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Joe D. Cordova is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Bill Dunham is Area Clinic Manager - Oklahoma Amputee Empowerment Regional Coordinator, Hanger Prosthetics.
Shannon Esmeyer works for the Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) and is linked to SERC Advisory, OkAT Advisory Board, NOFAS, and GEAR UP for Catoosa Public Schools. Her daughter has needed assistive technology many times due to being diagnosed with CP and Tourette's Syndrome. Shannon actively participates in Oklahoma Special Olympics, Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, and DeMolay. She is married to a Dental Lab Technician Larry and they have four children.
Audrey Farnum works in the Administrative Proceedings Section of the Oklahoma Tax Commission as a staff attorney and Administrative Hearing Officer. Her experience with assistive technology includes screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays, document scanning and OCR, accessible mobile devices and accessible web design. Audrey's hobbies include rowing, tandem cycling, reading, sports and music. She is linked to the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, the United States Association of Blind Athletes, and the Sports and Recreation Division of the National Federation of the Blind.
Melinda Fruendt currently works for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, but is also linked to the Farm Bureau, 4-H, and Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Her personal experience with assistive technology is in the area of professional administration, promoting ABLE Tech, Ag4Life, and any assistive technology use to consumers with disabilities. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Science and Masters of Science - Agricultural Education, Professional Service from Oklahoma State University. Her husband Paul runs the farm on homestead of Fruendt Farms, and in her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, beading, and reading.
John Gajda is the Executive Director of the Tulsa ARC, a company with social service and welfare organizations. His area of expertise is in computer hardware and software applications. He is linked to Oklahoma People First, Advisory Committee on M.R. Services, Tulsa Area Alliance on Disabilities, Oklahoma Chapter of AAMR, UAP Policy Advisory Council, and Partners and Policymaking.
Diana Garrett is the Executive Director of the Dynamic Independence in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Dynamic Independence is a non-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities and their families in Washington, Nowata, and Craig counties in Oklahoma.
Vicky lives in Oklahoma City.
Sharon House is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Parents Center, Inc.
Erin Jackson is the Project Director of Oklahoma’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration grant within the Health Policy Division of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. As the MFP Project Director, she is responsible for oversight of the project plan, program budget, financial and programmatic reports, Operational Protocol, and ensures that the MFP demonstration is operating in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Erin is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she holds a Masters of Public Health degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science.
Andrea Kunkel works for the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) and is also linked to the Oklahoma Department of Directors of Special Services, and the Professional Advisory Board to Learning Disabilities Association of Oklahoma. She has a Bachelors Degree in Literature and is a Masters of Science in Teaching, Learning and Leadership from OSU-Tulsa. Her hobbies include her husband John and daughter Meredith, as well as reading, dogs, and keeping up with current events.
Angela Kwok is the Universal Design/Technology Specialist within the Oklahoma State Department of Education in the Special Education Services division. Angela is a national board certified teacher and has earned many awards and recognitions including teacher of the year at her school in 2010. She started in the special education division of the Oklahoma State Department of Education in 2012 to become an enthusiastic supporter of special education initiatives and guidance for teachers and parents serving students with disabilities. Her passion for teaching learners who struggle shines through her engaging presentations leaving participants with clarity in understanding the material which was presented.
Jan Lavine, works for OSU FPP and is experienced in braille-generating computer software/hardware, and screen enlarging software. She is linked to Life Member, National Braille Association; Hadley School for the Blind and National Federation of the Blind. Her hobbies include reading, braille, cooking, and home improvement.
Christine Ormsbee works for Oklahoma State University in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ITLE). She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Special Education from Emporia State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Special Education Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. She is also linked to Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation, Council for Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities Association, and Autism Society of America. Christine has a daughter and in her spare time loves to read, craft, and travel.
Claudia Otto is a Disability Services Specialist with the Career and Academic Connections division of CareerTech Oklahoma, Stillwater. Her service areas include IEP and transition services, implementing strategies to include special populations in CareerTech, handling inter-agency issues for special populations, and special needs conference planning.
Renee Sansom is the Program Manager for the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council. She has experience working with underserved populations with disabilities in Oklahoma. She is bilingual in Spanish. Renee has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and has served as a DRS Bilingual Counselor for the Department of Rehabilitation Services for the past 9 years. This role as Program Manager is very new to her, but due to her experience as a counselor, she is well versed in rehabilitation and will bring a variety of knowledge to the Council.
Nancy Ward works at the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc., Oklahoma City. She has more than 40 years self-advocacy experience both statewide and nationally. Nancy also serves many organizations including UCEED-LEND, Consumer Advisory Committee, Oklahoma People First, Inc., and Self Advocacy Leadership Training.
Lori Wathen works for Sooner SUCCESS and is linked to SERC Advisory, IDEA-B Advisory, Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma (DSACO), Moore Transition Team and Oklahoma PTA. Lori has a son with Down syndrome who has utilized AT throughout his elementary years for educational and recreational purposes. She is married to Brian Wathen and they have one child.