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2023 Presenters

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Kathy Abelson

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Kathy Abelson is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. She has worked in the Senior Living field as a DME representative for over 15 years. Kathy has served the IDD community by bringing Assistive Technology and Remote Support to individuals being served by HCBS waivers, particularly those individuals who are dually diagnosed or youth transitioning into Independent Living. She currently holds the position of Senior Account Executive for Gray Matters Alliance, the gold standard in independent living for the IDD and Senior living communities through technology.

Brandy Archie,

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Brandy received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is certified in both Living in Place and Low Vision Therapy. Dr. Archie has over 15 years of experience in home health and elder focused practice settings. She is currently the founding director of AccessAble Living, a company whose mission is to adapt environments to fit the needs of older adults to keep them living safely in their homes in the Kansas City Metro area. She is also expanding their services to all areas through a web app called that connects people with the right adaptive equipment and resources to maintain their independence.

David Baker

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David is the Director of Missouri Assistive Technology. He credits a chance encounter with Carlos Gomez for leading to a lifelong interest in how technology can positively impact lives.

Gina Baldwin

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Gina Baldwin, is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Founder of APP2Speak. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, IL Gina has over 39 years of experience as a speech language pathologist. Her early years of practice were in the schools working with individuals with mental and physical challenges, ages 3 to 21 years. For the past 25+ years Gina has practiced in a variety of settings including, home health, skilled rehab and outpatient. Her areas of interest include augmentative and alternative communication, speech, communication, and dysphagia. Gina is also the founder of APP2Speak. She designed, created and self-funded APP2Speak, a photo-based app to help individuals who have difficulty with their speech and communication.

Rhian Beldon

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Rhian lives on a small hobby farm in Shelbina, Missouri, and has worked for Learning Opportunities Quality Works (LOQW) for 8 years as an Employment Consultant. During this time, she has been able to visit many different school districts for job clubs, run work programs for transition aged youth, assist others in finding employment, & help others use modern day tools such as technology! She is passionate about supporting those she works with to gain the skills they need to be successful & helping others Share the Vision!

Stacy Brady, CRC

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Stacy has been on staff at Missouri Assistive Technology since 2010 and was with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation prior. In her free time she can be found volunteering side-by-side with her kids in their various scouting activities. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family.

Gretchen Bright

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Gretchen has served as an AAC Consultant with PRC-Saltillo for over 14 years. She received her degree in communication sciences and disorders from Southern IL University-Edwardsville, where her love of AAC began. She then moved on to work with adults in a residential setting, creating many low tech AAC systems and obtaining high tech speech generating devices for her clients. Since joining PRC-Saltillo, she has been dedicated to the mission of helping create successful communicators. She loves receiving videos and pictures from her clients and their families, allowing her the privilege of sharing in their victories!

Kyle Borah

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Kyle is an Associate Application Developer for the state of Missouri who describes himself as “A blind software developer who loves technology and all the advantages that it provides.” He is one the Let's Talk, ICT presenters with Missouri Assistive Technology's remote training.

Claudia Browner

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Claudia is the Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Disability, where she began working in 2005 and has been honored to serve as the director of the agency since 2018. As an agency serving the disability community, the GCD has made it a priority to make the agency’s web content, programs and information accessible to all users.

Anna Burgen

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Anna is a Senior Employment Specialist at Job One. She has been with Job One since 2019 and has provided employment services through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Mental Health. Most recently, Anna has worked with her agency to spearhead Customized Employment Services and has provided Customized Employment training throughout the state. Anna is passionate about creating opportunities for growth among her team and expanding employment possibilities for people with disabilities.

Jim Carr

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Jim is the CEO & Co-Founder of Hearo Technologies LLC and a successful entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the technology and industrial sectors. He is a passionate problem-solver with five patents to his credit, and has dedicated this stage of his career to building technology that makes a meaningful impact on people's lives, driven by his personal experiences. As the CEO and co-founder of Hearo Technologies, Jim is committed to helping people with disabilities achieve maximum independence through Hearo's remote supports platform and assistive technologies.

