Assistive Technology Expo 2010 Speaker Bios
Cory Bohon has been a Mac and iPod user since 2004; you can find him writing for his personal blog on corybohon.com. In the past, Cory has developed such Mac software as Dockables (available at http://getdockables.com), which has had well over 500,000 downloads. Other projects include Microtec Web Design and CocoaApp. Whilst you can still find Cory writing on this blog, he also writes for Mac|Life's website. In the past has also written for TUAW, Macworld, and Mac|Life as a part of their iPhone Handbook (a one-off quarterly issue of the magazine devoted to the iPhone). Cory is currently a student in South Carolina. He is attending the University of South Carolina where he is majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) with an emphasis on application development and network security. Upon graduating, he hopes to go into the IT or application development field.
Jeff Brown has worked for National Seating and Mobility for over 20 years. He is a RESNA-Certified Assistive Technology Supplier and is certified by the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology. He has worked intensively with therapists and manufacturers.
David Bundy has been a JAWS user for about 15 years. He has an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Anderson College, a B.A. in Psychology from USC, and a Master's in Social Work from USC. He is employed as an Assistive Technology Consultant at the SC Commission for the Blind, where he evaluates job sites and makes assistive technology recommendations and customizes JAWS to work with proprietary applications. He is married with three children, ages 4, 9, and 23, and will be a grandfather within the month. He's also a Cub Scout leader.
Lee-Ann Danko, OTR, CBIS, completed a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University. She worked in Florida in Broward County as a pediatric clinician for The Easter Seal Society and Broward County Schools. In 1986 she moved to Columbia S.C. and worked for the Department of Mental Health. In 1989 she transitioned to the S.C. Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation. There she completes functional capacity evaluations, fabricated adaptive equipment, fabricated orthotics and participates as a team member in the Comprehensive Evaluation Center's program to assess disabled South Carolinians for their return to work.
Mark Daniels, M.S.Ed, is the Upstate Regional Assistive Technology Specialist for the SC Department of Education, which includes nine counties and twenty-two school districts. Before that he spent twelve years as an S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department Counselor. He also worked as an AT Specialist with the SC Assistive Technology Program. His B.S. is in Psychology. Mark has worked with both children and adults with special needs including TBI, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and other types of debilitating illness.
Valeska Gioia, M.S. Ed is working on her Ed.D. in Administration at S.C. State University for her Ed.D. She has her M.S. Ed in Educational Technology with a focus on Assistive Technology. Her B.A. is in Elementary/Special Education. Valeska has taught students of all abilities before working as an Assistive Technology Specialist for the S.C. Department of Education.
Catherine Leigh Graham
Catherine Leigh Graham has worked in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology field for over 15 years. She is a Rehabilitation Engineer with the University of South Carolina - School of Medicine and is currently working in the Interagency Office of Disability and Health to improve the health and prevent secondary conditions for people with disabilities. She is also working with the Assistive Technology Program on assistive technology device reutilization. She is a current board member of the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund and past president of the SC Spinal Cord Injury Association.
Dr. Tina Herzberg is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She currently serves as the Director of the Visual Impairment Program. She has 19 years of experience in education, with 15 in the field of visual impairment. Dr. Herzberg earned her bachelor's degree from Angelo State University (1990), her master's degree from Texas Tech (1994), and her doctorate from Texas A&M University (2006). She is also certified in literary braille by the Library of Congress. Prior to her arrival at USC Upstate, she served as a general education classroom teacher, an itinerant teacher of students with visual impairments, specialist for a regional service center, and adjunct instructor.
Clay Jeffcoat works as the Access Technology Specialist in the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) Vision Outreach Program providing consultation and direct instruction to students and teachers in public schools and agencies statewide. He also consults with the SCSDB's Braille Production Center at Leath Correctional Facility in Greenwood where he provides training and technical assistance with the sophisticated equipment used to produce Braille.
He has taught Access Technology for Teachers of the Visually Impaired for the University of South Carolina Upstate and was a Web Tester in the recent pilot program. A graduate of USC with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA, he is a member of the Computer Science and Technology Committee of the National Federation of the Blind of SC as well as a member of the Talking Book Services Advisory Council for the South Carolina State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He enjoys antique radio restoration, amateur radio and spending time with his family.
Sue Maloney holds an M.S. Ed. in Educational Administration and a B.S. in Special Education, as well as an M.A. in Multicultural Education. She taught blind and visually impaired students in the Chicago Public Schools for 4 years and served as the Coordinator of the Assistive Technology Resource Center for 4 ½ years. She taught in the Beaufort County School District and held the position of Assistive Technology Specialist. She is now a Regional Assistive Technology Specialist with the South Carolina Department of Education.
