Preparing tomorrow's health professional leaders to serve children and youth with disabilities and the families that care for them.
Jessica CheathamBehavior Analysis
MCH/LENDJessica Cheatham is a doctoral student studying behavior analysis in the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University. Along with her duties as a LEND trainee, she conducts research on effective and efficient teaching procedures for children with autism. Jessica is also a graduate assistant at the Intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic. At the clinic, children with autism receive early behavioral intervention services.
Emily CorleySpeech Pathology
MCH/LENDEmily Corley is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying speech pathology. She earned a Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from WVU during her undergraduate years. As a LEND trainee, Emily hopes to combine her love for people and language to serve others in a beneficial way.
Elysia GherlonePhysical Therapy
MCH/LENDElysia Gherlone studies physical therapy at West Virginia University. She earned her undergraduate education at WVU as well, a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology. After many years spent here, she considers Morgantown a second home. Elysia hopes to use the knowledge she gains at the CED to work as a NICU physical therapist.
2016-2017 Diversity and Disability Fellowship ProgramBrittany Given is a law student at West Virginia University College of Law. She previously worked at West Virginia Advocates, a disability rights organization. Brittany has a sibling with a developmental disability and hopes to apply her passion for special education law to her work at the CED.
Kayla LaffertyOccupational Therapy
MCH/LENDKayla Lafferty is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying occupational therapy. Prior to her admittance into the MOT program, she completed psychology coursework focusing on child development, served with AmeriCorps and worked as an assistant teacher at Morgantown Early Learning Facility. During her time as a LEND trainee, she hopes to increase her knowledge while furthering others' understandings of developmental disabilities.
Shannon LangworthyPhysical Therapy
MCH/LENDShannon Langworthy is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying physical therapy. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Waynesburg University. As a LEND trainee, she hopes to expand her knowledge of the disabilities and work towards fulfilling her dreams of becoming a pediatric physical therapist in school systems.
Devin ParsonsSpecial Education
MCH/LENDDevin Parsons is a graduate student in the Special Education Program at West Virginia University. Devin's emphasis is in applied behavior analysis and she is working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Along with her work at the CED, Devin is a graduate assistant supervisor at the Intensive Autism Delivery Clinic.
Haley RamseySpecial Education
MCH/LENDHaley Ramsey is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying special education with an area of emphasis in applied behavior analysis and autism. Along with her work as a LEND trainee, Haley is a graduate assistant supervisor at the Intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic. After receiving her degree, she plans to take her Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam. Haley hopes to learn more about applied behavior analysis at the CED and strives to have her own clinic in the future.
Rebecca SharkOccupational Therapy
MCH/LENDRebecca Shark is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying occupational therapy. Prior to admittance into the MOT program, Rebecca worked with individuals with disabilities in a therapeutic horseback riding program. While enrolled at WVU, Rebecca has worked as a resident assistant and continues to engage in the Student Occupational Therapy Association. During her time at the CED, Rebecca hopes to share her passion and work towards making a difference in the healthcare system.
Meghan SnyderSpeech-Language Pathology
MCH/LENDMeghan Snyder is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying speech-language pathology. In addition to her masters program requirements and time at the CED, Meghan is writing her thesis on Cleft-Palate and feeding the newborn in rural West Virginia. After she receives her degree, she hopes to work with pediatric feeding.
Jenna StearOccupational Therapy
MCH/LENDJenna Stear is a graduate student at West Virginia University majoring in occupational therapy, with a minor in childhood development and family studies. She aspires to be a pediatric occupational therapist, and work with children in the school and outpatient settings. Jenna is very interested in sensory integration and including families into treatment sessions to improve their understanding of their child's disorder. She hopes to incorporate her passion for family involvement into her work at the CED.
Courtney RiddellSocial Work
MCH/LENDCourtney Riddell is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying social work. Courtney received her bachelors of psychology from Fairmont State University. She has been working with individuals with disabilities and their families for two and a half years. During her time at the CED, she hopes to expand her knowledge in the field and gain more hands on experience.
Magda Rivera-DillonHealth Sciences
2016-2017 Diversity and Disability Fellowship Program
Magda Rivera-Dillon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez. She worked for many years as an engineer in the federal government and was responsible for engineering, research, test and evaluation, and project management.
Following her career in the federal government, Magda pursued studies in the health field in which she had been interested for many years and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Magda is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Health Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies at West Virginia University (WVU). She is a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Trainee and directly supports the Autism Teen Support Group at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and DAU Alumni Association. She is a Tau Beta Phi Engineering Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society Alumnus.