IPP Demosites

Our Team

Cassie Martin, PhD, Inclusion Specialist, Demonstration Sites Project Lead cassiem@uw.edu

cassie martin
Cassie Martin

Dr. Cassie Martin, Ph.D. is the Demonstration Sites Lead at the UW Haring Center.  Cassie specializes in implementation and sustainability of inclusive practices in public schools and has worked across the nation in public school districts to implement inclusion for over 25 years. Cassie is the Inclusion Expert for a variety of districts in Washington State where she provides professional development for everyone responsible for student growth, including: administrators, teachers, para-professionals, and families. After more than a decade of consulting on inclusion programs across Washington state, Cassie facilitated the creation of a model-school demonstration site for inclusive education in Highline School District, and with the removal of that school (McMicken Elementary) from the Focus School list for Special Education, is now in the process of scaling this process statewide as lead of the demonstration sites project. Her teacher-preparation and in-service programs focus on best practices in inclusive education. Cassie regularly presents on how to support discourse around disability, creating inclusive cultures, and high leverage inclusive practices for elementary and secondary schools. 

Ilene Schwartz PhD, BCBA-D, Haring Center Faculty Director
ilene@uw.edu

ilene schwartz
Ilene Schwartz

Dr. Ilene Schwartz has been a member of the special education faculty at UW since 1991 and the Director of the Haring Center since 2007. She is at the forefront of research and professional training in the areas of autism, inclusion, and the sustainability of educational interventions. At the intersection of these three areas is Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism. Ilene is the director of the program, which was created at the Experimental Education Unit in 1997. With continuous research funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, Ilene is on a variety of review boards including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Early Intervention. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

Ilene is also the director of the UW special education program designed to prepare Board Certified Behavior Analysts. She is committed to ensuring that all children, with and without disabilities, have access to a high quality education in their neighborhood school.

RinaMarie Leon Guerrero, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Inclusion Specialist rinalg@uw.edu

RinaMarie Leon Guerrero
RinaMarie Leon Guerrero

RinaMarie has a Masters and Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has over 25 years of experience in the field of education and has provided direct services to students, worked with families, and supported professional development. RinaMarie has been a kindergarten teacher, practicum supervisor, and graduate course instructor. She has also worked on grants to provide training to migrant head start programs in Washington State and the Professional Development in Autism (PDA) Center for inclusive education in schools across the country. Most recently she has been in private practice teaching social skills groups and as a behavior therapist working with children ages preschool to high school. RinaMarie currently is an inclusion specialist at the UW Haring Center and works on the OSPI IPP demonstration sites project. 

Molly Lyman, MAL, Project Coordinator mlyman2@uw.edu

Molly Lyman
Molly Lyman

Molly Lyman has a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and has worked in higher ed operations for the last eight years. Her experience includes training, mentoring and process improvement for diverse groups of stakeholders. Being the parent of a child with special needs, she has also developed a strong passion for inclusive education and has become a fierce advocate for inclusive practices in her community. 

Jill Locke, PhD, Implementation Scientist jjlocke@uw.edu

Jill Locke

Jill Locke, PhD, joined the Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty as a Research Assistant Professor in 2015. She completed her doctoral training in Educational Psychology at UCLA in 2010 and her postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. 

Dr. Locke’s research has focused on the implementation and sustainment of a social engagement intervention for children with ASD in school settings. Her research has highlighted the importance of the context in the successful implementation of evidence-based interventions and laid the foundation for her current work. She is now the principal investigator on a NIMH Career Development Award that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine individual- and organizational-level factors (i.e., culture, climate, and leadership) as predictors of implementation of an autism evidence-based intervention in public schools. The goal of this study is to develop a school-level implementation intervention to support schools in their use and sustainment of autism evidence-based interventions. Her experiences have emphasized the importance of collaborating with public schools and the reality of working within the constraints of publicly funded systems, their timeline (e.g. school calendar year), and with their personnel.

Christina Nowak, M.Ed., Inclusion Specialist

cnowak@uw.edu

christine nowak
Christina Nowak

Growing up in Santa Barbara, California, Ms. Nowak attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for both undergraduate and graduate school. While at UCSB Ms. Nowak was a member of both Division 1 volleyball and track & field programs. Inspired by her brother Michael, who has Down syndrome, Ms. Nowak received her Masters in Education and Education Specialist Credential. Ms. Nowak has spent the last 6 years serving as an Education/Inclusion Specialist in Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Los Angeles working with students ages 3 through 22. Ms. Nowak has a passion for the development and implementation of inclusive practices. Most recently Ms. Nowak was integral in the founding of WISH Academy, a fully inclusive high school in Los Angeles, modeled after the CHIME Institute. Ms. Nowak has served as a partner with local universities in order to provide mentorship for new teachers and deliver lectures about inclusive practices. Ms. Nowak is excited for her next adventure in Washington supporting the movement to bring inclusive education to all.