Betsy Clifford

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Prior to joining PRC- Saltillo over 8 years ago, Betsy worked as a speech-language pathologist in clinical settings where she had the opportunity to work with mostly children who use AAC. As an AAC Consultant, she currently works with AAC teams in Western Missouri and Kansas, provides individualized consultations and training, and guest lectures for several speech language pathology university programs. For people unable to use their natural voice, Betsy has seen firsthand how speech generating devices allow them the ability to not only communicate functionally but also step into their confidence and have happier life experiences.


Amber Cheek

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Amber is the Director of Accessibility and ADA Coordinator at the University of Missouri. Amber manages all aspects of ADA compliance across the university, including accessibility, program access, and reasonable accommodations for faculty and staff. Amber came to Mizzou from the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C., where she was a Presidential Management Fellow and Co-Director of the Workforce Recruitment Program, a nationwide employment program for persons with disabilities. Amber also has experience working for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Amelia Cottle

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Amelia’s husband, Brian, was diagnosed in 2012 at the age 52 with Alzheimer’s disease; he passed away in 2017. Her father was placed in a care facility in 2012 due to a diagnosis of vascular dementia; he died in 2019. Cottle has dedicated herself to advocacy and education, as has her son, Chris Cottle, who works for the Alzheimer’s Association as a Walk Manager. She facilitates five caregiver support groups and is an active local, statewide, and national advocate, educator, and speaker.

Heather Dill

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Heather has dedicated over 20 years of her professional career working in special education. She is currently an instructional technology coach for the Belton School District. Heather’s areas of focus include accessibility, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and equity. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor for Baker University's Masters in Education program and holds an education specialist degree in instructional technology and leadership. Heather is passionate about utilizing technology to enhance the learning experiences for all students, particularly those with specific learning challenges.

Svetlana Ehlers

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Svetlana is a young lady who is passionate about helping other students with disabilities become successful like her. Over the past couple of years, Svetlana has held leadership positions in three different student-led organizations. In these roles, she has the privilege of leading students with visual impairments, multiple disabilities, and typical students from across the Midwest. She has learned the challenges that students face when well-meaning teachers and parents fail to set high enough expectations to truly push them out of their comfort zones. Although lacking vision herself, she has developed a vision of independence for her fellow students.

Haleigh Fancher

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Haleigh is an occupational therapist in the ACCT Program at Ability KC who specializes in assistive technology tools for adapted access to digital technology, communication devices, and adaptive gaming. Haleigh attended Texas Tech University for a degree in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology, graduating in 2018. She then returned home to attend the University of Missouri. She graduated in 2020 with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in skilled and pediatric settings before joining Ability KC in March 2021.

Dr. Cindy Fisher

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Dr. Cindy Fisher was a special educator for 40 years. She taught K through age 21 and also held positions as a Learning Specialist, Inclusion Facilitator, and CBM Grant Teacher. While working with 18-21-year-old students in the community, she was inspired to create the Smart Steps Mobile app to help students successfully transition to work or college. She currently is an adjunct instructor at Rockhurst University in the School of Education and speaks to groups about the Smart Steps Mobile app.

Cathy Fortney

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Cathy is an occupational therapist by training and has over 25 years of experience in school-based services. She is currently the Therapeutic Services Coordinator (OT/PT, Assistive Technology, ADA Compliance) in the Francis Howell School District. She considers being happily married for 30 years and being the mom of two amazing young women among her most noteworthy accomplishments.

Laura Gierer

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An experienced Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Laura has worked with K-12 students for 16 years. As a
teacher and a parent of a child with a visual impairment, she is passionate about cultivating independence and ensuring accessible materials for all students.

Chris Helmick

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Chris is the Manager of Assistive Technology, Innovation, and Research and oversees the LifeTech program through the St. Louis Arc. He started with the St. Louis Arc in 2020 as the Assistive Technology Coordinator for Transition Services and was promoted to his current role at the beginning of 2022. He has a variety of interests and experience with technology from accessibility features and standards to website and application design and is credentialed in the TechFirst SHIFT program. Prior to working with enabling technology, Chris worked as a Music Therapist for 5 years and still holds his board certification as a Music Therapist.

