Kipp Campbell has taught various levels of special education for over 35 years. She currently teaches Developmental Preschool for the Prosser School District. Throughout her career, Kipp often saw students struggle with reading and writing. But it wasn’t until her own young son was diagnosed with a visual dysfunction that Kipp fully understood about binocular issues and the impact on learning. Her Master’s thesis was based on trying to raise awareness in the schools. Kipp continues to focus on sharing the importance of vision development as an adjunct instructor for Early Childhood classes at Columbia Basin College, student teacher supervisor and presentor at teacher trainings and parent workshops.
Katie Johnson’s latest book (2013) is Red Flags for Primary Teachers: 27 Neurodevelopmental and Vision Issues that Affect Learning with Activities to Help. A new edition, Red Flags for Elementary Teachers, will be out in Fall 2014. Katie Johnson’s previous books include Doing Words (1987), More Than Words (1997) and Reading Into Writing (2000. Katie has taught first grade, in both Maine and Washington, for 37 of the 46 years she has been a teacher. She has published three books about teaching writing to young children: Doing Words, More Than Words, and Reading Into Writing. Katie has worked as an adjunct professor of literacy in several teacher-training programs and done many, many professional development presentations all over the United States. She is a Fellow of the Southern Maine Writing Project and co-teaches for the Puget Sound Writing Project.
Dr. Cory Manley grew up in Grandview, Washington. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in 1989, and in that same year he joined Pasco Vision Clinic in Pasco, WA. He has been serving the community as an active member of the Kiwanis club since 2000 and as a member of the Tri-Cities Emergency Eye Care Association since 1998. Dr. Manley is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Professional Eyecare Associates of America, and the Optometric Extension Program. Dr. Manley has given many lectures on developmental vision and vision therapy in the community. His article “The effect of Oculomotor Training on Reading Efficiency” was published in the JAOA Feb 1991. He has been an Allergan speaker for the last two years.
Dr. Wynn is an associate professor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest tribe, and is committed to “relational indigenous research and teaching methods that respect the interconnected mosaic of language and landscape, as well as the stories and oral histories that emerge from those spaces”. She is also a coordinator for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.
Internationally acclaimed for her research on vision, Dr. Maureen Powers’ expertise is in the growth and development of visual systems of brain plasticity. Dr. Powers was a Professor of Psychology for over 20 years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she founded the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center for training and research on the visual system and directed the center through its first ten years in existence, while running her own NIH and NSF-supported laboratory, teaching vision, statistics, and psychology, and heading the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. In 2000, Dr. Powers moved to California and began the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) Gemstone Foundation, expanding its mission to include basic research. Dr. Powers is currently a Research Engineer at the University of California and a Senior Scientist and Director of Research at the Gemstone Foundation. Dr. Powers’ research, which has produced over 100 publications. has been funded for over 20 years by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Her most recent research, on the relation between visual skills and academic performance in school-age children, is supported by the National Eye Institute of the NIH.
Dr. Karen L. Preston is well known locally and nationally as an expert in pediatric optometry and has served the eye care needs of children in Washington for over 20 years. On staff at Northwest Pediatric Eye Care in Bellevue, Dr. Preston also lectures widely on children’s vision issues and assisted in the development of two commercially-available vision testing devices for infants--the Teller Acuity Card Procedure and the MTI Photoscreening Camera. She currently serves on the Washington State Board of Optometry and was appointed by the state legislature to a special work group to develop statewide vision screening policy. Dr. Preston is actively involved in her professional associations and is Past-President of the Optometric Physicians of Washington. She serves on the InfantSEE committee of American Optometric Association, a national public health program that offers no-cost eye exams to all infants between 6-12 months.
Dr. Ross is nationally known as a leader in higher education, especially in the field of cross-cultural communication. Currently at Heritage University, Ross is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, an order of Catholic Sisters dedicated to education, especially for the poor and disadvantaged. She has received numerous awards including 1989 Harold McGraw Prize in education, the 1991 John Carroll Award from Georgetown University, the 1995 State of Washington Medal of Merit, and in 1997 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, the so-called "Genius Award."
Rhonda Stone is currently a full-time Washington state employee, part-time parent advocate for vision/visual processing issues and reading, as well as Executive Director of the Literacy Alliance/Lee Gilles Foundation. Rhonda is the parent of children who had undiagnosed vision/visual processing issues, leading to a 10-year journey to successfully address their issues. The journey culminated in discussions with experts in the U.S. and England; publication of two books (sole author, The Light Barrier on light-based health and learning issues, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press, hardback: 2002/paperback: 2003, and co-author, Read Right! Coaching Your Child to Excellence in Reading with Dee Tadlock, Ph.D., McGraw-Hill, 2005; and a presentation to the national College of Developmental Optometrists. The core of her message: To help children and teens fully, vision/visual processing and the correct approach to reading must both be addressed to ensure the success of our youth in school.
Judge Donald D. Haley (Ret.) served on the King County Superior Court from 1983 until his retirement in 2004. He has served on many Judicial Committees, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s National Conference of State Trial Judges. Judge Haley also serves on the Education Committee of the State of Washington Superior Court Judges Association and on the Executive Committee of the Seattle-King County branch of the NAACP.
