2015 Presenters

Ken Petri, Director of The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center

Ken PetriKen Petri has been the director of The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center since 2005. The Center provides guidance on university efforts to improve IT accessibility. Ken works with IT, administrative, and academic units, consulting on purchasing and development projects, giving workshops and informational sessions, and helping author requirements and documentation focused on helping make IT more accessible to people with disabilities. Lately, he has been working with OSU's new Accessibility Analyst within the OCIO to draft and help implement accessibility strategies within various IT and business units. Ken has an M.A. in English and a B.S. in Computer Science. He worked as a web administrator for the OSU Department of Chemistry and as a web developer and technical writer for the OSU Medical Center Department of Biomedical Informatics, before coming to the WAC. Ken has also taught web design and implementation.

Chris Babbitt, Instructure

Chris BabbittChris is responsible for working with potential partners as they evaluate Canvas (and Instructure) as their potential next-generation learning management platform. Chris serves as the primary point of contact on all activities prior to the execution contract, including product demonstrations, company/product questions, pricing, and contract negotiation.



Stephanie Dawson, Disability Services (MU Regionals)

Stephanie DawsonStephanie Dawson is the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Office of Student Affairs at Miami University Regionals. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati and has served Miami students since 2007. Stephanie’s expertise and interests include mental health, digital competence, universal design for learning, and higher education IT accessibility policy. She serves on the Miami University Accessible Technology Committee and is passionate about delivering education and services that develop students to become engaged citizens and lifelong learners.


Katie Gibson, MU Libraries

Katie GibsonKatie Gibson is a Humanities Librarian in King Library and serves as the liaison to the Office of Disability Resources. She received her MLS from Indiana University in 2006. Research interests include library services to diverse student populations, information literacy instruction, and digital humanities.



Michael Kimmel, Apple

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Jon McPeters, TextHelp

Jon McPetersJon McPeters has 10+ years of experience in the educational technology and publishing industries. He has worked extensively with testing and accountability, digital curriculum, RTI, and assistive technology. Prior to his current role as Territory Director for TextHelp, he was an Account Executive at Pearson and also worked at Discovery Education and Thinklink Learning. Jon resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Larisa, and three boys, Noah, Jonah, and Judah.


Todd Pashak, MU Communications, and Marketing

Todd Pashak is Miami's Manager of Digital & Emerging Media. He has worked in higher education for the last 13 years and in internet and technology-related positions for the last 19 years. At Miami, he supports closed captioning efforts, video streaming, SEO, email communications, and analytics/metrics.

Laura Patch, eLearning Miami

Picture coming soonLaura Patch is an instructional designer with the eLearning Miami Office (ELM). Prior to her work at Miami University, she held positions at Ohio University in Athens, OH, and Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, OH. Her professional interests include gamification, accessibility, and cross-cultural learning facilitated by educational technology.



Sean Poley, MU IT Services

Sean PoleySean Poley is Miami's Accessibility Coordinator. Self-described as "point person for accessible technology," Sean works closely with Andy Zeisler, his ATC co-chair and director of Student Disability Services (SDS). Poley’s mission revolves around training, outreach, and bringing all interested parties to the table. While today he works to coordinate Miami’s accessibility efforts across a variety of offices, his future vision includes an assistive technology lab where faculty, staff, and students can try out new technologies and learn how to build accessibility into all their materials.


Lei Song, eLearning Miami

Lei SongLei Song is an instructional designer with the eLearning at Miami Office (ELM). She currently works on developing Canvas training sessions for faculty. Her professional interests include technology-based pedagogy, the development of MOOCs, and global eLearning assessment.



Jessica Thiede, Cincinnati VA Medical Center

ThiedeDr. Thiede, of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center (CVAMC), completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Wright State University in 2006 and completed her post-doctoral specialization in the Posttraumatic Stress and Anxiety Disorder Division of CVAMC. She spent 4.5 years in the Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Primary Integrated Care Clinic and serves at CVAMC as the lead psychologist. Her previous clinical work has taken place in forensic, primary care, university counseling centers, and assessment centers, focusing on trauma, co-morbid conditions, and adjustment. Her research interests include adjusting post-trauma, learning and attention, the impact of patient-provider relationships on health and well-being, program development, and integrated delivery of health care. She has a strong commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration and has been a part of several committees and organizations to improve patient care. She has trained students, interns, and psychiatry residents in the areas of consultation, diagnostic assessment, and delivery of evidence-based therapies (EBT).

Dr. Thiede maintains a private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she provides psychotherapy and assessment services with a specialization in PTSD and other anxiety disorders. In 2011, she co-wrote a grant and was awarded national funding to develop programming for student veterans returning from combat and pursuing higher education. Dr. Thiede is now serving as the Cincinnati VA’s Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Consultant and liaison to seven universities in the greater Cincinnati area. She is also the National Clinical Chair for VITAL and serves on the National Education, Research, and Advancement Committees. Dr. Thiede has presented at state and national conferences on VTIAL, campus safety, military culture, post-deployment adjustment, and trauma.

Greg Williams, Independence Science

Greg WilliamsDr. Greg Williams received his Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University of Cambridge and holds B.S. degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Indiana University. He is a former high school teacher with teaching experience in and outside of the sciences. Because of his own experiences with the inaccessibility of laboratory courses as a blind student pursuing a STEM career, he joined Independence Science, where he is helping to develop new science education access technologies for students with visual impairments. He is also a post-doctoral fellow with the Institute for Accessible Science at Purdue University whose mission is to accelerate institutional change with respect to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in biomedical science careers through assistive technology development, student and educator support services, and research.