The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

Panelists


IDENTIFICATION OVERVIEW

Allyson Van Horn, MPH, M.Ed. is the state of Ohio early hearing detection and intervention coordinator and manages the Infant Hearing Program, Children's Hearing Program, Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program, Children's Vision Program, and the Save Our Sight Program. Her focus is statewide early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of children with hearing and vision problems, and she has given many presentations on the importance of evidence-based screening practices in the primary care, childcare, and school settings. Van Horn participates on various statewide initiatives to improve hearing and vision screening, diagnostic, and treatment rates.

Reena Kothari, Au.D. is a public health audiology consultant for the Ohio Department of Health in the Infant Hearing Program. She participated in the passage of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Legislation and the development of legislative rules, as well as has assisted with the implementation of hearing screening in Ohio birthing hospitals. She has developed many public awareness materials for the Ohio Department of Health's Infant Hearing Program. Kothari was a co-author of a publication for the American Academy of Pediatrics and a co-author for the Ohio COACH protocol for the diagnostic testing after newborn hearing screening.


BIRTH TO EARLY INTERVENTION

Nathan DeDino joined the Ohio Department of Health as a researcher in the Bureau of Early Intervention Services. He became the research and data administrator overseeing the research team responsible for all data needs for the Help Me Grow and Regional Infant Hearing programs, and eventually took on responsibility for Early Intervention monitoring. Dedino became the Part C coordinator and continued this role as the Department of Developmental Disabilities became the Part C Early Intervention lead agency. He obtained his bachelor of arts from Miami University also holds a law degree from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

Jenni Remeis is the statewide coordinator for early intervention vision services and a preschool vision consultant for Statewide Support Services at the Ohio State School for the Blind. She has 19 years of teaching experience in special education. She is a board member of AERO, guest lecturer for The Ohio State University, and member of the OSU Sensory Advisory Board and Ohio EI/VI group. Remeis earned a B.A. in special education from Ohio Dominican University and an M.Ed. from OSU. Additional licensures include early childhood special education and intervention specialist-visually impaired. She is also an ACVREP-certified O&M specialist.

Alison B. LaBarre, Ed.D. is the Director of Auxiliary Services for the Ohio State School for the Blind and the Ohio School for the Deaf. She has presented at state and national conferences on topics related to middle level education and the educational needs of the exceptional child.


EARLY INTERVENTION TO SCHOOL

Teresa Kobelt directs the Family Center at OCALI. Prior to joining OCALI, she was deputy director of policy and strategic direction at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, overseeing key initiatives such as Early Intervention, Family Engagement & Support, Trauma-Informed Care, and Employment First. Kobelt has a master's degree in social work from The Ohio State University, and got her start in the field as a LEND trainee at OSU's Nisonger Center. More than any classroom, however, her greatest learning experiences have come from her kids.

Marie Wilbanks is the director of Service and Support Administration, Medicaid and Compliance, with the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She is a member of executive council with Pickaway County Family and Children First, is co-chair of Pickaway County Teen Task Force, and is a member of the Pickaway County Special Olympics Committee. She is currently acting as local supervisor for Pickaway County's Bridges to Transition Grant, and has assumed the role of lead coordinator with the newly launched Berger Hospital Project SEARCH program.


SCHOOL TO CAREER OR COLLEGE

Katie Scheetz is a statewide program specialist with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). She manages the contracts with Ohio's Community Centers for the Deaf and the Personal Care Assistance Program, and coordinates several statewide initiatives designed to improve services to deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind Ohioans. Previously, Katie served as an employer services specialist and rehabilitation counselor for the deaf at OOD. Katie holds a postgraduate certificate in Rehabilitation Administration from San Diego State University and a masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University.

Starr Dobush is an OCALI secondary transition consultant. She has filmed the "Take 5" webcast on OCALI Lifespan Transitions Center's webpage covering Google apps and how they can be used when planning for post-school goals in independent living and competitive employment. Dobush has received a master's in special education with an emphasis in transition to work (TTW) and is licensed as an intervention specialist mild/moderate K-12. Dobush is also certified through Association of People Supporting Employment First Initiative (APSE) as a certified employment support professional.

Heather Herbster, PhD, works with The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness powered by OCALI. Heather is a licensed Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with experience in the areas of lifespan transitions, signed language modalities, and higher education instruction. She has had the opportunity to build partnerships utilizing both state and national initiatives focused on improving student outcomes and has research interests that include the examination of evaluative practices for children with vision and/or hearing loss.

Kim Moritz graduated from Bluffton University and earned a master's degree in education from Bowling Green State University. She has worked as a teacher both in a traditional classroom setting and online, and has also worked for several educational technology companies. In her current role as consultant for State Support Team 6 (SST6), Moritz combines the experience of being an educator with that of raising a child with special needs. Her son Matthew was diagnosed as deafblind in 2010. She also serves on advisory boards for OCDBE, OCALI, and Dayton Children's Medical Center.