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Noel Tyler is the Interim Director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Tyler formerly served as administrator of DRS’ Disability Determination Division, which determines medical eligibility for Social Security disability benefits..
Sheila Butler is Special Education Coordinator with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Latisha Coats has worked for the Oklahoma Parents Center, Inc. (OPC) since 2008. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Minor in Accounting, from East Central University in 2004. Latisha and her husband, Vince, have 3 daughters, Sara, Abby, and Cori. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, camping, and cooking.
Bill Dunham is Area Clinic Manager - Oklahoma Amputee Empowerment Regional Coordinator, Hanger Prosthetics.
Jo Anne Pool Blades is the Program Manager for the Special Education Resolution Center (SERC). She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron, School of Law in 1990 and a Bachelors Degree from Texas Tech University in 1974. With 17 years of experience in teaching children, she began practicing law in primarily educational matters. During her practice, she served as a Special Consultant to the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth regarding special education and Section 504 issues. She also served as Attorney Consultant to the legislatively created Education Advisory Panel in Oklahoma. Through her experiences, she has learned the value of resolving disputes at the earliest stage possible. Ms. Blades has been Program Manager for the Special Education Resolution Center, since its inception in 2005. SERC was created by contract between the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Oklahoma State University. Ms. Blades manages the day to day operations of the programs for due process and mediation in special education for the state of Oklahoma.
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.
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.
Dr. Charlie Jones is the Chair of the Department of Business Administration and has been teaching at East Central University since 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Juris Doctor degree, all from the University of Oklahoma. Before entering academia, Dr. Jones’ specialty areas of research are the ADA, employment law, and human resources management. Over the years, he has been recognized for both his service to the university and the community. He has received teaching excellence awards, outstanding faculty awards and has been honored as Oklahoma’s Outstanding Disabled Professional of the Year.
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.
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 Clinical Assistant Professor with Oklahoma State University. Teaching both graduate and undergraduate special education courses that include instructional design and methods, social education processes such as IEP and transition services, and interagency collaboration, Otto draws on her experience as a secondary special education teacher to enhance course content and increase relevance. She serves on various agency and state boards and committees that support children and adults with mild-moderate disabilities.
Stan Ruffner is the Director of Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics & Supplies (DMEPOS), Oklahoma Health Care Authority. He has served in this position since April 2008. For the six years prior to his current position, he was President & Owner of Catalyst HME Services in Oklahoma City. Mr. Ruffner, through the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech and its reutilization program, Oklahoma Durable Medical Reuse Program (OKDMERP).
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.