Director – Disability Resource Center, University of Central Arkansas, Treasurer and Past President; Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas
Doris Pierce is the Director for the Disability Resource Center at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and has worked with students with disabilities within the higher education community in the state of Arkansas for 18 years. Doris leads and supervises her DRC Team to assist students with disabilities and faculty with service provision and accommodation implementation. Doris obtained a BA in Psychology and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Henderson State University. Prior to her employment at UCA, Doris was the Disability Services Counselor and Coordinator for Disability Services at Pulaski Technical College (PTC) and an Education Specialist, Tutor Coordinator and Local Coordinator the Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) program for the Disability Resource Center at Henderson State University. Doris is also currently a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)and serves as a Partnering Chair for AHEAD’s Racial, Ethnic Diversity and Disability (REDD) Knowledge & Practice (K&P) Community. Doris has presented on the following topics: Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities, Success Strategies for Students with Disabilities, Academic Advising Strategies for Students with Disabilities, Students with Psychiatric Disabilities in the Learning Environment and as a Co-Presenter on pursuing campus-wide accessibility and leadership in the Disability Services profession.
ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center Director
Kimberly Newton, MS, LPE-I, is the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center Director. She has been working with children and families for just over 20 years. Kim performs comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational evaluations at the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center (AERC) for children, teenagers and young adults diagnosing disabilities such as attention deficit disorder(ADHD), specific learning disorders (dyslexia, mathematic disorder, disorder of written expression) and autism spectrum disorders.
Instructional Specialist for Special Education (Interim); Springdale Public Schools
Chairperson of the Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Committee
Kaci Smith is Lead Special Education teacher at George Junior High in Springdale, Arkansas. She has 27 years of experience and believes the most important part of a student’s IEP is their transition piece. As a parent of an adult son with learning disabilities, her motivation is to improve collaboration with agencies to become a better advocate for her son and her students. She strives to help bridge the path between the school, community resources, parents and students.
Kaci Smith serves as a Board Member of the Learning Disability Association of America. In addition, she is Chairperson of the Conference Committee at the National level.
She and her husband, Johnny, live in Farmington.
Special Education Consultant, Easterseals Outreach Program
Dalene Magsam, M.Ed. Special Education, is a special education consultant at Easterseals Outreach. She brings both the educator and parent perspective to the LDAA board. Dalene has taught in a variety of grade levels and environments within special education over the past 18 years and is passionate about making a positive impact on students. In her current position, she has the privilege of supporting special education teachers and students throughout the state, promoting high levels of learning for all students. In her current role, one of her favorite activities is developing and presenting training for educators.
Dalene and her husband Ryan have three teenagers at home with a variety of combined needs including ADHD and learning differences. She and her family live in northwest Arkansas.
Assistant Professor, Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education Dept., University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Susan Perry has over 25 years of experience in K-6 education. She has a Doctoral degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Disabilities, Education Specialist in Reading, Master’s degree in Special Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
She is certified as a PK-12 Curriculum Program Administrator, Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), National Board-Certified Teacher in Literacy, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, 1-6 Elementary teacher, PK-12 Special Education Instructional Specialist, PK-8 Reading Specialist, and K-12 Dyslexia Interventionist.
Susan has served in various educational occupations including classroom, special education and alternative education teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, K-2 Literacy Coach, ADE K-12 Literacy Specialist/Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and University faculty member. She is currently in training to receive her Academic Language Therapy Qualified Instructor certification.
Susan teaches graduate education classes in dyslexia for the University of Central Arkansas.
Her research interests include higher education disability, K-12 Response to Intervention, service
animal rights and legislation, Attention Deficit Disorder, best teaching practices for students with reading disorders, and the comorbidity that exists between dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder.
She and her husband, Marty, are proud parents of a 14-year-old son, 16 year-old daughter battling Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, seven rescued four-legged fur babies, and an Epilepsy service dog.