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Donald Cardinal
Dr. Donald N. Cardinal is Professor of Education in the College of Educational Studies (CES) at Chapman University, Orange, CA, where he has worked since 1987. Previously, Dr. Cardinal served as dean of the CES from 2002-2015. Don currently oversees several programs in autism and disability including the Center for Research on Ability and Disability, Families and Schools Together, the Chapman Ability Program, and the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism. As well, Don serves as chairperson of the advisory board for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, part of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, CA. Before entering academia, pursuing the goal of a more inclusive society, Don worked alongside the most marginalized student populations in our society, frequently holding the labels of severe emotional disturbance, severe and profound mental retardation, autism, and severe behavior disorders. Above all, Don holds in highest regard the complex and interchanging relationship between student and teacher, centered on the presumption of competence. Don has authored and co-authored numerous articles, books, and book chapters in a variety of areas including evaluation, measurement of quality, teaching methods in special education and collaboration.
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Margie McCoy
Operations Coordinator
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Margie McCoy's career has centered on making things happen in an effective and highly organized manner. Coordinating large special events, managing projects and being part of effective working teams have been the hallmark of her career. Ms. McCoy's recent position has been as assistant to the dean in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University for the past 14 years.


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Aja McKee
Program Specialist, Irvine Unified School District
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Amy-Jane Griffiths
Assistant Professor
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Arielle Knorr
Graduate Assistant
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Audri M. Gomez
Special Education Coordinator, Newport-Mesa Unified School District
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Candace Gamboa
Graduate Research Assistant
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Cora Palma
Director, Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T.) program
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Cristina Roberto
Graduate Assistant
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Jeanne Ann Carriere
Director, Educational Assessment Team
Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Jon Vu
Graduate Assistant
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Julie Fraumeni-McBride
Graduate Research Assistant
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Lisa Boskovich
Graduate Research Assistant
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Meghan Cosier
Assistant Professor, Special Education
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Nick Riley
Graduate Research Assistant
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Nick Tellier
Graduate Assistant
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Sneha Mathur
CEO and Co-Founder, Spectrum Success, LLC
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Tien Tran
Graduate Assistant
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Trisha Sugita
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Special Education

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Marisol Arredondo
Director, Institutional Research
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Amy Davidson
Communications Coordinator, Strategic Marketing and Communications
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Angie Nguyen
Student Assistant
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Courtney Lutkus
Assistant Director, Institutional Support
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Esther Choi
Account Manger, Strategic Marketing and Communications