Stephen F. Austin State University


Robbie Steward
Robbie Steward - 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.
Luis E. Aguerrevere Ph.D.
Luis E. Aguerrevere Ph.D. Research/Areas of Interest: Director of Human Neuroscience Laboratory / Assistant 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.
Frank Brister
Frank Brister - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 205B Phone: 936.468.1330
Audiologist and Associate Professor, Human Services
Working with hearing- impaired people of all ages
International Humanitarian Award of the American Academy of Audiology
Fellow American Academy of Audiology
Member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association
Member of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association
Honors of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association
Recognition of the Texas Department of Health Services for establishment of the standards for hearing screening
Hope of Hearing for Haiti, 20 trips to Haiti for provision of hearing aids and services for over 800 hearing-impaired children
Hunger Plus for Haiti, 2 trips to Haiti to establish a program to provide one million dehydrated meals to children of Haiti
Rotary International Assistant Governor
Rotary International Service Award
Nacogdoches Rotary Club , Past President
Nacogdoches Rotary Club, Secretary
Substitute Sunday School Teacher
Deborah Cady
Deborah Cady Office: HSTC 224 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.
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.
D.J. Dean
D.J. Dean Office: HSTC 224 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).
Layne Debardelaben
Layne Debardelaben - 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.
Amy Durham
Amy Durham - 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
Tracy Hallak
Tracy Hallak Office: HSTC 218 Phone: 936.468.1173
Tracy Hallak has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a K-12 Teaching Certification from California State University, Fullerton, CA. She went on to obtain her Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired at California State University, Los Angeles, CA. After moving to Texas, in 1995, she participated in a grant program through Stephen F. Austin to receive certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She returned to SFA and received a M. Ed in Special Education in the area of Visual Impairment. She has taught in general education, resource classrooms, as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and as a related service personnel as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS). She came to SFA in the fall of 2011 to join the team of instructors in the Program for Visually Impaired.
Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey
Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey 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.
Dr. Kelly Jobe
Dr. Kelly Jobe - Clinical Audiologist/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.
Jodi Jordan
Jodi Jordan Office: HSTC 205E Phone: 936.468.1337
Ginger Kelso
Ginger Kelso - Asst. Professor Office: HSTC 233 Phone: 936.468.1686
Dr. Ginger Kelso is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program. She completed her Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines (with specialization in Special Education) at Utah State University . While there, she worked with faculty on multiple federally funded research projects including Project Need to Read, a study of the differential effects of two computer-delivered reading interventions and Virtual Home Visits, a study of the feasibility of web-based early intervention services. Dr. Kelso also worked as an assistant in the clinical services division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University . In this role, she provided educational and behavioral consultations to families and schools for children with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental disabilities and autism. She also served on a multidisciplinary diagnostic team in which children with suspected disabilities were assessed for educational, behavioral, or health-related disabilities. Dr. Kelso has conducted research in the area of Relational Frame Theory and language development and has presented regionally and nationally. She has published research in Infants & Young Children and The Psychological Record.
J. Lindsey Kennon
J. Lindsey Kennon - Instructor Office: HSTC 310 Phone: 936.468.5510
J. Lindsey Kennon, Instructor in the Department of Human Services' Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program, received her M.Ed. (Educational Leadership) and B.A. (Hearing Impaired) from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mrs. 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. Mrs. Kennon is currently pursuing an educational doctoral degree in developmental education.
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.
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.
Suzanne Maniss, Ph.D, LPC
Suzanne Maniss, Ph.D, LPC - Associate Professor Office: HSTC 207 Phone: 936.468.1164
Dr. Suzanne Maniss joined the Counselor Education faculty in 2015 with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. She has a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling, also from St. Mary's, and a B.A. in Sociology from Baylor University. Dr. Maniss is committed to the importance of and appreciation for individual differences and the value those differences bring to our interactions with others. She has previous higher education experience through University of Tennessee at Martin, St. Edwards University in Austin, and The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Dr. Maniss has clinical experience through several agencies and private practice.
Paige Mask
Paige Mask - Assistant Professor 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.

