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Institute on Disabilities STAFF DIRECTORY

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Biographies, titles, and contact information for staff members of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

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Institute on Disabilities Staff
Last Name First Name Title Phone Email Link to Biography
Feinstein Celia Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities 215-204-6561 Full Biography
Goldman Amy Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities 215-204-3862 Full Biography
White Ann Marie Deputy Director 215-204-6569 Full Biography

Institute on Disabilities Staff
Last Name First Name Title Phone Email Link to Biography
Ahrens Kristin PA Consumer & Family Training Project Assistant Director 215-204-9543 Full Biography
Badger John Coordinator of Student Supports, Academy for Adult Learning 215-204-3031 Full Biography
Beckett Denise Project Coordinator 215-204-4979 Full Biography
Boddie Titania Program Coordinator, Academy for Adult Learning; Assistant Coordinator, Supported Leadership 215-204-3916 Full Biography
Bolden Yvette Administrative Assistant 215-204-1356 Full Biography
Brown Anthony Coordinator of Academic Relations, Academy for Adult Learning 215-204-7177 Full Biography
Caruso Guy Coordinator of UCEDD West 724-934-1142 Full Biography
Csaniz Carol Administrative Assistant 215-204-7556 Full Biography
Cunningham Mary Kay Assistant Director of Technical Assistance 215-204-1485 Full Biography
DiLello Virginia Program/Publication Specialist 215-204-5398 Full Biography
Fetterolf Katie Project Coordinator, Assistive Technology Lending Library 215-204-4914 Full Biography
Frantz Beverly Criminal Justice Project Director 215-204-5078 Full Biography
Fullam Susan Director of Information Dissemination 215-204-1123 Full Biography
George Kelly Director of Academic Programs 215-204-6560 Full Biography
Gould-Taylor Sally Director of Research and Evaluation 215-204-5775 Full Biography
Hatten Adora Assistant Administrator 215-204-1059 Full Biography
Hornstein Shana Program Coordinator, Graduate Assistant 215-204-8424 Full Biography
Jones-Furlow Mary Project Coordinator, Exemplary Services & Technical Assistance 215-204-6563 Full Biography
Kennedy Jamie Web Production Assistant Full Biography
Kessler Julie LEND/IOD Liaison 215-204-1977 Full Biography
Lemanowicz Jim Assistant Director of Research 215-204-6562 Full Biography
Letson Amy Graphic/Web Design Specialist 215-204-9558 Full Biography
Lieberman Jule Ann Program Coordinator 215-204-2933 Full Biography
McLendon Michael Office Assistant 215-204-1353 Full Biography
McNally Sandra Assistant Director, Community Services 215-204-3370 Full Biography
Miller Kathy Director of Supports and Services 215-204-9395 Full Biography
Prioli Jamie Assistive Technology Specialist and Program Coordinator Full Biography
Roccia-Meier Cathy Family Education Coordinator 215-204-1772 Full Biography
Sonneborn Lisa Project Coordinator, Visionary Voices 215-204-9542 Full Biography
Thompson-Cooke Tammy Augmentative Communication Services Coordinator 215-204-3032 Full Biography
Troy Lisa Project Coordinator, TDDP 215-204-5966 Full Biography

Kristin Ahrens
Ms. Ahrens is the Policy Coordinator for the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. She also coordinates the Partnership (The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families), a statewide community-based training project for family members and self-advocates. Her 20 years of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities spans from advocacy and community education to providing supported living, family support and participant-directed services. Ms. Ahrens was previously the Director of Self-Determination Resources, Inc. (SDRI), a regional brokerage serving adults with developmental disabilities, in Portland, Oregon.

John Badger
Mr. Badger is the Coordinator of Student Supports for the Academy for Adult Learning program, overseeing the mentoring and tutoring components, ensuring that each student is imparted with necessary supports. Since graduating from Temple University in 2010 with a BA in Psychology, Mr. Badger worked as an Employment Specialist in Bucks County, PA, with the adult special needs population, and spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language in the city of Changsha, Hunan Province, China.

Denise Beckett
Ms. Beckett is the Community Services Project Associate, responsible for researching best practices in community board inclusion; organizing advisory committees, work groups and statewide trainings; and assisting in monitoring project subcontractors in the delivery of trainings to generic boards in order to include individuals with disabilities. Prior to joining the Institute, Denise served as the admissions administrator at a private academy. Ms. Beckett earned a master's degree in Advanced Theology from Chesapeake Seminary.

