Meet the Experts

Joan Hope
Managing Editor

Joan Hope became editor of Disability Compliance for Higher Education in 2014. She brings years of experience in higher education and journalism to her work.

Joan taught writing and literature courses for eight years at colleges and universities including Indiana University at Bloomington, Clark University, and Houston Community College. As a freelance journalist, she published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines and reference books.

Joan stays up-to-date on issues facing academic administrators by attending conferences, including those hosted by the American Conference of Academic Deans, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Society for College and University Planning. She also interviews deans and provosts around the country and seeks regular input from an Advisory Board made up of top professionals in the field.

In 2010, Dean & Provost was awarded the Newsletter on Newsletters’ First Place award for Best Individual/Company Profile for a “Dean Dialogue” column.  Joan’s other awards include a Gold Medal for Best Feature Article from Parenting Publications of America and a Best Graduate Student Paper in American Literature honor from the English Department at Indiana University at Bloomington.

Joan has a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, a master’s from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Advisory Panel

Louise Bedrossian
Retired Director, Disability Resource Center
Clayton State University

Louise Bedrossian, the retired director of the Disability Resource Center at Clayton State, has worked in higher education disability services for more than 20 years. She is now engaged in consulting and private coaching and counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with both a master's and educational specialist degree.

Her previous professional experience includes work in disability services and compliance, vocational and career development, coaching, professional training and development, collegiate classroom instruction, and residential treatment.

She was the founding president of the Georgia Association on Higher Education And Disability, and held several other offices in that organization. She served on the board of directors and the professional advisory board of the L.D. Adults of Georgia and on the Georgia Board of Regents' Administrative Committee on Learning Disorders. She has also been a member of the advisory board of the Alternative Access Media Center of the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Board of Regents Veteran’s Task Force. She was co-chair of the Georgia Board of Regents Administrative Committee for Disability Service Providers. In addition to private consultation, counseling and coaching, she is a frequent speaker for professional and community organizations.

Louise has particular expertise in cognitive and psychological disorders. She is the co-author of College Students with Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Academic and Social Success and The Disability Services Office Manual: Model Forms, Policies, and Procedures. She is a regular columnist for Disability Compliance for Higher Education.

Abram Doane
Coordinator for the Office for Academic Success
Salus University

Abram is currently the Coordinator for the Office for Academic Success at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pa., where he is responsible for supporting students with disabilities and ensuring that the university’s academic programs are accessible and ADA compliant. Previously, he directed disability services and ADA compliance for the United States Medical Licensing Examination and other testing programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners for several years. He has served as a consultant to numerous testing agencies and institutions of higher education, as well as a psychoeducational diagnostician, advocate, and special education consultant in private practice.

After earning a B.S. in Public and Community Health in 1988 from Northern Illinois University, Abram earned a Masters in Health Administration and Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993. He went on to serve as a Fellow and Special Assistant to the CEO at the University of Illinois Health System, where he took the lead on ADA compliance. After practicing law with a Chicago law firm, he was named a University Scholar at Northwestern University, earning an MA in learning disabilities and becoming a Ph.D. candidate in 1999. In addition, Abram served as a member of the Northwestern faculty for six years, creating and teaching courses in a health care and education related topics, as well as supervising graduate students in the Learning Disabilities Diagnostic Clinic.

Abram later earned a certificate in mediation from the University of Delaware and trained as a coach for adults with LD and ADHD.

Stephanie Gaddy
Faculty, College of Education and Leadership
Walden University

Stephanie Gaddy has worked in higher education for 20 years, as a faculty member and as an administrator. She is a contributing author as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Disability Compliance for Higher Education. She currently teaches in the core and foundation courses in Walden University’s doctoral in education program, and serves as a mentor for students completing their dissertations at the institution. 

In the past, Stephanie taught special education, educational foundations, early childhood education, educational psychology, developmental psychology, reading and English courses. She also created and directed a postsecondary office for disability services and a nationally recognized, postsecondary program for students with ADHD. She also provides service as a special education advocate for students with disabilities and serves as a consultant to the Housing and Urban Development Authority, serving people with intellectual disabilities in her community.

Stephanie’s research agenda includes the identification of data-driven best practices to effectively teach students with disabilities, best practices to improve reading comprehension, the effective administration of an office for postsecondary disability services, and effective methods to assist in the transition to the postsecondary environment for students with disabilities.

