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About ESPA: Staff

Our team members’ experience spans the transportation, disability, planning, human services, federal program management, training, technical assistance, outreach, research and technology areas. We work in a team environment with a primary focus on serving the diverse requirements of the people we serve - people with disabilities, public/private transportation providers, human services providers and many other stakeholders. We hold broad-based partnerships and foster inclusion, independence, collaboration and coalition building in all of our activities. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.


Nikette Banks
Events & Customer Information
Relations Manager


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Rachel Beyerle
Communications Director


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Krystian Boreyko
Technical Assistance Specialist


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Tony Brown
Administrative Assistant
& Materials Handling Clerk


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Cori Holder
Webmaster &
Web Applications Specialist

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Mary Leary
Vice President
Transportation Group


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C. Marie Maus
Assistant Director
Transportation Group


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Kristi Mclaughlin
Training & Technical
Assistance Specialist II


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Julie Rosekrans
Training & Technical
Assistance Specialist II

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Judy Shanley, Ph.D.
Director of Student
Engagement
& Mobility Management


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Lucinda Shannon
Information Specialist II


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Donna Smith
Director of Training


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Ken Thompson
Veterans Dialogue
& Technical Assistance


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Stan Tibbs
Administrative
IT Support Specialist


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Grozda Tisma
Procurement &
Special Project Coordinator


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Carol Wright
Senior Director
Easter Seals Accessible
Transportation Programs


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Rachel Beyerle - Communications Director
Rachel Beyerle - Communications Director
Rachel BeyerleAs the Communications Director, Rachel Beyerle manages the development of publications and resources through three stages: writing, editing, and final publication. In addition to serving as a content writer for both print and electronic communication, she collaborates with designers and printers to bring ESPA and NCST products to completion. In addition, she represents ESPA at national conferences and consortia, in particular focusing on the accessible transportation component of livable communities. 

Prior to joining Easter Seals, Rachel served as a program coordinator with the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, and prior to that post, she was an associate planner with the City of Janesville (WI). A former U.S. Department of Transportation fellow, Rachel holds a B.S. in geography with an urban analysis concentration from the University of Louisville and an M.A. in geography from the University of Kentucky.
Krystian Boreyko - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
Krystian Boreyko - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
Krystian BoreykoKrystian joined Easter Seals Project ACTION training team where he supports a range of activities including facilitating ATCI events, providing follow-up technical assistance to ATCI teams, organizing the Introduction to Travel Training workshops, and planning webinars on a range of topics that help raise awareness about current events in accessible transportation. Prior to joining ESPA, Krystian came from the nonprofit workforce development field having worked for both ReServe, a New York City based nonprofit that connects older adults with part-time service opportunities at area nonprofits, and also with the International Rescue Committee where Krystian supported a program that helps refugees find their first jobs in the United States. Krystian holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and an M.A. in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics from the George Mason University School of Public Policy.
Ken Thompson - Veterans Dialogue and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Ken Thompson - Veterans Dialogue and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Ken ThompsonKen provides technical assistance on the ADA and accessible transportation. He provides support to a variety of ESPA efforts, including the 800 hotline. Ken attributes providing quality services to people by listening to the customer, learning from the customer and acting on their behalf. Ken has over 20 years experience with community-based disability services including 10 years managing a human service agency transportation system.
 
His experience includes hiring, training, and supporting drivers, as well as seeking funding for van/bus purchase and operations. Prior t is work in human services, Ken worked as a technical writer on electrical systems for military aircraft. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy with experience in aviation. Ken has a Master of Public Affairs from Hood College in Maryland.
Grozda Tisma - Procurement and Special Project Coordinator
Grozda Tisma - Procurement and Special Project Coordinator
Grozda Tisma joined the Easter Seals Project ACTION team in 2005. She oversees, tracks and advises staff on procurement processes. In addition, Grozda maintains grant and vendor procurement files and supports compliance efforts for ESPA’s Federal Transit Administration projects. Additional responsibilities include tracking and processing invoices, supporting finance activities, performing general administrative duties, responding customer inquiries and coordinating special projects.

Grozda assists the Transportation Group vice president, directors and managers in maintaining smooth business operations at all times. Grozda came from Serbia, where she worked with the Serbian Business Systems IBM Subsidiary office for thirty years. She provided support to the Sales, System Engineers and Technical Assistance departments by administering contracts, invoices, and organizing trainings for customers and staff. She managed personal and financial duties at the SBS Data Center. Grozda has a B.D. in English from the College and University of Belgrade. She likes classical music and enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Stan Tibbs - Administrative/IT Support Specialist
Stan Tibbs - Administrative/IT Support Specialist
Stan Tibbs coordinates event registration activities, tabulates evaluation forms, maintain office equipment, and serves as onsite IT person. Stan is a technical sergeant retired from the U.S. Air Force.
 
