Speakers

James B. Hale, Ph.D., ABPdN

Board Certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist at Center for Teaching Brain Literacy, Nanyang Technological University

James B. Hale, PhD, MEd, ABPdN, is a credentialed special education teacher, certified school psychologist, and a licensed and board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist. An international presenter and critically-acclaimed author, Dr. Hale has over 20 years experience serving children in school, clinic, and hospital settings. Having trained ...
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Lynette Baisch

Attorney at Porter Foster Rorick LLP

Lynette Baisch advises and defends school districts on a broad range of legal issues with a particular emphasis on special education law. She frequently works with IEP teams to develop defensible and appropriate programming, and has extensive experience defending school districts in due process hearings ...
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Darvel Bell

Principal

Professional Career: 21 Years in education. Taught English and theater. High School Assistant Principal for 14 years and Principal for 1 year at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno, Nevada.

Sherri Bentley

School Psychologist at Tumwater School District, WSASP GPR Co-Chair, WSASP Area 5 CoRepresentative

Sherri Bentley has been a school psychologist for over 30 years; she is also a certificated school counselor and has worked in community mental health. She’s been active in the state association for several years, as an Area Representative, as President, and as co-chair for ...
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Deborah Crawley, CBIS, CIRS-A/D

Executive Director at Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

Deborah has spent over 25 years in non-profit research and management in Seattle. Her career began at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on the longest youth smoking prevention study in the U.S. She then spent 17 years working with the leading developer of prevention education ...
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Nicole Chamblee, CBIS, CIRS-A/D

Resource Center Operations Manager at Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

Nicole Graff, CBIS, CIRS-A/D, graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Following graduation, Nicole worked as a Neurorehabilitation Specialist for a community re-entry program in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, serving survivors of brain Injury in their ...
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Lee Collyer

Program Supervisor for OSPI at OSPI


Erin Crafton

Speech-language pathologist at Edmonds School District

I have been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for eight years, almost entirely with students with hearing loss. I received my Master's in SLP from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC which specializes in educating Deaf students. My experience has allowed me to work in a ...
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Joseph Engler

Spokane School District

Dr. Joseph Engler, NCSP currently serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology program at Gonzaga University. Dr. Engler received his Ph.D. from The University of South Dakota and B.A. from Minot State University. Prior to his appointment at Gonzaga University, Dr. ...
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Laura Feuerborn

University of Washington Tacoma


Alexandra Franks-Thomas

School Psychologist at North Thurston Public Schools

Alexandra (Alex) is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in North Thurston Public Schools. Alex is in her fifth year of practice and currently supports two elementary schools. Alex currently serves as Area 5 Co-Representative for WSASP, in addition to serving as WSASP Communications Committee Co-Chair, ...
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Glenna Gallo

Assistant Superintendent of Special Education at OSPI

Glenna Gallo is the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington. Prior to that, she spent seven years as the State Director of Special Education for the Utah State Board of Education. She has 21 years of ...
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Steve Gill

School Psychologist; WSASP President at Sumner School District

Steve’s first job in education, before he became a school psychologist, was as a driver’s education teacher. Then Steve had a wonderful opportunity to study school psychology and work at the university, so he followed that path. Steve started his career as a school psychologist ...
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Kelly Glick

Psychologist at Franklin Pierce School District


Steven Guy

Dr. Steven C. Guy is a pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice in Columbus, Ohio and works with children and adolescents with a wide variety of developmental and acquired conditions. He completed his undergraduate work at Judson College in Elgin, Illinois and his graduate work at ...
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Laurie Harrison

WSASP

I am a trained counseling and educational psychologist, and entered into the field of school psychology after completing my coursework, along with multiple practicums and internships in different settings. I am also a trained DVR counselor and school counselor. I have been in private practice ...
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Natasha Hays

Developmental Pediatrician at Learning Diagnostics and Treatment

Dr. Hays has been practicing developmental/behavioral pediatrics for 33 years. At present, she is specializing in learning disabilities although she has extensive past experience with the state of North Carolina diagnosing and treating the gamut of disabilities. She has a particular interest in dyslexia and ...
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Ron Hertel

Program Supervisor for SEL at OSPI

Ron Hertel is the Program Supervisor at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). He began his teaching career in an inpatient psychiatric facility for adolescents in Minnesota from 1975 – 1979. From 1979 – 1989, he served as a child protection social worker ...
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Annie Hetzel

School Nurse Corps Administrator at Puget Sound ESD

Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN is a registered nurse with 26 years’ experience in hospital, home care, and school nursing. As a school nurse, she took an active role in emergency planning at the elementary and high school levels. She joined the Puget Sound ESD in ...
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Steve Hirsch

