Instructors

Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D.

Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Special Education & Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University, has worked in the field of visual impairments for over 40 years.... read more about Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D.

Amy Collins, Ed.S., B.C.B.A

Amy Collins, Ed.S., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed teacher in Massachusetts. Ms. Collins spent more than seven years working in the Deafblind Program at the Perkins School for... read more about Amy Collins, Ed.S., B.C.B.A

Andrea Tavares, Fabricator/Designer

Andrea Tavares is a Fabricator/Designer, Deafblind.

Barry S. Kran, O.D., FAAOD

Barry Kran is professor at the New England College of Optometry and the Optometric Director at the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.

Betsy McGinnity

Betsy McGinnity oversees the operations of the Training & Educational Resources Program, which brings together Perkins' information, training and educational resource functions to increase the... read more about Betsy McGinnity

Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.

Christine Roman was raised in Michigan and received degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education/Visual Impairment at Michigan State University. She worked as an itinerant teacher of the... read more about Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.

Corinna Bauer, Ph.D.

Corinna Bauer, Ph.D. will be a part of "Examining Some Perspectives on CVI: Conversations with Experts."

Darick W. Wright, MA, CLVTD, COMS

Darick Wright is an Assistant Professor of Vision Rehabilitation at the New England College of Optometry. He is a certified specialist in low vision therapy/orientation and mobility for blind and... read more about Darick W. Wright, MA, CLVTD, COMS

Deborah Chen, Ph.D.

Deborah Chen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), teaches in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs. She also... read more about Deborah Chen, Ph.D.

Deirdre Walsh, MS CCC/SLP

Deirdre Walsh is a TVI at the Lower School & Early Learning Center at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.

Diane Brauner

Diane Brauner is an educational accessibility consultant working with Perkins School for the Blind to create and manage the Paths to Technology website. Diane continues to collaborate with SAS on... read more about Diane Brauner

Dr. Alan Lantzy

Dr. Alan Lantzy, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Temple University.

Dr. Anne Fulton, Ophthalmologist

Dr. Anne Fulton, Ophthalmologist will present a workshop on CVI: Best Practices and Current Research.

Ed Summers

Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 20 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager... read more about Ed Summers

Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI

Ellen works as the CVI Program Manager for Perkins School for the Blind. She joined the administrative leadership team at Perkins School for the Blind to create and oversee Perkins CVI assessment... read more about Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI

Frank Thorn

Frank Thorn, O.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Vision Science; Director, Accelerated OD Program; Director, International Research & Development at New England College of Optometry.

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Ira Padhye, M.Ed.

Ira Padhye is the Project Coordinator for the Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness, which is based at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.... read more about Ira Padhye, M.Ed.

Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D.

Jennifer Grisham-Brown is a professor and program chair in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program and faculty director of the Early Childhood Laboratory school. She is co-author... read more about Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D.

Karen E. Blankenship, Ph.D.

Karen E. Blankenship is an Assistant Professor of the Practice, Dept. of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She has been a certified teacher of students who are blind or... read more about Karen E. Blankenship, Ph.D.

Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D.

Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D., is a distance education instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has engaged in private practice as a career counselor and consultant in Austin, Texas,... read more about Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D.

Karen Narvol, Private Assistive Technology Consultant

Karen Narvol has 42 years of experience as an elementary school teacher, instructional technology specialist, and assistive technology consultant with school districts and intermediate units in... read more about Karen Narvol, Private Assistive Technology Consultant

Kate Beals

Kate Beals, is an Occupational Therapist.

She will present a training on Ready to Learn!

 

Kristine Davis, M.A.

Kristine Davis has been paid by Perkins to be the instructor of this course.

Linda Hagood, M.A., CCC-SLP

Linda Hagood has worked for 30 years as a speech language pathologist, with more than half of that time focused on communication intervention with children and adolescents who have visual and... read more about Linda Hagood, M.A., CCC-SLP

Lindsay Hillier

Lindsay Hillier will present at the 4th annual CVI Symposium.

Lotfi Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH

Lotfi Merabet is an optometrist and neuroscientist investigating how the brain adapts to the loss of sight. He completed his doctorate degree in neuroscience (University of Montréal) and clinical... read more about Lotfi Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH

Luisa Mayer, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Luisa Mayer is an Associate Professor of Vision Science and Individuals with Disabilities at the New England College of Optomtry since 2006, when she joined the academic staff of the college and... read more about Luisa Mayer, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Margie Kirstein

Margie Kirstein is the instructor for a 2-day Blended Workshop on Differentiating for English Learners.

