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AEM Center Advisory Committee

In order to receive guidance pertaining to accessible educational materials and technologies from experts in the field, the Center has established an Advisory Committee to help guide the creation of resources, products and services that are impactful and usable across a variety of stakeholder settings. Advisory Committee members represent a range of Early Learning, K-12 and Postsecondary education, and Workforce Development constituents. They bring expertise in the development and maintenance of technical specifications, in the design and implementation of technical assistance, and on the relationship of educational materials and technologies to learning outcomes.


  • Rene Averitt-Sanzone
    Executive Director, Parents Place of Maryland 
  • Bryan Ayres
    Accessibility Manager, K12 Inc.  
  • Jeff Diedrich
    Director, Alt + Shift, Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education 
  • John Eisenberg
    Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Special Education 
  • Julia Fallon
    Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association
  • Christine Fox
    Senior Director of External Relations, CoSN  
  • Nicole Gaines
    Project Director, National Instructional Materials Access Center 
  • Alan Griffin
    Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Carolyn Hayer
    Executive Director, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network
  • Christina Kasprzak
    Co-Director, Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center 
  • Donna Lange
    DeafTEC PI and Center Director and Associate Professor, RIT/NTID
  • Sarah Loizeaux
    Training & Technical Assistance Manager, National Disability Institute 
  • Janay McClarin
    Engagement Manager, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
  • Jessica McKay
    Assistive Technology Specialist, Ysleta ISD Special Education, Texas 
  • Martin McKay
    CTO and Founder, Texthelp Ltd.  
  • Mark Nichols
    Senior Director, Universal Design & Accessible Technologies, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, Virginia Tech 
  • Steve Noble
    Accessibility Instructional Designer, Pearson 
  • Kristie Orr
    Director, Disability Resources, Texas A&M University and President, Association on Higher Education And Disability  
  • Carolyn Phillips
    Director, Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation, Georgia Tech 
  • Lauren Morando Rhim
    Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Center for Learner Equity 
  • Lisa Wadors
    Director of Operations, Bookshare at Benetech
  • Linda Bastiani Wilson
    Instructional Specialist, High Incidence Assistive Technology, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
  • Kelly Wylie
    Manager, Early Learning Facilities Regional Support, Santa Clara County Office of Education, California 
  • Ruth Ziolkowski
    President, Don Johnston, Incorporated and Board of Directors, Assistive Technology Industry Association  
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