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Think College Team Members

Think College is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, a University Center for Excellence in Disability. The staff have many years of experience in the areas of postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability, person centered planning, employment, transition, universal design for learning and inclusive education. The Think College team is led by Debra Hart as Principal Investigator and Meg Grigal, Co-Principal Investigator.  Think College projects are coordinated by Cate Weir.  We are also supported by key team members at ICI in evaluation, marketing, online resources, and instructional design.Think College team members

DSC_6945Molly works as a trainer and technical assistance provider for Think College, and is a TPSID cohort liaison.   Molly provides professional development to college faculty, administrators and disability support personnel on Universal Course Design and effective teaching strategies for ensuring equal access to all students, including those with disabilities. Previously, she coordinated the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment project for students with intellectual disabilities at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA. Molly's expertise includes the provision of individual supports for postsecondary education for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities, universal design for learning, online teaching, and adaptive technologies.
Email: molly.boyle@umb.edu
John ButterworthJohn has over 30 years of experience as a manager of community-based day and employment services, trainer, consultant, and researcher. He is Principal Investigator of Access to Integrated Employment, a 20 year national data collection project on day and employment services for people with developmental disabilities, is ICI’s Project Director for the State Employment Leadership Network, and is on the staff of the CMS funded Massachusetts Medicaid Infrastructure and Comprehensive Employment Opportunities initiative. His interests include organizational and systems change, employment outcomes, natural supports, person-centered planning, and program management.
Email: john.butterworth@umb.edu
Cooney_LoriLori Cooney is a Project Coordinator & Instructional Design Specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining ICI, Lori served as an Instructional Designer at a postsecondary institution and a secondary Coordinator of Technology Integration. Lori has extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development for faculty and staff on instructional resources, universal design techniques, lesson plans and assessment strategies that meet the learning styles of all students. Some of the integration tools that she currently uses are online lesson plan builders, rubric generators, Web 2.0 tools, tablet devices (i.e. iPad), and open-source applications. Lori has received the 2012 MassCUE Pathfinder award, a Technology Humanist Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is recognized as a Christa McAuliffe Teacher by the Challenger Learning Center at Framingham State University. Additionally, Lori was a respite care provider for children with special needs, is a board member of the EGID Boston group, and has two children with special health care needs.
Email: lori.cooney@umb.edu
Daria DominDaria is a Research Associate for the Institute on Community Inclusion. She manages and performs quantitative data analysis and develops publications for a number of projects including the TPSID National Coordinating Center, Access to Integrated Employment, StateData.info and Catada.info. Ms. Domin holds an MSW in social and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis.
Email: daria.domin@umb.edu
DSC_6930Maria is a Transition Specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she participates in numerous postsecondary and transition-related projects.Her primary role with Think College is as a liaison to a cohort of TPSID programs for the National Coordinating Center.  Maria also has experience working as a state-level transition specialist for the Arizona Department of Education and as a member of the disability support services office of a community college. Maria’s areas of expertise include transition-related policies and effective practices, person centered planning and providing training and technical assistance to high school and college staff on preparing students for postsecondary education and employment. Maria holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Email: maria.dragoumanos@umb.edu
Paul FoosPaul Foos is a Web Developer at the Institute for Community Inclusion. He has developed and maintained several sites for ICI, including Think College. The focus of his work is helping non-technical folks to communicate via the Web. He also makes every effort to provide accessible sites. His background is in education and technology, and he worked for several years as a counselor in halfway houses for the mentally ill. Paul has a Ph.D. in History and an MLIS degree.
Email: paul.foos@umb.edu
Meg GrigalDr. Meg Grigal is a Senior Research Fellow at University of Massachusetts Boston at the Institute for Community Inclusion where she Co-Directs Think College. Dr. Grigal is the Co-Principal Investigator for the Office of Postsecondary Education funded National Coordinating Center and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities funded Consortium for Postsecondary Education for People with IDD. Prior to joining ICI, Meg was Senior Research Associate at TransCen, Inc. where she served as the Principal Investigator of the Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC) project, conducting research on the efficacy and outcomes of college based dual enrollment programs for students with intellectual disability. Dr. Grigal also previously directed On-Campus Outreach (OCO) at the University of Maryland. She has provided technical assistance and training across the country, conducted research studies on the provision of postsecondary education services for students with intellectual disability and has coauthored two books and published numerous journal articles on the topic.