Jessica Flaherty, BCBA, Inclusion Specialist jflahe@uw.edu

Jessica Flaherty
Jessica Flaherty

Jessica Flaherty is a doctoral student at the University of Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Louisiana State University and her master’s in special education and applied behavior analysis from Nicholls State University. Jessica has worked with children with autism and their families since 2013 and spent the last two years assisting in the development and operation of an early intervention autism clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. The development of the new clinic opened up opportunities to conduct caregiver training workshops and serve as a consultant to the Audubon Zoo Summer Camp Program. While serving as a consultant to the zoo, she provided staff training workshops, assisted in schedule and environmental structure, streamlined intake procedures, and consulted on camp policies and procedures. These experiences served as a catalyst that shifted her focus from the clinic setting to the natural environment and public setting. Jessica is new to the OSPI project and is excited to learn and teach alongside the rest of the team.

Naomi Fair, MEd, Inclusion Specialist nfair@uw.edu

naomi fair
Naomi Fair

Naomi Fair is a passionate advocate for inclusive education and teacher education rooted in anti-oppression.  Naomi earned her Master’s degree in Special Education at Hunter College and is currently a doctoral student in the Special Education department at the University of Washington. Naomi worked as a dually certified teacher in special education, general education, and inclusive classrooms at the elementary level in New York City and the Highline School District. After her time as a classroom teacher, Naomi worked as an inclusion coach and co-teaching facilitator in Highline. Through this position, she worked to support teachers in developing collaborative practices and cultivating inclusive classroom environments. Naomi is continuing this work as a coach for UW’s Special Education Master’s program. She’s excited to join the Haring Center team as an inclusion specialist for the Demonstration Sites project.

Monique Worthy, M. ED, Inclusion Specialist mdub24@uw.edu

Monique worthy
Monique Worthy

Monique Worthy received her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas. She has over 20 years of experience in providing scholastic advancements for numerous low-income communities throughout Seattle. Beginning as an afterschool mentor with the Seattle Youth Employment Program, Monique discovered her passion for assisting children to reach their highest potential. She has served as program lead, child and youth practitioner, and instructional assistant. Most recently she has been an instructional coach for the UW Haring Center providing support to instructors using evidence-based practices.

Monique has a passion for inclusive teaching practices as well as providing equitable opportunities for students to learn. She is excited to be joining the OSPI team on the IPP Demo Site project.

Cassie Borges M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Inclusion Specialist caborges@uw.edu

Cassie Borges

Cassie is a passionate person devoted to the concept that all can benefit from quality inclusive practices. She attended the University of Washington and received a Master’s degree in Education, Washington State teaching certification with a Special Education Endorsement, and fulfilled required practicum to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Prior to joining the team Cassie worked as an Early Childhood Educator at the Experimental Education Unit where she developed and implemented lesson plans and specialized instruction in an inclusive classroom setting. She worked with parents and related service providers to meet each student’s needs. While working as a Parent Trainer for the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound Learning Program, Cassie was able to see first-hand the strengths and struggles families endure. She learned about the importance of parent and community collaboration. She helped families modify learning concepts to individual needs and encouraged families become advocates.

Cassie has experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis as a Behavior Interventionist for Success Through Education, Play and Support (STEPS) Summer Program, a Certified Behavior Technician and Behavior and Education Consultant at the University of Washington Autism Center. As a BCBA she worked one on one to teach new skills with developmentally appropriate, evidence based, behavioral strategies, individualized for each client and family. This included assessments, programming for client sessions, supervising technicians in home and clinical settings, and parent coaching as well as collaboration with teachers and other professionals. In this role she gained an understanding of truly listening and working as a team with her families and other professionals. This involvement helped Cassie gain more insight into important concepts such as the neurodiversity movement, equity, and inclusion for all.

In addition to these professional appointments Cassie has also had the privilege of presenting Early Intervention topics such as Reciprocal Imitation Training, Evidence Based Strategies to Teach Play, and Parent Implemented Intervention at the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) conference and the Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC). Her interests include Applied Behavior Analysis, Preschool Inclusion, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention, Family Support, Teaming and Collaboration, and Neurodiversity. Cassie is thrilled to be working with the OSPI and Haring Center to disseminate and advocate evidence based, quality inclusive practices to professionals and the community. 

Lissa Dickenson, M.S., Inclusion Specialist

Lissa Dickenson
Lissa Dickenson

lissadi@uw.edu  

Lissa Dickenson brings 20 years of experience in working with students in the classroom and facilitating use of best practices in school districts.  She has worked in a variety of roles reflecting her passion for inclusive school communities: as a special education K-5 teacher, district Technical Assistance Team facilitator, IEP compliance coach, new teacher mentor, and professional support and development provider for newly adopted district curricula.  Currently, Lissa is part of the Haring Center team supporting inclusion of students with disabilities in the Washington state charter school sector.

Lissa earned her Masters of Science in Special Education from the University of Oregon, and is a National Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist.