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Graduate Certificate Faculty

Kathy Sheppard-Jones , Ph.D. (Executive Director)
Adjunct Professor
Special Education & Rehabilitation Counseling
University of Kentucky College of Education

Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones is the executive director at the Human Development Institute, Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She also oversees several projects, including Belonging in the Community, Home Assessment and Modification Services, Driver Rehabilitation, and Technical Assistance to the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Dr. Sheppard-Jones is also co-principal investigator of Kentucky’s Supported Higher Education Project, a groundbreaking effort to enhance opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to pursue postsecondary education. Her research interests include quality of life, consumer satisfaction, and agricultural applications of rehabilitation technology. Dr. Sheppard-Jones is also adjunct assistant professor in the rehabilitation counseling program.

Harold L. Kleinert, Ed.D.
Director Emeritus, Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky

Dr. Harold Kleinert is the director emeritus of the Human Development Institute-University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service at the University of Kentucky. He has directed a broad range of federally funded demonstration and research projects, including the KY Alternate Portfolio Study, the Paraprofessional Training Component for Kentucky’s State Improvement Grant, the KY Systems Change Project for Students with Severe Disabilities, the Personal Futures Planning Project for Individuals with Deaf-Blindness, and the KY Peer Service Learning Project. Dr. Kleinert co-directed the development of KY’s alternate assessment (resulting in the first fully inclusive educational assessment system in the nation), and is nationally recognized for his research on alternate educational assessments. He has published widely in the area of alternate assessment for students with significant disabilities under IDEA, including research on the impact of the inclusion of students with significant disabilities in large-scale assessment and accountability systems, and is the lead author of the text Alternate Assessment: Measuring Outcomes and Supports for Students with Disabilities.

Elaine Eisenbaum, Ph.D.
Training Director, Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky

Dr. Elaine Eisenbaum is the training director at the Human Development Institute (HDI), Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Dr. Eisenbaum oversees the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities as well as the Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design. Her research interests include health disparities, the history of eugenics, transition to adulthood, and barriers to employment for people with disabilities. Prior to joining the HDI team, Dr. Eisenbaum received a PhD in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also served as the Associate Director at the University of Texas at Austin UCEDD, Texas Center for Disability Studies. Outside of work, Dr. Eisenbaum has been a unified partner with Special Olympics for over 11 years, playing on sports teams that include people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Graham D. Rowles, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Gerontology
University of Kentucky College of Public Health

Graham D. Rowles is a Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology with joint appointments in Nursing, Behavioral Science, Geography and Health Behavior. His research, in the field of environmental gerontology, focuses on the lived experience of aging in different contexts. A central theme of this work is exploration, employing qualitative methodologies, of the changing relationship between elders and their environments with advancing age and the implications of these relationships for health and wellbeing. Current research includes leadership of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative (KERI), a statewide project to explore the implications for communities of the aging of the Baby Boom cohort. His publications include Prisoners of Space? and five co-edited volumes, Aging and Milieu, Qualitative Gerontology, Long-Term Care for the Rural Elderly, Qualitative Gerontology: A Contemporary Perspective, and Home and Identity in Late Life in addition to more than 60 book chapters and articles. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Jane Kleinert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences

Jane Kleinert is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist with over 30 years of experience specializing in services to children with severe/multiple disabilities, oral feeding disorders and early intervention. Dr. Kleinert is currently the primary investigator for the Kentucky Youth Advocacy Project, a three year grant funded by the KY Council on Developmental Disabilities. This project is designed to teach younger children with disabilities self-advocacy skills with a special focus on children with severe communication deficits. Dr. Kleinert is also involved in research on the communication characteristics of students who are included in Alternate Assessment. Her teaching areas include communication programming for phonological disorders, pediatric feeding and motor speech disorders and early intervention. Jane and her husband Harold are life-long Kentuckians and have three adult children.

Debra Harley, Ph.D., CRC, LPC
Chair and Professor
Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling
University of Kentucky College of Education

Debra A. Harley is Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky. Her primary interests are cultural and gender issues, substance abuse, and ethics. Dr. Harley has published extensively in top tier journals of rehabilitation counseling and is co-editor of the book, Contemporary Mental Health Issues Among African Americans. She received the Educator of the Year Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education in 2006. Dr. Harley is former Editor of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling and the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration. She is a board member of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), and a faculty associate with the University of Kentucky Center on Research on Violence Against Women.

Judith L. Page, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Associate Professor, Division of Communication Disorders
College of Allied Health Professions

Judith L. Page is an Associate Professor in the Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. She joined the faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1980 and currently serves as Director of the Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Page’s primary areas of interest are communication intervention strategies for persons with severe disabilities and augmentative and alternative communication systems. Other research interests include early intervention, factors influencing acquisition of manual signs and gestural systems by non-speaking children, and early literacy development.