Email: megrigal@verizon.net
Debra HartDebra Hart is the Director of the Education and Transition Team for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She serves as the Principal Investigator for the AIDD funded Consortium on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Office of Postsecondary Education funded National Coordinating Center. Debra has over 25 years of experience working with youth and adults with disabilities, their families, faculty, and professionals that support youth in becoming contributing valued members of their community via participation in inclusive secondary and postsecondary education, and competitive employment. Since 1997, Ms. Hart has directed five federal grants designed to create access to postsecondary education for youth with intellectual disabilities.
Email: debra.hart@umb.edu
Alberto MiglioreAlberto Migliore joined ICI as a postdoctoral research fellow in September 2006. He develops research and analyzes data for several ongoing projects at ICI, including working on the RSA-911 database of individuals with developmental disabilities served by Vocational Rehabilitation.
Along with his academic work, Alberto has several years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In Italy, he helped found a social co-operative where he worked for about ten years involving individuals with intellectual disabilities in community work activities. Before moving from Italy to the U.S., he was a regional government official for workplace health and safety.
Email: alberto.migliore@umb.edu
Maria PaiewonskyMaria Paiewonsky is the Participatory Action Research Coordinator for Think College. She uses a number of inclusive research methods with students, transition staff and college personnel to evaluate postsecondary education initiatives and to develop training and technical assistance materials for Think College. In addition, Maria serves as a transition specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion, where she oversees numerous transition related projects with teachers, interdisciplinary team members, students and families to develop positive transition outcomes. Her work also includes online course development and teaching, as well as face-to-face training and technical assistance on transition and postsecondary topics. These training topics include youth development and self -determination, career development, access to postsecondary education, school-college partnerships, and, most recently, inclusive research and dissemination.
Email: maria.paiewonsky@umb.edu
Frank SmithFrank A. Smith, M.A., is a Research Associate at ICI and the Evaluation Manager for the TPSID Coordinating Center. Frank has experience in survey research methodology, data management, data analysis, and data systems design. He is one of the authors of StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes, 2010. He has also made multiple presentations on the use of employment outcomes data to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Directors. Frank is a two-time graduate of the UMass system, having earned a bachelor's degree in legal studies at the Amherst campus and a master's degree in applied sociology at the Boston campus.
Jennifer Sullivan SulewskiJennifer Sullivan Sulewski has been involved as a researcher and evaluator on numerous ICI projects, including the National Data Collection on Day and Employment Services; the Massachusetts Medicaid Infrastructure and Comprehensive Employment Opportunities project (Work Without Limits); a series of case studies on community based non-work services; and evaluation of systems change toward increasing integrated employment outcomes at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Her current activities include providing technical assistance through the Partnerships in Employment TA Center, developing a set of national outcomes measures for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, and serving on the evaluation team of the Think College Coordinating Center for Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities.
David TemeliniDavid Temelini coordinates and implements marketing and communications strategy for the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI). He oversees web development and eLearning strategies, and is directly responsible for the design, production, and dissemination of ICI print publications and materials. His areas of expertise include layout, graphic design, marketing, and web strategies.
Email: david.temelini@umb.edu
Alvaro TobarAlvaro Tobar is responsible for coordinating instructional technology at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI). His areas of expertise include education, technology integration, multimedia design, and video production. Alvaro runs the Institute's multimedia lab, where he designs and implements a range of accessible instructional technology strategies to meet projects' needs. Current tactics include webconferences, distance education courses, digital video, blogs, and podcasts. A native of Chile, Alvaro is fluent in three languages.
Email: alvaro.tobar@umb.edu
Weir_CateCate is the project coordinator for Think College and the National Coordinating Center for Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Previously, she served as project coordinator higher education-related projects at the Institute on Disability at the University of NH. She also has experience as a disability support coordinator and faculty member for the NH Community College System. Cate’s expertise includes the provision of individual supports for postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities, person-centered planning and strategic planning for organizations.
Email: cathryn.weir@umb.edu