Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844
Human resources professional, with a specialization in training, employee relations, and disability-related issues and assistive technology. Attorney with eleven years of practical experience in litigation in New Jersey, particularly in administrative law court. Author of three books, five law review articles, and other scholarly pieces. Strong legal research and writing skills. Expert in analyzing disability-related legal issues. Nationally known presenter and researcher on disability issues. Proficient in federal grants management. Experienced in managing multiple projects.
- Master in Human Resource Management, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (expected graduation 2017)
- Juris Doctor., University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1994.
- Bachelor of Arts, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1990.
Major: Political Science. Minor: History.
- Member, State Bar of Texas (issued 1994)
- Member, State Bar of Georgia (issued 2004)
- Member, State Bar of New Jersey (issued 2005)
Managing Attorney / Program DirectorTrenton, New Jersey, 2005-2016.
- Represented clients with disabilities in federal court, the Appellate Division, Superior Court, and administrative law courts.
- Drafted successful grant application for state funding for continuation of New Jersey’s federal Assistive Technology Act center.
- Managed the work of a variety of assistive technology contractors.
- Initiated small grants program to build network of AT service providers.
- Oversaw complex data collection process and prepared annual compliance reports for federal funding agencies.
- Created fully-accessible website and social media for AT program.
- Conducted national and local training sessions on disability issues.
Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture / Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Education and Technology SpecialistAtlanta, Georgia, 2002-2005.
- Co-Project Director, Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE)
- Drafted successful grant application for federal funding.
- Developed fully-accessible “Federal Courts Concepts” module for distance education: http://www.catea.org/grade/legal/intro.html
- Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)
- Conducted training on disability issues on a national, regional, and statewide basis.
- Managed small grants program to enhance accessibility of information technology in education in the Southeast region.
- Developed fully-accessible website for national ADA training effort.
ADA Specialist, Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (1998-2002)
- Provided technical assistance on ADA requirements to state and local officials, employers, professionals, and people with
- Managed monthly training series for ADA coordinators in state agencies.
- Conducted ADA training on a statewide basis.
- Monitored state and federal legislation related to disability issues.
Writer, Correspondence Division (1997-1998)
- Responsible for the Governor’s correspondence on environmental, federal, parks, disability, military, and law
- Drafted proclamations for special events for a variety of requestors.
Staff Assistant, Dallas, Texas, 1994-1997.
- Caseworker for disability and military affairs.
- Responsible for assisting constituents with disabilities on Social Security and health care issues.
- “Four Emerging Issues in Americans with Disabilities Act Litigation Involving Hospitals and Other Health Care Providers,” The Review of Litigation, vol. 20, p. 623 (2001).
- “Snakes and Ladders: Expanding the Definition of ‘Major Life Activity’ Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Texas Tech Law Review, vol. 33, p. 321 (2002).
“Two Revolutions, One Goal: Increasing Accessibility to Information Technology for People with Disabilities,” SCI Life, Fall 2002/Winter 2003, p.28.
- “When Pigs Fly: Litigation Under the Air Carrier Access Act,” North Dakota Law Review, vol. 87, p. 687 (2003).
- “Providing Access to Students with Disabilities in Online Distance Education: Legal and Technical Concerns for Higher Education,” American Journal of Distance Education, vol. 18, p. 51 (2004).
- “Won’t You Let Me Take You on a Sea Cruise: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Cruise Ships,” Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 28, p. 271 (2004).
- “Closing the Circuit: Accessibility from the Ground Up,” Information Technology and Disabilities Journal, vol. 11, no. 1 (2005) (principal author).
- Book Review, “Seeing Beyond Blindness,” by Shelley Kinash, American Journal of Distance Education, vol. 21, p. 51 (2007).
- Lowering the Threshold: How Far Has The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act Expanded Access to the Courts in Employment Litigation? Publication expected 2918, Journal of Law and Policy, Brooklyn Law School.
- Rain on Your Wedding Day, Scary Hippopotamus Books, February 2013 (novel)
- Wreathed, Scary Hippopotamus Books, November 2014 (novel)
- Lies I Have Told, Scary Hippopotamus Books, April 2015 (short story collection)
- If My Name Was Amanda, Scary Hippopotamus Books, July 2017 (children’s book)
- “Make Web Pages Accessible to Everyone,” EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, June 19, 2002.
- “IT Access for Students with Disabilities,” High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, July 12, 2002.
- “Evaluating Online Educational Resources for Access to People with Disabilities,” “, MERLOT International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September 28, 2002.
- “Understanding and Removing Barriers to Information Technology,” MERLOT International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September 29, 2002 (co-presenter).
- “Creating Distance Learning Courses That Are Accessible to Everyone,” EDUCAUSE 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2, 2002 (co-presenter).
- “What it Means To Be in Compliance,” Kentucky Virtual University Conference, Richmond, Kentucky, October 9, 2002.
- “Legal Issues in Information Technology Access,” North Carolina Assistive Technology Expo, Raleigh, North Carolina, November 7, 2002.
- “Making Web Pages Accessible for Everyone,” International Technology Education Association, Nashville, Tennessee, March 13, 2003.