Marlene B. Huff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

Marlene B. Huff is a Licensed Psychotherapist focused on providing child, adolescent, and family counseling services. She specializes in childhood trauma, social development, forensic social work, custody evaluations, and family mediation. Dr. Huff also serves as a consultant to mental health agencies on organizational management issues, coaching and motivating employees, enhancement and expansion of organizational services. Her interests include conducting research on a variety of adolescent issues including social group membership, adjustment to trauma, and narrative expression of life experiences.

Katherine McCormick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Early Childhood & Special Education
University of Kentucky, College of Education

Katherine McCormick is an Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and holds the James W. and Diane V. Stuckert Service-Learning Professorship. Dr. McCormick came to UK in 1998 from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Auburn University for her Ph.D. and the University of Alabama Birmingham for advanced degrees in School Psychology. While in Alabama Dr. McCormick worked as a classroom teacher of young children with developmental delays and also worked as a school psychologist. She also directed a rural migrant program, and taught at-risk adolescents and youth in an alternative school program. Dr. McCormick is a successful researcher in the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education.

Gilson Capilouto, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ATP
Associate Professor
Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Kentucky College of Allied Health Professions

Gilson Capilouto is an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at University of Kentucky. She came to Kentucky from the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as Project Director for the MUSC Assistive Technology Education Demonstration Center. She holds the ATP (Assistive Technology Professional) credential from RESNA and she has practiced and presented extensively in the areas of augmentative communication and assistive technology. Her research interests include AAC performance measures and narrative discourse performance across the lifespan.

Malachy Bishop, Ph.D., CRC
Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Doctoral Coordinator
University of Kentucky College of Education

Malachy Bishop, Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling program and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Doctoral Program. Dr. Bishop’s clinical background includes rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other health care settings, and vocational assessment. Dr. Bishop has authored over 75 journal articles and book chapters in health care and rehabilitation counseling. He conducts research in psychosocial and employment-related aspects of chronic neurological conditions, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and brain injury; quality of life and adaptation to disability; and self-management and treatment decision making. Dr. Bishop is a five-time recipient of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s Research Award.

Edward T. Jennings, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor , Martin College of Public Policy and Administration
University of Kentucky

Edward Jennings’s primary research and teaching interests include public policy, intergovernmental relations, and public administration. He is the co-author of From Nation to States: The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and Distribution, Utilization, and Innovation in Health Care and co-editor of The Revitalization of the Public Service and Welfare System Reform: Coordinating Federal, State and Local Public Assistance Programs. He has also published inAmerican Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Public Administration Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Policy Studies Journal. He was editor-in-chief of theJournal of Public Affairs Education from 1991-1995. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, recipient of the Charles H. Levine Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service, past-President of the American Society for Public Administration, and recipient of the 1998 Jeffrey Pressman Award for best article in the Policy Studies Review.

Guest Lecturers

MyraBeth Bundy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Eastern Kentucky University

MyraBeth Bundy is an associate professor of psychology and director of the Developmental Disabilities Specialty Clinic at EKU. Dr. Bundy, who joined the EKU staff in 2003, completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina’s TEACCH program in 1995 and received a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from The University of South Carolina that same year, joined the EKU faculty in 1996. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental disabilities at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1996.

Jason Jones
Director of Communication/Media Relations
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Jason Jones is the Director of Community Relations for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Frankfort. He was a four-sport athlete in high school before an accident involving the high-jump resulted in his becoming a quadriplegic. Jason has 10 years communications experience. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Mass Communications in 1998. He began his career as a journalist with assignments at the Lexington Herald Leader before becoming an editor of Somerset’s Commonwealth Journal in 2002. He served on the Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation for four years and came to state government in 2001. He has served as communication director for OVR, the Kentucky Business Leadership Network and the Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation and was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to his current post in June 08.

Milton Tyree
Project Director
Supported Employment Training
Human Development Institute
, University of Kentucky

Milton Tyree has over 25 years of experience in the design, development and provision of supports and services that promote participation of people with disabilities within valued aspects of everyday life. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Vicky, and daughter, Kaylyn. Milt provides supported employment training and consultation through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky in addition to consulting about congregational hospitality for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Carolyn Wheeler
Project Director
Kentucky Person-Centered Planning Network
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Carolyn Wheeler has a Master’s degree in Special Education and thirty years experience working with families and persons with disabilities. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Hart Supported Living Grant Program in Kentucky which provides self-directed funding for persons with disabilities and their families. Since 1999, she has worked as a Project Director with the Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky where she has developed a number of projects which incorporate person-centered planning processes and has trained numerous individuals in the Personal Futures Planning Process. Carolyn directed a project called Hope for Tomorrow which provided training in estate planning issues for persons with disabilities and their families. Through a contract with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to HDI at the University of Kentucky, she was also involved in facilitating a number of Project ASSET Business Development Planning teams for persons with significant disabilities to start their own businesses. Carolyn has started her own business, called ProActive Futures, LLC, where she assists people with disabilities and their families for plan for the future. She is also a Special Care Planner with The MassMutual Financial Group.

