Joni Schmalzried is a research associate/project coordinator with the Indiana Institute's Center on Community Living and Careers, working primarily with the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center.
Joni has spent the last 32 years working in the field of special education. She started as a classroom teacher, both at the elementary and secondary level. She found her true passion as a Transition Coordinator in the early 1990s. She spent 7 years as a Director of Special Education for a 4-school corporation cooperative and, prior to coming to IIDC full time, worked as a full time Assistant Professor at Huntington University. At Huntington, Joni also helped start the ABLE Program, a postsecondary program for students with Intellectual Disabilities.
Joni received her Bachelor’s Degree from St. Francis College, and her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Ball State University. Joni’s dissertation focused on the connection between Special Education teachers and teachers at Career and Technical Education Centers and how they work on behalf of students with disabilities.
Joni has served on many committees and boards over the years including the Board of Directors for Pathfinders Services, Inc. in Huntington, Indiana and the. She has also been an active member on a Systems of Care Board, Community Success Board, and the Statewide Transition Advisory Board.