- “Making Web Pages Accessible for Everyone,” North Carolina Disability Services Conference, Sanford, North Carolina, March 28, 2003.
- “Making Web Pages Accessible for Everyone,” Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, March 31, 2003.
- “Assistive Technology – What’s New and Hot in Accommodations,” American Association for Affirmative Action Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 9, 2003.
- “Accessibility and Wireless Technologies: Policy and Regulatory Considerations,” RESNA 26th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 22, 2003 (co-presenter).
- “Strategies and Techniques for Distance Learning Accessibility,” AHEAD National Conference, Dallas, Texas, July 11, 2003.
- “Information Technology Access: State, Federal, and International Law,” MERLOT International Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 8, 2003.
- “Your Rights and Responsibilities on the Information Highway,” Georgia Vision Superconference, Macon, Georgia, September 12, 2003.
- “Evaluating and Retrofitting Distance Education Elements for Accessibility,” Louisiana Board of Regents, Anytime, Anyplace, Anyone Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 27, 2003.
- “Emerging Civil Rights Issues: ADA, 255 & 508,” Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness, Mobile, Alabama, October 9, 2003.
- “Electronic Curb Cuts: Legal Requirements for Accessible Distance Education,” The 9th Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, Orlando, Florida, November 15, 2003.
- “Strategies for Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Online Education,” Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Orlando, Florida, January 21, 2004.
- “Evaluating Internet Pages for Access to Students with Disabilities,” Georgia Educational Technology Conference, Macon, Georgia, February 11, 2004.
- “Evaluating Internet Pages for Students with Disabilities,” Creating Futures Through Technology Conference, Biloxi, Mississippi, March 1, 2004.
- “Making Accessibility Accessible: A Collaborative Project in 508 Compliance for Online Higher Education,” Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2, 2004 (co-presenter).
- “Accessibility in Distance Education,” North Carolina Community College Distance Learning Network, Fayetteville, North Carolina, March 12, 2004 (co-presenter).
- “Making the GRADE: Improving Access to E-Learning,” Georgia AHEAD Conference, Athens, Georgia, March 2004.
- “Bridging the Gap: Policy Development for Increased Electronic Access in Higher Education,” Georgia AHEAD Conference, Athens, Georgia, March 2004.
- “Air Carrier Access Act,” National ADA Symposium, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2004.
- “Making the GRADE: Improving Access to E-Learning,” Southwest ADA Center webcast, June 9, 2004 (co-presenter).
- “Strategies for Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Online Education,” 2004 AHEAD Conference, Miami, Florida, July 2004.
- “Closing the Circuit: Accessibility from the Ground Up,” MERLOT International Conference, Costa Mesa California, August 2004 (co-presenter).
- “Planning for Accessibility and Usability in E-Learning,” Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Orlando, Florida, January 20, 2005.
- “Introduction to Assistive Technology” and “Hands-on Introduction to Web Accessibility,” University of Texas, Pan-American, Edinburg, Texas, April 8, 2005
- “Accessibility of Web-based Distance Learning Content,” Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey, January 13, 2006.
- “Assistive Technology for the Transition-Age Students with Disabilities,” New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative, Montclair, New Jersey, March 13, 2007.
- “Tips and Tricks for Web Accessibility Training,” Annual Conference of Assistive Technology Act Programs, Denver, Colorado, May 24, 2007 (co-presenter).
- “Creating Pathways to Access Through Universal Design,” Governor’s Conference on Workforce & Economic Development, New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 3, 2008 (co-presenter).
- “Trends and Innovations in Assistive Technology,” AccessAbilities 2010, William Paterson University College of Education, Wayne, New Jersey, May 17, 2010.
- ”Infusing Assistive Technology Concepts in the Technology Curriculum,” New Jersey Education Association Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, November 5, 2010 (co-presenter).
- “Educational and Assistive Technology Resources for School-aged Children with Disabilities and Their Families,” Arab American Communities and Disabilities Conference, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Somerset, New Jersey, December 10, 2011.
- “Caption YouTube Videos for Increased Accessibility and Traffic,” Closing the Gap, Bloomington, Minnesota, October 18, 2012.
- “Air Carrier Access Act Update,” National ADA Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, May 15, 2013.
- “Assistive Technology and Transition,” Edcamp Access New Jersey, The College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey, March 8, 2014.
- “Assistive Technology and Employment,” Philadelphia Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Summit, Princeton, New Jersey, September 20, 2014.
- “Employment Accommodations for People with Disabilities,” RWJ Stroke Support Group, New Brunswick, New Jersey, July 1, 2015.
- “Competing Revolutions: How Technology Advancement and Disability Advocacy Can Coexist,” Access GA, May 18, 2015 (webinar).
- “Funding Assistive Technology,” Rutgers University Behavioral Health Center, DD/MI Superusers Conference, Piscataway, New Jersey, November 6, 2015.
- “Funding Assistive Technology,” Supportive Housing Conference, Woodbridge, New Jersey, December 4, 2015.
- “How the New ABLE Act Can Help You Finance AT, Education, and Health Care,” Abilities Expo, Edison, New Jersey, April 29, 2016.
- “Understanding the Proposed Department of Justice Rule on Website Accessibility,” Assistive Technology Industry Association, June 28, 2016 (webinar).