Presenters, SOMA 2018
Dr. Dawn Anderson is the coordinator of the O&M with Children and Teacher of the Visually Impaired programs at Western Michigan University. Her research interests include validation and reliability study of assessment tools in O&M and other ECC areas.
Master’s of Arts in Special Education from Michigan State University. Special certifications: ACVREP certified for Orientation and Mobility, Missouri certified in Elementary Education and Special Education: Blind/Partially Sighted & Mild/Moderate Disabilities. She has 20 years of experience as an educator.
Sarahelizabeth Baguhn has worked itinerantly and in a residential school as a COMS, CATIS, and TVI. Now a PhD student at Western Michigan University, her current research is focused on establishing reliability and validity of comprehensive O&M assessment tools.
Janet Barlow is a COMS with a long history of teaching travel techniques, conducting research into O&M issues, focusing on access to the built environment, and furthering the interaction of the O&M field with the traffic engineering community.
She co-authored Orientation and Mobility Techniques: A Guide for the Practitioner, 2nd edition, with Diane Fazzi.
Joy Bieder is a TVI, COMS, and CVRT working in and around NYC.
Kathryn Botsford, PhD. is a COMS and NBPTS Certified TVI and Executive Director of Vision Education Research. She also teaches in the visually impaired learner programs at San Francisco State University and Dominican College. She currently serves on the ACVREP Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee.
Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation with a specialization in Orientation and Mobility and a minor in Special Education from Stephen F Austin State University. Special certifications: ACVREP certification in Orientation and Mobility. Sara started working at CCVI in 2017.
Ben Cawley is a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor with 20 years of experience in the industry.
He started his career at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s San Rafael campus where he worked for 14 years specializing in Apprentice GDMI Development.
In 2012 Ben moved to New York to work for Guiding Eyes for the Blind as a Class Supervisor.
Currently, Ben serves as Director of Admissions and Manages the Running Guides Program for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Kelly Chadwick is a GDMI and COMS, and has worked at Guide Dogs for the Blind in California for the past 24 years. She is currently the Apprentice Program Guide Dog Orientation and Mobility Instructor, teaching O&M academic courses, as well as providing client support during the guide dog training program.
JoAnne Chalom is Orientation and Mobility Specialist with more than 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities including those with visual impairments. JoAnne has been active in AER as a member of the Environmental Access Committee and as Chair-Elect for Division 9. She has presented on a wide variety of topics impacting O&M.
Master of Science in Education in Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility from Northern Illinois University. ACVREP Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Worked as an itinerant TVI and O&M instructor before joining the staff of CCVI in July 2012.
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Central Missouri. ACVREP Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Shelley has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Special Education. Joined CCVI in 2008.
Marc Gillard COMS, GDMI. Worked in the fields of O&M and guide dog instruction for over 26 years in the USA and Australia. Currently the O&M Services Manager at Guide Dogs for the Blind tasked with developing and directing educational programs to assist clients to achieve O&M readiness for guide dog mobility.
Sue Glaser is a TVI/O&M instructor in Tampa, FL. She has been Transition Program Coordinator for Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind since 2002, Satellite Program Coordinator since 2003 for Florida State University’s Satellite Program in Visual Disabilities at St. Petersburg College, and part time for Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired since 2008.
Amy Gunn is a GDMI and COMS, and has worked at Guide Dogs for the Blind in Oregon for the past 20 years. In her role as Apprentice Program Manager, she enjoys supporting and teaching the next generation of GDMIs.
Rod Haneline, Chief Programs and Services Officer, Leader Dogs for the Blind. Rod is a graduate of Western Michigan O&M program and a qualified GDMI. He has had a presence in the industry for 38 years and presented on numerous topics over the years.
Jay Hardwig (TVI/COMS) is the director of the SEE Adventure Camp, a wilderness camp for teens with blindness and visual impairment in North Carolina's Nantahala Gorge. He currently manages enrichment and educational programs for IFB Solutions in Asheville.
Erica Ihrke is the Manager of Extended Services at Leader Dogs for the Blind and a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and Master of Arts in Orientation & Mobility from Western Michigan University.
