ATIA 2019 Strand Advisors

The ATIA 2019 strand advisors are each recognized experts in their respective session strands. Under the guidance of Educational Program Chair Joy Zabala, the strand advisors play a critical role in curating the conference education program, ensuring each education session meets the unique and varied needs of conference attendees.

Educational Program Chair

Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, CAST


Headshot of Joy ZabalaJoy Smiley Zabala, Ed.D., is a general and special educator who has worked with students, families, education agencies and others across the U.S. and abroad for more than 25 years to expand the use of assistive technology to increase the communication, participation and productivity of people with disabilities. She is the developer of the SETT Framework, a former president of the Technology and Media division of CEC, a founder of QIAT, and the facilitator of the QIAT List. Dr. Zabala is the Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning at CAST. She is a strong supporter of Universal Design for Learning as the foundational support for the education of all students and of accessible technologies and materials as complementary supports for those students who require them for active participation and achievement in UDL environments.

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Assistive Technology for Improved Function

Supporting Partner:  American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/L, Executive Director, Touch the Future. Inc., representing Technology SIS, American Occupational Therapy Association

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Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/L, is the executive director of Touch the Future, Inc. Ms. Hanebrink is an occupational therapist who has developed a practice niche in advocacy, assistive technology, and networking individuals with disabilities and service providers to the necessary resources and funding to achieve individual life goals. She has multiple presentations and publications at the local to international levels, including topics on effectively educating and employing individuals with disabilities, reasonable accommodations, disability laws, disabled sports, and assistive technology. Ms. Hanebrink has received many awards and recognitions for her work.

Robin Jones, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center, representing Technology SIS, American Occupational Therapy Association

Robin Jones is the project director of the Great Lakes ADA Center located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robin has served as the director of the Center since its inception in 1991. The Great Lakes Center is one of 10 regional federally funded technical assistance centers on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Center serves the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Robin’s academic preparation includes degrees in public administration and occupational therapy. She is an instructor within the Department of Disability and Human Development, teaching courses in disability policy, community integration, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Robin is actively involved in providing training, consultation, and technical assistance on the provisions of the ADA and related laws to businesses, employers, government and educational entities, architects, social service organizations, and people with disabilities and their families.

Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA, Specialized Instructional Facilitator-Assistive Technology, Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, Virginia; representing Early Intervention & School & Technology Special Interest Sections, American Occupational Therapy Association

Judith Schoonover is an occupational therapist and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an assistive technology professional (ATP) by RESNA and is a founding member of the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team. Judith has worked in schools for more than 44 years. She has authored articles and chapters and has presented on the topics of school-based occupational therapy, transition, literacy, and assistive technology internationally. She is the former vice president of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association and has served as the communication liaison for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Early Intervention and School Special Interest Section. She has participated on several National Association of Directors of Special Education (NASDE) work groups pertaining to response to intervention (RtI), transition, and virtual schools. Currently, Judith represents AOTA on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities and participates on AOTA’s Transition Work Group.

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Supporting Partner:United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) logo

Amy Goldman, Vice President, Financial Affairs, United States Society for AAC (USSAAC)

Amy S. Goldman is one of three national technical assistance specialists for the national Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center (AT3). She previously was the co-executive director of the Institute on Disabilities, University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Temple University where she directed Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology, the Commonwealth’s “Assistive Technology (AT) Act” Program and other statewide assistive technology-related programs. A licensed speech-language pathologist, Amy’s career has focused on the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and especially, access to AAC for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Amy is a member of the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (“NJC”) representing the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is the Vice President for Finance of the United States Society for AAC (USSAAC).