Titania Boddie
Ms. Boddie is the Program Coordinator of the Academy for Adult Learning and Assistant Coordinator for Supported Leadership Facilitation. She is responsible for supervising student mentors and for coordinating activities for the Academy. In addition, insures the participants' access to Temple's campus. Ms. Boddie has a bachelor's degree in Elementary/Early childhood Education from Temple University.

Yvette Bolden
Ms. Bolden is the Administrative Assistant for Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), responsible for many of the administrative functions of this Institute program. In addition, Ms. Bolden chairs the Workplace Diversity Committee to assure, initiate and facilitate dialogue among staff and students within the Institute.

Anthony Brown
Mr. Brown is the Academic Relations Coordinator of the Academy for Adult Learning. He is responsible for leading the team of faculty, students and other ancillary professionals in developing an appropriate accommodation plan for each student auditing undergraduate and continuing education courses. Mr. Brown acts as the lead liaison with faculty in placing Academy students in undergraduate courses that match their interests and abilities. Mr. Brown has a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern University.

Guy Caruso
As Western Coordinator, Dr. Caruso is responsible for training and related activities in western Pennsylvania. In addition, he provides technical assistance to Pennsylvania's OMR Independent Monitoring for Quality Program. He has worked in human services for 32 years as an advocate, teacher, trainer, researcher, and consultant. Dr. Caruso has a master's degree and a doctorate from Syracuse University.

Carol Csaniz
As Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Csaniz provides office support to the Institute on Disabilities and is responsible for all logistics involving The Partnership and for the Confidence and Competence: Partners in Policymaking (C2P2) Trainings. A graduate of the Institute's C2P2 program, she has been active in issues involving people with disabilities for more than 20 years. Mrs. Csaniz is active in the Delaware County Down Syndrome Interest Group as well as Special Olympics. She is the mother of a daughter with a disability who has graduated from high school and is currently working and volunteering in the community.

Mary Kay Cunningham
Ms. Cunningham is the Assistant Director of Technical Assistance, responsible for providing technical assistance to PA's Independent Monitoring for Quality Project, which assesses the satisfaction and quality of life of individuals receiving intellectual services through the Office of Developmental Programs and is a member of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. Before joining the Institute, Ms. Cunningham was Director of Quality Management at a provider organization. She is a PA DPW-ODP Certified Incident Investigator and a Personal Outcome Measure interviewer through the Council on Quality and Leadership. She has a BS in Psychology from Kutztown University and a MSW from Temple University.

Virginia DiLello
As Graphic Designer for the Institute, Ms. DiLello is responsible for designing and producing all print publications. She is both a designer and writer, following a project from conception to printing, insuring accessibility. Ms. DiLello has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Advertising from Temple and before joining the Institute, was a freelance writer and designer, with clients such as E.P. Henry, Wheaton Scientific and Renault Resort.

Celia Feinstein
Ms. Feinstein is Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities. Additionally, she directs the Institute's Leadership Development activities (Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking) and all of its variations. In addition, Ms. Feinstein directs The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families, as well as evaluation activities such as Independent Monitoring for Quality, Montgomery County monitoring and evaluating family support services. Ms. Feinstein received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Master of Arts in Medical Sociology from Temple University. She has also completed her doctoral coursework in Medical Sociology.

Katie Fetterolf
Ms. Fetterolf is the Project Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Lending Library. She is responsible for processing and screening all device loan applications, and for managing and maintaining all lending library equipment for Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology. Ms. Fetterolf is a graduate of the Institute's C2P2 Emerging and Established Leadership program. She has done a variety of volunteer work throughout the community, and has a Masters degree from Temple University.

Beverly Frantz
Dr. Frantz directs the Institute's criminal justice and sexuality initiatives, including curriculum development, research, and technical assistance at the local, state and national levels. She has published numerous journal articles, reports, and personal safety/sexual abuse curricula. Dr. Frantz earned a Master of Science degree from Villanova University and the London School of Economics and a Doctorate degree from Widener University in Human Sexuality.