Jennifer Jeffcoat holds a Master’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University - Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a Graduate Certificate in Orientation and Mobility from South Carolina State University. She will complete her Masters of Arts in Teaching Visual Impairment from the University of South Carolina Upstate in May, 2019. Jennifer is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and works for the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Sara Leal is the Manager of the O&M Department at Miami Lighthouse in Florida. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Sports Science at Oporto University, Portugal in 2013 and her Masters in Orientation and Mobility at Northern Illinois in 2016. She obtained her postgraduate certificate in Adapted Physical Education in the same university in 2014.
Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from The University of Kansas.
Master of Social Work from The University of Maryland. ACVREP certified for Orientation and Mobility. Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Director of Children and Family Services CCVI. She has 25 years of experience working with children and families.
Lacey Long is a TVI/COMS/CATIS for the Morton-Sioux Special Education Unit in Mandan, ND. She earned a Master’s degree as a Special Education Strategist (UND) with graduate certificates in Visually Impaired (UND), Rehabilitation of the Blind/Orientation & Mobility (UALR), Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education (Minot State), and Assistive Technology/CATIS (NIU). She enjoys incorporating new technology into her O&M lessons.
Lindsey Moore is a graduate of FSU where she studied Visual Disabilities and Orientation & Mobility. She teaches in Hillsborough County, with experience in resource and itinerant settings. Lindsey has a passion for the Expanded Core Curriculum and strives to design innovative ways to merge multiple areas in every lesson.
Amy Parker, EdD, COMS, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the O&M Program at Portland State University. Using participatory methodologies with community stakeholders, she has worked to design accessible multimedia learning modules for national technical assistance and personnel preparation. Her research interests O&M for individuals with complex disabilities.
Judy Porro is a COMS with the Miami Lighthouse in Florida. She completed her Masters in O&M in 2017 from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She obtained her Ed.S. from NOVA Southeastern in Educational Leadership and her Master's from VA Tech in Vocational Special Needs She has over 20 years' experience as a teacher of students with disabilities.
Alicia Pugh holds a Master’s degree from the University of Louisville in Special Education and Orientation and Mobility and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Visual Impairment from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Alicia is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and works for the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. She has completed a CVI mentorship with Dr. Christine Roman and is currently pursuing an endorsement in cortical visual impairments.
Certified O&M Specialist in Maryland, she has worked extensively with street-crossing where there is no traffic control, including doing research, authoring or co-authoring articles and a chapter in Foundations of O&M, Third Edition, developed a Self-Study Guide, and helped develop the APH program that is being presented at SOMA this year.
Danita Snulligan has a BA in Psychology-UMKC, TVI certification-Texas Tech, COMS-UT Austin, MA in Rehabilitation Teaching-UALR, Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. She was a "TOTY" in GCPS district and facilitated their first "Career Day for Students with Visual Impairments". She received an AER Publication Award for The ABCs of O&M.
Spencer, Madeline (Maddy)
Almost 30 years’ experience working for a Guide Dog School in the UK. Current role involves managing services for people with more complex needs and working with other organisations in order to work together more effectively. This includes other assistance dog charities in the UK
I was a TVI for four years in Raleigh County, WV. I attended Salus University and obtained my Graduate Certificate in O&M in May of 2015. I now work as a COMS at the West Virginia School for the Blind.
Mary Tellefson is retired from the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where she served as the Wisconsin Statewide O&M Outreach Consultant for the last 12 years of her 35 year career as a TVI and O&M instructor.
Nicholas Trotter is a doctoral student and NLCSD scholar at Florida State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on teaching students with visual impairments. He has taught in the residential school and itinerant service delivery models, as well as an orientation and mobility specialist in an itinerant setting.
I am a wife and mother from Queens, by way of Boston, educated in
Oklahoma, before landing in Florida where I am an O&M instructor. I
consider my instructional style to be conscientiously collaborative. If my
client doesn’t get it, I haven’t found the proper way to teach it.
Susan Yarbrough, COMS, TVI, is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University and NLCSD scholar interested in the implementation of the expanded core curriculum for students with visual impairments and the unique factors related to educating students at special schools for the blind.
Laura Zierer is a Product Development Project Leader at the APH. Laura received her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.