Presenters

Knowledgeable Presenters

to share their expertise and practical ideas

Preston Bartlett

Preston Bartlett is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BA in Psychology. He has over 28 years of experience of supporting people (Currently supporting a son at Ohio University). He has worked in direct care, as a Behavior Support Specialist and in administration. He has returned to his roots and his passion, recently by taking a Behavior Support Specialist Position working the east side of Cincinnati.

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Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown is the Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Made Equal. HOME is a nonprofit agency in Cincinnati, Ohio, which enforces fair housing rights and works to build stable, integrated communities. Prior to coming to HOME in 2004, Ms. Brown worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Cincinnati Field Office, with jurisdiction over 13 counties in Southwest Ohio. Ms. Brown has a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

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Mark Buttelwerth

Community facilitator for Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services Asset Based Community Development Team. His expertise is in the contemporary notion of removing negative labels in order to assure that all persons in society have access and exposure to becoming full citizens within their community.

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Amy Clawson

Amy Clawson is a Coordinator in the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD) which is located in the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is a founding member of the Parent Group Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati (PGC) and the Ohio Respite Coalition. Amy’s specializes in family supports, community networks, resources and advocacy for families and children with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about respite and helping families find qualified providers because she sees how it improves the whole family’s quality of life.

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Krista Clinebell

Krista Clinebell, M.Ed., has been in Adult Services for the past six years. Currently, she is with the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She has spent more than seven years in the field of Special Education as an Intervention Specialist working in elementary and high school levels. Krista has worked with people of various ability levels, including those who demonstrate difficult behaviors. Her approach to working with people who have demonstrated difficult behaviors is a culmination of previous training in special education and what she has learned through the trainings of David Pitonyak.

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Kristn Currans, PsyD

Kristn Currans, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and provides both individual and group treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder. She is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Xavier University. Dr. Currans is a member of American Psychological Association, Association for Behavior Analysis, and Autism Society of America.

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Jerry Dickens

Jerry Dickens has worked with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities since 1986. Currently he manages Staff Development at Southwest Ohio Developmental Center and is a Positive Culture Instructor.

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Richard Dusterberg

Mr. Dusterberg has practiced law in Cincinnati for more than forty years, both as a partner in a large firm and now as a sole practitioner. His estate planning practice is focused on estate planning for families in which there is a person with disabilities who must be protected after the caregivers are gone. He speaks frequently to support groups, lawyers, trust officers and financial planners on the subject of Special Needs Trusts for persons with developmental or mental health disabilities.

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Debra Easley

Debra Easley has worked with individuals who have developmental disabilities for over 25 years and is currently the Training Coordinator at LADD, Inc and is the Southwest Ohio Regional Coordinator of the Ohio PATHS Program.

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Melissa Foti-Hoff

Dr. Melissa Foti-Hoff is the Coordinator of Community Consultation at the Kelly O’Leary Center of ASD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As psychologist, she focuses on helping teams create supports for students with autism.

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Dawn Freudenberg

Dawn Freudenberg has worked in the social work field for over 16 years supporting adults and children with disabilities. Dawn continues to be actively involved in organizational development efforts and training opportunities to support individuals served by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, where she is the Assistant Director of Community Services: Quality Improvement.

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Julie A. Gatlin

Julie A. Gatlin, LISW is a graduate of Xavier University (Bachelor of Science in Social Work, 1996) and New York University (Master of Social Work, 1998). Ms. Gatlin has over 12 years of experience in the mental health field, much of which focused on practice with emotionally disturbed children. Currently, Ms. Gatlin works exclusively with individuals having Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities while also facing mental health issues. During her 3 ½ years as a Behavior Management Specialist with the University Hospital, Ms. Gatlin provided assessment, consultation, crisis intervention, and educational services to adults with Dual Diagnosis. She is currently self-employed as a clinical social worker in private practice.

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Jeremy Hessel

Jeremy Hessel is a Registered Sanitarian and Supervisor at Hamilton County Public Health, the agency that inspects housing and mobile home parks as well as a wide variety of public settings. Mr. Hessel has been in public health for over 10 years.

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Dr. Monica Jackson

Dr. Jackson is a Clinical Psychologist, currently serving as the Program Supervisor of Chaney Allen Women’s Services at the Crossroads Center. Dr. Jackson has experience in many diverse areas, including substance abuse, mental health issues, cultural competency, and marriage/relationship issues.

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Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson, OTR/L, graduated from Shawnee State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating Amy has had an interest in gaining both knowledge and skills for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Amy has worked in the home, school and outpatient settings and has training and experience working with both children and adults. Amy began working at The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism in January 2007 and has been an integral part of the multi-disciplinary approach to treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Lynda Kahn

Lynda Kahn is a long time advocate for people with disabilities who has applied her knowledge and skills to shaping a system that can truly support individuals and families to have a meaningful life within communities.

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Sally Kennedy Tilow

Sally Kennedy Tilow is Outreach Coordinator at the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati

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Tom Koprowski

Tom Koprowski is the Director of Community Education for Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. He has over 18 years of experience in the area of epilepsy and seizure management. Much of his experience regarding seizure activity has been obtained while a home manager in a facility for individuals with uncontrolled seizures.

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Jo Krippennstapel

Jo Krippennstapel offers facilitation, consultation, and training focused on enhancing quality lives for individuals, more responsive organizations, and richer community life.

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Kimberly Kroeger-Geoppinger

Dr. Kimberly Kroeger-Geoppinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and a clinical psychologist and director of the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program at The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She was named “Autism Service Provider of the Year” by the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati in 2003. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavior Analysis, Autism Society of America, and the Ohio Autism Consortium for Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Linda Kunick

Linda Kunick is a member of HCBDD Leaders in Action and the founding chair of its People Are Not Jars Committee. She serves on the Advocacy Leadership Network and speaks all over the country on self-advocacy.

