Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program

LEND Core Faculty

Beth Mineo, PhD, CCC-SLP
LEND Co-Director
Core Faculty: Speech-Language Pathology

Persephone Jones, MD, MPH
Core Faculty: Medicine

Olga Goncharova-Zapata
Core Faculty: Family

Stephanie Kaznica
Core Faculty: Family

Emmanuel Jenkins
Core Faculty: Self-Advocacy

Amy Habeger
Core Faculty: Social Work

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Anjana Bhat, PhD, PT
Core Faculty: Physical Therapy

Laura Dewey, PhD
Core Faculty: Clinical Psychology

Brian Freedman, PhD
LEND Co-Director
Core Faculty: School Psychology

Sarah Mallory, PhD 
Core Faculty: Special Education

Jillian Trabulsi, PhD, RD
Core Faculty: Nutrition

Jennifer Horney
Core Faculty: Public Health

LEND Affiliated Faculty & Trainers

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  • Laura Eisenman, PhD – Professor in the UD School of Education and Coordinator of CDS’s interdisciplinary Disabilities Studies Minor
  • Sue Gamel-McCormick – IDEA Part C, Delaware Department of Education
  • Wes Garton – Academic Coordinator for the UD Spectrum Scholars program
  • Lauren Gillespie, LCSW, CCM – Transition Coordinator at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Terri Hancharick – Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Del. Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Michael Harris – family member
  • Meghan Harrison, DO – Consultative Pediatrician at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Kendra Haynes – family member
  • Karen James – family member
  • Karen Latimer – Assistive Technology Specialist at the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
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  • Jessica Monahan – Research Manager for the UD Spectrum Scholars program
  • Cory Ellen Nourie, MSS, MLSP – Director of Community Services for the Del. Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Mia Papas, PhD – Director of Clinical Research and Health Outcomes within the Christiana Care Health System Value Institute
  • Denise Peischl, BS – Rehabilitation Engineer at the AI duPont Hospital for Children
  • Kathleen Petrick, DO – Developmental Pediatrician with Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Ann Phillips – Executive Director of Delaware Family Voices, Inc. and Director of the HRSA/MCHB grant-funded Family-to-Family Health Information Center
CLSC Program Manager James Sellers
  • Emily Bernabe, PhD – Psychologist at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Cindy Brown – Educational Associate and IDEA B/619 Coordinator at the Delaware Department of Education
  • Heather Calkins – Principal of Brennen School
  • David Chen, MD, MPH – Pediatrician and Internist at Christiana Care Health Services
  • Stephanie Chopko, PhD – Pediatric Psychologist at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Sarah Curtiss, PhD – Assistant Professor in the UD School of Education
  • Ally Davis, PhD – Pediatric Psychologist with Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Catherine Lin – self-advocate
  • Rebecca Lloyd – self-advocate
  • Michele Lobo, PT, PhD – Associate Professor and Director of the UD Move to Learn Innovation Lab and Super Suits FUNctional Fashion and Wearable Technology Program
  • finnigan madison – Program Ambassador for the UD Spectrum Scholars program and self-advocate
  • Karen Marsh – Director of Family Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware (Family SHADE)
  • Anne Meduri, MD – Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Anthony Middlebrooks, PhD – Associate Professor in the Organizational and Community Leadership Program at UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration
Self-advocate Catherine Lin
  • Brittany Powers – Former Interim Director of Health and Wellness at CDS
  • Amy Renwick, MD – Chief of the Division of Transition of Care at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Calley Robichaud – Program Ambassador for the Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) and self-advocate
  • Shannon Robson – Assistant Professor in the UD Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • James Sellers – Manager of the UD Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program
  • Dominick Squittiere – Supervisor, District Autism Services, Red Clay Consolidated School District
  • Diane Treadwell-Deering, MD – Director of the Swank Autism Center
  • Bhavana Viswanathan – Coordinator for Family Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware (Family SHADE)
  • Leah Jones Woodall, MPA – Chief of the Family Health Systems Section in the Delaware Division of Public Health
  • Charmaine Wright – Medical Director of the Center for Special Health Care Needs at Christiana Care Health Services 