Lindsey Catherine Mullis, MS
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Lindsey Catherine Mullis is the Health & Wellness coordinator for the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky and partners with the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and the Centers for Disease Control Disability and Health branch to promote healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities and the communities that serve them across the state of Kentucky. She holds her bachelors in both psychology and exercise science from Transylvania University along with her masters in health promotion and a certificate in developmental disabilities from the University of Kentucky. Lindsey has worked with the HealthMatters Program team at the University of Illinois at Chicago to become an Advanced Certified Instructor for the HealthMatters Program. She is currently in the process of pursuing her PhD in Health Education Sciences with a planned dissertation on sexual health and sexuality of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lindsey is also a certified Health Promotion Clinical Director for the Special Olympics.

Katie Bentley
Public Policy Coordinator
Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

Katie Bentley is a nationally recognized disability advocate. She has been working with families across Kentucky for 10 years. Katie’s journey with her son, Will changed the course of her life and the lives of families across the nation. She attended the University of Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Science with a Specialty in Cytotechnology from Eastern Kentucky University. After Will’s diagnosis of developmental disability and seizure disorder, Katie’s career shifted toward learning more about family advocacy. In 2012, she entered the LEND Family Specialist Trainee Program as part of the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) at the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. In 2012, she testified before the Ways and Means Congressional to protect children’s disability programs in the nation. This opportunity began a significant work with the Coalition for Children to protect the Social Security Initiative that is crucial to families of children with disabilities. In Kentucky, Katie lent her voice to share her son’s story which pushed forward the Restraint and Seclusion Regulation. This regulation became law on February 1, 2013. Katie continues to be a leading voice for Kentucky’s families.

Richard Covert, Ph.D.
Retired, Parent Advocate

Richard Covert is an engineer by training and an educator by profession. He taught in three midwest Universities before joining the staff of the American Hospital Assocation, where he was the senior staff person, then called Director, of a society with the mission of improving effectiveness and efficiency of hospitals. He is the author of 27 technical publications and has made 51 presentations in the area of industrial engineering. His interest in intellectual disabilities resulted from the birth of his daugther with mosaic Down syndrome. He has been a member of the ARC for most of the 45 years since her birth and a member of the Board of Directors for the ARC of Kentucky for most of the last 18 years. He also served a term on the Commonwealth Council for Developmental Disabilities. In recent years, he has given his presentation, “The Return to Independence–The Case Study of a Person with a Disability Living in the Community,” numerous times, including ones at a national TASH conference. This presentation details the successful effort to make his daughter more independent despite an intellectual disability and other physical problems.

Darrell Mattingly, Jr
Web Designer/Developer, Self-Advocate
ILSSA/NSCS
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Darrell Mattingly Jr. is a web designer and developer with ILSSA and NSCS at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute. Prior to his work at HDI, Darrell was a server administrator and webmaster for the several projects in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. He has had considerable experience related to assistive technology given that he has cerebral palsy. He has experience working as a teaching assistant and a research assistant for The University of Kentucky. In his free time, he serves on both statewide and local councils to advance the disability community locally and state wide.  He is also pursuing his passion of the martial arts, obtaining the rank of Ikkyu in Tracy’s Kenpo Karate. Darrell received two Bachelor’s Degrees in 1995 from The University of Kentucky—Computer Science and Mathematical Science with a minor in statistics.

Bev Harp
Program Specialist I, Self- Advocate
Supported Higher Education Project
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Bev Harp was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as an adult, and now advocates for respect and inclusion for all people on the autism spectrum. Bev received her BASW from the University of Kentucky, and is currently enrolled as a graduate student there. Her interests are Supported Employment and media representation of autism. Bev has presented at many conferences and workshops, including the University of San Diego’s Autism Institute and the National APSE Supported Employment Conference. Bev serves as coordinator for Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children’s (KPFC) social club for teens on the autism spectrum, and works for Kentucky’s Supported Higher Education Project.

Beth Metzger
Kentucky Protection and Advocacy

Beth Metzger is a Disability Rights Advocate with Kentucky’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A). Her duties include providing information & referral services to callers, outreach to underserved populations, co-authoring rights publications, presentions on individual rights, and Help America Vote Act advocacy. Beth holds a B.A. in Sociology from Berea College and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University after successfully defending her thesis, “Police Handling of Individuals with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities: A Comparative Analysis of Metropolitan and Rural Police Departments in Kentucky”.

Mary Calie
Parent Advocate

Mary Calie is the mother of Martha Calie, a young woman who happens to have a disability. Mary and Martha reside in Berea, Kentucky. Mary helped Martha build her own business from the ground up, a home-based animal treat business. “Shoot for the Moon” animal treats are made and packaged in the Calie home in Berea and sold all over the state. Mary is a strong parent advocate and long time lecturer for the certificate program.