Executive Board

 2017-18 NYS CEC EXECUTIVE BOARD

 

Lucky Mason-Williams, President

Loretta (Lucky) Mason-Williams, PhD

I am an associate professor at Binghamton University with a research interest in special educator preparation. I earned my PhD in special education from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) and a Master's degree from Loyola College in Baltimore. Prior to earning my doctorate, I taught in a middle school in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

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lmason-williams@binghamton.edu
607-777-6693
Academic Building B, Room 229B
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


 

Frank Thornton, President- Elect

 Frank Thornton, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor of Special Education at SUNY Oneonta in the Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education department. I attended Arizona State University where I earned my Bachelors degree, I earned my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Special Education at Northern Arizona University.

Prior to earning my doctorate, I taught in a fully inclusive elementary school setting in Arizona. I also taught a cross categorical program for students with emotional disabilities. Prior to my teaching career, I was a corporate trainer for Cox Communications.

My research focuses on issues related to teacher education and preparation. I am also interested in high incidence disabilities, early literacy, and professional development in special education.

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Frank.thornton@oneonta.edu
607-436-2894
365 Fitzelle Hall
SUNY Oneonta 
Oneonta NY 13820 

 

Jenna Lequia, Vice President

Jenna Lequia, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor at New York Medical College (School of Health Sciences and Practice) and Community Training Coordinator at Westchester Institute for Human Development. In this position, I currently lead the development of an educational research agenda and serve as core faculty in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Prior to this, I completed my doctoral training in Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Connecticut. My scholarship falls into three main areas: self-determination, inclusion and stakeholder engagement. I am particularly interested in evaluating the effects of social, communication and behavioral interventions for students with severe disabilities; examining factors that impact the inclusion of students with severe disabilities; and exploring the impact of innovative models of professional development. My professional experiences include providing ABA therapy to young children with autism spectrum disorders in the home, teaching in an inclusive preschool setting, providing consultation to parents to develop and implement behavior intervention plans for their children with developmental disabilities, and providing consultation to schools looking to more meaningfully include students with severe disabilities.

Rae Lynn Helman, Past President

Rae Lynn Helman


Dawn Hamlin, Treasurer

Dawn Hamlin, PhD

I am an associate professor in special education at SUNY Oneonta. Currently, I chair the department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Oneonta. I was the founder of the graduate special education program at SUNY Oneonta. Prior to that, I earned my PhD in special education from the Pennsylvania State University. My research focuses on issues related to teacher education and preparation. I am also interested in high incidence disabilities, adolescent SWD, and professional development in special education. Currently, I teach an Applied Behavioral Analysis course, instructional design, and methods courses in reading, math and writing.

Prior to earning my doctorate, I taught in a maximum security prison for adolescents in Connecticut. My original teaching career started in the public school setting working with middle school and high school students in Cheshire, Connecticut. As a special educator, I co-taught all four subject areas across the secondary grades. I earned my master’s degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse.

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dawn.hamlin@oneonta.edu
607-4363526
Academic Building B, Room 229B
374F Fitzelle Hall
SUNY Oneonta 
Oneonta NY 13820 
 


Mike Rozalski, Secretary

Michael Rozalski, PhD

Michael Rozalski is an associate professor at Binghamton University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He has taught and worked with students with behavioral disorders from grades K-12 in a variety of settings, including self-contained and resource classrooms, special day schools, wilderness programs and a residential treatment center. Now, he teaches graduate level courses on how to educate students with behavior problems and frequently consults with schools. His professional research interests include classroom and school-wide supports, including alternatives to aversive procedures like seclusion and timeout, and legal issues related to students with disabilities. He has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters and frequently presents with students at national and international conferences.

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Mailing Address:
rozalski@binghamton.edu
607-777-3330
Academic Building B, Room 229C
Graduate School of Education 
PO Box 6000 
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
 



Maria Timberlake, Historian

Maria Timberlake, PhD


Mike Kelly, Student CEC Advisor 

Mike Kelly, PhD