School Psychologist at Shoreline School Distirct

Steve Hirsch, PhD, NCSP Born in the deep south (south Brooklyn that is), Steve grew up and attended school (typical ghetto school with bars on windows) where he earned a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology. A rat runner, he did unspeakable things to the little ...
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Jay Hirst

Principal at Kentwood High School-Kent, WA


Annemarie Hutson

School Psychologist at Seattle Schools

Annemarie Hutson is a School Psychologist with over 15 years experience working in the schools. She is currently working for Seattle Schools as a School Psychologist in both elementary and secondary schools. Annemarie has spent the last four years as a representative of WSASP working ...
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Kristin Leslie

Director at CWU

Kristin is an assistive technology professional and occupational therapist who has worked within Washington state public schools for 19 years. She enjoys collaborating with school teams to explore AT solutions with the purpose of facilitating learning, participation, and meaningful connections for students throughout the school ...
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R. Keeth Matheny

Teacher / Speaker / Author at Austin Independent School District


Gretchen Schmidt Mertes

Social Emotional Learning Specialist at Private Practice

Gretchen Schmidt Mertes is an Educational Specialist in Autism and Social Communication and a well-known presenter and consultant throughout the Pacific Northwest. She now speaks throughout the US and Canada as a part of the Social Thinking Speakers and Trainers Collaborative for Michelle Garcia Winner. ...
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Jen Morris

Teacher of the Deaf at NWSDHH

Jen Morris is a Teacher of the Deaf, at Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children, in Shoreline, WA. She has worked with preschool-8th grade students with varying degrees of hearing loss since graduating from Lewis and Clark College in 2001. She has also worked ...
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Vincent C. Alfonso, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education at Gonzaga University

Vincent C. Alfonso, Ph.D., is the Dean of Education at Gonzaga University. He is past president of Division 16 of the American Psychological Association (APA), past president of the Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, fellow of Divisions 16, 5, and 43 of the ...
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Christina Phan

School Psychologist at Franklin Pierce School District

Christina is a nationally certified school psychologist. She is in her fifth year working in the Franklin Pierce School District. Christina works in two Title I/LAP elementary schools serving students who come from diverse backgrounds. She is actively participating on school and district wide MTSS ...
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Susan Ruby

Professor and Director, School Psychology at Eastern Washington University

Dr. Susan Ruby is the Director of the Residential Ed.S. School Psychology Program at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Dr. Ruby worked as a school psychologist in public schools, accompanying her military husband in Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and California before moving to the Northwest. She worked ...
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Jay Schneller

School Psychologist at Tacoma Public Schools


Marcy Stein

Professor at University of Washington Tacoma

Dr. Marcy Stein is a Professor at UW Tacoma where she is one of the founding faculty members of the School of Education. She has published extensively in the areas of both special education and general education on reading and mathematics instruction, curriculum analysis, and ...
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Carrie Suchy

Franklin Pierce School District

Carrie Suchy is a nationally certified school psychologist in her 8th year of practice. She works in the Franklin Pierce Schools with students from kindergarten through age 21 at several schools, with an emphasis on students with moderate to severe disabilities. She also serves on ...
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Jody Sweeney

School Psychologist/Special Ed Director at Freeman School District

I am a School Psychologist, Mental Health Counselor, Special Ed Director mixed with past Firefighter/EMT, Risk Management Coordinator, and Geologist/Geophysicist....go figure!!

Ashli Tyre

Professor, School Psychology at Seattle University

Ashli Tyre is a Professor in School Psychology. She joined the Seattle University faculty in 2007. Dr. Tyre’s research agenda is devoted to school wide applications of positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS). Since 1999, Dr. Tyre has worked with school staff to implement PBIS ...
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Amy Walker

National Education Partnerships Manager at Committee for Children

Amy Walker has been working with Committee for Children, the developers of The Second Step Program, for over 15 years working with school districts around the country to support their work around social-emotional learning, violence prevention, bullying prevention, and child protection. She has experience working ...
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Dee Ann Wilson

Educational Audiologist at Independent Consultant

Dee Ann Wilson is a licensed Audiologist specializing as a consultant to private and public schools. Ms. Wilson assists schools in developing services for D/HOH students that appropriately meet students’ needs and legal rights in both mainstreamed classrooms and specialized D/HOH programs. She provides training ...
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Kathleen Woodward

Clinical Education Consultant at Pearson

In her role as Clinical Education Consultant for Pearson, Ms. Woodward consults with large school districts throughout the Western U.S. regarding their psychological and educational assessment practices and continuing education needs. She regularly presents workshops on assessment related topics for professionals both in their organizational ...
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