Leigh Anne Haun

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Leigh Anne has a degree in Communication and master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from the University of Missouri. Leigh Anne has worked in non-profit leadership for the past 10 years focusing on fund development and outreach. Most recently, serving on the leadership team for a non-profit provider of residential services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leigh Anne’s current work with the MODDC focuses on voting, public policy, victimization and grassroots advocacy.

Emily Hartley

With more than 20 years of experience, Emily's work has led to advocacy, systems change and capacity building for the intellectual and developmental disabilities community. Through the work of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council Emily’s focus lends itself to alternatives to guardianship, civil rights, digital inclusion, and healthcare. Current MODDC Projects include Dental Telehealth with Missouri Coalition for Oral Health (MCOH), Alternatives to Guardianship with Hulme Resources, Health Status Research with UMKC-IHD, and Digital Inclusion with Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT).

Laura Hoffman

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Laura is the Assistive Technology Specialist covering Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, and Arkansas for Forbes AAC focusing on AAC and alternative access. She began her career in assistive technology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh, where she worked as a Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist and then as the Manager of the Rehabilitation Engineering Department. Laura finished her master's degree at George Mason University with a focus on Assistive Technology. You may know Laura from her work with Missouri Assistive Technology where she provided AT support for all areas of AT. She has lectured on a wide range of topics, including Universal Design for Learning to Alternative Access for Online Gaming. Laura was even featured on the “Big Purple Blob” podcast which is a collective of professional coaches that support Foreign Service Families around the globe.


In her free time, Laura is either visiting her three grown sons, who are spread across the country, at the gym, or at the end of a tow rope, waterskiing behind her boat.

William Janes

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Dr. Janes is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, where he runs the Assistive Technology Adaptation and Training (AT-AT) Lab. The AT-AT lab provides customizable AT solutions to people through MU Health outpatient clinics, the ALS Association, and Makers Making Change. Dr. Janes has served as Chair of the AOTA Technology Special Interest Section, Vice-Chair of the RESNA OT Professional Specialty Group, and is currently a Strand Advisor for the Assistive Technology for Physical Access and Participation Strand at ATIA.

Terri Jordan

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Terri is a M-O-M (Mother on a Mission) when it comes to helping her son and others work toward independence. She wanted to create a way for her son to have the opportunity to learn the skills of cooking and help be in charge of his nutrition. Her “Aha” moment came when they started cooking with color, a moment that led to the creation of the Color-Coded Chef.

Jessica Keenoy

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Jessica Keenoy is a Training Associate at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining the ICI team, Jessica worked as a Coordinator for Student Services at the Disability Center at the University of Missouri and as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the state of Missouri.

Brianna Lennon

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Brianna is a graduate of Truman State University and holds a Master's in Public Policy and a law degree, both from the University of Missouri. Prior to her election as Boone County Clerk, Brianna served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General's Office before joining the Missouri Secretary of State's Office under former Secretary Jason Kander. As the Deputy Director of Elections and first coordinator of the Election Integrity Unit in the Secretary of State's Office, she worked closely with local election authorities across the state to ensure that elections were simple, secure, and accessible for voters. Brianna lives in Columbia with her husband, Scott, and two children, Ryan and Isabel.

Dawn McNeeley

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Dawn McNeeley, is the Special Services and Federal Programs Director at Smithton School District. Dawn is in her 26th year of education. In her early years in education she was a special education teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels as well as a high school and elementary counselor. The past nine years she has served in an administrative role at Smithton School as both the elementary principal and her current role in Special Services for the district. Dawn is married to her husband Ray of 20 years and they have two children. Her family also gets the privilege of living with her school's therapy dog, Waylon.

Greg Mark

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Greg is currently president of Job Accommodations, Inc., a rehabilitation engineering company. He received his master’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and worked in their computer lab. Greg’s employment has also included time as a computer instructor at the Michigan Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and he managed Project TRY, a 5-year assistive technology grant in Missouri. He is also the developer of the patented Keyboard/Courseware.

Erica Martin

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Erica is part of the team at Pixel Jam Digital, a team of extroverted geeks who love helping small businesses and nonprofits build fun and accessible websites and are passionate about making the web a more accessible space through education and empowerment.

