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Harold Campbell, Math Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Division, has spent more than twenty years in the field of mathematics. He has taught all grades from kindergarten through college. He has served in every math capacity from classroom teacher to Department Head, to Math Coach and District Math Specialist. Harold has presented at Regional, State and National conferences. Harold earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mathematics and his Master’s Degree in Education. He has a passion for teaching, logic puzzles, and can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 3 minutes.
Vanessa DiCarlo,M.ED., Special Education Advocate and Educational Consultant. She has recently joined Susan Marks and Advocates, PLLC- A Law Firm for Disability-Related Issues. Ms. DiCarlo graduated from Northern Arizona University, where she received a master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in inclusive practices, positive behavioral supports, and autism. Ms. DiCarlo worked in typical education settings, in addition to special education settings creating system wide change; and advocating for the inclusion of students with disabilities into typical classrooms by individualizing services such as curriculum modifications, behavior plans, and assistive technology. Collaborating with various behavioral health and statewide agencies, she advocated for coordinated services for students. Ms. DiCarlo has presented at national and statewide conferences on a variety of disability-related topics, while also consulting with the ADE Support Cadre, and NAU by supervising masters-level teachers in the internship phase of their program.
Ralph W. Edwards, MPH, MPA is the father of Jon Kofi and Brent Edwards and the life partner of Vicky Pulos. He directs the Office of Citizen Leadership at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Previously, he served on the TASH Board of Directors, Chair of the Executive Committee, and Founding Chair of the Diversity / Cultural Competency Committee. Ralph is a TASH New England Board member. Beginning in 2005, with Drs. Allen Crocker and Wanda Blanchett and Attorney Barbara E. Ransom, he co-edited “People of Color with Significant Disabilities and Their Families: Prevalence, Challenges, and Successes”, a seminal publication highlighting disparate experiences of individuals and families of color with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Working with TASH staff, particularly Pamela Dukes, Ralph was instrumental in securing Kellogg Foundation funding and championing cultural competency within TASH and the disability community. Presentations at the Congressional Black Caucus Health BrainTrust, disability conferences, and, of course TASH conferences and congressional summits contribute to growing acknowledgment of TASH’s visionary leadership in this arena. TASH leadership signaled its commitment through approval of a Resolution on Diversity/Cultural Competency, promotion of collaboration through a Joint Resolution on D/CC by national disability advocacy organizations and authorizing development of a self-assessment tool specifically for disability organizations designed and managed by the National Center for Cultural Competency (Georgetown University). TASH’s advocacy for cultural competency (including disability as well as race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) and support for research and programs to eliminate health, services and quality of life disparities is actualization of its historic mission of equity, opportunity and inclusion. Ralph is a graduate of Tulane University, the University of Texas School of Public Health, and the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
Janet Fukuda began her work in Assistive Technology (AT) in a K-8 public school district, supporting students with moderate to severe disabilities. She went on to become an AT specialist for the district; where she worked with many different types of AT from low to high tech. Previous to joining the Arizona Department of Education’s Assistive Technology Team in the fall of 2016, Janet directed the AT program for a community college. This experience has given her a unique perspective, showing her how barriers for students with disabilities could be removed or minimized and how students could achieve greater success through the use of the AT from kindergarten to college. Janet holds a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in assistive technology and a graduate certificate in assistive technology.
Mariah Harvey, Paulo Freire Freedom School Spanish Teacher and Advisor, Social Justice Activist.Mariah Harvey has been active in the education community of Tucson for many years. Deeply impacted by the academic teachings of her Chicano studies courses years ago, she began to pursue a degree in education, focusing on the empowerment of youth through reflection and critical consciousness, political activism, and hip hop and poetry. She is currently a middle school educator and is completing her Masters work in Secondary Education
Stephen Hinkle has been speaking around the country for over 13 years in the fields of Autism, Inclusive Education, and Disability Policy. Stephen obtained a Master’s degree in Special Education with emphasis in Disability Policy Studies from Northern Arizona University in 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2007 from San Diego State University. Stephen has previously worked in the Information Technology field specializing in technical support and distance learning. Stephen graduated from high school in 1997 with a standard diploma and was mostly in regular classes since 4th grade. When Stephen was diagnosed with Autism, his parents were told by a psychiatrist to institutionalize him. He was never institutionalized and was raised as a normal child with special needs. Stephen is very talented in the field of technology and has been able to program a computer since he was four years old. During Stephen's life, it has been an uphill battle to advocate the public education system to meet his needs which was a challenge for his parents. Stephen spends his time training teachers and parents to help people with special needs succeed. He also works to help school systems, advocacy organizations, and others adopt better policies and methods to improve the success rates of people with special needs and reduce the culture of poverty and loneliness that many with special needs experience growing up.
Today, Stephen makes his home in San Diego, CA. In past years, he has lived in Flagstaff, AZ, El Paso, TX, Alamogordo, NM, Mesa, AZ, Indianapolis, IN, Virginia Beach, VA, and Dallas, TX. He has one brother, Scott.
