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.
Coordinator for the Office for Academic Success
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.
Faculty, College of Education and Leadership
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.
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.
Director, Office of Disability Services
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.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services
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.
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.
Ethics & Compliance Program Manager II
Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Jenna Walraven serves as Ethics & Compliance Program Manager II for the Apollo Education Group, Inc. 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.
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.