Marguerite Bilms, M.Ed.

Marguerite Bilms-Tibaudo received her Master of Education degree from Boston College specializing in working with children who have severe special needs and deafblindness. For the past six years,... read more about Marguerite Bilms, M.Ed.

Mary Zatta, Ph.D.

Mary C. Zatta, Ph.D., Director of Professional Development. Dr. Zatta will present at the 4th annual CVI Symposium.

Matt Tietjen

Matt Tietjen is an education consultant and teacher of students with visual impairments in Connecticut. Matt earned his special education certification from Southern Connecticut State University.... read more about Matt Tietjen

Megan Connaughton, M.Ed.

Megan Connaughton is a teacher in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind. She holds a Master’s of Education Degree from Boston College in Severe and Multiple Disabilities with a... read more about Megan Connaughton, M.Ed.

Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP

Megan Mogan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, who specializes in working with students who are early communicators, including deafblind learners and VI... read more about Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP

Millie Smith

Millie Smith, Consultant, Developer of the APH Sensory Learning Kit and Symbols and Meaning. Smith is a consultant for students with visual and multiple impairments. She is the co-author... read more about Millie Smith

Molly Campbell, Occupational Therapists

Molly Campbell is an Occupational Therapist, Lower School & Early Learning Center.

Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, Ph.D.

Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Delta College, and a School Psychologist. She has authored articles and book chapters about developmental outcomes for... read more about Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, Ph.D.

Nathalie de Wit

Nathalie de Wit is the Lead Teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, Lower School, and has taught in a self-contained classroom with students who are blind and have significant additional... read more about Nathalie de Wit

Patrice Glancy
Patrice Glancy received her undergraduate degree at Providence College in 2002 in elementary education and moderate disabilities, and immediately began her career at Jackson Mann School in... read more about Patrice Glancy
Patty Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R.

Patricia Obrzut is the Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children, a private, non-profit organization serving special needs children.

Ms. Obrzut has a Master’s Degree in... read more about Patty Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R.

Perkins eLearning

Perkins eLearning strives to share the insights and expertise of Perkins educators — as well as the valuable expertise of our colleagues across the country — with teachers, families and... read more about Perkins eLearning

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis is a parent who will presents a workshop on CVI: Best Practices and Current Research.

Sandra Kenrick

Sandra Kenrick is a mother of two sons. Her oldest, age 6, is deaf-blind. His first language is American Sign Language. Her youngest, age 3, has typical vision and hearing. His first language is... read more about Sandra Kenrick

Sandra Newcomb

Dr. Sandra Newcomb is the Technical Assistance & Education Specialist on the Connections Project. Although she officially joined the staff in 2005, she has been a valuable member of the CBSS... read more about Sandra Newcomb

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith, M.Ed., C.A.E.S. Braille Instructor for the Vision Studies Program at UMass Boston.

Sharon Stelzer, M.Ed.
Sharon Z. Sacks, Ph.D.

Sharon Sacks is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at the California School for the Blind. Prior to that, she was a Full Professor and Coordinator of the Teacher Preparation... read more about Sharon Z. Sacks, Ph.D.

Sign Language

Classes are taught in Signed English and meet one session per week.

Each class will be conducted by experienced Sign Language instructors and will be held in both... read more about Sign Language

Susan Bruce, Ph.D.

Susan Bruce is an Professor of Special Education at Boston College. She directs the Masters Degree Program in Severe Disabilities with an optional specialization in deafblindness. She previously... read more about Susan Bruce, Ph.D.

Tara Mason, Ph.D.

Tara Mason holds a Ph.D. in Special Education specializing in visual impairment, assistive technology, and coaching special education teachers. She currently works with a school district in the... read more about Tara Mason, Ph.D.

Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.

Therese Willkomm, PhD, is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is an associate professor... read more about Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.

Tim Moore

Tim Moore, Electro-Mechanical Engineer/ Adaptive Design Specialist

Tracy Evans-Luiselli

Dr. Tracy Evans Luiselli is the Family Supports Coordinator in the Perkins Deafblind Program as well as Project Director for the New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and... read more about Tracy Evans-Luiselli

Wendy Buckley

Wendy L. Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S., Braille Instructor for the Vision Studies Program at UMass Boston.

Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D.

Ting is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) with 14 years of experience working with students with visual impairments, severe/multiple disabilities, and deafblindness. She was... read more about Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D.