Conference Speakers

2017 Keynote Speakers

Julie Weatherly, Esq., is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc. with offices and attorneys in Alabama and Florida. Julie is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia. For 30 years, she has provided legal representation and consultative services to school districts and other agencies in the area of educating students with disabilities. She has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes, and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences. Julie has developed a number of videotape training series on special education law and has been published nationally as a part of her trainings, workshops and seminars. She is the author of the legal update article for the National CASE quarterly newsletter and is a member of LRP’s Special Education Attorneys Advisory Council. In June 1996, Julie appeared with Leslie Stahl on CBS news program “60 Minutes” to discuss the cost of meeting the legal requirements of the IDEA. In 1998, she was honored by Georgia’s Council for Exceptional Children as Georgia’s Individual who had Contributed Most to Students with Disabilities. In April 2012, Julie received the National CASE Award for Outstanding Service.

After spending a year driving a special needs school bus, Davidson wrote about his evolving relationship with each student who struggled physically, emotionally and socially, and how the “precious cargo” in his care changed his life. Now an author and journalist, he will share with attendees “a moving, important and universal story about relationships; how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.”

Author of “Precious Cargo”

Craig Davidson

2017 conference speakers

Lisa Arbogast, Esq.


Kirton McConkie/LA Eden Education Consulting

Peggy A. Burns, Esq.*


Education Compliance Group

Fred Doelker

Director of Safety & Training

Dean Transportation

Kathleen Furneaux**

Executive Director,

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Dianna Gates

Physical Therapist/ Special Needs Transportation Liason,

Caddo Parish (La.) Schools


Pauline Gervais*

Retired/Former Executive Director of Transportation

Denver Public Schools

Heather Handschin

Transportation Coordinator,

Spotsylvania County (Va.) Public Schools

Launi Harden

Director of Transportation

Washington County (Utah) School District

Shawna Jones

Special Education Supervisor

Klein ISD


Miriam Manary**

Senior Engineering Research Assistant,

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Pete Meslin**

Director of Transportation,

Newport-Mesa (Calif.) USD

Kate Movius


Autism Interaction Solutions


Patrick Mulick

Special Education Coordinator,

Auburn (Wash.) School District

Vinh Nguyen, J.D.

Project Director

Southwest ADA Center


Dr. Jean Paulsel

Certified Family Life Educator

Paulsel Consulting Services


Alex Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT*

Executive Director

Office of Pupil Transportation, NYC Dept. of Education

Kali Sarcinella

Health & Wellness Manager

Cook-Illinois Corp.

Eric Smith

Director of Transportation

Seneca (Mo.) R-VII

Kayne Smith

Director of Transportation

Beaumont ISD

Sue Shutrump*

Physical Therapist,

Private Consulting

Suraj Syal

Special Education Director

Washington County (Utah) School District

Monica Velasquez, Esq.


Strasburger Attorneys at Law


Kenny West

Assistant Director of Transportation

Baltimore County Public Schools

Cheryl Wolf*

Special Needs Transportation Consultant

*Tenured Faculty **National Board of Advisors Member



General Show Informaton

Sylvia Arroyo



Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Tony Corpin



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