IL LEND Core Team

Kruti Acharya, MD Program Director

Kruti Acharya, MD
Program Director

Mark Dixon, PhD Associate Director

Mark Dixon, PhD
Associate Director

Sarah Sobotka, MD Associate Director

Sarah Sobotka, MD
Associate Director

Meghan Burke, PhD Central IL Director

Meghan Burke, PhD
Central IL Director

 
 
Ann Cutler, MD Clinical Training Director

Ann Cutler, MD
Clinical Training Director

Regina Meza, MPH Project Coordinator

Regina Meza, MPH
Project Coordinator

 
 

Discipline Coordinators

Discipline Coordinators focus on recruitment and provide application assistance

Mark Dixon, PhD Applied Behavior Analysis

Mark Dixon, PhD
Applied Behavior Analysis

Sarah Parker Harris, PhD Disability Studies

Sarah Parker Harris, PhD
Disability Studies

Matie Ovalle Family
 
Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L Occupational Therapy

Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy

Michael Msall, MD Pediatrics
Michelle Bulanda Physical Therapy

Michelle Bulanda
Physical Therapy

 
Diane Misch, MD Psychiatry

Diane Misch, MD
Psychiatry

Tia Nelis Self-Advocacy

Tia Nelis
Self-Advocacy

 
Lisa Cushing, PhD Special Education

Lisa Cushing, PhD
Special Education

Karen Tessler, PhD, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathology

Karen Tessler, PhD, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathology

 
 

Training Coordinators

Training Coordinators provide ongoing mentoring and assistance to trainees during the program

Mark Dixon, PhD Applied Behavior Analysis

Mark Dixon, PhD
Applied Behavior Analysis

Brian Grossman, PhD Disability Studies

Brian Grossman, PhD
Disability Studies

 
Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L Occupational Therapy

Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy

Sarah Sobotka, MD Pediatrics
Michelle Bulanda Physical Therapy

Michelle Bulanda
Physical Therapy

 
Latha Soorya, PhD Psychology
Diane Misch, MD Psychiatry

Diane Misch, MD
Psychiatry

Kiyoshi Yamaki, PhD Public Health

Kiyoshi Yamaki, PhD
Public Health

Jae Jin Pak Self-Advocacy

Jae Jin Pak
Self-Advocacy

 
Meghan Burke, PhD Special Education

Meghan Burke, PhD
Special Education

Sara Shields-Cole, SLP Speech-Language Pathology

Sara Shields-Cole, SLP
Speech-Language Pathology

 
 

Consultants

Consultants provide their expertise on special topics

 
Ann Cutler, MD ACT Early
Fabricio Balcazar, PhD Cultural Competency

Fabricio Balcazar, PhD
Cultural Competency

Patricia Politano, PhD, CCC-SLP Assistive Technology
 
Michelle Bulanda Early Intervention

Michelle Bulanda
Early Intervention

Susan Kahan, LCPC Family Clinic Liaison

Susan Kahan, LCPC
Family Clinic Liaison

 
Kristina Risely, PhD Leadership Development

Kristina Risely, PhD
Leadership Development

Tamar Heller, PhD Lifecourse
Brian Grossman, PhD Policy & Research Mentor

Brian Grossman, PhD
Policy & Research Mentor