Scout Merry

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Scout has been working with Assistive Technology for about 13 years. Before that, he was a teacher, a painter and even a professional salsa maker. He has diverse interests and a curious nature. After attending college in California and then accidentally moving to Missouri, he has happily lived here for over 25 years. He made the move from Columbia to the Kansas City area a couple of years ago to work at Missouri Assistive Technology. This position has enabled him to collaborate with AT professionals all across the country as well as assist Missourians with a wide variety of needs.

Dustin Meyer

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Dustin is an Assistive Technology Specialist at On My Own, Inc. in Nevada MO. He has always had a passion for technology and using it to advance and make the world a better place. He has a Business administration degree from Fort Scott Community College. Recently discovered the world of AT and how his skillset with 3D printing, CNCing and CAD fits right in with the need of AT so that everyone has an equal playing field and is able to do whatever they set their mind to.

Celia Montes

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Celia received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has worked with adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health, skilled nursing, acute rehab, and private clinic. Celia started with Control Bionics in February of 2021 as a regional consultant for Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. Her areas of interest and special training include Parkinson’s. ALS, and MS. She is LSVT and Vital Stim Certified.

Rachel C. Morgan, Ed.D., CAS, BCTS

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Dr. Morgan received her Doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Andragogy from Lindenwood University in 2017. Dr. Morgan holds a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in early intervention in Autism & Sensory Impairments. She became Internationally Certified as an Autism Specialist in Jan. of 2014 and a Board-Certified Tele-Practice Specialist in 2020. Dr. Morgan founded a non-profit organization, the Adam Morgan Foundation (AMF) in 2008. AMF is dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities for Neurodivergent Individuals and/or other co-occurring conditions within all aspects of their lives.

Anne Murphy


Anne is a (CSP) Consumer Support Provider for Missouri Assistive Technology. She was born with congenital glaucoma. Until the age of 34 she had functional vision and had been able to drive, travel and earned her masters of social work degree from Saint Louis University. At the same time, she was experiencing visual challenges she also began dealing with hearing loss.
Her transition from having functional vision to total blindness and hearing loss has been a roller coaster ride but she has come through it all with the help of technology. Anne is amazed at the technological advancements that have been made even in the last 15+ years with iPhone and apps as well as the screen reader JAWS. These have enabled her to manage her household finances, shop, communicate and organize.

Jessa Murrell

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Jessa is a speech language pathologist in the ACCT Program at Ability KC who specializes in evaluation and treatment of individuals with complex communication needs. Jessa graduated from Kansas State University in 2016 where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and earned her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2019. Jessa worked in pediatric and school settings prior to Ability KC. She joined the Ability KC team in January 2022.

Amy Nickless

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Amy currently serves as an archivist at the Missouri State Archives. One of her goals is to make access to Missouri’s historical records more accessible to differently-abled citizens. The first step towards this goal was implementing an accessible finding aid and the second was an accessibility workshop targeted at museums and archives. Previously, Amy spent almost six years as the Adult Services Librarian at Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library working directly with patrons who utilized assistive technologies on a daily basis by helping troubleshoot issues with and hosting workshops on utilizing assistive technologies.

Anat Nulman

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For the past 9 years, Anat has worked with assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities. After what was meant to be temporary help with a new AT company entering the US, she discovered her passion that has changed the course of her life and her career. Currently, she works as the Director of Business Development at RealThing Ai, the maker of RealSAM Pocket smartphone. Anat believes that the right type of technology can be an equalizer for people with different abilities in all other aspects of life. Anat has a BA from SJSU and has held various roles in marketing, product management and communications.

Lorie Perdieu

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I was born with a disability called Arthrogryposis. I have lived independently in the community since I was 17 years old. Through self-advocacy and self-determination, I have accomplished many goals such as working, driving, and owning my own home. My true passion is helping others learn to advocate for themselves.

