunningham is Director of the Maryville University Occupational Therapy Program and an assistive technology researcher. He is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and owner of Cunningham Consulting LLC, which provides assistive technology consultation, assistive technology evaluations and continuing education in the areas of education and alternative computer access for persons of all ages in the St. Louis region.

 

Comissa Darling

Session F6

Comissa Darling

 

Glenn Dobbs

Session D2

 

 

Glen Dobbs is an entrepreneur, engineer, and creative technologist. He's been involved in designing, building and racing hybrid, electric and solar electric cars, motorcycles and bicycles. His attention turned to assistive technology when he saw his autistic son struggling to advance from basic picture communication systems to a dynamic communication device. Glen owns and manages LoganTech, a company that manufactures AT products that use RFID technology to achieve what predecessor products could not. He developed the Logan ProxTalker, which is now used around the world by people like his son, who couldn't communicate effectively using commonplace AAC tools and techniques.

 

Shawna Dunnaway

Session A2

 

 

 

Shawna is an AAC consultant and assistive technology specialist for Forbes AAC. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Missouri and a Master’s Degree from Fort Hayes State University with 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 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. Shawna is passionate about the integration of technology to look at the big picture for individuals with alternative access needs to improve communication, educational opportunities, mobility, global media access, and environmental control for all individuals.

 

Jacob Earnest

Session D3

 

 

Jacob Earnest has his BS in Business Administration – Management from Mizzou. He’s been a Home Coordinator with Woodhaven for five years, but has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities since 2011. Jacob has managed several different homes with individuals requiring various levels of supports. Early on Jacob saw a need to identify goals and ways to assist individuals who were considered non-verbal, or who had significant communication limitations and developed innovative individualized programs to address these concerns. As plans have been implemented, the individuals participating in them have seen life-changing increases in their ability to communicate and live independently.

 

Jim Fettgather

Session D1

Jim Fettgather

 

Jim Fettgather has been a computer instructor at Alphapointe in Kansas City for 26 years and has taught hundreds of individuals to use screen readers, magnification, and dictation software on the computer and on mobile devices as well. He is Apple to the core, and enjoys engaging with clients and showing them all of the latest and greatest Apple innovations.

 

 

 

Darren Gabbert

Session D3

Darren Gabbert

Darren Gabbert has a BS in Computer Science and is a Sr. Business Operations Associate for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Adaptive Computing Technology Center. He has provided adaptive technology services on the MU campus for over 30 years. Mr. Gabbert has served as co-PI on projects funded by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health. He also collaborates with the College of Engineering to conduct research in robotic assistive technology. Mr. Gabbert has an advanced form of spinal muscular atrophy and has continued to be productive using single-switch scanning for the past 14 years.

 

Kate Ganim

 

Session C5

Kate Ganim

 

After finishing her Master’s in Architecture, Kate built a San Francisco-based design and construction firm specializing in digital fabrication, LMNOP Design, alongside a non-profit KIDmob, which works internationally at the intersection of kids, community, and design. Her work has been featured by FastCo, The Atlantic, NBC Nightly News, and more. Kate is passionate about listening to and elevating the voices of others to have a tangible impact. She is currently living in Brooklyn and freelancing.

Christina Godinez

Session B7

Christina Godinez

 

Christina has been interpreting in the State of Missouri since 2006. During her 13 years of interpreting experience, Christina has been actively involved in the DeafBlind community since 2017. Equal access to local community events and activities, as well as daily life experiences is the ultimate goal for Christina to see achieved through her role as SSP Program Coordinator.

 

Jon Gray

Session D7

Jon Gray

 

As Business Manager for CaptionMate, Jon oversees product development, sales and strategy. With over 17 years in the industry, Jon previously served as CSO for Bellman & Symfon where he set up North American operations for the Swedish based company. For the eight years prior Jon served as Director of Sales for Clarity Products LLC. and Sr. Product Manager for Plantronics. Jon worked for the State of Florida’s Equipment Distribution Program and is a Certified Product Manager. Jon has a Bachelors degree in Applied Science (B.A.Sc) from Florida State University.