Dr. Winters is an optometrist that is board certified in Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation/Vision Therapy and Vision Development. He is the clinical director of Washington Vision Therapy Center in Yakima. He is an advocate for children's vision and has done over 100 lectures in his community educating the public on He currently serves as on the Optometric Physician's of Washington's Children's Vision Task Force, is one of the founding members of the non-profit Building Vision, and lectures widely on the impact vision can have on scholastic, athletic, and work performance, as well as vision's role in traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, vestibular disorders, and strabismus.
Bill Erdly is an Associate Professor of Computing & Software Systems within the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB). He has held leadership positions in a variety of industry, health care and government organizations – and continues his involvement in technology entrepreneurship and software innovation. He was the founding Director of the Computing and Software Systems (CSS) program and the newly-launched Interactive Media Design (IMD) degree. He also served as the founding director of Tulalip Data Services – a partnership with UWB, Everett Community College and The Tulalip Tribes to establish the technology infrastructure at Tulalip. His research interests include social computing/analytics, human-computer interaction, game design/mechanics, on-line curriculum design/development, wide area network (WAN) design, computer science research methods, health care informatics and software engineering/project management. He received his Ph. D. in social/organizational psychology from the University of Washington.
Justice Debra L. Stephens has served on the Washington State Supreme Court since January, 2008. She previously served on Division Three of the Court of Appeals. Before taking the bench, Justice Stephens was the coordinator of an institutional amicus curiae program and an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law teaching state and federal constitutional law, community property, and appellate advocacy. A Spokane native, Justice Stephens earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University. Justice Stephens currently serves on the Appellate Court Education, Court Budget, Personnel, and Strategic Planning Committees. She also is the Washington State Chair of ASTAR (Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication Resource Center), a congressionally directed program to enhance the ability of courts to address scientific and technical issues, Co-Chair of the National Advisory Board of the National Courts Science Institute, a successor organization to ASTAR, and serves on the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission.
Carisa Chang is a Masters candidate in the Computer Science and Software Engineering program at the University of Washington Bothell.Carisa's undergraduate background in Psychology and Education led her to teach children in the United States, Zambia, and South Korea. She is currently developing pilot software for tablet computers that endeavors to address the unmet vision needs of children in under-served and Native populations. As a member of the Chinook tribe, Carisa is particularly interested in the potential for technology to improve the quality of life for the tribal population of Washington State.
Dr. Mary Pellicer is passionately committed to the art of healing. She believes in the possibility of healing--healing no matter what. If you tell her the problem you're having she'll always tell you, "You can heal that". This is definitely a different level of thinking than she learned while earning her medical degree at the University of Washington Medical School. Dr. Pellicer has a lifelong interest in healing work. Trained as a family practitioner, she worked for a number of years in a community and migrant health clinic practicing conventional allopathic medicine. She also has experience in community work, having served as both medical director of a healthy community project for a large hospital system and as an evaluation consultant for a number of community service programs. She now is involved in integrating information and techniques from her explorations on the frontiers of healing, back into the current cultural paradigm and being a bridge between conventional and alternative healing modalities. Mary finds great joy in helping people to heal especially from chronic conditions and has taught hundreds of people to use various self healing techniques with great success. When Dr. Pellicer became aware of the issue of convergence insufficiency and other binocular dysfunctions, she added that to the list of health problems that she believes we need to address differently in health care. She says, "My eyes were forced wide open about the epidemic of undetected visual problems we have within this country. I know we can do better as a society in addressing all the visual issues that affect both children and adults and I am committed to doing what I can to make a difference."
Tom Tremaine is the Presiding Judge of the Kalispel Tribal Court. Prior to his appointment to the Court, Tom had 26 years experience as an attorney with Spokane Legal Services Center and Northwest Justice Project representing the interests of children, adults and tribes in tribal, state, and federal courts. Tom has presented trainings on Indian child welfare and other Indian law topics for the National Congress of American Indians, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Federal Bar Association, American Judge’s Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington State and National CASA, and at Washington’s annual Children’s Justice Conference. Tom is the acting chair of the Northwest Tribal Court Judge’s Association, a member of the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission, and a member of the adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law. Washington State CASA honored Tom with the 12th Annual Judge David W. Soukup “Speak Up for a Child” Award in October 2013. He received his Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University in 1985.
Dr. Alan Pearson has over 20 years of clinical experience evaluating and treating visual/ perceptual dysfunctions impacting learning, development, reading, dyslexia, attention deficits, strabismus, amblyopia, and visual integration. He has been involved in research and development associated with curriculum development, interdisciplinary collaboration, and integrative treatment approaches. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Pearson is a software developer involved in projects that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, professional training, and treatment planning.
