Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - George Mason University
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The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.

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  • Ruth Brannon, Acting Director, DoED/NIDRR
  • Phil Beatty, PhD, Associate Director, DoED/NIDRR
  • Dawn Carlson, PhD, DoED/NIDRR
  • Rebecca Cokley, DoED/OSERS
  • Jennifer Sheehy, Director, OPP, DoED/OSERS
  • Patty Guard, Deputy Director, DoED/OSEP
  • Judy Shanley, PhD, DoED/OSEP
  • Greg Henschel, DoED/OVAE
  • David Bergeron, Deputy Assistant Secretary, DoED/OPE
  • Jessica Finkel, OPE
  • Sharon Lewis, Senior Disability Policy Advisor to Congressman George Miller
  • Stephanie Smith Lee, Senior Policy Advisor, NDSS National Policy Center, National Down Syndrome Society
  • George S. Jesien, PhD, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Connie Garner, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy
  • Michael Behrmann, EdD, Director, Helen Kellar Institute, George Mason University
  • Heidi Graff, PhD, Director, LIFE Program, George Mason University
  • Jane West, PhD, Senior Vice President, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Meg Grigal, PhD, Senior Research Associate, TransCen Inc.
  • Donna Martinez, EdD, Director, HEATH Resource Center, George Washington University
  • Joanna Pierson, PhD, President, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Doreen Croser, Executive Director, American Association for Developmental Disabilities
  • Madeline Will, Director, Policy Center, National Down Syndrome Society
  • Jennifer G. Johnson, Ed.D., Administration on Developmental Disabilities
  • Faith McCormick, Acting Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Pat Morrissey
  • Debra Hart, Center for Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion
  • William Kiernan, PhD, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion
  • Brenda Goral, Sr.VP, Client & Customer Care, Opportunity Partners
  • Charlie Lakin, PhD, Director, RRTC on Community Integration for Persons with ID/DD, Univ. of Minnesota Institute of Community Integration
  • Michael Wehmeyer, PhD, Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Kansas
  • Jo Hendrickson, PhD, Director, R.E.A.C.H, University of Iowa
  • Elise McMillan, JD, Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Vanderbuilt University
  • Olivia Raynor, PhD, Director, Tarjan Center, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
  • Allen LeBlanc, PhD, Professor, San Francisco State University
  • Chrystina Dolyniuk, PhD, Rider University
  • Colleen Thoma, PhD, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dedra Hafner, Innovations Now, Edgewood College, Madison, WI
  • Sharon Sanders, PhD, Program Manager, Clemson Univ. Life Program
  • Kristine Webb, PhD, Director, Disability Resource Center, University of North Florida
  • Peter Flexer, PhD, Director, Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment, Kent State University
  • Dianne Zager, PhD, Director, Center for Teaching and Research in Autism, Pace University
  • Wendy S. Harbour, Ed.D., Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, Syracuse University
  • Mike Shuttic, Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
  • Molly Boyle, M.A., Project Coordinator, Scituate, MA
  • Rebecca Daley, M.S., Department Adjunct Professor, The College of New Jersey
  • Lisa Derx, Vice President, Best Buddies International
  • Wendy S. Harbour, Ed.D., Executive Director, Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education
  • Jo Hendrickson, Ph.D., REACH Director & Professor, The University of Iowa
  • Margo Vreeburg Izzo, Ph.D., Associate Director, Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • David R. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Institute on Community Integration
  • Teri Linder, Learning Support Teacher, State College Area School District
  • Cindi May, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Charleston
  • Julie McConaha, Assistant Director of Client Training and Development, Opportunity Partners, Inc.
  • Elise McMillan, J.D., Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy UCEDD
  • David H. Miller, J.D., Co-Founder/Board Member (NVCC), Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Courtney Moffatt, Ph.D., Professor, Integration Coordinator, Cutting Edge, Edgewood College
  • Susan Onaitis, Ph.D., Counseling Specialist/Program Coordinator, Mercer County Community College (NJ) DREAM Program
  • Laverdia Roach, M.S., Acting Executive Director, The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Jeff Ross, M.A., Director of Student Support Services, Taft College
  • Sharon Salter, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Special Education, State College Areas School District
  • Michael Shuttic, M.A., Coordinator, Student Disability Services/Director, ADA Compliance, Oklahoma State University (current AHEAD President)
  • Charlotte Temple, Advocacy Director and Principal, The Arc Jacksonville Academy OCT at UNF
  • Bill Therrien, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education and REACH Program Evaluation Consultant, University of Iowa
  • Cate Weir, M.Ed., Project Coordinator, Think College, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts — Boston
  • Leslie Caplan, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Program Specialist, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education
  • Shelley Jackson, J.D., Supervisory Attorney, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
  • Suad Jama, M.S.W., Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Laurel Nishi, Program Specialist, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
  • Marlene Simon-Burroughs, Ph.D., Associate Division Director, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
  • Chris Van Orden, M.S., Budget Analyst, U.S. Department of Education
  • Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker, Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor, The News Hour, PBS