Instructors

Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D.

Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Special Education & Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University, has worked in the field of visual impairments for over 40 years.... read more about Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D.

Amy Collins, Ed.S., B.C.B.A

Amy Collins, Ed.S., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed teacher in Massachusetts. Ms. Collins spent more than seven years working in the Deafblind Program at the Perkins School for... read more about Amy Collins, Ed.S., B.C.B.A

Andrea Tavares, Fabricator/Designer

Andrea Tavares is a Fabricator/Designer, Deafblind.

Barbara Raimondo, Esq.

Barbara Raimondo, Esq. is a long-time advocate for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families. She has worked as a government relations liaison, director of advocacy,... read more about Barbara Raimondo, Esq.

Barry S. Kran, O.D., FAAOD

Barry Kran is professor at the New England College of Optometry and the Optometric Director at the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.

Betsy McGinnity
Betsy McGinnity recently retired after 36 years at Perkins School for the Blind, where she had  overseen the operations of the Training & Educational Resources Program.
Burju Sari

Burju Sari is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment. She is a mother of 8 year old twin boys. Burju’s and her husband’s journey started when they found out one of the twins has... read more about Burju Sari

Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.

Christine Roman was raised in Michigan and received degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education/Visual Impairment at Michigan State University. She worked as an itinerant teacher of the... read more about Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.

Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell is the Project Coordinator for the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative, and has experience as a classroom teacher and Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) working with children... read more about Christopher Russell

Corinna Bauer, Ph.D.

Dr. Bauer focuses her research on understanding how the visual dysfunctions observed in cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI) relate to brain structure and function. During her doctoral... read more about Corinna Bauer, Ph.D.

Creig Hoyt, MD

Creig Hoyt is Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell University Medical... read more about Creig Hoyt, MD

Darick W. Wright, MA, CLVTD, COMS

Darick Wright is an Assistant Professor of Vision Rehabilitation at the New England College of Optometry. He is a certified specialist in low vision therapy/orientation and mobility for blind and... read more about Darick W. Wright, MA, CLVTD, COMS

Deborah Chen, Ph.D.

Deborah Chen, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita in the Early Childhood Education Special Education from the California State University, Northridge. She is a leader in the fields of early intervention,... read more about Deborah Chen, Ph.D.

Deirdre Walsh, MS CCC/SLP

Deirdre Walsh is a TVI at the Lower School & Early Learning Center at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.

Diane Brauner

Diane Brauner is an educational accessibility consultant collaborating with various educational app developers and agencies. She splits her time between managing the... read more about Diane Brauner

Dr Sarah Blackstone

Dr Sarah W. Blackstone is past president and fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) and a founder and board member of its US Chapter. Dr.... read more about Dr Sarah Blackstone

Dr. Alan Lantzy

Dr. Alan Lantzy, (former) Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Temple University. 

Dr. Anne Fulton, Ophthalmologist

Dr. Anne Fulton, Ophthalmologist will present a workshop on CVI: Best Practices and Current Research.

Ed Bosso, MA.

Ed Bosso, President of Educational Programs

Bosso joined Perkins School for the Blind in March 2016. As superintendent, he oversees all of Perkins’ educational services, including... read more about Ed Bosso, MA.

Ed Summers

Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 20 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager... read more about Ed Summers

Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI

Ellen works as the CVI Program Manager for Perkins School for the Blind... read more about Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI

Frank Thorn

Frank Thorn, O.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Vision Science; Director, Accelerated OD Program; Director, International Research & Development at New England College of Optometry.

... read more about Frank Thorn
Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D.

Jennifer Grisham-Brown is a professor and program chair in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program and faculty director of the Early Childhood Laboratory school. She is co-author... read more about Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D.

Karen E. Blankenship, Ph.D.

Karen E. Blankenship is an Assistant Professor of the Practice, Dept. of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She has been a certified teacher of students who are blind or... read more about Karen E. Blankenship, Ph.D.

Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D.

Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D., is a distance education instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has engaged in private practice as a career counselor and consultant in Austin, Texas,... read more about Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D.

Karen Narvol, Private Assistive Technology Consultant

Karen Narvol has 42 years of experience as an elementary school teacher, instructional technology specialist, and assistive technology consultant with school districts and intermediate units in... read more about Karen Narvol, Private Assistive Technology Consultant

Kate Beals

Kate Beals, is an Occupational Therapist.

She will present a training on Ready to Learn!

 

Kristine Davis, M.A.

Kristine Davis has been paid by Perkins to be the instructor of this course.

Linda Hagood, M.A., CCC-SLP

Linda Hagood has worked for 30 years as a speech language pathologist, with more than half of that time focused on communication intervention with children and adolescents who have visual and... read more about Linda Hagood, M.A., CCC-SLP

Lindsay Hillier

Lindsay Hillier will present at the 4th annual CVI Symposium.

Lotfi Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH

Lotfi Merabet is an optometrist and neuroscientist investigating how the brain adapts to the loss of sight. He completed his doctorate degree in neuroscience (University of Montréal) and clinical... read more about Lotfi Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH

Luisa Mayer, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Luisa Mayer is an Associate Professor of Vision Science and Individuals with Disabilities at the New England College of Optomtry since 2006, when she joined the academic staff of the college and... read more about Luisa Mayer, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Margie Kirstein

Margie Kirstein is the instructor for a 2-day Blended Workshop on Differentiating for English Learners.

Marguerite Tibaudo, M.Ed.

Marguerite Tibaudo received her Master's of Education degree from Boston College in Severe Special Education with a specialization in Deafblindness. Additional degrees include a Bachelor of... read more about Marguerite Tibaudo, M.Ed.