Tom Heffron
Education Director, Disability Services / Financial Aid
Wisconsin Technical College System

Tom Heffron is the education director for disability services and financial aid for the Wisconsin Technical College System. He has provided leadership, advocacy and technical assistance to the 16 postsecondary technical colleges in the system for the past 25 years.

His professional experience and positions include being a special education teacher for three years, and the director of a rehabilitation facility for 150 adults with disabilities and director of residential programs in Illinois for 10 years, and four years as a University of Wisconsin academic staff member at the UW-Center on Work.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in rehabilitation administration. He also operates the Heffron White House, a family owned rooming house for 15 individuals, including for persons with disabilities.

Joseph A. LoGiudice
Director of The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services
City College of New York

Joseph Anthony LoGiudice is a social worker, writer, and an educator. His professional work is in the field of disability policy and services, and how disability identity intersects with other identities. He has taught college classes on disability policy, mental illness, clinical practice, and social welfare history and policies at various universities. He is deeply invested in ensuring disability content is taught in the academic curricula, in the classroom, and in the field. His interests and passion are in understanding and advocating for individuals who are marginalized, vulnerable, and stigmatized, particularly focused on LGBTQ individuals with disabilities, while utilizing perspectives from disability and LGBTQ studies and intersectionality. Joseph received a Master of Social Work degree from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University. He lives with his partner, Michael Carosone, in New York City, and loves his New York City life — a place saturated with eccentric, witty, and interesting people.

Pamela Moschini
Director, Office of Disability Services
Muhlenberg College

Pamela Moschini has been the director of the Office of Disability Services at Muhlenberg College for the past five years. She brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the postsecondary disability services arena. Her background includes 25 years as a speech/language pathologist, plus experience in clinical assessment, assistive technology, and administration of an accommodated testing facility for students with disabilities.

She has also served as a supervisor of instruction and pupil services and a supervisor of special education. In addition, she has 10 years of experience in higher education disability services administration in both public and private institutions.

Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech sciences, a master’s degree in speech pathology, and has completed extensive coursework toward a master’s in educational administration.

She has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Kean University’s graduate program in educational administration. She has been a consultant to public and private K-12 school districts and higher education institutions on ADA compliance and postsecondary transition issues for students with disabilities.

Loren O'Connor
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services
Brandman University

Loren O’Connor currently serves as the assistant vice chancellor, Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services at Brandman University. Previously, he worked as a school psychologist and marriage and family therapy.

 

His areas of expertise include meeting the educational needs of individuals with exceptional needs; program creation and implementation; and crisis response. He frequently travels to institutions in other countries to advise them on how to best serve the needs of students with disabilities.

 

Lance holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; a master’s in counseling and education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; and a doctoral degree in psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego. He is also a licensed therapist.

Maria G. Pena
Doctoral Student Higher Education
San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University

Maria Pena is a student in a joint doctoral program in higher education at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. She was formerly a Student Services Coordinator for Disabled Student Programs and Services at MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside, Calif. She has been employed in the field of postsecondary education and disability accommodation for 28 years.

She completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, San Diego in 1987 and her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from San Diego State University in 1989.

Tom Thompson
Higher Education Consultant and Interim Director, Disability Services for Students
California State University-Fullerton

Tom Thompson is a higher education consultant and the interim director of Disability Services for Students at California State University - Fullerton.

He retired as the director of disability services and the ADA coordinator for William R. Harper College after service since 1980. Other campus roles included serving on three campus accreditation committees, chairing a Crusade of Mercy fundraising campaign for three years, teaching as an adjunct faculty member and helping create several scholarship programs for students. He wrote and managed grants totaling over $6 million and raised $750,000 in private and corporate funding.

Tom holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy. Besides working at Harper College, he has twice served on the board of the Association on Higher Education And Disability, was a founding member of the Illinois-Iowa AHEAD chapter, and has presented at numerous conferences on program development, budgeting and program assessment.

His particular interests and specialization include working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing, program review methods, and mentoring new professionals. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member in allied health for Northern Illinois University and in Northeastern Illinois University’s rehabilitation counseling graduate program. He has also been a consultant to higher education institutions on the issues of ADA compliance, accessibility, grants management and program evaluation.

