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Catherine Crisp

Catherine Crisp, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. A native of Arkansas, she joined the faculty at UALR in 2008. Her expertise is in social work practice with gay and lesbian clients. The Gay Affirmative Practice Scale, a scale she developed to assess practitioners’ beliefs and behaviors with gay and lesbian clients, has been used extensively by practitioners, educators, and researchers in several disciplines and many different countries. She currently teaches the only required course in the Bachelor of Social Work Program on diversity issues where she emphasizes the importance of owning one’s privilege and using that privilege to assist people who experience oppression in a variety of areas.

Sharon Downs

Sharon Downs is the Director for the DRC, and has served UALR and the department since 1999. She received her Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and her BA in Interpreting. Sharon’s passions include diversity and inclusion education, and doing presentations for such conferences as the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities, RID, and the Association on Higher Education and Disability. She currently serves on the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities.

Everett Elam

Everett is a sophomore at UALR. He loves reading, audio production, cooking and good humor. He plans to major in either music performance or theory with a minor in Spanish.

J B Hill

J B Hill is Director of Public Services for the Ottenheimer Library. He has a M.A. in Economics from Mankato State University and an M.L.S. from Vanderbilt University. His research interest is the application of technology in the delivery of library content and services.

Ranko Oliver

Ranko Shiraki Oliver is Associate Professor of Law at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. She has served in CADA since its inception in 1995, and has chaired CADA since 2007. Ranko became a member of the faculty at the Bowen School of Law in 1987. In 1992, she obtained a grant from the Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council to create the Disability Law curriculum at the Law School, and she has taught Disability Law since 1993. She has also written and given a number of presentations on disability law. Ranko also serves as mentor in the Mentor Program of the American Bar Association Commission on Physical and Mental Disabilities. The Mentor Program is a resource for students and attorneys with disabilities.

Christy Pettis

Christy Pettis is a senior at UALR. She is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Sociology with expectation of graduating December 2011. She plans to attend William H. Bowen School of Law upon graduation. Her passion for the disabled public, young and old, who are underserviced and the lack of public empathy is her drive for current educational pursuits. Christy is currently a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Psychology Club and Psi Chi. When she is on campus, but not in class, she can be found mentoring fellow classmates and providing one-on-one tutoring in all her courses.

Vince Rodgers

Vince has been with UALR since March of 2007. His professional experience has been across varying industries in the Health Care, Construction and Telecommunications sectors, but most recently focused in Environmental Health and Safety. He is a proud graduate of UALR achieving a BS in Biology in 2006 and a Masters in Business Administration in 2009.

Drew Stephens

Drew Stephens is the Web Design and Services Manager for UALR, and works in the Office of Communications. As a member of the Web Services team, he is charged developing and maintaining the overall look and feel of the university web presence. Fond of repeating the mantra “Design is not just what it looks like or feels like, but how it works,” Drew is keenly aware of the manner in which logical, accessible content is the cornerstone of user experience.

Sandra Vail

Sandra Vail is the Director of Operations & Services for the Facilities Management Department and has been with UALR since August 2000. She has served on CADA each of those 10 years and is currently the chair of the CADA facilities subcommittee.

Richard Zraick

Richard Zraick, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology. His expertise is adult medical speech-language pathology. In 2003 Dr. Zraick was honored with a Faculty Excellence in Research Award from UALR and in 2005 he was honored with a Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from UAMS.