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Peggy Kurz

Peggy Kurz is the Director of Adult Services for the Hamilton County Board of DD. She has worked for the agency for over 22 years. She has taught preschool, been a principal and curriculum coordinator before serving in adult services. She received her Masters in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati and did post-graduate work at Xavier University in Educational Administration.

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Bridget Lynd

Bridget Lynd is the Training Coordinator at Starfire, where she develops trainings for all staff. She has over ten years of direct support and program management experience, and has always stressed the importance of relationships and positive interactions in her efforts.

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Diana Mairose

Diana Mairose is with the Advocacy Support Team from the Hamilton County Board of DD.

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Kim Miller

Kim Miller has over 30 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities, including 13 as superintendent for a county board of DD. He has consulted and provided supervisory/management training with several private residential companies in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. In 2001 he published Supervision is Just Like Sex: 10 Rules for Supervisors and Other Leaders.

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Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller is Manager of Medicaid Services for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities where she has worked since 2004.

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Thaddeus J. Nestheide

Dr. TJ Nestheide is a clinical psychologist at the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Nestheide earned his doctorate in psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in behavioral psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He then completed at post-doctoral fellowship at the O’Leary Center where he was a member of the medical staff since January of 2007.

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Scott Osterfeld

Scott Osterfeld has worked for over 20 years in the field of developmental disabilities. He is the President of Osterfeld Consulting, a principle based educational and consulting company that provides education and training in the human service field. Scott is also the State Operations Administrator for the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) as well as a Parent Coach with Beech Acres Parenting Center.

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Essie Pederson

Essie Pederson has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for the more than 36 years. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati but recognizes her best education has been provided by her older brother with Down Syndrome and her many, many friends across the country with developmental disabilities. She serves as a national advisor to the national self-advocacy organization, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered.

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Clarissa Rentz

Clarissa Rentz is a clinical nurse specialist board certified in gerontological nursing (GCNS-BC). Mrs. Rentz has had over 47 years of nursing experience in acute, hospice care and caring for people with dementing illnesses. While at the Alzheimer’s Association, first as the Director of Programs and Services and then as the Executive Director of the Association, she worked over 15 years with developmental disabilities county boards staff and families as they grappled with the care concerns of persons with Down syndrome who also had a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease. When she retired from the Alzheimer’s Association in 2011, she continued as a consultant to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Mrs. Rentz continues her work in this area. She has met with over 100 families and numerous providers of care to educate and support as they cared for their family member and clients. She has lectured extensively regionally and nationally on the experience of the person with Down syndrome who is also affected by a dementing illness.

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Pam Rieke

Pam Rieke has over 10 years of experience working with adults with disabilities. She joined Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati in June 2009 as the Adult Matters Coordinator. Before working at DSAGC she also worked at LADD and United Cerebral Palsy Association.

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Diane Ritter

Diane Ritter is a speech pathologist who has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 20 years. Currently she is a member of the HCBDD Itinerant Support Team that collaborates with school districts to support students with moderate and intensive needs.

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John Romer

John Romer is with the Advocacy Support Team from the Hamilton County Board of DD.

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Stephanie Ryan

Stephanie Ryan is a Speech and Language Pathologist with the Hamilton County Board of DD.

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Debra Schwartz

Debra Schwartz is the Area Work Incentive Coordinator for the Social Security Administration in Southern Ohio. In 2009 she spent six months participating in several Ticket to Work events around the country promoting better awareness of the options available to the disability community. As a long-time member of the SSA’s Speaker’s Bureau, she frequently gives presentations to a wide variety of audiences and staffs Social Security booths at fairs, conferences, and other events throughout the area. Debra is committed to educating others about Social Security’s programs and benefits, focusing on employment support issues.

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T. Dean Swartz

T. Dean Swartz works as a Behavior Specialist for the Clermont County Board of DD. Since 1986 he has worked in Direct Support, Behavior Support, Program Management, and as a QMRP. His extensive experience in residential, school and sheltered workshop settings has given him a well rounded training philosophy. Dignity and Respect are cornerstone concepts in his trainings.

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Kathy Tallon

Kathy Tallon is a Registered nurse with a Bachelors in Sociology who currently works for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities as Quality Assurance RN. She has worked in nursing for over 30 years and has worked in the field of disabilities since 2001.

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Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas has over 25 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities, in group homes and adult workshops. Since 2000 she has been with Butler County Developmental Disabilities, first as an SSA and now in Provider Relations.

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Barb Thomas

Director of TECS Education Center and Executive Director of The TALL Institute. She is a Certified Sexuality Educator and a Sex Offender Counselor. Barb provides healthy sexuality education that assists the folks with whom we work to make healthy, safe and happy choices for themselves.

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Robin Totsch

Robin Totsch has over 22 years working with adults with a variety of disabilities in both service provision and supervision. Currently she is the Compliance Director for Easter Seals TriState. In this role she works across the entire agency to ensure that all accreditation standards, funding source criteria, and federal and state mandates are met.

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Mary Vicario

Mary Vicario, LPCC –S has been passionate about working with trauma survivors and training on trauma informed care for over 25 years. She collaborates with professors from Harvard’s department of psychiatry to turn the latest trauma and brain chemistry research into interventions for individuals of varying age and developmental abilities. She has started and assists a variety of programs as an educator, clinician, supervisor, consultant, and clinical director. She has international experience as a People to People delegate with members of the American Counseling Association to China and Mongolia and will be participating in trauma training in Germany in April 2012.

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