Jason Hartsfield

Sessions B4, C4, D4

Jason Hartsfield

 

Jason graduated from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University with his Masters in Social Work in 2012. Legally blind since birth, Jason attended the Starkloff Career Academy in 2013 and volunteered regularly with Starkloff until 2016 when he came on board as Adult Career Services Coordinator. Since then, Jason has taught multiple Capstone Courses and provided hundreds of hours of one-on-one career consultation to Starkloff candidates. He also leads professional development and education programs for businesses, employment service providers, and social workers.

Megan Henzel

Session C6

 

Megan Henzel, MOT, OTR/L, ATP is an occupational therapist at MU Children’s Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center in Columbia, Missouri. Special interest in the area of evaluation and treatment with alternative and augmentative communication and intensive therapy for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Kevin Hollinger

Sessions E7, F7

Kevin Hollinger

 

Kevin Hollinger is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist, Certified O&M Specialist and National Board Certified Teacher in Visual Impairments. He has made the Francis Howell School District home for the past 21 years, operates Hollinger Consulting, LLC and is the Director for S.O.A.R., a program of the Lighthouse for the Blind.

Rita Howells

Session A7

Rita Howells

Rita Howells graduated from Illinois State University with a BS degree in Special Education for teaching Blind children.   She graduated with a Masters in Special Education for the Blind Adult from Northern Illinois University, in May of 2008. Rita maintains National Certification in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy from the American Council of Rehabilitation and Education Professionals. Rita retired from the State of Illinois Bureau of Blind Services, with 32 years of experience in the blindness field, as a Rehabilitation Counselor and as a Public Service Administrator.

Since retiring from service with the Illinois Bureau of Blind Services she has been training blind persons in the use of Apple iOS devices, and how to use VoiceOver built in speech synthesis.


Rita also serves on the Collinsville Faith in Action auction committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Assistive Technology Program in Springfield.  Rita is an Instructor with the "Tech Juggernaut" at TTJTech.net. The Tech Juggernaut has a team of instructors who are either certified Apple Teachers or who have equivalent experience. Each year, we offer courses on using Apple products running VoiceOver, to any interested participants.

Rachel Hughes

Session B5

 

 

Rachel is a pediatric physical therapist that works in the outpatient setting in Columbia, MO. She primarily works with the Tiger Intensive Program at the Children's Therapy Center. She has a strong interest in assistive technology and individualizing equipment or toys for kids. She is one of the founders of SWITCHED Adapted Toys, an organization that strives to make play possible for all kids.

 

Denny Huff

Session A7

 

 

 

Denny Huff lost his sight in a work-related accident in 1974 and is totally blind today. In 2001 he formed his own company called, Gateway for the Blind and contracted with the Missouri Rehab Services for the Blind and in 2006 with Missouri Assistive Technology. He continues to hold those contracts today. He currently employs seven trainers, two staff people and a driver. Five of the trainers are visually impaired as well as one of the staff people. Fortunately, his driver is sighted. The desire to share knowledge has always been a priority to Denny as he remembers how it was when he started out with adaptive technology. “There is no better teacher of adaptive technology than someone that uses it themselves” Huff says.

 

Julie Ituarte

Session A3

 

 

Julie Ituarte works on the Field Services Team at the Kansas State School for the Blind. Her region covers Southeast Kansas, and she provides technical assistance and professional development to teachers & school districts in those counties. Julie also works on the website, data collection, E-Mentoring, Assessment Trainings and creating digital content. Julie has been an educator or TSVI/COMS for over 30 years.

Cynthia Jacob

Session C2

 

 

Cynthia graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since November 2013. She worked in Early Childhood for 6 years and then transitioned to outpatient therapy in 2018 to participate in the Assistive Technology Evaluation team at Children's Therapy Center. She has experience with a variety of diagnoses, ability levels, and access methods related to low and high technology communication systems.

 

Beth Jordan

 

Session B7

Beth Jordan

Beth Jordan is the 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 technical assistance to agencies/organizations. The Great Plains Region includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Ms. Jordan has a Master of Education degree from the University of Arkansas in rehabilitation counseling and independent living with an emphasis in deafness.

Meagan Koeneman

Session E2

Meagan Koeneman

Meagan Koeneman is director of Sales for Control Bionics. She directs all sales strategies, partners with organizations to grow product awareness, and leads field sales activities. After spending nearly a decade supporting people and families with disabilities, Meagan believes that the key to strong sales partnerships lies in the human connection. Being genuinely curious, empathetic, and customer-centric drives our conversations and creates the value at the heart of this team.