Thomas D. Lenart, M.D., Ph.D. is currently a Pediatric Ophthalmologist with Children’s Eye Doctors in Redmond, Washington and is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. He received in MD and Ph. D. (in biophysics) at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include understanding single extraocular muscle fiber mechanics and physiology in strabismic muscles compared to the mechanics and physiology of muscle fibers from normal aged matched controls. In addition to his practice, he provides lectures for medical residents at the University of Washington in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and optics for their annual Ophthalmology Knowledge and Assessment Program (OKAP) review series. He is passionate about research and innovative treatments for vison issues with children and has numerous research publications.
Councilmember Kathy Lambert was reelected in 2013 to serve on the King County Council. She represents District 3, the largest of the nine council districts, encompassing nearly half the area of the County. Kathy serves as Chair of the Council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Hopelink, the Eastside Human Services Forum, the Seattle-King County Committee to End Homelessness and Seattle-King County Public Health. Some of Kathy’s passions include working to reduce homelessness, protecting the survivors of domestic violence, improving public safety and working to ensure that government is both efficient and effective. This includes using the latest technology to serve the residents of King County. She was a driving force behind bringing Safe Place, an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for youth in crisis to King County. Councilmember Lambert was honored in 2013 by the United Way of King County as Outstanding Public Official of the Year for her work with Safe Place, by the Zonta Club of East King County for her leadership on the prevention of domestic violence and by King County as a Technology Champion. Prior to serving on the King County Council, Kathy was a State Representative from the District for seven years. She received her BA and her teaching credential from the 45th University of Washington. Kathy taught school for sixteen years and is also a published poet and author of a children’s book about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kathy enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, visiting with friends and being a grandmother.
Stephanie Johnson-Brown received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 1978, and a Master in Education from Erikson Institute-Loyola University in 1987. She is currently a practicing behavioral optometrist and co-owner of Plano Optometrics LTD with Dr. Joseph W. McCray, Jr., a clinical assistant professor at ICO. Their group practice has served Chicago and the surrounding area for over 50 years. She is president of Vision Health Management Systems, Inc. (VHMS) a registered preferred provider organization administrator. She serves as a consultant for Chicago Public Schools CDPH mobile vision program. She has served on the board of the National Optometric Association (NOA) since 2007. Currently she serves with a passion for service as NOA’s president. In addition, Dr. Stephanie as she’s fondly called loves God, is a wife, mother, and Executive Director of the Plano Child Development Center (Plano) in Chicago, Illinois. Plano (co founded by her father the late Dr. Robert L. Johnson, Sr. and Dr. Henry R. Moore) is a not-for-profit vision care service corporation, which specializes in vision education and the identification and remediation of vision development problems in children and adults through their vision therapy program. Among other grants, she received one of the Healthy Eyes Healthy People 2011 grants on behalf of Plano. She serves on several community health service advisory committees and has lectured on vision and learning to optometric organizations, educators, and parent groups. Her publications include “A Review of a Five Year Program on The Incorporation of Vision Therapy in a School Setting” which she presented at the 1998 International Congress of Behavioral Optometry and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has received numerous awards including: the National Optometric Association 1998 Founders Award, the Black United Fund Living Legends Passing the Torch Award in 2002 and NOA’s 2011 Optometrist of the Year. In September 2011 she was featured on WGN’s “Chicago’s Very Own” news segment demonstrating the outstanding service Plano provides.
Catherine (Cathy) Hardison, JD, PhD, is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Seattle University Law School, and licensed attorney and member of the Washington state and Oregon Bar Associations. Dr. Hardison is a long time Washington state K-12 teacher and administrator having served her career in Central Washington school districts (Zillah, Orondo, and Ellensburg) and Educational Service District 105. She is a graduate of Seattle University Law School, sole practitioner with Hardison Law Offices, PLLC, located in Yakima, Washington. Her deep belief in the issues of social justice for the underserved, isolated, and disenfranchised brought her to Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington seven years ago. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean for the College of Education and Psychology and professor for school law, organizational ethics, essential leadership skills, and development of professional skills. Her interest in the issues of adequate and affordable vision care for students and adults can be described as, “The issue is of paramount importance for children, incarcerated adults, and others whose inability to read has become a life-long burden preventing full realization of potential of all those afflicted.”
8:30 AM Registration and Coffee
10:00 AM Introduction of panels
11:00 AM Presentations by UW Bothell Computer Science Graduate Students
1:00 PM Social Justice Panel: Erin Jones, Justice Stephens, Judge Haley, Judge Tremaine
1:50 PM BREAK
2:00 PM Vision/Medical Panel: Mary Pellicer (moderator), Cory Manley, Ben Winters, Dr. Stephanie Johnson-Brown, Thomas Lenart
2:50 PM BREAK
3:00 PM Technology and Research Panel: Bill Erdly (moderator), Carisa Chang, Alan Pearson, Karen Preston, Maureen Powers
4:00 PM Acknowledgments and farewells
The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) is a four-year undergraduate and graduate campus in northeast King County, one of the three campuses of the public University of Washington. The campus was established in 1990 (which is the same year the University of Washington Tacoma opened). UW Bothell shares a campus with Cascadia College. UW Bothell is the largest branch campus in the state and also the fastest growing four-year university in the state of Washington.