Coaching

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Free coaching is available to UCEDDs to support efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. This opportunity is open to any UCEDD network members from April through September, 2022.

Coaches can provide different kinds of support.  For example, they might:

  • Explore how you and your center can get started in implementing the ED&I Action plan
  • Discuss strategies for an action step of the ED&I Action plan
  • Share relevant resources
  • Facilitate a conversation or exercise with your workgroup, CAC, or executive team
  • Present on content related to the ED&I Action plan
  • Provide feedback on related materials

The first five hours are free and any additional coaching hours will have split costs as negotiated between the coach, the UCEDD Resource Center, and the UCEDD.

To schedule a coaching session, please email Katie Johnson (kjohnson@aucd.org) including information about your coaching needs.   From there, you will be matched directly to a coach.

If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Katie Johnson (kjohnson@aucd.org).

Meet the Coaches

Image of Jenean Castillo, a Black woman wearing a black blazerJenean Castillo

NY- Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD)

Jenean A. Castillo, Ph.D. is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and the Director of the federally funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) just 40 minutes north of New York City. Dr. Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Center for Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Her research activities focus on promoting the health and well-being of children with special healthcare needs or disabilities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Castillo also serves as WIHD's Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, actively supporting and enhancing WIHD's efforts to promote cultural and linguistic competency to ensure equitable outcomes for children with disabilities and special healthcare needs and vulnerable populations. Her EDI work includes curriculum development, staff professional development, and organizational assessment, policy development and implementation.

Talk to Me About: Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Curriculum Development, Staff Professional Development, Organizational Assessment, Policy Development and Implementation


Image of Dan Crimmins, a white man wearing a suit and tie Dan Crimmins

GA- Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD)

Daniel Crimmins, PhD, served as Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University from its inception in 2008 until his retirement in May 2021. He is now Clinical Professor Emeritus and partner in Crimminz & Associates, LLC. His most proud of his contributions to developing the next generation of leaders for Georgia and the nation; promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion of people with disabilities from all backgrounds; and working diligently for systems and society to adopt practices that enrich the lives of the people we serve.

Talk to Me About: Integrating the elements of the ED&I Action Plan into the UCEDD as an organization and into its five-year plan.


Image of Jacqueline Hankins-Berry, a black woman wearing a blue blouseJacqueline Hankins-Berry

NE- Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI)

Jacqueline Hankins-Berry is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). Jacqueline has experience connecting with families, community partners, and stakeholders. She helped MMI increase its profile and impact in the Omaha community and throughout Nebraska. Her willingness to learn has given her the opportunity to serve as a board member on the University of Nebraska Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB) and on the leadership board for I AM HOME, an Interdisciplinary Association of Minority Healthcare Professionals in the Omaha Metropolitan Area. As a trained facilitator Jacqueline is responsible for moderating sessions and workshops surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion across the University system. Jacqueline serves as an advisor for the Student Alliance for People of All Abilities (SAPA), a student group that works to raise awareness of the health care needs of people with disabilities and increase the quality of care for these individuals. Jacqueline is the inaugural chair of the MMI Diversity and Inclusion Council. She actively initiates, oversees, and advises on the development and implementation of the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy and objectives.   An exemplary role model and advocate for equality Jacqueline works at refining processes, policies, and programs that support an inclusive work environment.  Jacqueline’s expertise is leveraging diversity management, fostering inclusion, and is committed to organization effectiveness & empowering people to be leaders and champions for inclusive diversity.

Talk to Me About: Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Creating Diverse Search Committees, Multicultural Leadership, Unconscious and Implicit Bias trainings, and workshops.


Image of Holly Manaseri, a white woman with glasses wearing a colorful patterned blouse.Holly Manaseri

HI- Center on Disability Studies

Holly Manaseri, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the Center on Disability Studies in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Oahu where she serves as an outreach coordinator and teaches in the graduate Disability Studies advanced certificate program. Dr. Manaseri is also a licensed k12 school administrator in NY where she has worked as a teacher and school principal and has served as the Education discipline coordinator in LEND. She has worked in teacher and school leadership preparation in higher education and her research activities focus on inclusive education, leadership for inclusive practices, and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy. Her EDI work includes curriculum development, professional development, and policy implementation.

Talk to Me About:  Leadership Development, Curriculum Development, Staff Professional Development.


Image of Eduardo Ortiz, a Latino man wearing a white collared shirt.Eduardo Ortiz

UT- Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice (IDRPP)

Eduardo is a Senior Researcher at the Research & Training (R&D) Division of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice (IDRPP) at Utah State University (USU) and he has been part of many IDRPP research and training projects focused on multicultural leadership, early education, and minority health. Eduardo received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University. His dissertation focused on the influence of family structures and the role of siblings on the early language development of preschool Latino children. Eduardo also holds a Law Degree (J.D.) from the Catholic University of Ecuador, his native country. Eduardo coordinates the URLEND Cultural Competence and Learning activities in 5 States (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota) as a Faculty member of the program. In addition, Eduardo has served as Principal investigator (PI) on two projects about multicultural diverse leadership in the field of Disabilities and also served as Project Director of international projects such as Building Human Capital in Ecuador through Program Evaluation, and the Validation of Hearing Screening Procedures in Ecuadorian School projects respectively. Eduardo has been highly involved in the community, organizational, and multicultural work. For example, he was the Vice-Chair of the Multicultural Council (MCC), City of Logan (UT) Planning Commission member, and past participant of the National Diversity Advisory Committee at the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

Talk to Me About: Multicultural Leadership Recruitment, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Research, and Training with Multicultural Diverse Populations

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