His primary experience is in desktop applications, computer troubleshooting, office equipment troubleshooting and maintenance, and alternative format production. His skills are in military training and advanced computer training. Before joining Easter Seals Project ACTION, he began as a temporary employee.
Carol Wright - Senior Director, Easter Seals Accessible Transportation Programs
Carol Wright - Senior Director, Easter Seals Accessible Transportation Programs
Carol Wright leads Easter Seals Project ACTION, the National Center on Senior Transportation and Veterans Transportation Assistance Programs. Prior to joining Easter Seals, Carol’s experience included serving as Associate Director with the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, at North Dakota State University.


Her primary responsibilities were the development and delivery of national training programs and outreach efforts. She has more than 12 years of experience as Executive Director of senior services and public transportation for a multi-county agency in Central ND, served as Director of a residential facility for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, held management positions in long-term care, and was an independent consultant in marketing and development.

Donna Smith - Director of Training
Donna Smith - Director of Training

Donna Smith is the director of training for Easter Seals Project ACTION.  Donna has over thirty years experience as a professional in the field of disability advocacy with most of those years as a training and technical assistance specialist on disability-related laws and issues.  Since 2002, she has focused specifically on transportation issues. Her areas of knowledge pertinent to accessible transportation include community approaches to implement systems change needed to improve accessible transportation, ADA rights and responsibilities, coalition building, the transit experience from the customer’s perspective, the increasing role of technology in transportation access, and the accessible pedestrian environment. Her strongest skills are the ability to communicate clearly and to help diverse groups find common ground from which to seek and create solutions. Donna understands firsthand the essential role of accessible, affordable transportation in the lives of people with disabilities, and it is both her job and her passion to help find solutions to transportation needs.

 

Donna is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has a daughter who lives in Jackson, MS.  Donna has a Seeing Eye dog and lives in Arlington, VA.  She enjoys books, music, audio described movies and travel.

Lucinda Shannon - Information Specialist II
Lucinda Shannon - Information Specialist II
As a member of the communications team, Lucinda Shannon assists with the promotion of ESPA products, services and events to both the transportation and disability communities through supporting the production of brochures, fact sheets, pocket guides, and newsletter and blog articles.

Lucinda Shannon has been a member of the Easter Seals Office of Public Affairs team since July 2003. Starting as a grant development associate in the government relations department she worked on several foundation and federal grants for Easter Seals national office. In the summer of 2006 Lucinda accepted a position with ESPA as an information specialist where she then transitioned to training and technical assistance specialist for the NCST for six years and now has transitioned back to the communications team at ESPA. Lucinda has a Master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Judy Shanley, Ph.D. - Director, Student Engagement and Mobility Management
Judy Shanley, Ph.D. - Director, Student Engagement and Mobility Management
Judy ShanleyJudy is responsible for leadership, management, development, and implementation of student engagement and mobility management initiatives in the Easter Seals’ Transportation Group. She serves as the Easter Seals Director for the ACL-funded inclusive coordinated transportation project and the FTA National Center for Mobility Management. Judy also leads Easter Seals work related to school-based transportation education and provides technical assistance to educators and pupil transportation professionals on transportation content in transition-planning. Judy has over twenty-five years of experience in providing technical assistance and training to schools, districts, and State educational agencies to build capacity around inclusive education, with an emphasis on secondary transition and students with intellectual disabilities. 

Her background includes helping educators identify, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve student post school outcomes. Her prior work experience includes rehabilitation counseling; project director of U.S. Department of Education-funded technical assistance centers; and improving access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities. Judy earned her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis on transition and educational leadership from the University of Florida, Gainesville. She has an M.B.A. and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University.
Julie Rosekrans - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II
Julie Rosekrans - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II
Julie Rosekrans provides training and technical assistance to the communities and individuals that ESPA serves.  She also works on projects for the National Center for Mobility Management, which helps communities adopt transportation strategies that empower people to live independently and advance their health, economic vitality, and self-sufficiency. Julie has nine years of professional experience as a disabilities advocate with most of those years dedicated to providing training resources to individuals with disabilities, their caregivers, and other community populations. Julie is passionate about accessible coordinated transportation and its role in linking people with disabilities to needed services and helping them achieve independence. 

Prior to joining ESPA, Julie was the travel training program manager for Central Maryland Regional Transit where she wrote grants and training curricula and also delivered travel training workshops to human services agencies and the clients they supported throughout a six-county region.  She also has experience building community partnerships and improving bus stop and path of travel accessibility.  She began her career as a vocational counselor where she worked to connect individuals with disabilities to jobs, with a focus on self-employment opportunities for clients who wanted to start and run their own businesses.  Julie is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Travel Instruction where she performs volunteer work in the field of accessible transportation through travel instruction. 