Daniel McCleary
Daniel McCleary 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.
Lisa McCleary
Lisa McCleary Office: HSTC-232 Phone: 936.468.1159
Dr. Lisa N. McCleary is an assistant professor in the School Psychology program and the School Psychology Supervisor at the SFA Charter School. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Castleton State College, as well as her M.S. in Applied Educational Psychology and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee. After graduating in the Fall of 2011, Dr. McCleary was a school psychologist in a small, rural public school serving students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. She also served a large, rural public school system as a behavior specialist serving students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth. Additionally, Dr. McCleary served on the board of directors of an APA and APPIC approved pre-doctoral internship in school psychology. Dr. McCleary has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles.
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.
Frank Mullins
Frank Mullins - Associate Professor Office: HSTC-313A Phone: 936.468.1215
My name is Frank Mullins. I am currently serving as associate professor and Special Education program coordinator within the Department of Human Services, serving graduate and undergraduate populations, online and face-to-face. I completed my Ph.D. in Education Leadership, Special Education with a certification in Seriously Emotional Disabilities from the University of North Texas under the direction of Dr. Lyndal M. Bullock, Regent Professor. My public school experience included providing teaching services to children and youth (ages 6-21), in both Kansas and Texas for a total of eleven years, in the field of special education (learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disabilities). I work with an open door policy and all are welcome to stop by HSTC 313A to consult or just say "Hi".
Heather Munro
Heather Munro 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.
Michael Munro
Michael Munro Office: HSTC 222 Phone: 936.468.1036
Mr. 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 is currently a doctoral student 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).
Phobe Okungu
Phobe Okungu Office: HSTC 223 Phone: 936.468.5511
Dr. Phoebe Okungu is an Assistant Professor in the department of Human Services. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Texas Tech University in summer, 2014, majoring in Teacher Preparation for Students with Visual Impairments. She is a strong believer in and advocate for education practices that enhance access for students with disabilities. Her research interests focus on, teaching strategies, and accommodations that promote access, and independence for people with disabilities.

Dr. Okungu has conducted different studies involving participants in the field of visual impairments and autism. The studies include: Zhou, L., Griffin-Shirley, N., Parker, A. T., Smith, D. W., & Okungu, A. P. (2012). Assistive technology use and competencies by teachers of students with visual impairments in the United States of America: Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 106, 656-665. Banda, D. R., & Okungu, P. A. (2011; Commentary Authors). This review suggests that video-based instruction improves skills in persons with autism spectrum disorders: Some limitations in review methodology and the original data-set render this conclusion tentative. Evidence-based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 5, 144-148. Devender, B., Griffin-Shirley, N., Okungu, A. P., Ogot, O. P., & Meeks, M. K. (2014): A review of intervention studies conducted with individuals with autism and sensory impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (accepted for publication). Devender, B., Okungu, A. P., Meeks, M. K., & Griffin-Shirley, N. (2014). A single subject intervention study on orientation and mobility for students with autism spectrum disorders and visual impairment. The International Journal of Orientation and Mobility (accepted with minor edits). Her Doctoral dissertation was based on Accommodation Needs for Teachers who are blind and Teach Students with Visual Impairments. She plans to publish the results and use the information to create more awareness on accommodations. Phoebe has presented in several professional conferences at national and international levels such as the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), American Council for Rural Special Education (ACRES), and Languages and Education in Africa (LEA in Oslo, Norway).

