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ABOUT IIDC

Personnel Directory

The purpose of this Personnel Directory featuring faculty and staff of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is to provide you, our customers, with information pertaining to the various areas of expertise assembled at the Institute. It is the hope of the faculty and staff of the Institute that you will find this Personnel Directory helpful.

David Mank, Ph.D.
Director

Institute Administration

The Institute's Administrative Unit supports the work of our seven research and training Centers. Administration houses the Office of the Director, the Business Management Office, Office of Communications, and Information Technology.
  • David Mank, Ph.D.
    Director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
    email icon dmank@indiana.edu
    Applied Research,  Community Living,  Disability Policy,  Employment,  Transition
  • Darra M. Ellis
    Administrative Support
    email icon dmellis@indiana.edu
    Customer Service,  Editing and Proofreading,  Logistics Management,  Purchasing Assistance,  Travel
  • Joel F. Fosha, B.S.
    Manager, Office of Communications
    email icon foshaj@indiana.edu
    Communications and Marketing,  Public Relations,  Technical Writing,  Computer Graphic Design,  Web Design
  • Becky Hudson
    Secretary to the Director
    email icon bhudson@indiana.edu
    Customer Service,  Office Management and Support,  Proofing and Editing
  • Stacey May
    email icon stmay@indiana.edu
    Alternative Format Design,  Computer Graphic Design,  Conference Planning,  Office Management and Support
  • Scott Myers, M.B.A.
    Information Systems Analyst
    email icon scomyers@indiana.edu
    Database Design,  Process Optimization,  Project Management,  Statistical Analysis
  • Mathew Nix, B.A.
    Technology Support Coordinator
    email icon msnix@indiana.edu
    Equipment Deployment Management,  Information Technology Support,  Problem Solving
  • Doug Ryner
    IT Director
    email icon dryner@indiana.edu
    Languages: PHP, HTML/XHTML, JavaScript (AJAX/jquery/JSON), XML, ASP, PERL, CGI, C++, .NET Applications: MySQL database, SQL, Access, WordPress, Joomla!, Cascade Server WCM Operating Systems and Platforms: Linux, UNIX, NT, Apple/Mac, PC ,  Business Continuity,  Systems and Data Security,  IT Operations
  • Beverly Sturgeon
    Business Manager
    email icon bsturgeo@indiana.edu
    Fiscal Management,  Office Management and Support,  Electronic Procurement

Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center conducts research and training to promote successful school readiness for children (birth to age five) and their families.
  • Michael Conn-Powers, Ph.D.
    Center Director
    email icon mipower@indiana.edu
    Collaborative Service Delivery Models (consultation, team-based planning),  Early Childhood Special Education Practices,  Early Intervention Practices,  Program Evaluation in Early Intervention
  • Janet Ballard
    Research Associate
    email icon jaeball@indiana.edu
  • Susan D. Dixon, M.S.
    Project Consultant
    email icon sudixon@indiana.edu
    Communication Disorders,  Curriculum Development and Modification,  Early Childhood Intervention
  • Katherine Herron, PhD
    Research Associate
    email icon kgherron@indiana.edu

Center on Education and Lifelong Learning

The Center on Education and Lifelong Learning works with schools and communities to welcome, include, educate, and support all learners.
  • Sandi Cole, Ed.D.
    Center Director
    email icon cmcole@indiana.edu
    Collaboration and Co-Teaching,  Curriculum and Instruction,  Educational Leadership,  Equity and Diversity Issues,  Inclusive School Communities,  Participatory Research,  School Reform
  • Jim Ansaldo, Ph.D.
    Research Associate; IC Teams Project Coordinator
    email icon jansaldo@indiana.edu
    Connected Learning,  Culturally Responsive Teaching,  Curriculum Design,  Differentiated Instruction,  Instructional Consultation Teams,  School Wide Positive Behavior Support,  Service Learning,  Technology,  Unified Systems
  • Michele Brentano, M.S.
    Research Associate, PBIS Indiana Trainer
    email icon mbrentan@indiana.edu
    Classroom Management,  Critical Friends Groups,  Culturally Responsive Pedagogy,  Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Intervention and Support,  Multi-age Classrooms,  Reading and Writing Workshop,  Teacher Education
  • Tricia Campbell
    Adminstrative Secretary
    email icon pmerida@indiana.edu
    Computer Graphic Design,  Conference Planning,  Office Management and Support
  • Barbara Horvath, D.
    Research Associate
    email icon bhorvath@indiana.edu
    Birth to Five: Early Learning,  Differentiated Instruction,  Inclusive Schools,  Parent/Community/School Partnerships,  Understanding by Design,  Universal Design for Learning
  • Michael Horvath, Ed.S.
    Research Associate
    email icon Horvath3@indiana.edu
    Educational Leadership,  Inclusive Schools,  Program Evaluation,  School Administration,  School Reform
  • Mindy Hightower King, Ph.D.
    Evaluation Manager
    email icon minking@indiana.edu
    After School Programming,  Childhood Obesity,  Evaluation,  Evaluation Capacity Building,  Extended Learning Time,  Mentoring,  Performance Measurement,  School Wellness,  Service Learning
  • Kay Moore
    Administrative Secretary
    email icon moorel@indiana.edu
  • Deborah Reichmann, M.S.W., S.S.W.
    Research Associate and Trainer, PBIS IN
    email icon dreichma@indiana.edu
    Building Positive Classroom Climate,  Culturally Responsive Practices,  Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans,  Mental Illness and Disabilities,  Restorative Justice Practices,  Social-Emotional Learning,  SW-PBIS,  Trauma, Grief and Loss
  • Hardy Murphy, Ph.D.
    Research Scientist/Scholar
    email icon hamurphy@indiana.edu
    Issues of Equity, School Reform, Teacher Appraisal, Unified Systems
  • Mallory Rickbeil
    Research Associate
    email icon malrickb@indiana.edu
    Childhood Obesity, Physical Activity, Active Transportation, Community Outreach, School Wellness
  • James Robinson, M.S., B.S.
    Research Associate
    email icon jarobins@indiana.edu
    School Transformation/Universal Access,  Teacher Development/Leadership,  Teacher Role and Identity Theory
  • Wendy Walter-Bailey, Ph.D.
    Research Associate
    email icon wwalterb@indiana.edu
    Alternative Education and Curriculum Development,  Curriculum/School Reform,  Gender and Social Class Issues,  Issues of Marginalization,  Middle School,  Multicultural/Global Education,  Pre-Service Teacher Education
  • Sandy Washburn, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
    Research Associate
    email icon swashbur@indiana.edu
    Action Research,  Bullying Prevention,  Disability Studies,  Positive Behavioral Supports,  School Discipline Practices,  School Wide Positive Behavior Support,  Students Labeled Emotionally/Behaviorally Disordered,  Teacher Education

Center on Community Living and Careers

The Center on Community Living and Careers partners with schools and support organizations to improve secondary transition and employment outcomes for individuals to live, work, and participate in their communities.
  • Teresa Grossi, Ph.D.
    Center Director
    email icon tgrossi@indiana.edu
    Applied Research and Evaluation,  Developing a unified system for transition services,  Improving employment outcomes,  Secondary Transition Services,  Transition Planning
  • Mary F. Held, Ph.D.
    Project Coordinator
    email icon maheld@indiana.edu
    Curriculum Development,  Professional Development of School and Adult Service Staff,  Self-Determination,  Service Coordination,  Supported Employment,  Systems Change,  Transition
  • Susan K. Henning-Harris, A.A.G.S.
    Project Assistant
    email icon skharris@indiana.edu
    Conference Planning,  Fiscal and Travel Management,  Office Management,  Project Support,  Software Support
  • Anne Higley, B.A.
    Outreach Specialist
    email icon afhigley@indiana.edu
  • Brianne Lott, M.R.C., C.R.C.
    Project Coordinator
    email icon brilott@indiana.edu
    Employment,  Mental Health,  Social Security Work Incentives,  Ticket to Work
  • Dan Pierz, M.L.S., M.I.S.
    Instructional Systems Technology Developer
    email icon dpierz@indiana.edu
    Distance Education,  Interactive Systems,  User Oriented Design,  Web Accessibility,  Web Content Development
  • Joni Schmalzried, Ed.D.
    Project Coordinator
    email icon jeschmal@indiana.edu
    Career and Technical Education,  Creative Transition Activities for Secondary Students with Disabilities,  Secondary Transition Planning,  Students with Significant Behavior Needs,  Writing Measurable and Connected Annual Goals
  • Jackie Tijerina, M.Ed.
    Research Associate
    email icon jtijerin@indiana.edu
    Curriculum Design,  Employment,  Inclusion,  Project SEARCH,  School/Interagency Collaboration,  Self Determination,  Technology,  Transition for Youth with Disabilities
  • Jean Updike, M.S.W.
    Research Associate
    email icon jeupdike@indiana.edu
    Employment,  Postsecondary Programs,  Ticket to Work,  Transition
  • Faith Thomas
    Project Coordinator
    email icon fmthomas@indiana.edu
    Secondary Transition Services,  Developing Unified System for Transition Services,  Improving Employment Outcomes,  Family Involvement

Center on Aging and Community

The Center on Aging and Community promotes self-determination and social integration of aging adults with disabilities through participatory research, planning, and advocacy.
  • Phil Stafford, Ph.D.
    Center Director
    email icon staffor@indiana.edu
    Community participation in research and development,  Cultural aspects of dementia,  Culture and memory,  Social and cultural impact of aging on communities
  • Jane Harlan-Simmons, M.A.
    Research Associate
    email icon jeharlan@indiana.edu
    Aging and Late Life Supports,  Computer Graphic Design,  Technical Writing/Editing,  World Wide Web/Media Design
  • Peg Holtz, M.S.
    Research Associate
    email icon holtzp@indiana.edu
    Community Building,  Oral History,  Self-Advocacy,  Video Editing
  • Matthew J. Norris, M.S.W.
    Research Associate
    email icon mnorris@indiana.edu
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),  Social Work
  • Jennie Todd, B.A.
    Research Associate
    email icon jeptodd@indiana.edu
    Building capacity and leadership development for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities,  Collecting oral histories,  Community building/community membership,  Curriculum development,  Person centered planning techniques and strategies,  Workshop and/or group facilitation
  • Lora Wagers
    Administrative Program Secretary
    email icon lwagers@indiana.edu
    Desktop Publishing,  Editing,  Proofreading,  Research,  Social Media

Center for Disability Information and Referral

The Center for Disability Information and Referral specializes in library services for those seeking disability-related information.
  • Christina C. Wray, M.L.S.
    Librarian
    email icon ccwray@indiana.edu
    Citation Analysis,  Library Assessment,  Library Services for People with Disabilities,  Online Instructional Design
  • Sharon Soto
    Library Branch Coordinator
    email icon ssoto@indiana.edu
    Library Circulation,  E-Store Publications

Indiana Resource Center for Autism

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism conducts training, consultations, engages in research, and disseminates information to build local community capacity to support children and adults on the autism spectrum.
  • Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    Center Director
    email icon prattc@indiana.edu
    Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Disability Policy,  Family Support,  Positive Behavior Supports
  • Pamela Anderson
    Outreach/Resource Specialist
    email icon pamander@indiana.edu
  • Lisa Bidwell
    email icon lbidwell@indiana.edu
    Office management, communications, event planning, editing/proofreading, html, data analysis and reporting, desktop publishing
  • Kristie Brown Lofland, M.S., CCC-A
    Research Associate
    email icon klofland@indiana.edu
    Autism Spectrum Disorders ,  Communication
  • Catherine Davies, M.Ed., M.Sc., LMHC
    Educational Consultant
    email icon daviesc@indiana.edu
  • Melissa Dubie, M.S.
    Research Associate
    email icon mdubie@indiana.edu
    Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Evidence Based Practices,  Sexual Health
  • Kristi A. Jordan, OTR/L
    Research Associate
    email icon krijorda@indiana.edu
    Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Occupational Therapy,  Sensory Integration
  • Anna Merrill
    Graduate Assistant
    email icon annamerr@indiana.edu
    Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Social Skills Intervention,  Transition
  • Barb Schnizer Fogarty
    Research Associate
    email icon bfogarty@indiana.edu
    Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Marci Wheeler, M.S.W.
    Social Work Specialist
    email icon mwheeler@indiana.edu
    Autism Spectrum Disorders,  College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Community Resources in Indiana,  Family Support,  Information and Referral,  Social Work

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