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Meet the Staff
The UCP-Infinitec Staff is comprised of Administrators, Educators, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Assistive Technology Specialists, and Parents. It is our great pleasure to serve educational staff members throughout Illinois and Kansas. For more information about who we are, please see below.
Peggy Childs, Executive Vice President
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 228
Peggy Childs earned her M.Ed at University of Arizona in the area of Learning Disabilities and her B.A. in psychology at St. Louis University. She has been a teacher, principal, director of special education, trainer and consultant in school districts and special education cooperatives for nearly 40 years. During her work experience as a school leader she was committed to creating systems change that supported best practices for students with disabilities. Over the last 17 years, Peggy has been employed by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago/Infinitec as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. In this position, Peggy has offered leadership in creating partnerships, training programs and infrastructure that provide state of the art information and technology resources to empower children and adults with disabilities. She was formally recognized for her work in education in January 2008. The Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) presented Peggy with the "Innovative Practices Award" for her leadership in creating Infinitec Assistive Technology coalitions which were a collaboration between UCP/Infinitec and over 450 school districts in Illinois and over 275 school districts in Kansas. Currently the Infinitec Coalition model has been expanded to serve not only Illinois and Kansas but Minnesota, Georgia and California as well.
Dave Hohulin, Director of Technology Coalitions
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 240
David Hohulin has worked in the fields of Special Education and Technology for 17 years. He received his B.S. in Education from Illinois State University in Specialized Educational Development, specializing in Trainable Mental Handicaps. He taught in schools throughout Central Illinois prior to moving to the Chicago area to pursue a graduate degree. David received a M.S. in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC). His area of specialization was Rehabilitation Technology, and he completed a Graduate Assistantship with UIC's Assistive Technology Unit (ATU). While at UIC, David worked with the ATU, providing Augmentative communication and Computer Access services to adult-service sites around the Chicago area. After graduation, Dave worked for the Northern Suburban Special Education District as an Assistive Technology Consultant.
Dave has worked for UCP-Infinitec for the past 8 years, first as Coalition Coordinator, and now as Director of Technology Coalitions. He provides training and technical assistance to educational staff throughout the States of Illinois, Kansas, and Georgia, in addition to providing professional development to the Charter Schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has presented at the Illinois Health Care Association Conference, Illinois State Transition Conference, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education Conference, Texas Assistive Technology Network Conference, Kansas State Department Annual Leadership Conference, Georgia Project for Assistive Technology Summer Institute, LAUSD Charter Special Education Summit, Closing the Gap Conference, and Assistive Technology Industry Association Conferences.
Peggy Zegley, National Speaker Coordinator/AT Specialist
Phone Number: 708.244.8460, EXT. 247
Peggy Zegley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Loyola University, Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University and has over twenty years of educational experience. She began her career in the classroom as a special education teacher. She has worked with children and adults with significant cognitive and physical disabilities from four to seventy-four years of age.
Steve Clements, Director of Business Development
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 261
Steve Clements received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, majoring in curriculum and instruction, from Concordia University. He began his career teaching elementary school in a self contained classroom setting in south Florida. Steve continued his career in the world of software and technology initially focusing on developing curriculum for and training adult learners on the use of technology. Moving into product development, Steve was responsible for the development of numerous enterprise healthcare technology solutions. Joining UCP in 2007, Steve focuses on the development of new technology based programs and business relationships that further the organization's mission. In addition Steve spends time in the field providing training and other services to educators.
Richard Brown, Senior Director of Direct Services
Phone Number: 708.863.1186, EXT. 225
Richard's experiences are at the center of his beliefs that education is a life-long journey that requires the talents of the whole team . He is passionate about assistive technology and its ability to level the playing field for all learners to actively participate in the curriculum.
Heather Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP, Collaboration/Training/AT Specialist
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 243
Heather Miller is a Speech Langauge Pathologist and an AAC specialist. After receiving a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Iowa, Heather received herM.S. in Communication Disorders from St. Xavier University. Currently she is the Assistive Technology Lead for Collaborations and Trainings at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago-Infinitec where she collaborates and consults with district AT teams to help assist in the integration of augmentative and alternative communication into the classroom environment. She also provides training in a variety of topics related to assistive technology and AAC. Heather has presented at Closing the Gap and coauthored a series of videos about parent-child interaction. Her previous experiences include working as a Speech Language Pathologist at the Technology and Language Center, providing therapy for individuals using AAC, working as an SLP at Northern Suburban Special Education District's Education and Life Skills program, and participating in an internship at the Alan J. Brown Center for Augmentative Communication and Environmental Control at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Jennifer Skalitzky, AT Specialist
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 265
Jennifer works for UCP-Infinitec as an Assistive Technology Facilitator. She coordinates webinars, performs collaborations, and provides trainings. Jennifer received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Eastern Illinois University and received a M.S. in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC). Her area of specialization was Rehabilitation/Assistive Technology, and she completed a Graduate Assistantship with UIC's Assistive Technology Unit (ATU). After graduation she worked for UIC's ATU where she supported students and adults using AAC devices. In addition, she has worked at Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO) as an Assistive Technology Facilitator. While there she supported the assistive technology needs of students with severe physical disabilities, students with Autism and learning disabilities. She also supported staff through trainings and the implementation of assistive technology. In the past, Jennifer has been an adjunct teacher at Lewis University and taught the undergraduate and graduate class on Assistive Technology for the Special Education Department.