Jill Monger holds degrees in Physical Therapy and a Master of Science in Health Professions Education. She is certified by RESNA (Rehab Engineering Society of North America) as an Assistive Technology Practitioner. She has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1984. She began her focus on Spinal Cord Injury Rehab, prosthethic gait training, and seating and mobility at MUSC in 1988. She teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at MUSC, and also teaches continuing education coursework regionally and nationally. Jill has many years of experience working with people with disabilities as a coach and classifier for wheelchair sports and as an advocate in her community. She currently coordinates a Seating and Wheeled Mobility Clinic at MUSC and practices as a consultant for clinicians, technology providers and manufactures as well as individuals with disability.
Wendy Mullin is a web developer at the University of South Carolina. She received her Master in Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina 1998. Afterwards, she worked at the SC State Library's Talking Book Services Department as a Reader Advisor. Since 2001, she has worked for the University of South Carolina's University Technology Services department. Her duties include designing and maintaining websites, providing customer service, and addressing web accessibility issues. Along with fellow members of the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC), Wendy has worked to bring accessibility awareness and training to those responsible for building SC government websites.
Lily Nalty, MA, CCC-SLP, is presently a Technical Assistance Specialist with Team for Early Childhood Solutions, a project at USC SOM, contracted by BabyNet to provide training and technical assistance to personnel in the BabyNet system. She also works with SCATP and CDC on an autism early identification grant. As a speech-language pathologist, Lily has worked in home, clinic, school, and hospital-based settings, specializing in augmentative communication and dysphagia.
Patty Quattlebaum, MSP, CCC-SLP, worked in community speech and hearing clinics, at Easter Seals and at Columbia College prior to coming to the USC Developmental Pediatric Clinic. At DPC, she is a member of an assessment team that helps diagnose and suggest interventions for individuals who have learning difficulties. She co-authored the book “A Practical Guide to Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Assessment and Intervention Strategies” with Lily Nalty.
Stacy Springer is Team Leader, Assistive Technology Specialist with the South Carolina Department of Education. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist, and has her certification in Special Education. She holds the Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credential from RESNA. She has worked as an Assistive Technology Specialist in North and South Carolina and has been working with students with multiple complex disabilities in both the private and public school systems.
Sharon Steed has two graduate degrees in Speech Pathology. She works at AnMED Health in Anderson, South Carolina based at Pediatric Therapy Works. She has specialized in assistive technology/augmentative communication for over 20 years as a speech pathologist. Sharon has been employed in a variety of treatment settings to include the school, assistive living, rehab, and bedside in the hospital. She has presented workshops, trainings and provided consultations to consumers requiring AAC devices and strategies their families and caregivers, academic staff, students and other healthcare providers.
Grace Strother is a knowledge specialist at Blackbaud, a software company that serves the nonprofit sector. She is primarily responsible for optimizing the search capabilities of the company’s online knowledgebase. Grace is one of the SC Web Testers for SCATP. In her spare time, Grace designs and maintains websites for two local nonprofits, and volunteers as a therapy dog handler in private homes, schools, and residential facilities. She lives with her husband and a retired racing greyhound near the banks of the Wando River on Daniel Island.
Meghan Trowbridge, LMSW, CBIST, is the Director of Community Development & Training at the University of South Carolina’s Center for Disability Resources. She provides training and technical assistance to colleges on education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, supported community living, person-centered planning, and case coordination. She supervises and coordinates supports and internships for graduate students completing fieldwork in disability research and practice at the UCEDD. Previously she worked as a private consultant in the area of self-determination and person-centered planning. Meghan is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. Her background includes service coordination for people with developmental disabilities, brain injury, and spinal cord injury.
Roger Williams, MSW, is the Director for Deaf Services at the SC Department of Mental Health. He has been the Program Manager at the Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services and Social Worker IV and Program Coordinator at the Deaf Services Program at Patrick Harris Psychiatric Hospital. He also has a private practice specializing in consulting and training related to the needs of deaf adults in the mental health system. He is an experienced interpreter many settings, including national conference, forensic and court settings.He is the 1989 winner of the N.C. Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities Distinguished Service Award, the 1979 winner of the Robert D. Frisina Award for deaf/hearing integration, the 1996 winner of the "Outstanding Transition to the Community" from the SC Mental Health Association and the 2001 Interpreter of the Year for the SC Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. As the parent of four deaf children and two hearing children, a licensed foster parent and the spouse of a deaf adult, Roger is active in a number of local, state-wide, regional and national advocacy and social organizations, including Past President of the American Society for Deaf Children.
Sponsored by the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program at the USC School of Medicine Center for Disability Resources, the SC Department of Education, the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the SC Association for Educational Technology, the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, Division of State Information Technology (DSIT), SC Budget and Control Board, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Department of Education, the Charles Lea Center, and Spartanburg Community College