Inclusive Higher Education Network Team Members

Meet the Think College Inclusive Higher Education Network Team Members!

The Think College Inclusive Higher Education Network (TC Network) is housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Our team members and partners have years of experience conducting research, technical assistance, and training within the field of inclusive higher education. Through this project we will translate and disseminate research and best practices for improving and expanding inclusive postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disability through regional and national training, collaborative workgroups, and public awareness activities.

Principal Investigators


Meg Grigal

Meg Grigal, PhD

Principal Investigator

Debra Hart

Debra Hart, MS

Co-Principal Investigator

Clare Papay

Clare Papay, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

 

Project Administration


Danie Roberts-Dahm

Danie Roberts-Dahm, PhD

Project Coordinator

Cate Weir

Cate Weir, MEd

Project Advisor/National Coordinating Center Liaison

Susanna Miller-Raines

Susanna Miller-Raines, MSW

Regional Alliances Manager

 

Project Team


Belkis Choiseul-Praslin, Ph.D.

Research Associate II

Kathleen Becht

Kathleen Becht, Ph.D.

Technical Assistance Coordinator

Rebecca Lazo

Rebecca Lazo

Knowledge Translation Manager

Valerie Thompson

Valerie Thompson

Program Assistant

External Project Evaluation


Margo Izzo

Margo Izzo, PhD, External Evaluator

Margo Izzo is professor emeritus in psychology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Izzo has extensive experience with grant management and has directed several multi-site projects. She has conducted numerous trainings, focus groups, and interviews with faculty, students and parents. She designed and directed two TPSID projects and created Ohio’s Statewide Consortia. Dr. Izzo has conducted program and project evaluations and has extensive experience with the national IPSE community.

Email: margo.izzo@osumc.edu

 

Network Partners


Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Denise Rozell

Denise Rozell, Senior Policy Strategist
Policy and Student Advocacy Consultant

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. Denise Rozell is the Policy Strategist at AUCD, working primarily on post-secondary education, employment and independent living and is the lead staff person for the NCC/AUCD partnership. Denise has twenty-five years of experience in disability policy at the federal and state level. In her role with the TC Network, Denise provides technical assistance to connect college students with ID to existing cross disability advocacy groups and conducts strategy sessions with leaders from state and regional alliances to identify policy related solutions to barriers to inclusive postsecondary education.

Email: drozell@aucd.org

Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD)

Dan Habib

Dan Habib, Inclusive Communities Project Director, Westchester Institute for Human Development (UCEDD)
Public Awareness Development Consultant

Dan Habib is the Inclusive Communities Project Director at WIHD, where he uses the power of documentary film to promote greater acceptance and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in schools and communities through curriculum, training, public awareness, and worldwide outreach. Dan is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Intelligent LivesIncluding SamuelWho Cares About Kelsey?Mr. Connolly Has ALS and many other films on disability-related topics.  As the Public Awareness Campaign Consultant for the TC Network, Dan works closely with the team to develop and disseminate public awareness materials to solicit interest, educate, create impact, and build an understanding of IPSE. 

Email: dhabib@wihd.org

Collaborative Workgroup Leads



Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA)

Drew Andrews

Drew Andrews, EdD, Assistant Director and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Chair, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Collaborative Workgroup

The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA) at the University of Central Florida, created through the Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Act (FS 1004.6495), provides support to students, families, and institutions of higher education so that students with intellectual disabilities have opportunities for on-campus college experiences that lead to employment opportunities. Drew is the Assistant Director and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities at the University of Central Florida. He has developed transition programs for students ages 18-22, coordinated secondary transition services for at the district-level, served as exceptional education and student services director, and directed a statewide technical assistance center for transition. In his role with the TC Network, Drew serves as Chair of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) collaborative workgroup and disseminates products, resources, training, and technical assistance to promote inclusive postsecondary programs at CTE institutions.

Interested in becoming involved in a collaborative workgroup? Contact us for more information.

Email: drew.andrews@ucf.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC)

Jaclyn Camden

Jaclyn Camden, Interim Associate Director for Center on Transition Innovations and Director of the ACE-IT in College
Chair, Employment Partnerships Collaborative Workgroup

The Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. The RRTC team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices related to employment, transition, postsecondary education, and other aspects of life critical to people with disabilities. Jaclyn is the Interim Associate Director for the Center on Transition Innovations and the Director of the ACE-IT in College program. In her role with the TC Network, Jaclyn facilitates the Employment Partnerships Collaborative Workgroup, which includes gathering information on partnerships with IPSE, developmental disability (DD) systems, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), and employers collaborating with IPSE programs to facilitate technical assistance on these topics.

Interested in becoming involved in a collaborative workgroup? Contact us for more information.

Email: jlcamden2@vcu.edu

Regional Alliance Leads



Midwest Inclusive Postsecondary Alliance (MIPSA)

Jonathan Lidgus

Jonathan Lidgus, MIPSA President
Regional Alliance Consultants

A regional alliance in the Midwest part of the U.S. that works together and shares resources to support and develop inclusive postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jonathan has been a member of the Higher Education community for over a decade, and worked with the Succeed program for 5 years before becoming its Director in August 2017. He received an M.Ed. in Counseling from UMSL in 2005 and is currently working toward a doctorate in Education. Jonathan serve as the lead regional partner that assists the TC Network with the development of new regional partnership development resources and provides training and mentoring to emerging regional alliances.

Email: lidgusj@umsl.edu


Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA)

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Kristin Johnson, SEPSEA Interim Chair
Regional Alliance Consultant

A regional alliance in the Southeast U.S. that works together and shares resources to support and develop inclusive postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Kristin is the interim chair of the Southeast Postsecondary Education Alliance. She is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and counseling at Arkansas State University.  She is the co-director of the HOWL Service Center and the director of the HOWL Transition Program at Arkansas State University. Kristin serves as a lead regional partner that assists the TC Network with the development of new regional partnership development resources and provides training and mentoring to emerging regional alliances.

Email: krjohnson@astate.edu