Meagan holds a BA in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. She currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and 3 children.

Kevin Lanahan

Session E4

Kevin Lanahan

 

Kevin has been an accessibility advocate for Missouri government web sites for over 20 years. He wishes people would spend more time outdoors.

Jonah Levine

Session F1

Jonah Levine

 

Jonah Levine is a Technology Specialist focused on helping his customer better understand the technology they own and find strong adoption through use cases of the Microsoft Modern Work Place.

 

Steven Long

Sessions A4, F3, G7

 

 

Steven Long works as Assistive Technology (AT) Program Coordinator at ICAN, the AT program for the state of Arkansas. Steven has worked with ICAN for 4 years and has a moving story of moving into the world of AT well after establishing a career as an Airplane Mechanic. It wasn't until he lost his job due to downsizing that he began to realize how important AT is within life. He uses his background to provide education and awareness of all that is possible with AT. Steven graduated from Arkansas State University at Beebe and is active within Arkansas Rehab Association.

 

Christopher Ludvigsen

Session B1

 

Christopher Ludvigsen is the Outreach Specialist for Missouri Relay. He is a St. Louis, Missouri native. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Gallaudet University in 2008. Chris completed his M.A. in Management & Leadership from Webster University in 2014 and is currently attending William Woods University for a second master’s in Business Administration. He is also the current Vice-President of the Missouri Associate of the Deaf (MoAD).

Cory McMahon

Session F6

Cory McMahon

Cory McMahon is a Constituent Specialist for the Division of Developmental Disabilities’ Federal Program Unit. Blind from birth, Cory is using technology to read information, recognize faces, and navigate his environment. Cory is a huge baseball fan, and in 2001 broadcasted an inning in the booth with St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck.

 

Cady Macfee

Sessions B1, C1

Cady Macfee

 

 

Cady Macfee is the Customer Relationship Manager for Relay Missouri. She is hard of hearing and wears a cochlear implant. Cady has been working in the telecommunication industry for over 10 years. She resides in Overland Park with her husband, Brian, their son Liam, and two dogs, Jaxson and Beasley.

 

Scout Merry

Session A5

Scout Merry

 

Scout Merry is a Program Coordinator at Missouri Assistive Technology. Prior to joining MOAT in July of 2019, he was employed at Services for Independent Living in Columbia, Missouri.

 

Lisa Meyer

Session E3

Lisa Meyer

 

Lisa is currently an Instructional Coordinator for Technology for the North Kansas City School District. She helps support instructional and assistive technology needs for teachers and students Pre-K-12th grade. Lisa is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has been in education for over 20 years. She has been a member of Assistive Technology Teams in Missouri and North Carolina.

Brenna Newberry

Session F6

Brenna Newberry

 

Jessica Nicolaescu

Session C2

 

 

I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2013. I am an Occupational Therapist at Children's Therapy Center in Columbia, MO, where I have worked for the past 5 years. My roles here have involved starting the Tiger Intensive Therapy program and being a member of the Assistive Technology Team. I am passionate about helping children with complex needs participate in life to the fullest.

 

Elizabeth Obrey

Session F5

Elizabeth Obrey

 

Elizabeth Obrey is a Family Advocate and community resource specialist which allows her to not only keep current on resources and technology, but the needs of people and families looking for supports. Working directly to help overcome barriers to success, she works to evaluate the situation and bring tools, information and direct support to overcome these barriers. Currently, she works as a family advocate, disability trainer and author on autism. The Family Advocacy’s Assistive Technology Lab uses a hands-on approach with the most current assistive technology to discover tools that help a person be as independent as possible.

 

Justin Palmer

 

Session C1

Justin Palmier is the Territory Manager for Atos Medical. Atos is a laryngectomy care company that provides supplies and services to patients, and the facilities that care for them. Justin provides support throughout various aspects of the Atos program, which includes pre-op education, surgical support, post-operation assistance, as well as providing on-going care and services for patients.


Before joining Atos, Justin spent 6 years working in the DME industry, working for a ‘mom and pop’ DME as well as a national DME. After successfully assisting countless amounts of patients, Justin is now bringing the same positive impact to Atos and the laryngectomy patients they serve.