Dr. Okungu has a passion for her work and has volunteered to serve organizations for people with visual impairments in different parts of the world (e.g., the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted, All India Confederation of the Blind, Uganda National Association of the Blind, Institutional development Program Conference - Africa Forum in Nairobi-Kenya, Helen Keller Foundation and Perkins International, and Sierra Leone Association of the Blind. In addition, Dr. Okungu maintains an active membership in AER and International Council for the Education of people with Visual Impairments (ICEVI).
Maggie Patterson
Maggie Patterson - Lecturer
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.
Deena Petersen
Deena Petersen - Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205C Phone: 936.468.3997
Deena Petersen, Clinical Instructor in the Speech Language Pathology Program, received her MS (Speech-Language Pathology) from the University of Southern Mississippi and BSed (Communication Sciences and Disorders) from Abilene Christian University. She has worked as a speech language pathologist for 20 years in the public schools, private clinic setting, and for the Department of Defense Education Activity. She holds a Texas state license in speech language pathology and Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech language pathology. She also has a Texas Teacher Certificate in the areas of Speech and Language Therapy and Early Childhood Education-Handicapped.
Lydia Richardson
Lydia Richardson - Clinic Director Office: HSTC 205A Phone: 936.468.1255
Mrs. Lydia Richardson, Clinical Instructor and Director of the Stanley Speech and Hearing Clinic, received her M.S. and B.S. from Stephan F. Austin State University. Mrs. Richardson has 8 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. Mrs. Richardson is a Hanen certified SLP and is certified in the Picture Exchange Communication System.
Dr. Kathy Sheriff
Dr. Kathy Sheriff 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.
Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, LPC-S, CSC
Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, LPC-S, CSC - Associate Professor, Program Director 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.
Nagalapura Viswanath
Nagalapura Viswanath - Program Director Office: HSTC 205E Phone: 936.468.1029
Dr Viswanath is a Professor & Director of the program in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. He obtained his Ph.D in Speech & Hearing Sciences and Speech pathology from The City University of New York, New York. He has a B.Sc and M.Sc in the same fields from the All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore, India. Dr Viswanath's main areas of interest are: fluency disorders, Speech Science & Speech motor control, Genetics and neural basis of developmental stuttering. He is a long-standing member of the American Speech & Hearing Association, Acoustical Society of America, Texas Speech & Hearing Association and a founding member of International Fluency Association. He has numerous publications on fundamental aspects of stuttering in local, national and international peer-reviewed publications.
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.
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.

Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Adkins
Jennifer Adkins
Jennifer Adkins received her M.Ed. (Special Education), and M.A. (Community Counseling) from Stephen F. Austin State University. She also has a BSIS from SFASU. She is an adjunct faculty who teaches special education classes online. She also works for the Burke Center as the Service Director for the Cornerstone Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program.
Heather Anderson
Heather Anderson
I am an adjunct professor focusing on special education in the Department of Human Services. I am also currently teaching special education in Rockwall ISD. I teach functional academics (FA) at Utley Middle School to 7th and 8th graders, which means I teach 7th and 8th grade TEKS for all core subjects at a modified level. Previously, I taught FA math for two years at Allen High School. I received my masters in Special Education from SFA in May 2010 and got my bachelors in Advertising from Harding University in May 2004. I joined the faculty at SFA three years ago, but I was the department's graduate assistant in 2010 while finishing up my masters degree. I live with my husband in Rockwall, near Lake Ray Hubbard. We are expecting our first child, a girl, at the end of August.
Karla G Ashabranner
Karla G Ashabranner Phone: 936.468.2906

Karla Ashabranner grew up in Garland, Texas. She currently works at Woodland Heights Medical Center. Karla graduated with a Masters' of Education in Speech-Language Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University. She currently holds her Certification of Clinical Competency from ASHA and a Texas License to practice Speech-Language Pathology. Her primary experience is at hospitals and rehabilitation centers. She joined the SFA faculty in 2010.

Debra Bankston
Debra Bankston Office: 205G Phone: 936.468.7109

Debra Bankston grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has worked at the Charleston Speech and Hearing Clinic in Charleston, South Carolina, the Regional Program for the Hearing-Impaired in Amarillo, for private practices in Marshall and Nacogdoches, and for Lufkin and Nacogdoches public schools. Debra graduated with her Masters' of Arts from the University of Memphis and currently holds her Certification of Clinical Competency from ASHA and a Texas License to practice Speech-Language Pathology. She joined the SFA faculty in 1984.

