Faculty and Staff

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Rhonda Eppelsheimer

Rhonda Eppelsheimer, M.S.W., LCSW

UCEDD co-Director

Kristi Atkins

Kristi Atkins, M.A.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel Benson

Rachel Benson, M.S.W.

Research Assistant

Corey Coloma

Corey Coloma

Research Assistant

Maureen DeLongis

Maureen DeLongis, M.S.W., LCSW

Director of Social Work

Willi Horner-Johnson

Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jennifer Kotzin

Jennifer Kotzin, B.S., B.A.

Research Assistant

Melanie Fried-Oken

Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

UCEDD co-Director

Alison Martin

Alison Martin, Ph.D.

Evaluation Consultant

Anne Niven

Anne Niven, M.Div.

Research Assistant

Kira Norton

Kira Norton, M.P.H.

Research Assistant

Jana Peterson-Besse

Jana Peterson-Besse, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Program Manager for OODH

Emily Quinn

Emily Quinn, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Andy Rivas Vazquez

Andy Rivas Vazquez, B.S.

Research Assistant

Lindsay Sauvé

Lindsay Sauvé, M.P.H.

Program and Evaluation Manager

Hannah Sanford-Keller

Hannah Sanford-Keller, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kim Solondz

Kim Solondz, M.S., OTR/L

Director of Occupational Therapy

Jan Staehely

Janice Staehely

Communication Consultant

Angie Stapleton

Angie Stapleton, M.P.A.

Education and Training Coordinator

Larissa Yoshino

Larissa Yoshino, M.P.H.

Data and Dissemination Coordinator

Faculty and staff bios

Rhonda Eppelsheimer, M.S.W., LCSW, co-Director

eppelshe@ohsu.edu

Rhonda Eppelsheimer, M.S.W., is serving as the co-director of the OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities [faculty profile]. Eppelsheimer is credentialed as a licensed clinical social worker focusing on adolescent transition, mental health, and strengthening supports and systems for families who are raising children who experience disability. Back to photos

Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, co-Director

friedm@ohsu.edu

Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.P., the other co-director of the OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, is an international expert in the field of assistive technology for children and adults with disabilities [faculty profile]. Dr. Fried-Oken conducts federally funded research in the area of augmentative and alternative communication. Back to photos

Lindsay Sauvé, M.P.H.

sauv@ohsu.edu

Lindsay Sauvé, M.P.H., is the program and evaluation manager for the UCEDD. Sauvé leads the evaluation activities of the UCEDD’s core grant, as well as develops and manages outcome-based model programs for community members with disabilities, with a focus on health promotion for transition-age youth. Back to photos

Kristi Atkins, M.A.

atkinskr@ohsu.edu

Kristi Atkins, M.A. is a speech-language pathologist and assistant professor. Kristi’s clinical specialties include Autism, Hearing Loss, Child Development ages birth to five years, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She performs team diagnostic evaluations and carries a small treatment caseloadBack to photos

Rachel Benson, M.S.W.

bensonra@ohsu.edu

Rachel Benson, M.S.W., is a research assistant for the UCEDD. Rachel works on the National Core Indicators project and the RRTC Prevalence Study. Her interests include systems evaluation/improvement, mental health, and addiction. Back to photos

Corey Coloma

colomac@ohsu.edu

Corey Coloma is a research assistant for the UCEDD. Coloma has worked on various projects including the National Core Indicators project. Back to photos

Maureen DeLongis, M.S.W., LCSW

delongis@ohsu.edu

Maureen DeLongis, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is an assistant professor, and the director of social work for the Institute on Development and Disability [faculty profile]. DeLongis specializes in providing mental health services to children and families experiencing neurodevelopmental disorders. Her focus includes sibling support, health care transition, and mental health. Back to photos

Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D.

hornerjo@ohsu.edu

Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D., is an associate professor and researcher at the Institute on Development and Disability [faculty profile]. Dr. Horner-Johnson’s research focuses on the reproductive health of people with disabilities, and on disparities in access to, and quality of, health care received by people with disabilities. She is also the principal investigator for the Oregon Office on Disability and Health. Back to photos

Jennifer Kotzin, B.S., B.A.