Susan Fullam
As Director of Information Dissemination, Ms. Fullam is responsible for all material created and distributed by the Institute, including web, print, audio and video. She spent the greater part of her career in publishing and communications in the private sector. After graduating from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Ms. Fullam served first as graphic designer, then as managing Editor, of a local newspaper. She then spent more than 10 years at TV Guide magazine as Director of Marketing Services.

Kelly George
As the Director of Academic Programs, Ms. George oversees the Institute's university-based education division, including the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability and the Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, a collaboration with the College of Education. She is also a doctoral candidate in Media and Communication at Temple University, and has published research in the fields of health communication and audience studies. Her dissertation focuses on disability in media and public memory.

Amy Goldman
Ms. Goldman is Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities. Her portfolio includes the Institute's assistive technology (AT) - related services and supports, including Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, the Assistive Technology Lending Library, Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports (ACES) and the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program. Ms. Goldman serves as the manager of the emergency preparedness and reuse initiative of the national Pass It On Center. As a licensed speech-language pathologist, she has many years of practice in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and she recently completed her term as chair of the steering committee of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group on AAC. Ms. Goldman completed her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College; her master's degree in Communication Disorders from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her doctoral coursework in Special Education at Temple University.

Sally Gould-Taylor
Ms. Gould-Taylor is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute. She is responsible for the development, engagement and support of research protocol, method and analysis throughout the Institute’s various programs and initiatives. Sally has worked on both qualitative and quantitative research projects in diverse fields of education, has taught at Temple for 7 years, and has worked on the IM4Q initiative. Sally is a doctoral candidate in Urban Education at Temple and her dissertation is an ethnographic exploration of youth culture and identity development among rural Jamaican youth.

Adora Hatten
Ms. Hatten is Coordinator of the Supported Leadership Initiative, which supports people with intellectual disabilities to participate on boards and committees as fully participating members. In addition, she serves as Assistant Administrator for the Institute, with a variety of budgetary responsibilities. Ms. Hatten has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Temple University and co-chairs the That All May Worship Network of Greater Philadelphia.

Shana Hornstein
As Graduate Assistantship Coordinator, Shana Hornstein, Ph.D., BCBA-D assists in hiring graduate assistants from a variety of terminal degree programs across campus to work at the Institute and teaches a seminar on disability for the GAs. An assistant professor of Special Education, Shana earned her doctoral degree from Arizona State University. She has been a classroom teacher, a home-based and school-based consultant, and a professional development trainer in the areas of early childhood special education, Applied Behavior Analysis, and autism.

Mary Jones-Furlow
Ms. Jones-Furlow is Project Coordinator helping to manage the quality-of-life monitoring of individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities. In addition, she coordinates the Mini Series on Disability and facilitates the completion of the leadership training programs' individual projects. Ms. Jones-Furlow earned her bachelor's degree in Business Education from Albany State College in Georgia and her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University.

Jamie Kennedy
As Web Production Assistant, Ms. Kennedy updates webpages for the Institute while adhering to web accessibility standards. She has experience with graphic/web design, and web development. Ms. Kennedy received a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Communications from Carnegie Mellon University and an associate’s degree in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Julie Kessler
As LEND/IOD liaison, Dr. Kessler serves as the discipline director for our Leadership and Education in Neuro/Developmental Disabilities fellow who is selected each year to develop and implement research, community-based, and family-related projects through collaboration efforts between the Institute on Disabilities and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She coordinates the annual Beyond Inclusion Summer Institute which provides professional development in best practices regarding Inclusive Education to school personnel, graduate students and family members in Philadelphia and surrounding regions. Dr. Kessler has doctorate degree from Temple University in special education/inclusive practices and is a clinical assistant professor, currently teaching pre-service and in-service teachers in the special education program in Temple's College of Education.

Jim Lemanowicz
Mr. Lemanowicz is Assistant Director of Research at the Institute on Disabilities, as well as the Data Coordinator for the NIRS database. A 30+ year employee of Temple his responsibilities include statistical analysis and data management on multiple research projects. Mr. Lemanowicz co-authored several publications in developmental disabilities and presented at many forums. Currently his area of concentration is quality assurance, consumer interviews, and evaluation of the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Mr. Lemanowicz received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Temple University.

Amy Letson
Ms. Letson, Graphic/Web Design Specialist, manages the websites for the Institute, and also designs and produces print, multimedia, and photographic materials. Since earning her BFA degree from the University of Delaware she has specialized in web development, photography and graphic design, and has recently completed a master's degree at Temple University.

