Stephen F. Austin State University


Robbie Steward, Ph.D.
Robbie Steward, Ph.D. - Department Chair, Professor Office: HSTC 302A Phone: 936.468.1238
Dr. Robbie J. Steward, Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Services, received her Ph.D. (Counseling Psychology) and B.A. (Psychology) from the University of Oklahoma--Norman, and M.Ed. (Counseling) from the University of Central Oklahoma. Scholarship emphases include identifying variables associated with K-16 academic success; multicultural counseling and training, and counseling supervision. She has Fellow status in the American Psychological Association Divisions 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology) and 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), the recipient of research awards and numerous diversity-related professional Awards, and a long-standing member of the American Counseling Association. View my vita.
Luis E. Aguerrevere Ph.D.
Luis E. Aguerrevere Ph.D. - Director of Human Neuroscience Laboratory / Associate Professor Office: HSTC Room 105 Phone: 936.468.1153
Dr. Luis E Aguerrevere is the Director of the Human Neuroscience Laboratory in the Human Services Department at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is from Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He has a B.S. in psychology from Tennessee Technological University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Biopsychology from the University of New Orleans. His general interest is the examination of the biopsychological factors that contribute to chronic pain, post-concussion syndrome and sports performance. In specific, Dr. Aguerrevere's areas of research are pain assessment, neuropsychological and neurophysiological assessment, somatization v. malingering differentiation, and the experimental validation of neurotherapy. Dr. Aguerrevere current projects examine the relationship between central and peripheral nervous systems activity with report of disproportionate pain, self-efficacy in sports and poor recovery after an injury. View my Vita.
Frank Brister, Ph.D., CCC-A
Frank Brister, Ph.D., CCC-A - Associate Professor
Dr. Brister enjoys working with hearing- impaired people of all ages He has received the International Humanitarian Award of the American Academy of Audiology, he is associated as a Fellow American Academy of Audiology, a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association and has received honors of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association. Dr. Brister has been received recognition of the Texas Department of Health Services for establishment of the standards for hearing screening and is associated with Hope of Hearing for Haiti which included 20 trips to Haiti for provision of hearing aids and services for over 800 hearing-impaired children and Hunger Plus for Haiti which included 2 trips to Haiti to establish a program to provide one million dehydrated meals to children of Haiti. Dr. Brister is a Rotary International Assistant Governor and has received the Rotary International Service Award. He is also associated with Nacogdoches Rotary Club as the Past President and held the role as Secretary. On Sundays Dr. Brister may be called upon to be a Substitute Sunday School Teacher. View my vita.
Deborah Cady
Deborah Cady - Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 218 Phone: 936.468.2034
Deborah "Cricket" Cady holds a B.S. in Special Education, with emphasis on Visually Impaired, Physically Impaired, and Elementary Education. She also has a M.A. in Special Education, with concentration in Severe Needs: Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility. Having over thirty years' experience in being a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and over twenty years as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, she has had the privilege of working with school districts in Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas, and as an Adjunct Professor at UNC in Colorado and SFASU in Texas. As a Guest Consultant and Facilitator, she served SFASU's VI Master's Program Classes, for 10 years. In 2010 she joined the SFASU VI/O&M team as a Clinical Instructor, and is taking much pleasure in preparing other top-notch TVIs and COMS for the benefit of students with visual impairments. View my vita.
Dr. Yuleinys Castillo, CRC, LPC
Dr. Yuleinys Castillo, CRC, LPC - Assistant Professor Office: HSTC 210 Phone: 936.468.1147
Dr. Castillo joined the Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Services faculty in 2014. She has a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Texas Pan America. She has experience in transition planning and vocational evaluation. Dr. Castillo's research involves entrepreneurial aspirations of individuals with disabilities. She teaches in both the graduate Counselor Education program and the undergraduate Rehabilition Services program. View my vita.
Frankie Clark, Ph.D.