Mary Zatta, Ph.D.

Mary C. Zatta, Ph.D., Director of Professional Development. Dr. Zatta will present at the 4th annual CVI Symposium.

Matt Tietjen, M.Ed., CTVI

Matt Tietjen is an education consultant and teacher of students with visual impairments in Connecticut. Matt earned his special education certification from Southern Connecticut State University.... read more about Matt Tietjen, M.Ed., CTVI

Megan Connaughton, M.Ed.

Megan Connaughton is a teacher in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind. She holds a Master’s of Education Degree from Boston College in Severe and Multiple Disabilities with a... read more about Megan Connaughton, M.Ed.

Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP

Megan Mogan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, who specializes in working with students who are early communicators, including deafblind learners and VI... read more about Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP

Millie Smith

Millie Smith, Consultant, Developer of the APH Sensory Learning Kit and  Symbols and Meaning
 

Molly Campbell, Occupational Therapists

Molly Campbell is an Occupational Therapist, Lower School & Early Learning Center.

Monika Jones, Esq.

Monika Jones and her husband Brad founded The Brain Recovery Project in 2011, frustrated by the lack of information in the medical and therapy community about how to best rehabilitate their son... read more about Monika Jones, Esq.

Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, Ph.D.

Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Delta College, and a School Psychologist. She has authored articles and book chapters about developmental outcomes for... read more about Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, Ph.D.

Nathalie de Wit

Nathalie de Wit is the Lead Teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, Lower School, and has taught in a self-contained classroom with students who are blind and have significant additional... read more about Nathalie de Wit

Patrice Glancy
Patrice Glancy received her undergraduate degree at Providence College in 2002 in elementary education and moderate disabilities, and immediately began her career at Jackson Mann School in... read more about Patrice Glancy
Patty Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R.

Patricia Obrzut is the Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children, a private, non-profit organization serving special needs children.

Ms. Obrzut has a Master’s Degree in... read more about Patty Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R.

Perkins eLearning

Perkins eLearning strives to share the insights and expertise of Perkins educators — as well as the valuable expertise of our colleagues across the country — with teachers, families and... read more about Perkins eLearning

Rachel Bennett M.Ed.

Rachel Bennett is the parent of a child with CVI, Henry, as well as a special educator and curriculum specialist. Bennett has gained a depth of knowledge of CVI over the past several years through... read more about Rachel Bennett M.Ed.

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis is a parent who will presents a workshop on CVI: Best Practices and Current Research.

Robert "Bobby" Silverstein, Esq.

Robert "Bobby" Silverstein has the distinct ability to analyze complex public policy issues and develop comprehensive, innovative, and common-sense legislative and regulatory solutions that meet... read more about Robert "Bobby" Silverstein, Esq.

Sandra Kenrick

Sandra Kenrick is a mother of two sons. Her oldest, age 6, is deaf-blind. His first language is American Sign Language. Her youngest, age 3, has typical vision and hearing. His first language is... read more about Sandra Kenrick

Sandra Lewis, Ed.D.

Dr. Sandra Lewis is a Professor and Coordinator of the Visual Disabilities program in the School of Teacher Education. In these positions, her responsibilities include coordinating the B.S. and M.... read more about Sandra Lewis, Ed.D.

Sandra Newcomb

Dr. Sandra Newcomb is the Technical Assistance & Education Specialist on the Connections Project. Although she officially joined the staff in 2005, she has been a valuable member of the CBSS... read more about Sandra Newcomb

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith, M.Ed., C.A.E.S. Braille Instructor for the Vision Studies Program at UMass Boston.

Sharon Lehman, MD

Dr. Sandra Lehman MD, is Division Chief, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, at Nemours Children's Health System.

Sharon Stelzer, M.Ed.
Sharon Z. Sacks, Ph.D.

Sharon Sacks is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at the California School for the Blind. Prior to that, she was a Full Professor and Coordinator of the Teacher Preparation... read more about Sharon Z. Sacks, Ph.D.

Sign Language

Classes are taught in Signed English and meet one session per week.

Each class will be conducted by experienced Sign Language instructors and will be held in both... read more about Sign Language

Susan Bruce, Ph.D.

Susan Bruce is an Professor of Special Education at Boston College. She directs the Masters Degree Program in Severe Disabilities with an optional specialization in deafblindness. She previously... read more about Susan Bruce, Ph.D.

Tammy Reisman, CAES

Tammy Reisman brings a strong background in education of students with vision impairments, as well as highly developed writing and teaching skills, to her role as the... read more about Tammy Reisman, CAES

Tara Mason, Ph.D.

Tara Mason holds a Ph.D. in Special Education specializing in visual impairment, assistive technology, and coaching special education teachers. She currently works with a school district in the... read more about Tara Mason, Ph.D.

Terry Schwartz, MD

BS: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1976.

MD: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV, 1982.

Internship:... read more about Terry Schwartz, MD

Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.

Therese Willkomm, PhD, is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is an associate professor... read more about Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.

Tim Moore

Tim Moore, Electro-Mechanical Engineer/ Adaptive Design Specialist

Tracy Evans-Luiselli, Ed.D

Tracy Luiselli, Ed.D. is the Project Coordinator for the New England Consortium for Deafblind... read more about Tracy Evans-Luiselli, Ed.D

Wendy Buckley

Wendy L. Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S., Braille Instructor for the Vision Studies Program at UMass Boston.

Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D.

Ting is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) with 14 years of experience working with students with visual impairments, severe/multiple disabilities, and deafblindness. She was... read more about Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D.