Jenna Walraven
Ethics & Compliance Program Manager II
Univerity of Phoenix

Jenna Walraven serves as Ethics & Compliance Program Manager II for the University of Phoenix. In that role, she oversees compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and several other laws affecting higher education for the Apollo Group and its subsidiaries — the University of Phoenix and Western International University.

She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and certification in mediation. However, after her eldest child was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, she stopped pursuing a career in law enforcement and turned her professional interest to the field of disability services.

Jenna is a member of the Association on Higher Education And Disability, the Arizona Postsecondary Access Coalition, and Arizona Autism United.

Gail Zimmerman
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Keene State College

Gail M. Zimmerman is the associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Keene State College. She has been working in higher education for more than 25 years in a variety of student support roles. Currently, she supervises Keene State College’s Counseling Center, Center for Health and Wellness, and the Office of Disability Services. She also serves as the college’s ADA compliance officer.

Gail received her doctorate in education in higher education leadership from the University of Massachusetts Boston; her master’s degree in student personnel administration from State University of New York’s College at Buffalo; and her bachelor’s degree in biology from D’Youville College.

Gail’s doctoral dissertation focused on supporting students with psychiatric disabilities in higher education. Her interests including the historical, legal and organizational issues involved in serving students with disabilities.

Contributing Authors

Louise Bedrossian
Retired Director, Disability Resource Center
Clayton State University

Louise Bedrossian, the retired director of the Disability Resource Center at Clayton State, has worked in higher education disability services for more than 20 years. She is now engaged in consulting and private coaching and counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with both a master's and educational specialist degree.

Her previous professional experience includes work in disability services and compliance, vocational and career development, coaching, professional training and development, collegiate classroom instruction, and residential treatment.

She was the founding president of the Georgia Association on Higher Education And Disability, and held several other offices in that organization. She served on the board of directors and the professional advisory board of the L.D. Adults of Georgia and on the Georgia Board of Regents' Administrative Committee on Learning Disorders. She has also been a member of the advisory board of the Alternative Access Media Center of the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Board of Regents Veteran’s Task Force. She was co-chair of the Georgia Board of Regents Administrative Committee for Disability Service Providers. In addition to private consultation, counseling and coaching, she is a frequent speaker for professional and community organizations.

Louise has particular expertise in cognitive and psychological disorders. She is the co-author of College Students with Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Academic and Social Success and The Disability Services Office Manual: Model Forms, Policies, and Procedures. She is a regular columnist for Disability Compliance for Higher Education.

Stephanie Gaddy
Faculty, College of Education and Leadership
Walden University

Stephanie Gaddy has worked in higher education for 20 years, as a faculty member and as an administrator. She is a contributing author as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Disability Compliance for Higher Education. She currently teaches in the core and foundation courses in Walden University’s doctoral in education program, and serves as a mentor for students completing their dissertations at the institution. 

In the past, Stephanie taught special education, educational foundations, early childhood education, educational psychology, developmental psychology, reading and English courses. She also created and directed a postsecondary office for disability services and a nationally recognized, postsecondary program for students with ADHD. She also provides service as a special education advocate for students with disabilities and serves as a consultant to the Housing and Urban Development Authority, serving people with intellectual disabilities in her community.

Stephanie’s research agenda includes the identification of data-driven best practices to effectively teach students with disabilities, best practices to improve reading comprehension, the effective administration of an office for postsecondary disability services, and effective methods to assist in the transition to the postsecondary environment for students with disabilities.

Aileen Gelpi, Esq.
Legal Contributor

Aileen Gelpi has been practicing law since 2008. She has acted as Legal Editor to many educational publications in the past and is now Co-Editor of Campus Legal Advisor and Editor of The FERPA Answer Book for Higher Education Professionals and The FERPA Bulletin. She also summarizes Office for Civil Rights and Family Policy Compliance Office cases for Disability Compliance for Higher Education and other Jossey-Bass publications.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Aileen has a bachelor of arts from the U.P.R., and a M.A. from New York University, where she also engaged in doctoral studies. She is admitted to practice in Florida and Puerto Rico, and the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Elizabeth Hamblet
Disability Consultant
Princeton, New Jersey

Elizabeth C. Hamblet is a disability consultant. She was a postsecondary learning disabilities specialist for more than a decade, first at Simmons College in Massachusetts and then at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Now based in Princeton, N. J., she speaks, writes and consults on transition to college for students with disabilities and is the author of a laminated guide on this topic, published by National Professional Resources. A regular contributor to Disability Compliance for Higher Education, she has also been published in the Journal of College Admissions and Career Development for Exceptional Individuals. Her website, www.ldadvisory.com, offers information and helpful links for families and professionals.

