Technical Assistance Providers

Think College Technical Assistance providers - those on staff and consultants from the field, are available to assist professionals, families and students on a wide range of issues related to inclusive postsecondary education.  Email our Help Desk and we will assign the provider with the best level of expertise related to your questions.  If you want to speak to a specific provider from the list below, please let us know in your request.

You can also request a Think College speaker for your event.  Think College staff are available to speak at events related to postsecondary education for students with ID.  We welcome requests and will make every attempt to provide a speaker for your event, with staff and consultants located across the country.

Note that most services are currently provided at no cost.

Our Technical Assistance Providers 


Cate Weir, M.Ed.

Focus areas: Program development and improvement, finding the right college, Comprehensive Transition Program application, program accreditation standards, funding options, strategic planning 

Kathleen Becht, Ph.D.

Focus areas: Program development and improvement, credential development, family support, literacy, academic access, state level coordination

Clare Papay, Ph.D.

Focus areas: Comprehensive Transition Program applications, program development, research and data collection

Debra Hart

Debra Hart, M.S.

Focus areas: National policy, strategic planning, program development, grant writing

Meg Grigal, Ph.D.

Focus areas: National policy, program development, research, employment supports and outcomes 

Lori Cooney, M.Ed.

Focus areas: Universal Design for Learning, technology supports

Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D.

Focus areas: College-based transition services (CBTS), college/school district partnerships, transition, Participatory Action Research

Ty Hanson, M.Ed.

Focus areas: College-based transition services (CBTS), family engagement, program development, inclusive research

Russell Thelin, MS, LVRC, CRC

Focus areas: Vocational rehabilitation, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Denise Rozell, J.D.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Focus areas: State and Federal policy and legislation, advocacy

Kelly Kelley, Ph.D.
Western Carolina University

Focus areas: Program development and improvement, campus living, college academic access, peer mentors, admissions processes

Margo Izzo, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Focus areas: Program development, strategic planning, transition to college and careers, vocational rehabilitation, industry recognized credentials, statewide alliances/consortia, program evaluation.

Brian Freedman, Ph.D
University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies

Focus areas: Program development, sustainability, mental health, family engagement, autism, campus access, admissions processes

Julie Lackey
LeadLearnLive

Focus areas: grassroots efforts/non-profit development, early stage program development activities (needs assessment, developing relationships, etc), memoranda of understanding, program operations funding, statewide collaboration, family support