Carole Zangari, Professor, Nova Southeastern University

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Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a faculty member in the Speech-Language Pathology department in the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the executive director of the NSU Satellite of the University of Miami-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). She is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and provides clinical supervision to graduate student clinicians serving children and adults with AAC needs. Dr. Zangari also directs the AAC Lab and is the lead instructor for AAC courses at the master’s and doctoral levels. Dr. Zangari is past coordinator of the ASHA Special Interest Division on AAC and has presented numerous times at national and international conferences. She is co-editor of the book “Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development of Students with AAC Needs” and blogs at www.PrAACtical Dr. Zangari combined her interests in core language and literacy development to co-author the “TELL ME Curriculum: Teaching Language and Early Literacy through Multimodal Expression” for preschool children with AAC needs.

Dr. Zangari can be reached through her blog or other social media venues including Twitter (@PrAACticalAAC), Facebook (, Pinterest (, and Instagram (@praacticalaac).

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Education & Learning: Learning Intervention – 12

Kelly Fonner, Fonner Consulting, Assistive/Educational Technology Consultant

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Kelly Fonner, MS, is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in special education from Millersville University and an MS in educational technology with emphasis in rehabilitation/special education technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education and research has been in the area of adult education and special education technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University – Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist and assistive technology specialist and is currently a self-employed consultant in assistive and educational technology. In these roles, she has worked for the public school system as well as private, non-profit organizations, a statewide AT project and has been an instructor in university courses on AT. Kelly is also the family member of individuals with disabilities.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences and to families in 48 states and internationally in Australia, Canada and South Africa. She speaks on a wide range of topics including assistive technology assessment and implementation strategies, augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy and study skills. Each year she works with approximately 50 school-based teams supporting students and their teams in the implementation of AAC and electronic literacy in the classroom. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations and workshops. Her website is

Daniel McNulty, State Director, PATINS Project

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Daniel McNulty is the State Director of the PATINS Project, a non-profit state-wide technical assistance network for the provision of assistive/accessible technology and acquisition/creation of Accessible Educational Materials in Indiana.  Daniel regularly presents at national, state, and regional conferences on a wide variety of topics around assistive technology, universal design for learning, accessible educational materials and including all students in the general education programming with increased achievement and high expectations.  Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Degree in Education from Purdue University with IN State Teacher Licensing in K-12 Moderate – Severe Disabilities.  He has teaching experience in a K-6 Intense Interventions classroom, a UDL pilot school leader, former ISTE SETSIG/PLN Board Member at Large, AEM Best Practices Cohort representative for Indiana, and NIMAS/AIM Coordinator for the State of Indiana.

Beth Poss, Independent Consultant, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

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Beth Poss has a private  educational consulting practice and works full time as an administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland.   As a certified Speech Language Pathologist, she has previously served as a member of the MCPS assistive technology team and as the Instructional Specialist for Universal Design for Learning in the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs .  She is an adjunct faculty member for Johns Hopkins University, and  presents nationally on best practices in Professional Development, Early Childhood Special Education, Learning and other Educational Disabilities, Assistive Technology, Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Areas of special interest include Designing Inclusive Learning Environments, , Visual Supports, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Equity, Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom, Use of Google Apps for Education,  and Resources to Support Universal Design for Learning in 21st Century Classrooms.

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Higher Education

Supporting Partner: G3ict logo

Christopher Lee, representing G3ict, Program Chair of the G3ict Higher Education Forum

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Christopher M. Lee, Ph.D., is the CEO of The CML Group and Program Chair of the G3ict Higher Education Forum and an international expert in the accessibility field. He is an author and public speaker on learning disabilities and assistive technologies. Dr. Lee founded and directed AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, the largest and most extensive North American center for accessibility services supporting over 2,500 higher education institutions. Dr. Lee has received numerous research grants, serves on the Global Leadership Council of the International Association of Accessible Professionals (IAAP), and chairs the IAAP international Higher Education Community of Practice.