Salome Heyward
President
Salome Heyward & Associates

Salome Heyward, a civil rights attorney with over 30 years’ experience in the field of disability discrimination law and disability management, is the president of Salome Heyward & Associates.

She has authored multiple books, including Higher Education and Disability, The FMLA Handbook (2002), Graduate Schools and the ADA, and Access to Education for the Disabled. Salome has also written numerous articles on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Rehabilitation Act. And she served as a contributing author for New Directions for Higher Education’s Summer 2011 edition, titled Disability and Campus Dynamics.

In addition to serving as an editorial advisor for the Council on Law in Higher Education, she is also a legal advisor for the Educational Testing Service, a developer of leave and attendance software for employers, and a past editor of the Disability Accommodation Digest.

In the past, she has served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Connecticut School of law, and the supervisor of a legal internship for the Southeastern Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center and Emory University Law School.

Salome is frequently sought out by media outlets, including NBC, CNN, ESPN, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, to provide legal background on disability issues.

She is a well-known and respected speaker and trainer in the area of disability discrimination law and disability management. She has been a featured presenter for national associations and organizations such as the American Association for Affirmative Action, the Association of Higher Education And Disability, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of State Personnel, and the International Learning Disabilities Association. Her firm helps postsecondary institutions, agencies and employers develop and maintain effective and compliant ADA/Section 504 programs and services.

Michael Masinter
Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University

Michael Masinter is a professor of law at Nova Southeastern University. He also chairs the legal panel of the ACLU of Florida. 

He teaches, writes about and litigates disability rights, civil rights and employment law. Michael has been a regular contributor of Disability Compliance for Higher Education's "Of Counsel" feature for numerous years.
Lisa M. Meeks, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Coalition Corner Feature
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Meeks is the Director of Medical Student Disability Services at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and holds a faculty appointment in the division of General Internal Medicine. She specializes in disability as a form of diversity, culturally competent medical education, and professional communication in students with disabilities and is particularly skilled in clinical accommodations, in both hospital and clinic settings.

As leading author and co-editor of the seminal text on disability services in the health sciences Dr. Meeks has helped shaped the future of health science education for students with disabilities. She is a leader in the field of health science and disability, PI on the AAMC/UCSF Lived Experience Project and forthcoming special report and president elect and co-founder of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education. Lisa is also a director at large for the Association on Higher Education and Disability and co-chair of the special interest group on Graduate and Professional Education. Consulting with private industries, educational institutions, and government agencies, Dr. Meeks helps shape policy on issues around disability and health science programs. Her expertise is recognized by some of the leading educational, governmental, and private institutions in the United States.

In Memoriam: Allan L. Shackelford

For more than five years, Attorney Allan L. Shackelford wrote an Of Counsel column for DCHE. He died from ALS on Aug. 26, 2013. We will miss his legal guidance, professionalism, collegiality and good nature.

To contribute to efforts to cure ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, go to www.alsa.org/ and click on the “Donate” tab at the top of the page.

Richard H. Willits, Esq.
Legal Contributor

Richard H. Willits produces all lawsuit summaries that appear in this publication. He is a retired attorney who graduated with Honors from the University of Florida’s College of Law in 1971 and specialized in civil trials.

In 1983, he became one of the first Board Certified lawyers in the nation. In 1990, he received Martindale Hubbell's highest rating. Beginning in 1993, Richard was listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent lawyers. He is a past president of the Palm Beach County Federal Bar Association, and has written several legal articles on a variety of subjects. 
 
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    Joan Hope became editor of Disability Compliance for Higher Education in 2014. She brings years of experience in higher education and journalism to her work.

    Joan taught writing and literature courses for eight years at colleges and universities including Indiana University at Bloomington, Clark University, and Houston Community College. As a freelance journalist, she published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines and reference books.

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