LEND Program coordinator Stephanie Kaznica

Stephanie Kaznica

Project Coordinator


Stephanie coordinates all aspects of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, an interdisciplinary training initiative in autism and other developmental disabilities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, family members and self-advocates. Additional responsibilities include federal guideline compliance, recruitment and selection of new trainees. She also coordinates the Special Education Administrative Leadership (SEAL) program, an alternative path to certification for aspiring special education administrators offered by CDS, other UD education centers and the Delaware Department of Education. In both positions, Stephanie works to maintain and broaden a strong network of connections between CDS and other UD initiatives, Nemours/A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children, community organizations, state agencies and LEND programs at various institutions nationwide.

Before coming to CDS, Stephanie enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Ava, who is 4 with an autism spectrum diagnosis, and Cole, 2. Before that, she worked in higher education at West Chester University as a manager of on-campus living/learning communities. She holds a master’s degree in education.

Stephanie spends most of her free time chasing around one of her two children or watching movies with her lazy rescue dog, Oakley.