Project Team

Group photo of DO-IT Admin Team Members.

A team of professionals, representing postsecondary institutions from twenty-three states in the United States, met in three collaborative meetings, communicated year-round, delivered professional development to faculty and staff, and helped develop and test the professional development content and strategies included in these train-the-trainer materials. Their continuous involvement assures that project products have applicability nationwide.

The DO-IT Admin project team includes disabled student services staff, faculty, and administrators at institutions of higher education in twenty-three states. The nationwide recruitment process was highly competitive. Applicants for project team membership were rated by DO-IT's Academic Advisory Board. The Board based its ratings on past efforts in this area, team diversity, and the potential to contribute to project efforts.

DO-IT Admin team members are listed below. Each member chose an institutional partner in the team member's state. A team member from a four-year institution partnered with one from a community or technical college, and a team member from a community or technical college partnered with one from a four-year institution. Each partner school has demographics (e.g., racial/ethnic diversity, size, location) that are different from those of the project team institution.

Alice Anderson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Partner: Jackey Higby Thomas
Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin

Beatrice Awoniyi
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Meryl Berstein
Johnson and Wales University
Providence, Rhode Island
Partner: Tracy Karasinski
Community College of Rhode Island
Warwick, Rhode Island 

Sharon Bittner
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankney, Iowa

Deborah Casey-Powell
Green River Community College
Auburn, WA 

Rosemary Coffman
Lee College
Baytown, Texas
Partner: Jean Ashmore
Rice University
Houston, Texas

Jane Furr Davis
Hunter College
New York, New York
Partner: Columbia-Greene Community College
Hudson, New York

Jill Douglass
Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Partner: Donna Collins College of Sante Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Jim Gorske
University of South Carolina Spartanburg
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Partner: Sharon Bellwood
Greenville Technical College
Greenville, South Carolina

Pam Griffin
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota
Partner: Anita Hanson
Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College
Cloquet, Minnesota

Grace T. Hanson
Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, California
Partner: Dave Sanfilippo
California State University Long Beach

Nancy Hart
Lane Community College
Eugene, Oregon
Partner: Margaret Dibb
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon

Dyane Haynes
University of Washington Seattle
Seattle, WA
Partner: Richard Okomoto
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington

Elaine High, or John Pedraza
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan or
Partner: Scott Hickman
North Central Michigan College
Petoskey, Michigan

Richard Jones
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Partner: Steve Schroeder
South Mountain Community College
Phoenix, Arizona

R. Scott Laurent
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
Partner: Mary Ellen Jenison
Longview Community College
Lee's Summit, Missouri

Rodney Pennamon
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Partner: Carolyn Swindle
Gainsville College
Oakwood, Georgia

Patricia Richter
Kutztown University
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Partner: Lehigh Carbon Community College
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

Sharon Robertson
University of Tennessee, Martin
Martin, Tennessee
Partner: Fred Deaton
Jackson State Community College
Jackson, Tennessee

Rosezelia Roy
Virginia State University
Petersburg, Virginia
Partner: Debby Wilkerson
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Richmond, Virginia

Al Souma
Seattle Central Community College
Seattle, Washington
Partner: Richard Okomoto
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington

Suzanne Tucker
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, Connecticut
Partner: Toni Page
Gateway Community College
New Haven, Connecticut

Linda Walter
Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey
Partner: Cathleen Doyle
Raritan Valley Community College
Somerville, New Jersey 

DO-IT Admin project team members conducted focus groups with student service staff and administrators and students with disabilities on their campuses to explore strategies for increasing access for students with disabilities. At collaborative meetings in Seattle, team members discussed professional development and technical support issues and strategies and created professional development materials.

At team member and partner campuses, professional development programs were delivered, materials were disseminated, strategies for providing technical assistance to student service administrators and staff were explored, and successful practices were implemented. Discussion and coordination of DO-IT Admin activities took place year-round on an interactive Internet discussion list.

All DO-IT Admin project materials, including online resources, video presentations, and printed materials, are available in The Conference Room at, and are offered in formats that are readily accessible by individuals with disabilities. Permission to copy and further distribute project products is granted provided the source is acknowledged.

Ultimately, DO-IT Admin and DO-IT Prof materials and activities will result in greater postsecondary education and career opportunities for individuals with disabilities. I hope you will find these materials useful in your efforts to ensure that all students on your campus have equal opportunities to learn, explore interests, access services, and express ideas.

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D. Director, DO-IT