Frankie Clark, Ph.D. - Clinical Instructor / Program Director / Internship Training Director Office: HSTC 231 Phone: 936.468.1072
Dr. Frankie J. Clark, Clinical Instructor and Program Director in School Psychology, received her Ph.D. (School Psychology) from Texas Woman's University, her M.Ed. in Counseling and B.S. in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. She received a post doctoral master's in clinical psychopharmacology from Alliant University. She has been in private practice as a Psychologist in the East Texas area working with children, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse in children and women, family violence, families, marriage counseling, school systems, probation and parole. She was a licensed sex offender therapist for many years. She is a member of the Texas Psychological Association. View my vita.
Jessica Conn - Visiting Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205B
Shannon Darst, Ph.D
Shannon Darst, Ph.D
Dr. Shannon Darst earned her doctoral degree from Texas Tech University in Special Education. Shannon works as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) and special education instructional coordinator in a small district near Austin, Texas. She is a longtime Austin resident with the diverse interests and passions to match the city's culture. She is a published author and strong advocate in the field of visual impairment. She has been an adjunct professor, working with prospective TVIs in Texas and across the U.S. since 2014. She has successfully developed several courses, including online courses in Unified English Braille (UEB) Code after the transition to the UEB code in 2015. View my vita.
Jillian Dawes, Ph.D.
Jillian Dawes, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Office: HSTC 233 Phone: 936.468.1686
Dr. Jillian Dawes is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an option in School Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Dawes specialized in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and research evaluation methods during the completion of her doctoral degree, which was enhanced by a variety of research and clinical experiences. Dr. Dawes completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship in clinical psychology at May Institute in Randolph, MA, providing behavioral consultation and other clinical services in private, residential schools for students with a variety of disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, brain injuries, and other developmental and neurobehavioral disorders. Dr. Dawes' research and clinical interests revolve around the principles of ABA, including single-case experimental design research, comparative mathematics intervention research, severe disabilities, and academic and behavioral consultation. View my vita.
D.J. Dean
D.J. Dean - Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 221 Phone: 936.468.1142
DJ Dean received her B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education from Texas Woman's University, and her M.Ed. in Visual Impairment from SFASU. She is dually certified as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. She has 20 years experience teaching in Texas public schools. She has been a mentor in the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Mentor Program. Mrs. Dean is a member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), a board member of the Texas chapter (TAER), and a member of the Orientation & Mobility division of AER; and a member of the Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans (AVIT). View my vita.
Layne Debardelaben, M.A., CCC-SLP
Layne Debardelaben, M.A., CCC-SLP - Clinical Insturctor Office: HSTC 205H Phone: 936.468.1155
Mrs. Layne DeBardelaben is a speech language pathologist and part-time clinical instructor in the Speech Language Pathology Program. She received her M.A. from the University of Houston where she graduated on the Early Childhood Intervention Specialty Training Track; and her B.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Speech and Hearing and minored in Child Development and Family. Mrs. DeBardelaben is a long-standing member of the Texas Speech, Language and Hearing Association and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. She has years of clinical experience as a speech language pathologist in a variety of settings to include outpatient rehabilitation, hospital, nursing home, early childhood intervention (ECI) and private practice. Currently, Mrs. DeBardelaben supervises graduate level student clinicians at the Nacogdoches Head Start Development Center and teaches undergraduate Diagnostic Methods. View my vita.
Amy Durham, M.S., CCC-SLP
Amy Durham, M.S., CCC-SLP - Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205H Phone: 936.468.1158
Mrs. Durham is a speech-language pathologist and part-time clinical instructor in the Program of Communication Sciences & Disorders. She received both her M.S. (Speech-Language Pathology) and her B.S. (Major: Speech-Language Pathology, Minor: Hearing Impairment) from Stephen F. Austin State University and is a proud alumnus. Ms. Durham has experience as a speech-language pathologist working with early childhood intervention, geriatric rehabilitation, and pediatrics and adults in the outpatient and hospital settings. She is a member of the Texas Speech Language & Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Currently Mrs. Durham supervises graduate clinicians at the Nacogdoches Head Start Child Development Center and teaches undergraduate clinical phonetics. View my vita.
Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey
Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 232 Phone: 936.468.1306
Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/School Psychology at Oklahoma State University. While there, she also completed a specialty in Applied Behavioral Analysis through extended work with child and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ellis-Hervey worked on various studies with faculty, peers and research teams and presented much of this work at national conferences. Some of these studies included topics such as various math interventions, peer and sibling victimization, PTSD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. During her pre-doctoral internship, Dr. Ellis-Hervey worked tirelessly between three sites including The Autism Program, The Hope Institute for Children and Families and Springfield School District 186. During her time there she worked with staff in group homes, creating and modeling intervention plans, provided group and individual therapy, implemented and created various social skills groups and completed weekly diagnostic assessments for children suspected of having Autism. She also worked served on multi-disciplinary teams along with clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, program coordinators and medical residents to review and present behavioral data of students and monitor behavioral changes between psychotropic medication changes. Within the school system, she also served as an integral part of Student Assistance Teams, IEP teams and worked with students and teachers on various behavioral and academic interventions. Dr. Ellis-Hervey's dissertation study, The Comparison of Sensory Integrative Therapy (Specifically Weighted Vests) and Applied Behavioral Analysis (Specifically a Differential Schedule of Reinforcement) in the Treatment of Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorder, proved to be quite beneficial and she is currently working to publish the results of the study while furthering her research in the area. View my vita.
Kelly Jobe, Au.D., CCC-A
Kelly Jobe, Au.D., CCC-A - Clinical Audiologist / Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205J Phone: 936.468.7110
Dr. Kelly Langston Jobe, Clinical Audiologist for the Gwen and Ed Cole Audiology Lab in the Department of Human Services, received her Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) from the University of Florida at Gainesville. She received her M.S. (Audiology) from the University of Texas at Dallas-Callier Center and her B.S. (Communication Sciences and Disorders) from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and certified by American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has dedicated her career to clinical excellence and enjoys the role of supervisor for graduate students during clinical practicum rotations. View my vita.
Erin Keeling, M.S., CCC-SLP
Erin Keeling, M.S., CCC-SLP - Externship Coordinator / Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205E Phone: 936.468.3997
Erin Keeling grew up in Gladewater, Texas. She received her B.S. from SFASU in August of 2003 and her Master of Science with a major in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Woman's University. Ms. Keeling has 12 years of experience as a speech language pathologist in the public schools. She joined the SFA faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the fall of 2016. View my vita.
J. Lindsey Kennon
J. Lindsey Kennon - Assistant Professor / Program Director Office: HSTC 308 Phone: 936.468.5510
Dr. J. Lindsey Kennon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Services' Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program, received her Ed.D. from Sam Houston State University in Developmental Education Administration, and her M.Ed. (Educational Leadership) and B.A. (Hearing Impaired) from Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Kennon joined the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Faculty in 2008 as an adjunct faculty member and became a full-time faculty member in 2009. Her passion, focus and area of specialization is language and literacy. She is highly student centered and finds great joy in passing along her passion for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to future educators in the field. In addition to holding a certificate in Deaf Education, she is also certified/highly qualified in English 4 - 8, English 8 - 12, Generalist 4 - 8, ASL and holds a principal certificate. View my vita.
Dr. Wendy Killam, LPC-S, CRC
Dr. Wendy Killam, LPC-S, CRC - Professor Office: HSTC 214 Phone: 936.468.1366
Dr. Wendy K. Killam, Professor of the Department of Human Services, received her Ph.D. (Counselor Education) from the University of Arkansas. She received her M.S. degree (Community Counseling) from Texas A& M Commerce and B.A. from Baylor University. She also has a MBA with emphasis in health care administration. Her research interests include college student wellness and adjustment and issues facing older adults. She is member of the American Counseling Association and is a past president of a division (AADA - Association for Adult Development and Aging). She has done numerous presentations and publications on various topics within the field of counseling. View my vita.
Summer Koltonski, Ph.D
Summer Koltonski, Ph.D
Dr. Summer Koltonski received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University. She also completed her B.S. in Kinesiology and M.Ed. in Special Education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She holds teaching certificates in Texas and Louisiana and is a Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician and School Psychologist. Summer has been a teacher and coach, she is currently working for DeSoto Parish School Board as an Educational Diagnostician. She serves on IEP teams and the School Board Level Committee. As part of these teams she provides educational and behavioral teaching strategies and interventions to teachers, parents and other staff members. She considers assisting others to implement effective interventions that can be independently modified for many students to be a great accomplishment, with success for one student leading to success for many other students. View my vita.