Mary Bettlach, AT Specialist/OTR/L
Phone Number: 309.431.0645
Mary Bettlach is an occupational therapist with a degree from Washington University Program and a Master in Public Health from St. Louis University. She has 18 years experience in the assistive technology field. She was introduced to assistive technology as an OT instructor at Washington University and later entered the field as an AT Specialist where she worked in St. Clair County, IL and St. Louis County Special School District. She has also worked at the state level for the Minnesota Department of Education as the AT and UDL Specialist.
Mary currently lives in Peoria, IL. She began working for Infinitec in January, 2009 completing regional trainings, collaborations and technical assistance. She currently is the Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Coalitions.
Vicki Pray, Finance Coordinator/AT Specialist
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 241
Greg Grill, Program Director, ATEN/DME
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 231
Greg has worked with UCP for the past thirteen years. Over the last three years he supervised the redeployment of over 13,000 refurbished computers to individuals with disabilities in the State of Illinois. Last year alone, the program diverted over 713 tons of computer electronics for landfills.
Samantha Conklin, AT Specialist
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 248
Samantha received a Bachelor's degree in special education focusing in the area Severe Disabilities, and Master's degree in special education focusing in Severe and Mild Disabilities from Purdue University. While completing her graduate coursework she participated in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Personnel Preparation grant, and was a course instructor for undergraduate classes in special education and a teaching assistant for a graduate course in AAC. Her previous experiences include providing reading instruction for students with significant speech and physical impairments and working as an AAC Consultant for Greater Lafayette Special Services, working as an Assistive Technology Consultant for Northern Suburban Special Education District, and teaching in a program for students with autism spectrum disorders through Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative.
Samantha works for UCP-Infinitec as an Assistive Technology Specialist. She collaborates and provides technical assistance to classroom teams to support the integration of assistive technology for students, and provides training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology.
Pam Schibli, Training Facilitator ISBE Grant
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 249
Pam Schibli has a Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Development from Olivet Nazarene University. She taught for twenty years, which included ten years in a self-contained classroom and ten years as a resource teacher in an inclusive setting. Pam was also a member of the Illinois Autism Training Program and conducted trainings with her team. At Infinitec, Pam is a facilitator for the Knowledge-based Trainings offered by an ISBE grant.
Shannon Cici, Website Support Specialist
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, X 290 (Tech Support)
Shannon Cici has worked with UCP-Infinitec over the past 11 years. Upon graduating from St. Joseph's College with a B.S. in Sociology and a B.A. in Human Services, she began her career as a Program Supervisor in UCP-Infinitec's Adult Services with a special interest in fostering independence through technology. During that time she also worked in the Adult Recreation Program by facilitating independence in the community. Starting July 2005, Shannon became a Lekotek Leader/Play Specialist serving families who have children with disabilities by bringing them together & fostering growth through play. Over the past 3 years, Shannon has run UCP-Infinitec's Coalition Equipment Rental library. She has provided equipment & ongoing technical support to Infinitec's Coalition members. Currently, Shannon provides technical support for UCP-Infinitec's www.myinfinitec.org website.
Crystal Shields, Coalition Support Specialist
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 244
Amy Broadway-Ducat, Assistive Technology Equipment Librarian
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, EXT. 242
Amy earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with additional concentrations in Sociology and English, from Loyola University. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Amy served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at an educational assistance program and then went on to earn her Master's degree in Education from Concordia University. Amy has worked as an assistant coordinator to a large after-school program for high school students, and as a classroom teacher, instructing students ranging in age from kindergarten to adult. While teaching at the high school level, one of Amy's roles was instructing special education students in Life and Vocational Skills. Most recently, Amy has worked as a Reading and Language Arts teacher for middle school students.
Amy is a new addition to UCP-Infinitec, having joined the staff in July of 2011. Amy works with school liaisons to help them access assistive technology devices for the special-needs students in their districts, and manages Infinitec's library of assistive technology equipment.
Debra Eubanks, AT Training and Infinitec Media Production Support
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, X 223
Debra has been with UCP since 1997 when she completed the Communicorp employee training program. She currently schedules and manages the registration of event trainings and provides assistance to the Infinitec Media progam.
Cheri McLaughlin, AT Training and Coalition Support
Phone Number: 708.444.8460, X
Cheri has a Bachelor's Degree from St. Xavier University in Business Administration/Marketing. She has over 25 years of experience in Marketing and IT support. Cheri has worked with Infinitec since May of 2010.