Kristen Ponce

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Kristen Ponce is a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Gerner Family Early Education Center in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University in 2013.  Kristen has a particular interest in working with students with autism as well as students who use AAC devices. Kristen has a passion for teaching her students to become competent and independent communicators. She has piloted several different forms of AAC groups in the preschool setting as well as pushed for increased literacy instruction for AAC learners. Kristen serves on the board of Sophie’s Run at Lake Waukomis; a foundation that provides communication devices for students in need. She is the author of the blog AAC to the Core describing her experiences working with students with complex communication needs who use AAC. You can follow her on Instagram at the account name: @aac_to_the_core.

Lyssa Prince, MLIS, CPWA

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Lyssa is the Digital Accessibility Program Manager for Oklahoma ABLE Tech. Lyssa’s goal is to ensure that all individuals can obtain the information and knowledge they need to live extraordinary lives. She gets to work toward this goal daily by promoting, teaching, and helping implement digital accessibility in Oklahoma and beyond.

Kial-Ann Rasmussen

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Kial-Ann is an occupational therapist and PhD student in Health and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on assistive technology evaluation and measurement, customized assistive technology fabrication, and 3d printing. She has been creating customized assistive devices for people with disabilities for four years.

Jill Reffett

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Jill is - first and foremost - a mom. She went to work for MapHabit, an assistive technology provider, after her daughters completed a study of the application and saw the impacts it had. Jill's focus is reimbursement and finding ways to support funding of this application for every individual, and their circle of support, who would benefit from it. Jill's oldest daughter has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism and her youngest has Down syndrome, ADHD and RAD. Over the last 14 years, Jill and her husband, Chris, have utilized their education and advocacy backgrounds to advocate for the inclusion of students with disabilities in their education and communities.

Holly Reiff

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Holly is the Department of Mental Health-Division of Disabilities Provider Relations Specialist in Assistive Technology. Holly has worked with DMH-DD for 13 years and has supported providers over those years to grow and strengthen their services by assisting them in service system designs.

Leslie Rounkles

Leslie joined SafeinHome in 2021 as the Account Executive to educate the community on the use of remote supports and assistive technology to promote independence and self-determination. Prior to SafeinHome, Leslie was the Community Liaison at Faith Home Healthcare. During her tenure at Faith Home Healthcare, she helped develop the territory in the Kansas City area and grow new relationships. Leslie is a graduate of UCM and Baker University where she received a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Education. Leslie currently lives in Kansas City with her family. When she’s not keeping busy with work, you can find her by the water.

Sam Seavey

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Sam was diagnosed at age 11 with Stargardt’s, an early onset form of macular degeneration, and was legally blind by his mid-teens. Over the last 30 years, he has developed an extensive background in research and understanding of assistive devices and techniques of living with low vision. Sam is the founder and creator of The Blind Life YouTube Channel, which, according to a recent article from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, “is currently the largest resource for assistive technology on the internet.” With more than 46,000 subscribers and over 700 informative videos, Sam helps people world-wide living with vision loss, offering tips for managing daily tasks, reviewing assistive devices, and hosting informative interviews with key stakeholders in the visually impaired community.


Sam is recognized as an expert when speaking and presenting at national conferences. Read more about his accomplishments on our Keynote & Endnote page.

Mohamed Shahin

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Mohamed, affectionately Mo to most, is the Deputy ADA Coordinator with the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou). He has been with Mizzou for the past six years, during which he has helped accommodate employees with disabilities at the university and worked with several stakeholders to ensure program access and accessibility for the Mizzou community. Mo hails from Cairo, Egypt, where accessibility was very limited growing up. Mo received his International Baccalaureate from the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway and his Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Career emphasis, from Mizzou. His personal appreciation of the value of the Americans with Disabilities Act has greatly influenced his passion for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Aaron Shepherd

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Aaron is the co-owner of ATvanced Care. After selling his electronic repair business in 2019, Aaron stayed true to his passion for electronics by starting a smart home installation/automation company with his business partner, William Higgins. When Aaron’s grandfather fell at home, their cause to find remote support and monitoring solutions for seniors and those with disabilities became more than just a vocation, it became personal. Finding great joy in helping seniors and those with disabilities maintain their independence has led them to focus their attention on using smart home technology as assistive technology and they rebranded their company to ATvanced Care.