Carolyn Phillips, Interim Director, AMAC Accessibility, Georgia Institution of Technology

Carolyn P. Phillips is nationally recognized in the field of assistive technology and disabilities. She currently serves as the Interim Director of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Tech. Carolyn served as Director and Principal Investigator of Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology (AT) Act Program at Georgia Tech | AMAC. In this capacity, she oversaw a wide range of AT projects and programs, including the National Pass It On Center. Ms. Phillips teaches a graduate class at the University of Georgia in the College of Education. She is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and guest lecturer at other universities. She has published articles in journals, chapters in books in AT and poetry focused on living with disabilities. Carolyn has dedicated her time and energy to promoting the independence of all people, including those with disabilities through advocacy, education, assistive technology and systems change. Among other awards and recognitions, she has received the National Rehabilitation Association’s Belle GreveAward for “outstanding contributions and major positive impacts” in the disability community. The Department of Labor in Georgia also gave her the Director’s Award for “extraordinary and diligent service on behalf of people with disabilities.” She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and her Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky. Carolyn lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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David Banes, Director, David Banes Access and Inclusion Services UK

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David Banes is Director of his company David Banes Access and Inclusion Services having previously led assistive technology services in Europe and the Middle East He now works across the globe building access infrastructure from policy to practice, based upon a detailed model of the ecosystem that supports implementation.

Recent projects include the development of a response to disruptive innovation in the access industry, identifying solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, and building a business case for public investment in assistive technology, whilst supporting entrepreneurs to bring products and services to market.

David supports those working in assistive technology through a series of publications and resources, all under open licence and free. These include the weekly Access and Inclusion through technology and monthly Global Symbols newsletters, the recently launched Three Minute thoughts on AT and “Voices” a magazine format dedicated to the thoughts and opinions of disabled people and those that support them.

Diana Carl, Independent Consultant

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Diana Foster Carl, M.A., with a background as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, has more than 35 years’ experience in various capacities in public education. Diana is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas, where for 12 years she served as the lead of the Texas Assistive Technology Network. Currently, Diana contracts with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.

Diana’s accomplishments include assistive technology leadership roles in national, statewide, and regional organizations including service on many advisory boards. She is a founding member of the Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium and a co-author of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services. She is a frequently invited speaker at national, state, and local conferences.

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Mainstream & Web Accessible Technologies

Supporting Partner: IAAP Logo

Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator, Oklahoma ABLE Tech; representing IAAP

Rob headshotRob Carr is the Accessibility Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech. ABLE Tech is Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program housed at Oklahoma State University. Rob helps Oklahoma state agencies and higher education institutions to make their websites and software more accessible. He trains and guides organizations to make accessibility doable. Rob focuses on topics that range from making PDF documents more accessible to building an accessibility program. Rob regularly talks about accessibility at local and national conferences and events. He also organizes Oklahoma’s statewide technology accessibility conference, TechAccessOK.

Mike Marotta, ATP – AT Specialist; President, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC; ISTE Inclusive Learning Network’s 2017 Outstanding Educator Award Recipient

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Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who has been providing direct services to individuals with all disabilities for almost 30 years. Mike is the 2017 ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for California State University at Northridge (CSUN), providing practical and in-depth training to professionals interested in specializing in assistive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge (CA); Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ); and Felician University (NJ) where he teaches courses for pre-service teachers and Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Mike is also a member of the Faculty at the Center on Technology and Disabilities and presents on an array of topics. Mike is the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey and serves on the CAST Accessible Educational Materials Advisory Board.

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Anya Evmenova, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University; representing the Technology and Media division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

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Anya Evmenova, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She teaches master and doctoral courses in assistive technology, special education, and research methods. She is an active contributor to the field of special education and assistive technology regularly publishing and presenting at national and international conferences. Design and research of technology-based interventions in academic settings is the primary focus of her work. She is currently a PI on the Stepping Up Technology Implementation project titled Project WeGotIT!: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizer – Teachers Integrating Technology! Dr. Evmenova’s research interests include the use of assistive and instructional tools for improving access to general education curriculum for students with various abilities and needs, Universal Design for Learning, online teaching and learning, as well as advances in the field of single-subject/case research methods.

Lori Geist, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Photo of Lori GeistLori Geist, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lori has worked in direct service, consultation, and product development related to augmentative and alternative communication, language and literacy intervention. She is currently project director for Project Core, funded through a Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Stepping Up Technology Implementation grant.

