Director, Center on Deaf-Blindness / Executive Director, NCDB
Dr. McDowell’s expertise in deaf-blindness includes serving as the Administrative Director of the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project since 1999, numerous publications, international, national and state presentations, and extensive service on national and statewide committees representing deaf-blindness as well as other low incidence disabilities. She has the perfect set of skills and expertise to continue the significant work of NCDB in collaboration with the National Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Network and the broader OSEP TA community.
Director, Oregon Deafblind Project
Lyn has been in Special Education for 41 years. Her jobs have been varied -- as teacher of the visually impaired/O&M instructor, principal of a school for the blind, rehabilitation specialist on a mobile team attached to an eye hospital, director of community programs in a rural area in India, director of a licensure program for training teachers of the visually impaired, and director of a state's deafblind project (12 years in Wisconsin, 8 years in Oregon).
Robbin Bull is a Project Specialist on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Project. She earned her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Oregon University in 1991.
Robbin's primary areas of expertise includes data management and design, technology support, and web support. She has worked for the The Research Institute for over 12 years, working for the National Deaf-Blind projects (TRACES, NTAC, NCDB) for most of those years. She provides technology support and management for project resources along with assisting in the management of data for the National Deaf-Blind Child Count. Robbin has designed many evaluation tools and databases to manage and evaluate project data over the years. In addition, she provides data management technical assistance and support to project staff as well as state deaf-blind project personnel.
Lead Web Developer
Jeff Denton serves as the lead technologist and web developer for The Research Institute. Prior to his employment with TRI in 2005, he managed his own web consultancy, Upstart Productions, since 2000.
Jeff also currently serves on the TRI and NCDB web development committees and the TRI Bagels and Bites professional development committee. When not working, he enjoys designing and crafting wood products of all kinds, artisanal bluetooth enabled speakers, and tiny backyard offices.
Assistant to the Director
Nancy Ganson is the Assistant to the Director, and is housed in the Grants Management Office. She is the Todd Hall Building Manager, Supervisor of Student Work Force and Travel Coordinator at TRI. She earned her BFA from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO in 1981. Nancy’s primary expertise is in Logistical Management, Travel and Office Management.
Nancy started at TRI in 1998 as a Travel Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Deaf Blind workgroup. Several years later Nancy began working for the Director of TRI as an assistant and has now worked with the past 4 Directors. Over the years Nancy has provided project coordination and project assistance to virtually all grants housed within TRI and she brings a certain organization, efficiency, and passion for the work we do.
Nancy has served for both WOU and TRI in support of the Governor’s Food Drive. She has been the Faculty Advisor for Catholic Campus Ministries since 2003. She also served on the Abby’s House Board 2003-2005.
When not working, Nancy and her husband Greg enjoy hanging out with their dog Buddy, and being very supportive of college athletics.
Web Development and Information Management Coordinator
Gail Leslie has nearly 23 years of experience in the field of deaf-blindness. She came to TRI in 1992, hired to build the national clearinghouse on deaf-blindness. Currently she serves as the Coordinator of Information and Dissemination for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness. Her areas of expertise include information management, database design, website management, content curation, product development and dissemination. She is especially interested in community development in the interest of building shared knowledge and practice. She has a master's degree in library and information studies and has worked for more than 35 years in public service and information management as a public librarian and as an information specialist and project coordinator.
Implementation Practices Coordinator
Peggy Malloy has worked at TRI since 1997 on a variety of projects for children who are deaf-blind. She as a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University as well as an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master's degree in library science. Peggy is currently the Implementation Practices Coordinator for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and has a particular interest in the ways that implementation science findings inform the provision of technical assistance. Before working for NCDB, Peggy spent many years as an information specialist at DB-LINK and was the Managing Editor of Deaf-Blind Perspectives. Peggy's areas of expertise are deaf-blindness, public health, technical assistance, library services, information management, product development, and family engagement.
Shelby Morgan is a project specialist for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness at TRI. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Oregon University. Shelby's primary expertise is in content management, deaf-blindness and web development. She has worked in the field for four years.
Shelby started at TRI as a student worker in 2009 working for the cochlear implant research project. Since then she has been hired as a Project Specialist to help maintain the national deaf-blind library, social media for NCDB, and to assist in the maintenance and development of NCDB's website.
Mr. Mark Schalock currently serves as a Project Coordinator within the Center on Deaf-Blindness and a Project Director within the Center on Research, Evaluation and Analysis (CREA). Mr. Schalock earned a BS in Economics from OSU. Mark joined TRI in 1981 to conduct educational benefit-cost analyses. Mark’s primary expertise is in educational research, evaluation and data analysis. He had directed or co-directed numerous evaluation and/or research projects at the local, state and national level for over 30 years, focusing on the areas program and personnel evaluation, teacher preparation and licensure, teacher mentoring and induction, professional development, and more recently autism and deaf-blindness.
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