Shannon Shores

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Shannon brings compassion and care to help solve complex health problems in her current role as a Sales Executive with Custom Health (formerly Pack4U). As the founder of Wellex, she is a demonstrated business leader and has led large operations for Easter Seals Adult and Residential services in St. Louis. She combines her background in social work with a passion for introducing and implementing services to solve challenging healthcare issues. Shannon leads business development in the region bringing digital health tools, optimized prescribed medications, remote monitoring and connected care services to communities in Missouri.

Elizabeth Smith

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Elizabeth recently started her private practice, Elevated Speech LLC after working in the public schools. She received her master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Southeast Missouri State University in 2017. Elizabeth enjoys finding new ways to implement therapy to meet student needs. Helping students become independent and engage with the world around them through communication is what drives her as a speech therapist. She has experience working with individuals ages 3-21 on a wide range of skills from articulation, language, AAC, and more!

Shannon Smith

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Shannon Smith, MBA has over 23 years of experience managing disability programs, with 8 years in state government specializing in telecommunications technologies. In partnership with Teltex, Shannon was instrumental in the creation of the first iPad pilot project in the United States – which in the 10 years since its launch has expanded to 25 states with over 20,000 devices deployed to individuals for accessibility. Shannon is an accessibility and assistive technology professional who delivers high-energy presentations that challenge audiences to think different while sharing personal and often humorous anecdotes of life with hearing loss. In her off time, Shannon is the Director of Barketing for Kansas City English Bulldog Rescue in addition to owning her own Beauty and Skincare Business.

Jane St. John

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Jane St. John manages Charting the LifeCourse fidelity and provides content and product development for the LifeCourse Nexus team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She specializes in supporting families, supported decision making, and family leadership and training. Jane was instrumental in the development of the Charting the LifeCourse framework, products, and training. Additionally, she currently serves on the Missouri Guardianship Statutory Reform Task Force, Mo-WINGS, and co-leads the Missouri Consortium for Supported Decision Making. Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rockhurst University. She is the parent of three young men. Her son Ben, 32, has an intellectual and developmental disability, and is supported to make his own choices and decisions in his good life. Jane is a strong supporter of community inclusion, working closely in her community to promote inclusive practices.

Lainie Strange

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Lainie is the Web Accessibility expert for ITSD, State of Missouri. 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 (around 1999), 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


Brenda Whitlock, ATP

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Brenda 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 is a certified AT Professional (ATP).

Brett Wilhelm

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Brett has been blind since birth and began losing his hearing at age eight. He now uses Cochlear Implants. Mr. Wilhelm has been certified by World Services for the Blind to teach assistive technology since 2013. He has an Associate's degree with a certificate in marketing from St. Charles Community College, and owns his own AT training company, Wilhelm's Assistive Technology Services. Wilhelm's AT services provides training to both individuals and organizations either directly or by contracting through programs like the ICanConnect program. Mr. Wilhelm also serves as President of Sight And Sound Impaired Of St. Louis, a support group for people with both sight and hearing loss.

Suzie Wiley, OTR

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Suzie graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy and has worked at Ability KC in various capacities. Her clinical background in neuro-rehabilitation brought a team of therapists at then The Rehabilitation Institute to recognize the limitations individuals experienced for written and spoken communication and the potential that technology could offer.


In 1989, the Adaptive Computer & Communication Technology Program (ACCT) was developed to assist individuals and their families through the process of learning the technology adaptations available to bridge that gap. The ACCT Program continues to serve over 300 individuals per year through evaluation and training to explore, acquire and learn how to effectively use assistive technology tools in work, school, and their journey of life.

Jeff Williamson

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Jeff is currently the director of sales and marketing for Teltex, as well as a technical writer, illustrator and video editor. He enjoys communicating information and helping people understand assistive technology. His informative video productions are viewable at Teltex, Inc. website and most recently iAccessibility.  When not communicating information and helping people understand assistive technology, Jeff enjoys traveling, history, genealogical research, flying a plane, and being a musician.


Staff at the Conference

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Kristine Rooff, Administrative Assistant


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Kristy Summers,  Administrative Assistant


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Felicia George, Administrative Assistant

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Eileen Belton, Program Coordinator

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Kara Adams, Program Coordinator



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