Group: Speakers

Lauren Janke

Lauren graduated from NAU’s Occupational Therapy Doctoral program in May of 2021 and has been working as a direct service provider with the pediatric population since. Her passion and focus in her sessions has been empowerment through positioning and access to assistive technology and adaptive gaming. She joined the AzTAP team in July 2022, and as an Arizona native, Lauren is very passionate about inclusivity and improving access to technology and gaming throughout the state!

Sara Clancey

Sara Clancey, PhD, MOTR/L, holds a doctorate in infant and early childhood development with a focus on infant mental health. She is a registered occupational therapist who has provided early intervention, in-home, and community setting services for over 15 years.

Jeremy Musgrove

Jeremy serves as a Student Development Coordinator, Senior, and Educational Coach, working for over two years with the SIP-C program. He graduated from NAU with degrees in Environmental Sciences (BS) and Spanish (BA). In addition to his role, Jeremy teaches snowboarding through an adaptive recreation program during the winter months.

Rene Garciaguirre

Rene Garciaguirre is a Student Development Coordinator, Sr. for Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) SIP-C program. Mr. Garciaguirre has been a part of the SIP-C program since 2021, previously as a student development coordinator working directly with students throughout Navajo and Apache County while collaborating with community partners to create pathways for individuals to access college. Mr Garciaguirre continues to oversee SIP-C’s Zone 3 region and has expanded the program’s services into Tohono O’odham Community College, and Yuma Union High School District. Rene brings a culturally relevant and responsive approach to teaching, mentoring, and leading Hispanic, Mestizo, and Indigenous communities in Arizona.

Austin Duncan

Austin W Duncan, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher with the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Arizona, where he teaches and conducts community-engaged research. He received his PhD in medical anthropology from the University of Arizona in December 2020. His NSF-sponsored work focuses on the embodiment and social construction of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the United States, a disability which he shares. Dr. Duncan has been invited to present his research at lectures and conferences throughout the US. He received his Master’s in Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, and his BA in Anthropology and African&Middle-Eastern Studies from Williams College.

David Taylor

David serves on the national Board of Directors of TASH. He is a former member of the Michigan Developmental Disability Council and the former Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of Community Living Services. David is a Motivational Speaker from Phoenix, Arizonia. His focus is on empowering others with disabilities to make their own decisions, advocate for themselves, and learn the power of Self-Determination. He has served on numerous committees to advocate for the rights and needs of people with developmental disabilities and has presented at national conferences. David is a certified Peer Support Mentor, a recent fellowship at Harvard. David is a published author on “Beyond Tokenism: People with Complex Needs in Leadership Role.

Michael Buckley

Mike Buckley joined AzTAP in March of 2016. He has an electronics and computer background and has been working in the assistive technology field since March 2000. He obtained a certificate from the Assistive Technology Access Certification Program (ATACP) at CSUN in 2001 and became a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) in 2018. Mike has worked in AT positions at UCP of Central Arizona, Scottsdale Unified School District, and through his own company. He has worked with clients of all ages with a wide range of abilities and challenges. Mike was introduced to the world of assistive technology when he visited UCP of Central Arizona while looking for a computer job and has been hooked ever since.

Kelly Arnold

Kelly Arnold, a Flagstaff native, grew up on the nearby Navajo reservation, inspired by her mother, a job coach for people with disabilities. Her upbringing instilled a passion for serving this community. Recognized as Student of the Year in Education in 2012, Kelly began her career in early intervention and preschool education. With experience in Arizona, Colorado, and California, she returned to Flagstaff and joined Quality Connections in 2016. As Director of Employment Services since 2017, Kelly has been instrumental in transforming the agency’s programs. She resides in Flagstaff with her husband and two children, embodying her commitment to community and service.

Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson with wavy brown hair and a black blouse

Melanie Thompson has been an OT in Arizona for 23 years as a private practitioner. She has also become an assistive technology practitioner (ATP). She works for multiple agencies and provides both home based and clinic based therapies. Melanie has a unique skill set in training very young children to operate powered wheelchairs as she helps all her clients work towards independent mobility. Melanie has presented at Closing the Gap, ATIA, and a variety of topics at AZTAP over the years. She is the Co-Founder of Believe Beyond Ability, which is a non-profit that assists with technology to increase independence in play and many ADLs. She also founded Gye Di, which is another non-profit striving to create a piece of this world that allows kids.

Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 45 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities in a variety of settings, including Head Start, developmental day programs, homes, and the public schools. Dr. Musselwhite has written a number of textbooks and “how-to” books on a range of topics, and has also authored many books and software programs for youth with disabilities. She has presented thousands of workshops throughout North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Africa, and is a founding member and Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

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