Dr. Alan Larson, CRC
Dr. Alan Larson, CRC - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 211 Phone: 936.468.1150
Alan B. Larson, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Services, received his Ph.D. (Rehabilitation) from the University of Arizona, MA (Rehabilitation Counseling) from Western Washington University, and BS (Psychology) from the University of Illinois. Professional memberships include National Council on Rehabilitation Education, American Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counselors Association, Texas Counseling Association, and Texas Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association. Research areas of interest include the career development of people with disabilities (particularly work self-efficacy development) and able privilege (how society grants privileges to those with able bodies). Courses taught include interviewing and counseling skills, psychosocial aspects of disability, rehabilitation process and practice, and disability narratives. View my vita.
Paige Mask
Paige Mask - Associate Professor / Program Director Office: HSTC 313A Phone: 936.468.1076
I joined the faculty at SFA in 2006. Prior to this date, I taught at the University of Texas at Brownsville for one year. My public and correctional school experience included teaching both special and regular education at the secondary level. I have also served as an Educational Diagnostician for children ages 3-21 and a Transition Specialist for children with behavior problems who were returning to their home campus. Currently, I am serving as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Special Education Program. I am a certified online instructor and I enjoy teaching online. The best way to reach me is by email although I am happy to meet face-to-face with students in my office by appointment or in a scheduled Elluminate session. View my vita.
Daniel McCleary
Daniel McCleary - Assistant Professor Office: HSTC 228 Phone: 936.468.3940
Dr. Daniel F. McCleary is an assistant professor in the M.A. and Ph.D. School Psychology programs. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Drury University, M.S. in Applied Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, Dr. McCleary began working as a school psychologist in a public school system, serving students in middle, high, and alternative schools. In addition, he worked in Tennessee as a licensed psychologist in a private clinic providing assessment and intervention services to individuals with identified disabilities. View my vita.
Glen McCuller
Glen McCuller - Professor Office: HSTC 230 Phone: 936.468.1035
Dr. Glen McCuller is a professor in the School Psychology program. Upon earning his Bachelor's degree and teacher certification, he began his career teaching students with severe developmental disabilities (aged 3-21 years) in a self-contained school. Dr. McCuller then earned both his Master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in transition programming and his Ph.D. in Special Education emphasizing Applied Behavior Analysis and educational research methodology from Utah State University . Upon completing his graduate work, Dr. McCuller served as the coordinator for a supported employment program for students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and mental retardation. He has worked as a teacher trainer at Tennessee Technological University and at SFASU. Dr. McCuller has served as an educational and behavioral consultant to school districts and human services programs. His interests include: applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, autism, direct instruction, behavior management, and single-subject research design. Dr. McCuller has directed two U.S. Department of Education OSERS Personnel Preparation training grants, supervised graduate research, presented regionally and nationally, and has been published in several prominent journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Special Education, and the Journal of Rehabilitation. View my vita.
Heather Munro
Heather Munro - Instructor Office: HSTC 220 Phone: 936.468.5348
Heather Munro received her M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in behavior/autism studies from SFASU, and holds a B.S. in Rehabilitation. She is dually certified as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist and Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Mrs. Munro began her career with the Texas Commission for the Blind in Austin, providing O&M services to adult consumers, and went on to work with children with visual impairments in public school settings (including early childhood intervention), and most recently provided assessment and training for children with visual impairment in Bukoba, Tanzania. Mrs. Munro joined the Visual Impairment Program in 2013 as an adjunct instructor. She became full-time faculty in 2014. Her passion and research interests center around braille and literacy, as well as personal narratives. Mrs. Munro is a member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), and presently serves as Vice-Chair of the Orientation and Mobility Division of Texas AER. View my vita.
Michael Munro
Michael Munro - Assistant Professor Office: HSTC 222 Phone: 936.468.1036
Dr. Michael Munro, Instructor in the Visual Impairment Teacher Preparation in the Department of Human Services, received his M.ED in Special Education from SFA and earned his Ph.D. in Adult Education Program at Texas A&M University. He is a certified teacher of students with visual impairments. Current research interests include transitions from secondary to higher education for students with visual impairments, teacher efficacy, and individual narratives of students with visual impairments. He is a member of the Texas University Professors in Visual Impairment (TUPVI) organization that serves with the Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans (AVIT); a member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE); and he is a member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and a past board member of the Texas chapter (TAER). View my vita.
