Trainees

LEND Trainees

 

Mission

Preparing tomorrow's health professional leaders to serve children and youth with disabilities and the families that care for them.

 
  • Elizabeth Walling

    MCH/LEND
    Elizabeth is an MSW student at West Virginia University studying Advanced Integrated Practice. Elizabeth has an educational and professional background in sociology, social research, gender studies and comprehensive sex and healthy relationships education. Her professional goal is to work with young adults on the Autism Spectrum and their families in their transition to adulthood.
  • Shelby King

    MCH/LEND
    Shelby is a M.A. student and LEND trainee at WVU. She is studying Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Previously she gained experience at the intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic (iASD) at the WVU CED. She is current placed at the WVU Medicine Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center (NDC). Through LEND and the NDC she hopes to gain experience in applying her knowledge of ABA as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing services for individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • Lydia Wolfe

    MCH/LEND
    Lydia is a masters student at WVU studying Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and autism. Previously she gained experience at the intensive Autism Service Delivery (iASD) Clinic and WVU Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center. Through LEND and the WVU Children’s Intensive Autism Clinic she hopes to further her knowledge of developmental disabilities, gain experience working with many disciplines and expand ABA and related services throughout West Virginia.
  • Kacey Finch

    MCH/LEND

    Kacey is a doctoral student pursuing her PhD in behavior analysis in the Psychology department at WVU. She has prior experience applied behavior analysis treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related diagnoses at clinics in both Fargo, ND and Morgantown, WV.

    Kacey is looking forward to gaining more specialized skills related to intensive autism treatment as well as developing a broad and well-rounded approach to assisting families with all aspects of life with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

  • Gloria Maha

    MCH/LEND

    Gloria is a graduate student at West Virginia University pursuing a degree in Social Work. She worked with the Positive Behavior Support Program as a graduate assistant during her first year where she supported children with disabilities and their families by developing person-centered behavioral intervention plans. She has also been involved in many community activities. As well as a volunteer through the WVU Center for Science and Learning. She hopes to broaden her knowledge and gain more experience in the future in the field of disabilities and behavioral health through LEND to promote a culturally competent community that supports that supports diversity and inclusivity.

  • Cathy Ray

    MCH/LEND

    Cathy Ray is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying Speech-Language Pathology. Cathy is originally for Miami Florida and received her B.A. from Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at FAU. Previously she gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including WVU Speech and Hearing Clinic, PACE Enterprises and Therapy Services. These experiences have provided Cathy the opportunity to work with individuals diagnosed with a range of communication disorders by participating in the LEND program Cathy hopes to gain a deeper and thorough understanding on interdisciplinary care for individuals with special needs.

  • Kylee Grady

    MCH/LEND

    Kylee Grady is a graduate student in the Occupational Therapy Program. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio Kylee has attended West Virginia University for the past four years. Kylee gained her passion for working with individuals with disabilities from her parents, both of whom have careers working with this population back in Cleveland. Kylee grateful for the opportunity to learn skills that will allow her to better serve families in her career as an Occupational Therapist.

  • Leah Suggs

    MCH/LEND

    Leah Suggs is a graduate student at WVU studying Speech and Language Pathology. She received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings such as Early Intervention through WV Birth to Three, Outpatient Services at Allen Hall and community based services. During her experiences she has worked with both children and adults as a LEND student. She hopes to gain experience in interdisciplinary practice, feeding and swallowing and augmentative and alternative communication.

  • Gina Paisley

    MCH/LEND

    Gina Paisley is a Speech & Language Pathology graduate assistant at West Virginia University. Previously she earned degrees in Communication Science & Disorders and Health Policy & Administration at Penn State and has since gained experience in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient clinics, university clinics and public schools.

    At the WVU CED she hopes to gain a greater understanding of neurodevelopmental disabilities and providing services using a multidisciplinary approach.

