CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

 

Keynote Speakers

Betsey A. Helfrich, Esq.

Betsey A. Helfrich, Esq.

Partner, Mickes O’Toole, LLC

Betsey leads the special education department for Mickes O’Toole, LLC in St. Louis. Licensed in Missouri and Kansas, she has successfully represented school districts against a variety of claims in state and federal courts, including the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as in administrative and special education due process hearings. She provides general counsel to schools on special education matters and conducts local and national training on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all areas of the Individuals with Disabilities Education. Betsey presented at LRP’s 38th and 39th Annual National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities.

Patrick Mulick

Patrick Mulick

Behavior Expert

Patrick is a board certified behavior analyst, a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team, and a cancer survivor. He is an educational consultant and works as the autism specialist for the Auburn School District in Washington state. Patrick has committed his work to “lighting it up” for all those who support special needs learners through a hybrid of instruction and inspiration. His resources and strategies have helped make the complex simple, equipping teachers, administrators, therapists, para-educators and school bus drivers, alike.

Heather Hirsch

Heather Hirsch

Minnesota Department of Education

Heather Hirsch is a school climate specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education’s School Safety Technical Assistance Center. Heather’s work for MDE addresses school climate improvement, bullying prevention and social emotional learning. She travels across the state providing training and consulting with schools and districts on best practices in those areas. She works with schools and districts to address safety, bullying prevention and school climate improvement across all aspects of school and district systems – including transportation, mental health and special education. She has been certified by McGrath Training Systems, Inc. to provide training on the McGrath Bullying and Harassment: Minimize the Risk Curriculum.

Conference Speakers

 

Subject to change. Confirmed as of 11/13/18. Check back for updates.

Dana Acock

Dana Acock

Director of Transportation

Grand Prairie (Texas) ISD

Derrick Agate

Derrick Agate

Director of Transportation

Hopkins (Minn.) School District

Dave Armbrecht

Dave Armbrecht

Cook-Illinois Corp.

Katie Anderson, Esq.

Katie Anderson, Esq.

Partner

Clark Hill Strasburger

Laura Blankenship

Laura Blankenship

Physical Therapist

Knox County (Tenn.) Schools

Dayle Cantrall

Dayle Cantrall

Special Ed. Program Administrator

San Juan (Calif.) Unified School District

Maria Caro

Maria Caro

Trainer

MaSca Consulting Services

Maria Carocci

Maria Carocci

Trainer

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Fred Doelker

Fred Doelker

Safety & Training Director, CPSTI

Dean Transportation

Denise Donaldson

Denise Donaldson

Editor & Publisher, CPSTI

SafeRide News

Launi Harden

Launi Harden

Director of Transportation

Washington County (Utah) School District

Jacqueline Stackhouse Leach

Jacqueline Stackhouse Leach

Health Educator, CPSTI

Morristown (New Jersey) Medical Center

Betty Hughes

Betty Hughes

Trainer

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Anthony Pollard

Anthony Pollard

Transportation Supervisor

Baldwin County (Ala.) Board of Education

Nicole Portee

Nicole Portee

Executive Director of Transportation

Denver Public Schools

Alexandra Robinson

Alexandra Robinson

Executive Director of Transportation

New York City Department of Education

Sue Shutrump

Sue Shutrump

Supervisor OT/PT, CPSTI

Trumbull County (Ohio) Educational Services Center

Amy Tiedens

Amy Tiedens

Transportation Coordinator

Intermediate District 287 in Plymouth, Minn.

Monica Velazquez, Esq.

Monica Velazquez, Esq.

Partner

Clark Hill Strasburger

Caleb Williams

Caleb Williams

Asst. Director of Transportation

College Station (Texas) ISD

Tenured Faculty

Alexandra Robinson

Alexandra Robinson

M.Ed., CDPT Executive Director

Office of Pupil Transportation, New York City Dept. of Education

Susan Englert Shutrump

Susan Englert Shutrump

Supervisor of OT/PT

Trumbull County (Ohio) Educational Service Center

Tenured Faculty Emeritus

Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.

Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.

Division of Special Ed/Early Intervention Services

Maryland Department of Education (Ret.)

Peggy A. Burns, Esq.

Peggy A. Burns, Esq.

Legal Consultant

Education Compliance Group

Pauline M. Gervais

Pauline M. Gervais

Executive Director of Transportation

Denver Public Schools (Ret.)

Kathy Strotmeyer

Kathy Strotmeyer

Certified Passenger Safety Technician

American Academy of Pediatrics (Pennsylvania Chapter)

Cheryl Wolf

Cheryl Wolf

Consultant

Transportation Supervisor, Lafayette (Indiana) School Corp. (Ret.)

Jean M. Zimmerman

Jean M. Zimmerman

Physical Therapy Supervisor (Ret.)

Palm Beach County (Florida) Schools

National Board of Advisors

John Benish

John Benish

NSTA Representative & Chief Operating Officer

Cook-Illinois Corporation

Kathleen Furneaux

Kathleen Furneaux

Executive Director

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Mark Hinson

Mark Hinson

Human Resources Consultant

Education Compliance Group

Charlie Hood

Charlie Hood

Executive Director, NASDPTS

School Transportation Director, Florida Department of Education (Ret.)

Charley Kennington

Charley Kennington

Director, Innovative Transportation Solutions (ret.)

Region 4 ESC in Houston

Miriam Manary

Miriam Manary

Senior Engineering Research Associate

University of Michigan

Pete Meslin

Pete Meslin

Director of Transportation

Newport-Mesa (California) Unified School District (ret.)