CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

2020 Keynote Speakers

Patrick Mulick, BCBA, M.Ed.

Patrick Mulick, BCBA, M.Ed.

Behavior Expert

“Creating the Home Field Advantage”
Sunday, March 22
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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.

Adam Sáenz, Ph.D., D. Min.

Adam Sáenz, Ph.D., D. Min.

School Psychologist & Author

“Mental Health First Aid on the Special Education School Bus”
Monday, March 23
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Dr. Sáenz’ message will compel you to engage your calling with passion, with purpose and with vision. Now, as a licensed psychologist and theologian, Dr. Sáenz conducts workshops across the country in the areas of stress management, self-care and the dynamics of effective relationship and team-building.  Dr. Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in school psychology from Texas A&M University with clinical training at Harvard Medical School. He completed his post doctorate in clinical psychology from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He also earned a doctorate of ministry in pastoral counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation, with residency at Christ Church College of Oxford University. Dr. Sáenz is the author of the best-selling book, “The Power of a Teacher” and recently released “The EQ Intervention.” His education blog has been featured on the front page of the Huffington Post. He currently serves as the clinical director of the Oakwood Collaborative, the counseling and assessment clinic he founded in 2003.

Dianna Bowen, Esq.

Dianna Bowen, Esq.

Special Needs Education Attorney

“Top 10 Transportation Hits in Special Education”
Tuesday, March 24
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Dianna is a partner in the Dallas-Fort Worth offices of Thompson & Horton, LLP. For over 20 years, she has successfully defended public school districts, charter schools and independent schools on a wide range of school law issues. She represents her clients in all aspects of litigation and counsels and advises them in formulating preventive strategies, drafting personnel and student policies and procedures, and training employees in all areas of school law. Dianna has represented school districts in over 40 special education due process hearings and over 100 nonrenewal and termination hearings under Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code. In addition, Dianna has had great success litigating cases in state and federal court, including the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, regarding claims brought under federal and state law related to special education and employment matters. Dianna has been repeatedly recognized as a Texas Rising Star in the area of school law. She presented on IEP documentation and communication in a digital world during the 2019 LRP National Institute.

2020 Breakout Speakers

 

As of 2/13/20. Subject to change. 

Kathy Anneken

Kathy Anneken

Child Passenger Safety Technician

Easy Way Safety Services

John Benish

John Benish

Chief Operating Officer

Cook-Illinois Corporation

Allison Blackburn

Allison Blackburn

Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Laura Blankenship

Laura Blankenship

Physical Therapist

Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tennessee

Linda Bluth

Linda Bluth

Consultant / Expert Witness

Bluth Special Needs Transportation

Peggy Burns

Peggy Burns

Legal Consultant

Education Compliance Group

Maria Carocci

Maria Carocci

Trainer

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Max Christensen

Max Christensen

State Director

Iowa Department of Education

Denny Coughlin

Denny Coughlin

Consultant

School Bus Training Company

Fred Doelker

Fred Doelker

Safety & Training Director, CPST

Dean Transportation

Denise Donaldson

Denise Donaldson

Editor & Publisher, CPSTI

SafeRide News

Terri Drca

Terri Drca

Autism Specialist

Davis School District in Farmington, Utah

Kathleen Furneaux

Kathleen Furneaux

Executive Director

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Laura Greene-Halley

Laura Greene-Halley

Director of BeSafe and Transporting Passengers with Disabilities

FirstGroup America

Launi Harden

Launi Harden

Director of Transportation

Washington County School District in St. George, Utah

Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris

National Sales and Training Manager

BESI, Inc.

Charlie Hood

Charlie Hood

Executive Director

National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services

Jacinta Hughes

Jacinta Hughes

Director of Transportation

Baltimore City Public Schools

Greg Jackson

Greg Jackson

Transportation Director

Jeffco Public Schools

Julie Jilek

Julie Jilek

Chief School Business Official

Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization in Palatine, Illinois

Miriam Manary

Miriam Manary

Sr. Engineering Research Associate

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Will McDermott

Will McDermott

President

Hopewell Transportation

Angela McDonald

Angela McDonald

Education Nurse Consultant

Kentucky Department of Education

Gina McDuffie

Gina McDuffie

President

Treker

Pete Meslin

Pete Meslin

Special Needs Transportation Consultant

Kevin Mest

Kevin Mest

Senior Vice President

Zonar Systems

Jeff Miles

Jeff Miles

Transportation Manager

Lake Washington School District 

KenNY Mulder

KenNY Mulder

Director of Transportation

Special School District in Olivette, Missouri

David Murphy

David Murphy

Child Passenger Safety Technician

HSM Transportation Solutions

Russell Newbold

Russell Newbold

Transportation Service Manager

Community Council of Idaho

Christopher S. Ozuna

Christopher S. Ozuna

Ph.D. Student

University of California at Santa Barbara

Richard Papa

Richard Papa

General Manager

Tripspark (Trapeze)

Angela Parker

Angela Parker

Education Specialist

Baltimore City Public Schools

Anthony Pollard

Anthony Pollard

Transportation Supervisor

Baldwin County Public Schools
in Bay Minette, Alabama

 

Kimberly Rentner

Kimberly Rentner

Industry Engagement Consultant

Tyler Technologies, Inc.

Josh Rice

Josh Rice

Director of Transportation

Klein ISD
in Texas

 

Debbie Rike

Debbie Rike

Transportation Supervisor

Collierville Schools
in Collierville, Tennessee

 

LISA RIVEROS

LISA RIVEROS

Director of Transportation

Wichita Public Schools

Alexandra Robinson

Alexandra Robinson

Special Needs Transportation Consultant

Steve Russell

Steve Russell

Fiscal, Management & Governance Specialist

University of Massachusetts

Susan Shutrump

Susan Shutrump

Supervisor OT/PT, CPST

Trumbull County Educational Services Center in Niles, Ohio

Jackie Stackhouse Leach

Jackie Stackhouse Leach

Certified Passenger Safety Technician

Cathy Staggs

Cathy Staggs

Special Needs Transportation Consultant

katie stollings

katie stollings

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

Frisco ISD

Peggy Stone

Peggy Stone

Supervisor of Exceptional Needs

Kanawha County Schools in Charleston, West Virginia

Rebecca Sykes

Rebecca Sykes

Director of Transportation

Sargent School Distrct RE-33J in Monte Vista, Colorado

Peter R. Thompson, J.D.

Peter R. Thompson, J.D.

Associate

Clark Hill

Jay Thurber

Jay Thurber

Transportation Coordinator

CSI Head Start/Early Head Start
in Twin Falls, Idaho

Amy Tiedens

Amy Tiedens

Transportation Coordinator

Intermediate District 287 in Plymouth, Minn.

Charles Vits

Charles Vits

Child Passenger Safety Technician

IMMI/SafeGuard

Michael Warner

Michael Warner

Associate Director Fleet Maintenance

Cobb County School District

Marisa Weisinger

Marisa Weisinger

Executive Secretary

Texas Association for Pupil Transportation

Jennie Wu, Ed.D

Jennie Wu, Ed.D

Director, Executive Strategy & Operations

Baltimore City Public Schools

Chris Yarber

Chris Yarber

Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lock

Tenured Faculty

Alexandra Robinson

Alexandra Robinson

Special Needs Transportation Consultant

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 President & Chief Operating Officer

Cook-Illinois Corp.

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.)