Nancy Burleson
Nancy Burleson Office: HSTC 302D
Mrs. Nancy Burleson received her M.S. from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and received her B.S. from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She holds certificates in Deaf Education K-12, Generalist EC-4, and English as a Second Language in the state of Texas. She taught deaf education for almost seven years in public schools in both Texas and Louisiana. She also holds a Board for Evaluators of Interpreters Basic interpreter certificate and also works as an interpreter.
Stacey Callaway
Stacey Callaway
Dr. Stacey Callaway is in her 19th year of education and currently works both as an adjunct professor for SFA and as an Autism Specialist in a DFW area school district. She is a graduate of SFA and most recently a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in Special Education, with an emphasis on teacher preparation and students with autism spectrum disorders. As an East Texas native and SFA alumni, it gives Dr. Callaway great joy to know that she is contributing to the education of future Lumberjacks.
Jennifer Castella
Frankie Clark, Ph.D.
Frankie Clark, Ph.D.
Dr. Frankie J. Clark, adjunct professor 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 currently teaching psychology for Angelina College. She is a member of the Texas Psychological Association.
Sharon Davis
Sharon Davis
Sharon Davis is an adjunct faculty member in the Human Services Department. She received her B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in special education, and her M.Ed. from SFA. Ms. Davis retired from public school work after 45 years of service. For 25 of those years she was a special education teacher and for 20 years she was Director of Special Education. In 1993 she was appointed by Governor Ann Richards to the Governor's Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education. She was a member of the board of trustees for the Anderson/Cherokee Mental Health/Mental Center for 13 years. Ms. Davis and her registered therapy dog, Sophie, spend time visiting special education classes and students at a residential treatment facility.
John Hill
John Hill
John Hill is currently a Special Education Adjunct Professor at Stephen F. Austin. He took on this role in the Spring of 2013. He has been in public education since 2005, first as a special education teacher and general education teacher, then later as an assistant principal. His first teaching assignment was at Sundown, TX. He later took a position at Arlington ISD where he is presently employed. John is married and has a daughter in college. Any down time is spent traveling; camping; getting caught up on tv shows recorded throughout the week; and playing with the family pets. John received his doctorate in special education from Texas Tech University in 2012. He also has a master's degree in both educational leadership and special education. He received his bachelor's degree in history from Hardin-Simmons University. He is currently certified in Texas as a superintendent; principal; diagnostician; generalist 4-8; and special education EC-12.
Kristin Holloway - Adjunct Clinical Instructor Office: HSTC 205E Phone: 936.468.7109
Kristin Holloway grew up in El Paso, Texas. She now lives in Nacogdoches with her husband, Caleb, and two sons. She graduated with a Masters' of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2007. Mrs. Holloway currently holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency from ASHA and a Texas license to practice Speech-Language Pathology. Her primary experience is at hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. She joined the SFA faculty in 2013.
Mitchalina Kenney
Mitchalina Kenney
Mitchalina Kenney is currently the Lead LSSP - Licensed Specialist in School Psychology at Nacogdoches ISD for the Student Services Department. Mrs. Kenney joined SFA's School Psychology Department in the Fall of 2013 to assist in University Supervision for Practicum and Intern LSSPs currently enrolled in the program. A proud alumni of SFA's Specialist Level LSSP Program, Mrs. Kenney brings 20 years of educational experience which includes 5 years in the classroom as a Special Education Teacher and 15 years as an LSSP. Mrs. Kenney is also a Certified CPI - Crisis Prevention Intervention Trainer for NISD. Special interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skills Training, Parent Training, Related Service Counseling for Emotional Disturbed Students and Crisis Intervention.
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.
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.
Jean L McCusker
Jean L McCusker
Dr. Jeanie McCusker has served as an adjunct professor in the Counselor Education Programs since 2009. She teaches Professional Orientation to Counseling and Lifespan Development. Dr. McCusker has a Ed.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Memphis. She obtained a masters degree in Community Counseling from SFA. Her experience includes working in community agencies, private practice, and school counseling. She currently serves as a counselor at Lufkin High School. Dr. McCusker is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified School Counselor, and Certified Hypnotherapist.
Sylvia Middlebrook
Sylvia Middlebrook
Sylvia Middlebrook, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at SFASU. Through the Human Services Department, she also provides supervision for Master's and Doctoral level School Psychology practicum and internship students. She has B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from Midwestern State University, Texas Christian University, and Texas Woman's University, respectively. She has been a Licensed Psychologist in Texas for over twenty-five years, and has had a lengthy professional career working as a Psychologist in a variety of settings. Previously, she was a Psychologist at Vernon State Hospital, and more recently, Dr. Middlebrook served as Asst. Chief Psychologist at Rusk State Hospital. During the 1980's and early 1990's, she was a Texas Education Agency certified School Psychologist, and worked in that capacity for eleven years in both rural and urban school districts. During this time span, she was also an adjunct instructor for Vernon College and Texas Woman's University. Following this, she was in private practice at Nacogdoches Behavioral Health Center for seventeen years. Prior to coming to SFASU in Fall of 2013, Dr. Middlebrook served for three years as Chief Psychologist/Director of Behavioral Services for Lufkin State Supported Living Center. During her tenure there, she did post-graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis through the University of North Texas, and subsequently earned certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level. Dr. Middlebrook continues to enjoy a lifelong love of learning and a passion for teaching and sharing psychological principles with her students. She values a collaborative, interactional approach in supervision, and strives to mentor aspiring psychology students in a way that imparts both theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, as well as pragmatic truths.
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.