Maggie Patterson
Maggie Patterson - Lecturer Office: HSTC 310 Phone: 936.468.1140
Maggie Patterson joined the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program full-time in the spring of 2016. She has served as an adjunct teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program from 2010-2015. She received her M.A. and B.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. She holds a DARS/DHHS/ Board for evaluators of Interpreters- Interpreter Certification Level I and a Kansas QAST Level 4 Interpreting and Level 4 Transliterating. She also holds a certificate in Deaf Education K-12. View my vita.
Jennifer Perry
Jennifer Perry - Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 223 Phone: 936.468.5511
Ms. Jennifer Perry is dually certified as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Living Skills therapist. She has worked in Veteran's Administration Hospitals, private non-profit, state agencies, and in school districts as an O&M. In addition to instructing individuals in the intricacies of cane travel and living independently as a person with a visual impairment, Jennifer also has provided outreach and educational services to increase awareness of blind rehabilitation resources, as well as to improve the understanding of the implications of blindness, how to provide assistance to individuals with blindness, and to advise individuals with blindness in how to be better advocates for themselves. She has served on state and local public transportation boards in Texas and Maryland. Jennifer has two Master's degrees in Blind Rehabilitation from Western Michigan University and has been working in the field of visual impairment since 2008. View my vita.
Deena Petersen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Deena Petersen, M.S., CCC-SLP - Clinic Director / Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205A Phone: 936.468.1029
Deena received her B.S., in Speech Language Pathology from Abilene Christian University and her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also has Texas Educator Certification in Early Childhood Special Education and Principal. She has been a speech language pathologist for 26 years working in the public schools, private clinic, and for the Department of Defense Education Activity in Japan. View my vita.
Raul Prezas, Ph.D.
Raul Prezas, Ph.D. - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 205C Phone: 936.468.1337
Dr. Raul Prezas, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Department of Human Services, received his Ph.D. and M.A. (Communication Sciences and Disorders) degrees from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and his B.A. (Business) and B.M. (Vocal Performance) degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Prezas holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and has several years of clinical and research experience in the university, public school, and home health settings, particularly working with bilingual children and their families. His research interests include the areas of speech sound disorders, bilingual/multilingual assessment and treatment, phonological treatment models/outcomes, multicultural issues, and school-based issues. View my vita.
Amanda Pruit, LPC
Amanda Pruit, LPC - Counseling Clinic Director Office: HSTC 201K Phone: 936.468.6734
Amanda Pruit is the Counseling Clinic Director of Human Services and Clinical Instructor. She received her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Memphis. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and Missouri. Her clinical history includes practice and administration in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and state vocational rehabilitation services. Specialty areas and areas of interest include, women and children's issues, substance use disorder, trauma, and counselor supervision and training. She is also dedicated to serving her community, supporting collaboration with other community resources, in order to provide or resource services to all. View my vita.
Lydia Richardson, SLPD. CCC-SLP
Lydia Richardson, SLPD. CCC-SLP - Assistant Professor / Program Director Office: HSTC 205F Phone: 936.468.1255
Dr. Lydia Richardson, Assistant Professor and Program Director, received her Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and her Master of Science and Bachelors of Science in Stephan F. Austin State University. Dr. Richardson has many years of clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings to include outpatient rehabilitation, hospital, nursing home, public schools, and home health. Her areas of interest are child language and articulation, autism, and aural/oral habilitation. Dr. Richardson is a Hanen certified SLP and is certified in the Picture Exchange Communication System. View my vita.