Kristi McLaughlin - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II
Kristi McLaughlin - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II
Kristi McLaughlinKristi McLaughlin leads a number of training initiatives for Easter Seals Project ACTION. Kristi is an experienced trainer with extensive knowledge of the transportation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her background includes travel training, coordination planning, writing training curriculum and providing technical assistance regarding accessible transportation.
 
Kristi began her career in transportation as a scheduling clerk at Bloomington Transit in Bloomington, Indiana. She has since worked as the manager of BTAccess, the paratransit system in Bloomington and as the general manager of the Niles Dial-A-Ride in Niles, Michigan. Kristi has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and a M.S. in Applied Health Science from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Marie Maus- Assistant Director
Marie Maus- Assistant Director
C. Marie MausMarie Maus initiates and directs communication, outreach and stakeholder activities, as well as the development of program and resource materials. In her role, Marie provides writing, editing, program management, educational resource/product development, stakeholder communication and stewardship. She has been involved with programs for people with disabilities for over 30 years.
 
She was a member of the Minnesota governor's first independent living services coalition; a consultant with People, Inc. where she was instrumental in establishing the first community living program in Minneapolis for young adults with epilepsy; and an associate director of affiliate affairs for the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Prior to joining ESPA, Marie was the director of Easter Seals’ National Agrability Project and Rural Solutions Initiative, programs that served farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with disabilities and their families. She holds a B.S. in education from the University of Minnesota - Duluth and an M.A.T. in teaching from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Mary Leary, Vice President Transportation Group
Mary Leary, Vice President Transportation Group
Mary LearyMary A. Leary, Ph.D., as Vice President for Easter Seals Transportation Group, leads and provides oversight on all transportation and mobility initiatives at Easter Seals most of which are primarily associated with U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Training and Technical Assistance Centers and related activities. These programs include Easter Seals Project ACTION, Person-Directed Mobility Management, Open Government, Veterans Transportation, and the National Center on Senior Transportation. Mary joined Easter Seals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging in 2007 after working closely with the United We Ride Interagency Program from its inception.
 
Mary has over twenty-nine years of experience in federal programs and thirteen years in community and national human services projects. A career-changing boomer, Mary has worked in the private, public, and academic sectors, retraining as a gerontologist and policy analyst after a successful career in the information systems and solutions industry. Her primary areas of expertise and interest are accessible transportation programs, community-based systems change, open-government, the intersection between health/wellness and access to transportation, federal program management, information technology solutions, and innovations that promote independence, inclusion, and community-based living for everyone. Mary is from Virginia and holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University School of Public Policy, a Gerontology Masters Certificate from the George Mason University School of Nursing, a M.A.S. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from James Madison University
Cori Holder - Webmaster & Web Applications Specialist
Cori Holder - Webmaster & Web Applications Specialist
Cori Holder is the webmaster and web applications specialist supporting the Easter Seals Transportation Group websites. He maintains the content posted to www.projectaction.org and www.seniortransportation.net. Cori possesses experience in CMS configuration and implementation, as well as key skills in HTML and CSS development. He also has extensive experience in customer support and IT management.

He became interested in working with the latest Web technologies and software applications during college. Throughout his career, he has continued his studies by taking various courses, including studies in Cold Fusion and database implementation and management. Cori is a graduate of Capitol College in Laurel Md. and has a B.S. degree in Software & Internet Applications.
Tony Brown - Administrative Assistant and Materials Handling Clerk
Tony Brown - Administrative Assistant and Materials Handling Clerk
Tony BrownTony Brown is responsible for the operations of the ESPA Store and NCST Library, as well as administrative duties. Tony prepares and ships publications and materials for various conferences, meetings, exhibits, and customer product orders. He also maintains the inventory and tracks products orders for all resources and publications. Tony also coordinates with UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service for fulfilling all materials for ESPA and NCST events and product orders.

Tony also helps develop strategies for improving the operations of the ESPA Store and NCST Library. His primary experience is in office administration and graphic production. His skills include inventory management, mailing and shipping. Tony has several years of graphic design training, military training as a personnel records specialist, and four years of college in criminology from the University of the District of Columbia.
Nikette Banks - Events & Customer Information Relations Manager
Nikette Banks - Events & Customer Information Relations Manager
Nikette Banks NiKette Banks is responsible for the planning and management of events, training and meetings for Easter Seals Project ACTION and the National Center on Senior Transportation. She provides and facilitates registration coordination, and pre- and post-logistical activity for all internal and external events.

She has over fifteen years of experience with planning and coordinating meetings, trainings and events for non profit associations. She first became involved in meeting planning because of her enjoyment in working with other people and seeing all the pieces come together for a successful event. She has a B.S. in business management from Bowie State University.

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