Monica Peters-Clark
Monica Peters-Clark
Dr. Peters-Clark has over 10 years of experience in program planning and development. Since 2006, she has served as the Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Enhancement at Angelina College. Her primary responsibilities include facilitating strategic planning through the development of institutional effectiveness policies and directing the execution and evaluation of the Quality Enhancement Plan. She also manages the institution's online assessment management system (WEAVEonline) which plays a vital role in integrating the processes for strategic planning, assessment of learning outcomes, and accreditation compliance. In addition, Dr. Peters-Clark collaborates with the Director of Testing and Student Development on the curriculum development and assessment of the freshmen student development program.
Prior to her transition to higher education, Dr. Peters-Clark worked for the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice where she served as a program director at Jetson Correctional Center for Youth. She earned her B.A. (Psychology) from Dillard University, M.S. (Experimental Psychology) from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Ph.D. (Special Education with an emphasis in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders) from Southern University and A&M College. Dr. Peters-Clark is active in her community holding membership in several service organizations and serves on the boards of Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas and Angelina County and Cities Health District Endowment Trust. She is also a member of the Lufkin Independent School District Tri-Ethnic Committee.
Mandy Seybold
Mandy Seybold
Mandy Seybold, Instructor 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 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.
Hollie Smith
Hollie Smith Research/Areas of Interest: First-year experience and transition programs Office: Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.302 Phone: 936.468.1018
Dr. Hollie Smith Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for Programs, Adjunct Counseling Graduate faculty Courses: COU 544 and 546 Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2000, B.S. in Psychology; Stephen F. Austin State University, 2002, M.A. in Psychology; Texas A&M University-Commerce, Ed.D., 2012 Research/Areas of Interest: First-year experience and transition programs Office: Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.302 Phone: 936.468.1018 E-mail:
Michael Walker
Michael Walker
Michael E. Walker, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Support Services at SFASU which includes the following service areas; Career Services, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Student Health Center, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Testing Services, and the Veterans Resource Center. Dr. Walker accepted a position in the Department of Psychology in 1997 as part of the Clinical Master program and became involved with the School Psychology program at SFASU in 2009. He continues to serve as a Graduate faculty member at SFASU and teaches graduate courses in both the Department of Psychology and Human Services in the School and Behavioral Psychology program. Dr. Walker chaired the Institutional Review Board at SFASU for three years and continues to serve as an alternate member of the IRB. Dr. Walker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and minor in biology at Georgia State University. Dr. Walker went on to earn both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on children and families from the University of Mississippi. During his training he served as an educational and behavioral consultant to several head start centers in central Mississippi and provided psychological services in a community based mental health center. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston S.C. He had the opportunity to work in a number of facilities. While at MUSC clinical work focused on children and families and with victims of crime. During his internship he had the opportunity to work under the Multi-Systemic therapy model, which further developed his interested in the use of evidence based ecological interventions. His general research interests include the strategies for evaluating and improving behavioral performance emphasizing ecological based interventions. More specifically, his research interests include development and validation of behavioral assessments in the context of traditional psychometric testing, with a special interest in disorders impacting attention and student success particularly among first generation college students. An extension of this research relates to use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to examine the behavioral differences with regard to spatial reasoning and problem solving as it relates to spatial behavior and the implications of the spatial distribution of behavioral health problems and resource and service availability. He has published research in a number of journals including: Psychological Assessment, College Student Journal, and Child Maltreatment.
Tracy Walton
Tracy Walton
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.

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).