Jennifer Kotzin, B.S., B.A., is a research assistant for the UCEDD. Kotzin works on the National Core Indicators project and is also the research assistant for the Spina Bifida Registry project through the Institute on Development and Disability at OHSU. Her interests lie in mental health support, specifically in depression, hopelessness, and suicide prevention. Back to photos

Alison Martin, Ph.D.

martial@ohsu.edu

Alison Martin, Ph.D., is the assessment and evaluation coordinator for the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs, the state’s Title V block grant agency [faculty profile]. Martin is also an evaluation consultant for the UCEDD. Her focus includes evaluation and applied research design for community-based interventions that promote youth well-being. Back to photos

Anne Niven, M.Div.

niven@ohsu.edu

Anne Newkirk Niven, M.Div., is a research assistant and interviewer for the UCEDD. Niven works on the National Core Indicators project, and the RRTC Prevalence study. Back to photos

Kira Norton, M.P.H.

nortonki@ohsu.edu

Kira Norton, M.P.H., is a research assistant for the UCEDD. Norton works on various projects including the National Core Indicators project and the Personal Responsibility Education Program. She also assists with data cleaning and management, survey development, and community outreach. Back to photos

Jana Peterson-Besse, Ph.D., M.P.H.

peterjan@ohsu.edu

Jana Peterson-Besse, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the program manager for the Oregon Office on Disability and Health. Dr. Peterson-Besse’s work focuses on improving health and health care equity for people with disabilities. She also works on increasing the inclusion of disability equity concepts within public health education. Back to photos

Emily Quinn, M.S., CCC-SLP

quinnem@ohsu.edu

Emily Quinn, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P., is a speech-language pathologist and researcher at the Institute on Development and Disability [faculty profile]. Quinn’s research and clinical interests include language interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, augmentative and alternative communication, and telehealth or telepractice. Back to photos

Andy Rivas Vazquez, B.S.

rivasvaz@ohsu.edu

Andy Rivas Vazquez, B.S., is a research assistant at the Oregon Office on Disability and Health and for the UCEDD. Rivas Vazquez's work spans across various projects, including data management, translating accessible materials for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to Spanish, and more. Back to photos

Hannah Sanford-Keller, M.S., CCC-SLP

sanfordh@ohsu.edu

Hannah Sanford-Keller, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P., is an assistant professor and speech-language pathologist at the Institute on Development and Disability [faculty profile]. Sanford-Keller has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, communication disorders, and cleft palate or craniofacial disorders. She specializes in the 0–5 age range. Back to photos

Kim Solondz, M.S., OTR/L

solondzk@ohsu.edu

Kim Solondz, M.S., O.T.R./L., is director of the Occupational Therapy Program at the Institute on Development and Disability [faculty profile]. Solondz has expertise in health care transition for teens and young adults with disabilities. She also directs the AOTA-Accredited Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program training occupational therapists focused on neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. Back to photos

Janice Staehely

staehely@ohsu.edu

Janice Staehely is a communication consultant, self-advocate and blogger for the UCEDD and the Institute on Development and Disability. Staehely is also a UCEDD research assistant. While experiencing cerebral palsy and using an assistive communication device, she passionately advocates for disability rights and inclusive access to health care. Back to photos

Angie Stapleton, M.P.A.

stapleta@ohsu.edu

Angie Stapleton, M.P.A., is the education and training coordinator for the UCEDD. Stapleton's work focuses on educational and internship program planning and implementation. Her interests include training and event coordination, equity and social justice advocacy and public health policy. Back to photos

Larissa Yoshino, M.P.H.

yoshino@ohsu.edu

Larissa Yoshino, M.P.H., is the data and dissemination coordinator for the UCEDD. Yoshino oversees the UCEDD’s core grant-specific National Information Reporting System database, and assists with grant reporting, product development and community outreach. Her expertise is in public health issue-framing, policy advocacy, and communication strategy. Back to photos