Justin graduated from Southern Illinois University, with a degree in Communications. He enjoys playing and watching sports (Go Cardinals!), and spending time with his wife Emily, son Lou, and their two dogs.
If you would like to discuss Atos and the services they provide, please speak with Justin. You can email him at justin.palmier@atosmedical.com

Angie Perryman

Session F5

Angie Perryman

 

Angie Perryman worked as a Parent Educator for 20 years specializing in disability resources. At The Arc of the Ozarks, Angie worked in the autism residential program as a direct care staff and as a supervisor. Currently a Family Advocate, her work includes teaching the self-advocacy class, Project STIR. She oversees the formation of the PEEP’s group. PEEP’s stands for People Educating and Empowering People. Angie assists with the in-house assistive technology department development, reaching Springfield, Monett, Joplin and Kansas City locations. During the 2018 Arc of Missouri Educational Summit, Angie was presented with the Human Services Provider Award.

 

Kristen Ponce

 

Session G3

Kristen Ponce

Speech-Language Pathologist, Park Hill School District

Jen Lee Reeves

Session B6

Jen Lee Reeves

 

 

Jen Lee Reeves is co-founder and executive director of Born Just Right. She’s also a mom to Cameron and Jordan and wife to Randy. Born Just Right evolved from Jen’s experience as a parent and led to her work as an ally in the disability community. When she isn’t working for Born Just Right, she’s a digital director at the University of Missouri and a training consultant.

 

Justin Romack

Session G4

Justin Romack

 

Justin Romack is an Assistive Technology Coordinator and accessibility champion for Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He is also the owner and chief storyteller behind Hero House Creative, a team focused on building a better web through accessible code and content for businesses and organizations across the country. When he's not working, you'll no doubt find Justin making silly noises with his wife and two kids, playing drums, covering center field for the BCS Outlaws beep baseball team, Googling nonsense or watching his beloved Texas Rangers with sadness and despair.

 

Amy Rowson

 

Session B7

Amy Rowson

Amy Rowson is an SSP Trainer with Beyond Interpreting. She teaches Support Service Providers to be the eyes and ears for DeafBlind people so they can be independent decision makers in their communities.

Overcoming sudden hearing and vision loss in 2013 gives her valuable insight into the obstacles facing DeafBlind people and the ways an SSP can assist. Though her audience and subject matter have changed, Amy brings over 20 years teaching experience to her profession. Creating training materials enables participants and providers to effectively utilize the SSP program.

 

Sharon Ryan

 

Session B7

 

iCanConnect participant, consumer of Center for Human Services, Liberty, MO.

Paige Sears

Session E1

Paige Sears

 

 

 

Paige has been the Adaptive Technology Coordinator for Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City, Missouri for over 14 years. Before that, Paige worked as a RSB contractor both as a trainer and engineer. Paige has 2 sons, ages 23 and 20. Paige is an avid Royals, Chiefs and Jayhawks fan.

 

Liz Sensintaffer

Session D3

 

 

 

Liz Sensintaffar has her BA in Journalism - Strategic Communication from Mizzou. She has worked in Marketing and Communication roles since 2007 and has been with Woodhaven since 2011. She is passionate about communication and telling stories of hope, transformation and illustrating how independence and inclusion can truly change people's lives.

 

Pam Shatto

Session B2

 

 

 

Pamela has a Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Pamela has 20 years of experience as an SLP. She considers it a privileged to advocate and partner with remarkable children and adults with complex communication needs, autism-spectrum disorders, low vision/blindness and deafblindness. She began working for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired in August 2007. She is also a consulting presenter for the Hand In Hand course offered to parents and educators by the Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project.

 

Shannon Smith

 

Session C1

Shannon Smith

 

Shannon has 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.

Lainie Strange

Session F4

Lainie Strange

 

Lainie Strange is a Web Developer/Web Accessibility Coordinator for the State of Missouri – ITSD Web Team. Her job includes technical web support for both the MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education websites. Early on in her IT career, she became involved in state web accessibility collaboration efforts across various agency web teams. After becoming familiar with JAWS screen reader through Missouri Assistive Technology and expanding her knowledge of web accessibility techniques and law, she evolved into the web accessibility go-to person on the ITSD web team. Her position involves web accessibility testing, technical support and education.