Mandy Seybold
Mandy Seybold Office: HSTC 309 Phone: 936.468.1317
Mandy Seybold, Lecturer in the Department of Human Services' Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program, received her M.Ed (Educational Leadership), M.Ed (Professional Reading Specialist), and B.S. (Hearing Impaired Science) from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mrs. Seybold joined the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Faculty in 2013 as an adjunct faculty member, and working as a Field Supervisor for student teachers in the Deaf Education program. Currently she teaches ASL I, and continues to serve as a Field Supervisor for student teachers. She enjoys working with future educators, and bringing a love of sign language to each student entering into ASL I. Along with a certification in Deaf Education, she also has her Principal Certification EC-12, Master Reading Teacher EC-12, Professional Reading Specialist EC-12, English Language Arts and Reading 4-8, and Generalist EC-4??. View my vita.
Dr. Kathy Sheriff
Dr. Kathy Sheriff - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 311 Phone: 936.468.1194
Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) Sheriff earned her doctorate in Special Education from Texas Tech University with an emphasis and certification in Deafblindness. Her M.Ed. degree in in Educational Psychology from Texas A & M University with emphasis in Low Incidence Disabilities. She received her BS degree from the University of Arkansas in Home Economics with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research and teaching interests involve children with CHARGE syndrome and other low incidence disabilities in tandem with Deafblindness, post-secondary transition for students with low incidence disabilities, issues surrounding family members of children with severe low incidence disabilities and/or medical fragility, and teacher training and professional development programs serving children with disabilities. View my vita.
Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, LPC-S, CSC
Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, LPC-S, CSC - Professor Office: HSTC 208 Phone: 936.468.1065
Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, Director of Counselor Education, Student Affairs and Higher Education, and Rehabilitation Services Programs, received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Sam Houston State University. She holds a M.A. in Professional Counseling from the University of Texas, Permian Basin, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Solmonson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Supervisor credentials, a Certified School Counselor, and a Certified Principal. She also holds K-8 teaching credentials. Her research interests include Advocacy, School Counseling related issues, and Response to Intervention. Dr. Solmonson holds leadership positions in the Texas Counseling Association and the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She serves on the Texas Virtual School Advisory Board, the SHSU Doctoral Advisory Board, and the University of Houston-Clear Lake Counseling Advisory Board. She worked as a Professional School Counselor for 14 years, in private psychiatric hospitals for 3 years, and has had a private practice for many years. Dr. Solmonson received the Texas Counseling Association Advocacy Award and has two TCA Distinguished Service Awards. View my vita.
Dr. William Weber, CRC, CVE, LPC
Dr. William Weber, CRC, CVE, LPC - Professor Office: HSTC 213 Phone: 936.468.1154
Dr. Bill Weber is Professor and Program Director of the Undergraduate Rehabilitation Services Training Program. He is also Director of the Career Planning Laboratory. Dr. Weber received his Ed. D from the University of Northern Colorado and his M. Ed. from the University of Texas in Austin. Both degrees are in Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Weber also received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas in Psychology and an Associate of Arts degree from Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas. Dr. Weber is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Certified Vocational Evaluator. Dr. Weber is an active member of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Texas Rehabilitation Association, and the Texas Rehabilitation Counseling and Educators' Association. In 2001 Dr. Weber was awarded the Outstanding Rehabilitation Educator by the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. View my vita.
Scott Whitney
Scott Whitney - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 309 Phone: 936.468.1317
Dr. Scott Whitney, Professor and program director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program received his Ed.D. from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2002. He specializes in technology applications in deaf education. His key accomplishments include software development for the rapid acquisition of American Sign Language, development and research of 3D animations of American Sign Language using motion capture, and extensive development of TExES preparation for Learning Management systems. He is the NCATE accreditation report writer and, along with the other DHH faculty members, successfully earned full NCATE accreditation. He is a certified Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher as well as a certified American Sign Language teacher in the state of Texas. View my vita.

Adjunct Faculty

Laura Hampton
Laura Hampton
Laura Hampton currently works both as an adjunct faculty member for SFA and as a Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments in a DFW area school district. She received her M.Ed. in Education (Visual Impairments) from Stephen F. Austin State University and a B.S. in Special Education from Texas Woman's University. She is passionate about education, both with children and adults. View my vita.