LEND Core Faculty

Two professors, a woman and a man, stand together in front of an overhead projection. Both smile and look to their right

Beth Mineo, PhD, CCC-SLP
LEND Co-Director
Core Faculty: Speech-Language Pathology

Persephone Jones, MD, MPH
Core Faculty: Medicine

Olga Goncharova-Zapata
Core Faculty: Family

Stephanie Kaznica
Core Faculty: Family

Emmanual Jenkins
Core Faculty: Self-Advocacy

Amy Habeger
Core Faculty: Social Work

Anjana Bhat, PhD, PT
Core Faculty: Physical Therapy

Brian Freedman, PhD
LEND Co-Director
Core Faculty: Special Education

Brian Freedman, PhD
LEND Co-Director
Core Faculty: School Psychology

Sarah Mallory, PhD
Core Faculty: Special Education

Jillian Trabulsi, PhD, RD
Core Faculty: Nutrition

Jennifer Horney
Core Faculty: Public Health

LEND Affiliated Faculty & Trainers

  • Emily Bernabe, PhD – Psychologist at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Cindy Brown – Delaware Department of Education
  • Heather Calkins – Principal of Brennen School
  • David Chen – Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Stephanie Chopko, PhD – Pediatric Psychologist at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Sarah Curtiss, PhD – Assistant Professor in the UD School of Education
  • Ally Davis – Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Laura Eisenman, PhD – Professor in the UD School of Education and Coordinator of the interdisciplinary Disabilities Studies Minor through CDS
  • Sue Gamel-McCormick – Delaware Department of Education
  • Wes Garton – Academic Coordinator for the UD Spectrum Scholars program
  • Lauren Gillespie – Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Terri Hancharick – Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Del. Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Self-advocate Catherine Lin
  • Michael Harris – family member
  • Meghan Harrison, DO – Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Kendra Haynes – family member
  • Karen James – family member
  • Karen Latimer – Assistive Technology Specialist at the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
  • Catherine Lin – self-advocate
  • Rebecca Lloyd – self-advocate
  • Michele Lobo – Director of the UD Move to Learn Innovation Lab and Super Suits FUNctional Fashion and Wearable Technology Program
  • finnigan madison – Program Ambassador for the UD Spectrum Scholars program and self-advocate
  • Karen Marsh – Director of Family Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware (Family SHADE)
  • Anne Meduri, MD – Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Anthony Middlebrooks, PhD – Associate Professor in the Organizational and Community Leadership Program at UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Jessica Monahan – Research Manager for the UD Spectrum Scholars program
  • Cory Nourie, MSS, MLSP – Director of Community Services for the Del. Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
CLSC Program Manager James Sellers
  • Mia Papas, PhD – Director of Clinical Research and Health Outcomes within the Christiana Care Health System Value Institute
  • Denise Peischl, BS – Rehabilitation Engineer at the AI duPont Hospital for Children
  • Kathleen Petrick – Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Ann Phillips – Executive Director of Delaware Family Voices, Inc. and Director of the HRSA/MCHB grant-funded Family-to-Family Health Information Center
  • Brittany Powers – Former Interim Director of Health and Wellness at CDS
  • Amy Renwick, MD – Chief of the Division of Transition of Care at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Calley Robichaud – Program Ambassador for the Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC), self-advocate
  • Shannon Robson – Assistant Professor in the UD Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • James Sellers – Manager of the UD Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program
  • Dominick Squittiere – Supervisors, District Autism Services, Red Clay Consolidated School District
  • Diane Treadwell-Deering, MD – Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Bhavana Viswanathan – Coordinator for Family Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware (Family SHADE)
  • Leah Jones Woodall, MPA – Chief of the Family Health Systems Section in the Delaware Division of Public Health
  • Charmaine Wright – Christiana Care