 

Bryon Sunday

Session E5

 

 

 

Bryon has been the owner of Accessibility Remodeling for 14 years. He is a certified Aging in Place Specialist and Class A Licensed General Contractor.

 

Duane Tempel

Session G6

 

 

 

 

Duane Tempel (Owner/Member), Night Owl Support Systems, LLC (NOSS) Duane is one of the founding members and owners of NOSS. He has worked with people with disabilities for all of his adult life in various capacities. Duane’s largest accomplishment was being instrumental in the development of the Sound Response program at the Waisman at UW-Madison. One of the first Remote Supports programs and NOSS is modeled after. NOSS currently provides Remote Supports to over 900 people in 9 states. Duane holds a BS in Psychology and Mathematics and MS in Rehabilitation Psychology.

 

Jennifer Thornhill

Session D3

Jennifer Thornhill

Jennifer Thornhill is a User Support Analyst – Expert (aka Assistive Technology Specialist), of the Division of Information Technology at the University of Missouri.  She has provided service to students, faculty and staff at the University of Missouri’s Adaptive Computing Technology Center for approximately 16 years.  Her primary responsibilities include Alternative Format (digital format) for the MU Disability Center and Ergonomic Evaluations on the MU Campus and the Office of Accessibility and ADA.


Katie Threlkeld

Session C6

Katie Threlkeld

 

Katie Threlkeld, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and a doctoral student in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Missouri. Her research interests are in the areas of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental communication disorders.

Lisa Turner

Session F6

Lisa Turner

Ms. Turner holds a Master’s of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. She has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities for 35 years in various capacities. In her current role as Housing Specialist, Ms. Turner advocates for development of affordable, universally-designed housing and for housing rights of individuals with disabilities.

 

Debbie Vinton-Meier

Session F1

 

Debbie is focused on helping her customers understand how the technology they own and pay for can be used to better help the citizens. She is focused on assisting with resourcing, training and enablement of technology to better enrich everyday life.

Brandi Welty

Session F6

Brandi Welty

 

Micheal Welty

Session F6

Micheal Welty

 

Brenda Whitlock

Session E6

Brenda Whitlock

Brenda Whitlock is the Coordinator of the TAP for Internet program and the iCanConnect (National DeafBlind Equipment Program) at Missouri Assistive Technology. She has 25 years of experience in serving people with various disabilities, in assistive technology, case management, residential and employment services. She provides training on assistive technology, specializing in blind and deafblind services throughout Missouri. She graduated with honors from Baylor University.

 

Suzie Wiley

 

Sessions G5

 

Occupational Therapist at Ability KC

Brett Wilhelm

Session C7

 

 

 

Brett Wilhelm is the owner of Wilhelm's AT Services, a company providing assistive technology training throughout the state of Missouri. He received his certification to teach assistive technology from World Services For The Blind in Little Rock Arkansas in 2013. In Addition to owning his own company, Brett trains clients for the National Deaf-blind Equipment Distribution Program in Missouri and Iowa.

 

Tara Wineinger

Session F2

Tara Wineinger

 

Tara has spent 25 years in Special Education. She has always been involved in assistive technology, but the last 6 years it has been a full-time position as the Assistive Technology Facilitator in the Park Hill School District. Prior experience includes special education teacher for grades K-12, self-contained and resource. She has also been a Process Coordinator for 5 years and a Diagnostic Coordinator for 5 years. Tara has presented at Closing the Gap and helps assist with moderating the Metro AT group in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Tara serves as the Vice-President on the Sophia’s Run Board, which is a non-profit organization that provides assistive technology to individuals in the Park Hill School District attending area.

 

Kara Winnike

Session E3

Kara Winnike

 

 

Kara is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for the North Kansas City School District. She works with teams to conduct evaluations and support implementation of assistive technology needs of students Pre-K-12th grade. Kara has been in education for 20 years and has been a member of the assistive technology team for 5 years.

 

 

Staff Not Presenting at the Conference

Kristine Rooff

Kristine Rooff,

Administrative Assistant

 

Kristy Summers

Kristy Summers, 

Administrative Assistant

 

Felicia George

Felicia George,

Administrative Assistant

     

 

 

Stacy Brady

 

Stacy Brady,

 

Program Coordinator

Laura Hoffman

 

Laura Hoffman,

 

Program Coordinator

     

 

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