Cathie Koss
Cathie Koss
Cathie Koss lives and works in Juneau Alaska. She is currently a special education teacher at a middle school working with students with more significant disabilities. She is certified special education (birth through grade 12) both in Louisiana and Alaska. She earned an MEd (Visual Impairments) and Phd (Significant Disabilities) from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Koss has taught at both the elementary and high school levels, working primarily with students with significant disabilities. She also has home based early intervention experience (0-5) both in center and home based settings. Dr. Koss has worked extensively in the university setting for over 10 years. She primarily works in teacher preparation. View my vita.
Vance Lankford
Vance Lankford
My name is Vance Lankford and have been at ESC Region 15 as an orientation and mobility specialist for the past 25 years. Before going to Region 15, I worked with the West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind also in San Angelo. Orientation and mobility takes up most of my time but I also assist with Adaptive PE and in the past worked with the Ropes training courses. In 1985, I graduated from Stephen F Austin State University with orientation and mobility and received a Master's in Visual Impairment from SFA in 2007. I am past Chair of the TAER Division 9, just ending this year and received my 30 year service pen from our organization this year. I served for 15 years on a locate school board which helped me gain a lot of added experience with the public school system. I still enjoy playing sports and participating in many activities with my family. View my vita.
Deborah "Debbie" Louder, M.Ed
Ms. Louder began her teaching career as a resource teacher in the Bryan ISD having earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education at McMurry University. Her graduate degree is from University of Texas Pan American in counseling and guidance with post-graduate hours from Texas Tech University in the field of Deficient Vision. She has served as a board member for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired becoming board president for her last term. Additionally, she has served as a board member for the Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) as well as serving on the AER International Conference Planning Committee Chairperson. Ms. Louder retired from full time working as the Visual Impairment Specialist from an Education Service Center and continues to teach students on a contract basis. View my vita.
Adam Peck
Adam Peck
Adam Peck serves as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at SFA. He oversees a variety of services to help students be successful including Leadership and Service Programs, Orientation, Student Activities, Greek Life, Multicultural Affairs, Spirit Teams, Counseling, Career Services, Testing Services, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Disability Services and the Health Clinic. Prior to coming to SFA, Dr. Peck served as Director of Student Life at Saint Louis University and Senior Student Affairs Administrator for the Texas Union at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama at Lewis University (near Chicago, Illinois), a Master of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. He publishes and presents regularly on topics such as School Spirit, Ethics in Student Affairs and Student Learning and Development. View my vita.

Tracy Pickard
Tracy Pickard
After receiving a Bachelor's degree from SFA, I worked as a classroom teacher in the areas of Science, Reading, and English at the elementary and junior high levels. I then received my Master's degree in Special Education and a certification for Educational Diagnostician from SFA. I have been an educational diagnostician since then, serving students from age 3 to 18. Currently I am a full time diagnostician for a public school district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and a part time certified online instructor for SFA. View my vita.
Hollie Smith
Hollie Smith Research/Areas of Interest: First-year experience and transition programs Office: Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105 Phone: 936.468.7249
Dr. Hollie Smith serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for Programs at SFA. She oversees programs to help students engage in co-curricular experiences including Orientation, Greek Life and Student Organizations, Student Engagement Programs, Student Activities, Jack Camp, Spirit Teams, Leadership and Service, Purple Haze Association, and Multicultural Affairs. In addition, she serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, SFA 101 and Counseling. She graduated from SFA in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in Biology, and in 2002 with a Master of Arts in Psychology, emphasis in Management. In May 2012, she completed her doctoral degree in higher education administration from Texas A&M. She publishes and presents regularly on topics such as first-year experience and transition programs. She currently serves as a Board member for National Orientation Directors Association. View my vita.
Steve Westbrook
Steve Westbrook
Dr. Steve Westbrook received his Ed.D (Higher Education Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction) from Texas A&M-Commerce and his M.Ed. (Counseling) and B.A. (History) from Stephen F. Austin State University. With more than 30 years of experience in the field of Student Affairs, Dr. Westbrook serves as the Vice President for University Affairs where he oversees a divisional budget of more than $46 million with 250+ full-time employees and 600+ student employees and serves as the institutional Title IX Coordinator. Dr. Westbrook has served as a board member and chair of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and is an executive officer for the Council of Student Services Vice Presidents (COSSVP). He is also active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA). View my vita.