Heidi Koester, Ph.D., President, Koester Performance Research; representing the RESNA Research Committee

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Heidi Koester, Ph.D. is the President of Koester Performance Research. Heidi has over 15 years of experience as a principal investigator in assistive technology research, with a consistent focus on using evidence to enhance outcomes for computer users who have disabilities. Her development projects have resulted in the commercial release of Compass, Keyboard Wizard, and Pointing Wizard, complex software products that help individuals find the right access system for their needs. Her research projects have provided important information about adaptive techniques, measurement methods, and evidence-based practice in assistive technology. This research and development experience is complemented by 6 years of direct work providing assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities

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State Assistive Technology Programs

Kathleen Laurin, Technical Assistance Specialist, Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center

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Kathleen Laurin, Ph.D., is one of three national technical assistance specialists for the Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center. She has over 25 years of experience in disability services and over 17 years of experience with State AT Act Programs. She is recognized for her expertise in AT and outdoor accessible recreation, workplace accommodations, transition to postsecondary education, aging in place, and home modifications for safety and functioning. She has presented nationally and has provided training and technical assistance for assistive technology, accessible environments, ADA, and other disability-related issues. She holds a bachelor’s in Human Services, a master’s in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Doctorate in Human Rehabilitation. She also has an executive Certificate in Home Modifications and more than ten years of experience in the construction and remodeling industry.

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Vision & Hearing Technologies

Supporting Partner: ACVREP logo

Carmelina Hollingsworth, Project Director, Resource Materials and Technology Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (RMTC-D/HH)

Carmelina Hollingsworth is the Director for the Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (RMTC-D/HH) project. She directs the project to support Florida districts and schools based on the impact of initiatives on students with sensory loss. Carmelina serves as a member of the Florida’s Response to the National Deaf Agenda Team, the AIM/AT/UDL Oversight Team and the Statewide Technology Advisory Committee. As the mother of a high school son who learns differently, she is able to view the processes within the field from both professional and personal perspectives.

Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky, Ph.D., CRC, CATIS, Technology Training and Vocational Coordinator, Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches; representing ACVREP

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Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky, Ph.D., CRC, CATIS is the Technology Training and Vocational Coordinator for the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, where she oversees services for a 5-county territory. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass). She teaches a course in the Assistive Technology Certificate Program at UIC and she is developing programs through UMass to prepare professionals for the new CATIS credential through ACVREP.

Dr. Sessler Trinkowsky holds a B.A. degree in Special Education and a Master of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Florida. She has also earned an Educational Specialist and a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Engineering and Computing in Computing Technology in Education. Her dissertation topic focused on accessibility awareness and practices in online learning environments.

Dr. Sessler Trinkowsky has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 1999 and she was the recipient of the Florida Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Florida FAER) award for Outstanding Rehabilitation Professional for the Blind Award (2017). She was honored to be a member of the Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee for the development of the new and much needed specialization, called Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS) through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).

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Workplace Accessibility

Supporting Partner: JAN logo

Teresa Goddard, Lead Consultant, Job Accommodation Network

Teresa HeadshotTeresa joined the JAN staff as a Program Assistant in March 2008 and joined the Motor Team as a Consultant in August 2008. As she has now transitioned to JAN’s sensory team, Teresa fields questions from employees and employers regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assists in identifying accommodation solutions for employees with sensory impairments.

Teresa’s professional experience includes work as an Educational Speech-Language Pathologist and as an EFL instructor in Aichi Prefecture, Japan where in addition to classroom teaching, she led continuing education workshops on collaborative instructional techniques and cross- cultural understanding.

Teresa holds a bachelors degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a masters degree in Speech Pathology from West Virginia University’s College of Human Resources and Education. She has earned 45 hours above the masters’ level with elective course work in augmentative and alternative communication, behavior disorders, and reading. Teresa’s research interests include assistive technology and cross-cultural perspectives on disability services.

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