Bruce Kennedy has worked with people with disabilities for over 40 years, in the classroom, in the community, developing residential programs and employment opportunities while advocating for individual rights and inclusive policies. He has worked in public education, the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Bruce joined the Arizona Department of Education – Assistive Technology Team in July 2007. He has completed degrees and certifications in Special Education, Psychology, and Public Administration from Arizona State and Northern Arizona Universities and completed post graduate certification in Counseling & Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona.
Karenne Koo is a dance artist dedicated to developing and practicing multi-disciplinary approaches to the art of inclusive dance as an instrument for building community. She is co-Founder and Executive Director of Evolve Dance Inc.,serves on the Board of Directors of Mettler Studios Inc. and is a member of the International Association for Creative Dance. Karenne has conducted creative dance workshops through Evolve Dance’s Dance Together residencies in New York, Vietnam, Indonesia and Peru. In Tucson, she teaches creative dance improvisation at Arts for All, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization that provides art education for adults and children with diverse abilities; co-directs the Arts for All Adult Dance Ensemble, a performing group of dancers with mixed abilities that regularly presents original works at multiple venues throughout the year; and dances/teaches for ZUZI! Dance Company. https://karennekoo.net/
Amy Langermangraduated with honors from the Arizona State University College of Law and worked for 20 years as a civil litigation attorney, handling complex medical malpractice, employment discrimination and insurance cases. Amy served as president of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and headed its amicus curiae (friend of the court) committee for 20 years. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and served on its Amicus Curie Committee from 1987 until 2015, when she decided it was time that some younger attorneys bring new life to the organization. Prior to moving to California in 2002, Amy spent 12 years as a Judge Pro-Tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court where she rotated through a "floating" civil trial courtroom (to reduce backlog for the permanent judges) and served as a court assigned mediator/settlement judge. Amy's special education training began as with many attorneys, when she got "THE DIAGNOSIS" for her first child when he was just 2. While Amy knew nothing about autism at the time, she left the office of the doctor she dubs "Dr. Doom and Gloom" and made it her life's mission to learn whatever she could to give her son whatever opportunity he could have, without predetermined limits or assumptions. Amy's first due process was filed when her son was 4. After winning that case, and then several more for her son, she started taking pro-bono and contingency fee special education cases in Arizona. In 2002, she decided to move to Coronado, California where there were better schools, more available resources, and a small, safe community for her children to call home. Amy now dedicates the majority of her working time to helping children with disabilities. She returns to Arizona to handle due process cases because of the need for litigation savvy attorneys with her special education background. In California, Amy attends IEP meetings in San Diego County. She helped create a special program for her own district for students who needed a self-contained program but could benefit from a college prep curriculum, like her son. While he was there, it served as a good transition to move him onto a comprehensive campus where, within 2 years, he was able to be successfully fully included. He completed four years at his local high school, was a National Honor Society member, took AP classes and contemporaneously completed 11 community college classes. He then enrolled in a 4 year liberal arts University, graduating in three; he was inducted into the Mortar Board and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After being accepted to seven law schools, he accepted one offer then deferred it so he could work in the "real world" for a while. In 2015, he moved to Oregon to attend law school. In the last five years, Amy has worked with IEP teams to successfully include children that for years languished in self contained classrooms with low expectations and high behaviors. She has supported children with Down Syndrome, Autism and other disabilities to be active members of general education classrooms, treated with respect, and participating in "real" curriculum. Several of these children are now in high school and attend their own IEPs and advocate for their own programs. One graduated last year and is in a transition program, away from home, learning to work and live independently. She will share both legal and practical answers about how to successfully include a child with an IEP in a full inclusion program.
Amy McDonald- The oldest daughter of an elementary school teacher, Amy McDonald grew up in the classroom. She acquired her first tutoring position in 3rd grade, and has tutored almost every year since. Amy earned her Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies as a Multiple Subjects Teacher major from Azusa Pacific University in California, where she spent several hours in local schools teaching all subjects at the elementary level. After moving to Arizona, Amy completed her Master’s degree in Middle School Mathematics Teaching and Leadership at the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the same institution. Amy holds elementary, secondary mathematics, and administrator certifications. In Arizona, she has taught math to students (and often their teachers) from preschool through high school, at literally every grade. She has taught in both the public and private sectors and has worked with charters as well. She has served as Department Head, Math Coach, School Director, and more recently Learning Supports Coordinator and Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coordinator. Amy has a passion for teaching high-level mathematics to all students, especially students with disabilities, language learners, and those traditionally labeled as “at risk.” When she is not teaching, tutoring, or planning her dissertation, she enjoys spending time with her husband and six kids, three of which are Great Danes.
Tara Weber, SLP,is a licensed and certified Speech Pathologist.
She has been providing therapy in southern Arizona schools for 20+ years from preschool through high school. She is on the Governor's Committee for Traumatic Brain Injuries and a committee member for SLP licensing and standards in AZ. She does support training for Headstart in AZ, in-services throughout the country for oral motor skills, autism and behavior management, and is a consultant for many AZ Districts on inclusive practices for Speech and Language.
Howard E. Zlamal is a special education teacher and habilitation provider in the Tucson metropolitan area. He also works in affiliation with AZLEND for the University of Arizona in Tucson. Zlamal also presents nationwide on his experience with the autism spectrum. He also presents on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.
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