Jule Ann Lieberman
As Program Coordinator Ms. Lieberman provides information and assistance to consumers of Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT). She conducts assistive technology (AT) demonstrations and training and is responsible for public awareness activities to promote the PIAT's service goals. Ms. Lieberman has earned her MS in Low Vision Therapy from Salus University, Certificate in AT Applications from California State University Northridge and is a Certified Low Vision Therapist with more than 15 years experience of providing computer AT instruction to adults with vision loss and blindness. She recently founded EZ2C Foundation, a non-profit agency serving people adjusting to life with permanent vision loss.

Michael McLendon
Mr. McLendon is Front Desk Office Assistant. His responsibilities include clerical services such as managing the front desk area during office hours, greeting visitors, receiving and forwarding incoming telephone calls, and managing incoming and outgoing mail. Michael also works for the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program, a program of the Institute, scanning important documents. After graduating from high school, Michael attended the Academy for Adult Learning, a program of the Institute.

Sandra McNally
Sandra McNally is Assistant Director, Community Services at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. She is Program Director for PA's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), and coordinates other funded statewide assistive technology activities, including the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) and iCanConnectPA. Sandi is a parent of two children with disabilities, and holds a Master’s Degree from Temple University.

Kathy Miller
As Director of Community Services, Ms. Miller is responsible for overseeing the Institute's leadership development training programs. She also manages the Supported Leadership Initiative providing supports to self advocates on boards and committees and the Academy for Adult Learning a postsecondary opportunity at Temple for adults with intellectual disabilities. Kathy has a Master Degree in social work, and has worked along with and for people with disabilities for over 25 years.

Jamie Prioli
Ms. Prioli is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Program Coordinator for the Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP), and is responsible for information, technical assistance, device demonstrations, and funding assistance related to assistive technology. She also specializes in Emergency Management, AT and People with Functional Needs. For over 20 years she has worked with individuals with disabilities of all ages in home, school, work, and community settings. Ms. Prioli received her bachelor's degree from West Chester University and holds an Assistive Technology Professional Certificate (ATP) from RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America). She currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of RESNA.

Cathy Roccia-Meier
Ms. Roccia-Meier is the Family Education Coordinator, with the C2P2/EI and C2P2/Family Leadership programs, as well as Philadelphia's Families First program. A graduate of the Institute's traditional C2P2 program and parent to a young man on the autism spectrum, she has been active in local and state issues, including serving as chairperson for the Philadelphia Local Right to Education Task Force; a member of the Coalition of Philadelphia Special Education Advocates and serves on the Board for the Arc of Philadelphia and Autism Sharing and Parenting Inc.

Lisa Sonneborn
Ms. Sonneborn is the Project Coordinator for Visionary Voices: Leaders, Lessons. Legacy. For over fifteen years, Ms. Sonneborn has produced media that is focused on issues meaningful to the disability community. With Visionary Voices, she is working to capture oral histories of leaders in Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Movement, and is overseeing the processing and preservation of the Institute's archival collections. Ms. Sonneborn earned her BA in Art History from Arcadia University, and her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.

Tammy Thompson-Cooke
Ms. Thompson-Cooke is a speech-language pathologist and the Augmentative Communication Services Coordinator. Her responsibilities include providing information, technical assistance, communication software and device demonstrations, trainings, AAC evaluation and assessments, and funding assistance, related to communication devices and relevant equipment. She earned her master's degree in Communicative Disorders in 1999 from San Francisco State University and completed her AT certificate from the Center for AT in Berkeley.

Lisa Troy
Ms. Troy manages the day-to-day operations of the TDDP. Her responsibilities include approving equipment orders and invoices, overseeing policies and procedures, and preparing program reports. She attends national meetings (e.g. TEDPA) to maintain awareness of state-of-the-art technologies and consumer-responsive practices in the operations of telecommunications distribution programs, coordinates activities of the consumer educator, and supervises activities of the TDDP Project Coordinator. Lisa is a parent of an adult child with a disability and holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work from Temple University.

Ann Marie White
Ms. White is Deputy Director and is responsible for the daily operations and financial management of the Institute on Disabilities. She brings with her over a decade of experience in research administration and research financial management. Ms. White earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from La Salle University, a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Research Administrator.

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