Conference Speakers

2021 Keynote Speakers
Patrick Mulick, M.Ed, BCBA

Patrick Mulick, M.Ed, BCBA

Thursday, November 18

Creating the Home Field Advantage

Patrick is a board certified behavior analyst, a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team, and a cancer survivor. He is an educational consultant and works as the Assistant Director of Autism & Student Independence for the Auburn School District in Washington state. Patrick has committed his work to “lighting it up” for all those who support special needs learners through a hybrid of instruction and inspiration. His resources and strategies have helped make the complex simple, equipping teachers, administrators, therapists, para-educators and school bus drivers, alike.

Betsey A. Helfrich, Esq.

Betsey A. Helfrich, Esq.

Friday, November 19

The Short- and Long-Term Effect of COVID-19 on Special Needs Transportation
Betsey practices special education law in Kansas and Missouri. Formerly the special education department lead for Mickes O’Toole, LLC in St. Louis, she now owns her own practice. She has successfully represented school districts against a variety of claims in state and federal courts, including the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as in administrative and special education due process hearings. She provides general counsel to schools on special education matters and conducts local and national training on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all areas of the Individuals with Disabilities Education. Betsey presented at LRP’s 38th and 39th Annual National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities.
Adam Sáenz, Ph.D.

Adam Sáenz, Ph.D.

Saturday, November 20

Mental Health First Aid on the Special Education School Bus

Dr. Adam Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University as a United States Department of Education doctoral fellow.  He completed his predoctoral clinical training under a fellowship appointment to Harvard Medical School, and he has a post-doctorate in clinical psychology from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Sáenz also earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at Christ Church college of Oxford University. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Oakwood Collaborative, the counseling and assessment clinic he founded in 2003.  He consults with school systems, nonprofits, and corporations internationally in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-care, and the dynamics of relationship-based learning.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Saenz serves as a high school track and field coach, and he is a lifetime member of the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association.  He is a member of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology, and he serves as a consulting psychologist to the Texas A&M Department of Athletics and to the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Sáenz has authored multiple titles, including the best-selling, The Power of a Teacher and Relationships That Work.  His most recent release, The EQ Intervention, won the Independent Publisher Association gold medal in psychology.

Additional Speakers

11/10/20/21. Subject to change)

Allison Blackburn, MD
Behavioral Psychologist
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
#4 Children’s Hospital in the U.S.

Laura Beth Blankenship
Physical Therapist
Knox County Schools in Tennessee

Peggy Burns
Legal Expert & Tenured Faculty Member

Tony Corpin
Publisher
School Transportation News

Sandy Dillman
Director of Transportation
Tomball Independent School District in Texas

Teri Drca
Special Education Teacher
Davis School District in Utah

Laura Greene-Halley
Director
Safety Performance and Improvement

Rosalyn Vann-Jackson
Executive Director of Enrollment & Support Services
Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma

Wyndy Jackson
Lead Operations Coordinator
Lyon County School District in Nevada

Barbara Lancaster
Supervisor of Special Programs
Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia

Will McDermott
Area General Manager, First Student
Co-Founder, Hopewell Transportation

Pete Meslin
National Board of Advisors

Anthony Pollard
Transportation Supervisor
Baldwin County Board of Education in Alabama

Lisa Riveros
Director of Transportation
Wichita Public Schools in Kansas

Alexandra Robinson
Consultant, Expert Witness & Tenured Faculty

Sue Shutrump
NHTSA CPS Technician & Tenured Faculty

Kayne Smith, Ph.D
Director of Transportation
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
in Texas

Peggy Stone
Director of Transportation Services
Lincoln County Schools in West Virginia

Amy Tiedens
Transportation Coordinator
Intermediate District 287 in Minnesota

Shawn Woods
Director of Safety
Apple Bus Company

Jack Youngkin
Director of Transportation
Garland Independent School District in Texas

Tenured Faculty
Sue Shutrump

Sue Shutrump

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Tenured Faculty Emeritus
Linda Bluth

Linda Bluth

Peggy Burns

Peggy Burns

Pauline Gervais

Pauline Gervais

Kathy Strotmeyer

Kathy Strotmeyer

Cheryl Wolf

Cheryl Wolf

Jean Zimmerman

Jean Zimmerman

National Board of Advisors
John Benish

John Benish

Kathleen Furneaux

Kathleen Furneaux

Mark Hinson

Mark Hinson

Charles Hood

Charles Hood

Charley Kennington

Charley Kennington

Miriam Manary

Miriam Manary

Pete Meslin

Pete Meslin