  • Kelsey Barley

    MCH/LEND
    Kelsey Barley is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at WVU. She is originally from Beckley, WV and received her undergraduate degree from WVU. Kelsey has had experience with children and adults with communication disorders in a variety of settings including outpatient facilities and community – based clinics. Kelsey hopes to gain greater understanding of feeding and swallowing disorders, augmentative and alternative communication and interdisciplinary practice.
  • Brooklyn Vrolyk

    MCH/LEND
    Brooklyn Vrolyk is a first year student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at WVU. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Studies and really enjoys working with little ones through the LEND program. Brooklyn intends to gain skills so she can best serve children and families with disabilities.
  • Kori Crawford

    MCH/LEND
    Kori Crawford is a graduate student studying Social Work. She obtained her B.S. in Human Nutrition and Food and is hoping to amalgamate the two areas of specialty in order to counsel different eating disorders as a LEND trainee. She hopes to gain insight from the diverse group that comes through the CED on how to efficiently meet the needs of different people. So that she can provide the best care she can.
  • Sarah Skidmore

    MCH/LEND
    Sarah Skidmore is an Intergraded Marketing Communications major at West Virginia University. She has previous experience in healthcare communication through her time interning with WVU CED during undergrad. Throughout her time with the WVU CED she hopes to gain more experience serving the public and learning more about communicating with a diverse audience.
  • Hope Kirk

    MCH/LEND
    Hope Kirk is a third year Occupational Therapy student earning her MOT at West Virginia University. She is experienced in Disability Studies with a minor earned from WVU in this program. She has worked with children with and without disabilities her whole life. As a professional she hopes to make a difference in communities by advocating for children and their families who faces challenges with disability.
  • Sydney Robba

    MCH/LEND
    Sydney Robba is a 3rd year Occupational Therapy student at WVU. Prior to starting the OT program she received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology with emphasis in aquatic therapy. She has worked with children with and without disabilities since the age of 13. Sydney hopes to further develop her skills working with a diverse population of individuals throughout the lifespan and continue advocating for the needs of children and families with disabilities.
  • Sarah Coddington

    MCH/LEND
    Sarah Coddington is a Masters of Occupational Therapy student at WVU. In May of 2019 Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance. Sarah has a special interest in pediatrics, specify in muscular dystrophy and other genetic disorders. Sarah has gained experience working with children with muscular dystrophy and genetic disorders. Through her younger sister Emily, who had Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). She has also worked with the non-profit organization Cure SMA as a volunteer where she participated in fundraising and advocacy. As a LEND trainee she hopes to gain knowledge and experience working with genetic disorders and neurodevelopmental disabilities that she may use both throughout her career as an occupational therapist and as an advocate for children and families.
  • Mustafa Rfat

    MCH/LEND
    Mustafa Rfat is a SW/MPA student at West Virginia University. He earned a teaching degree from Iraq, and he came to the United States as a refugee in 2011. He has a passion for helping diverse populations. Which led him to apply for the diversity and disabilities fellowship at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities where he gained a wealth of knowledge of the intersectionality of diversity and disability. As a LEND trainee Mustafa hopes to continue his learning about disabilities and how to better help diverse people with disabilities access resources.
  • Kirsten Rayner

    MCH/LEND
    Kirsten Rayner is a third year Physical Therapy student at WVU. Previously she has gained knowledge and experience in Pediatric Neurodevelopment through her involvement with Camp Gizmo in rural WV. With the opportunity through the LEND program she hopes to gain experience with a variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities as well as work with different disciplines in the health care team that she can carry with her in her future as a physical therapist.
  • Katie Lillard

    MCH/LEND

    Katie is a second year M.A. in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism student at WVU and LEND trainee. Previously she received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in communication. She has gained experience working with children diagnosed with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental disabilities at the intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic at WVU’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities and the WVU Medicine Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center.

    During her second year as a LEND trainee, Katie is determined to apply her knowledge from previous experiences to situations in which she can help provide services and resources to children with disabilities and their Families as well as continuing to learn how to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team.

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