Speakers and Presentations

Speakers and Presentations

This year, we have a star-studded line-up of speakers, along with hot-topic presentations, updates and break-out sessions, and training and preparation you need before heading to the Hill! To get ready for the summit, take a look at our speakers’ biographies and  presentation descriptions. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Sarah Abernathy, Deputy Executive Director, Committee for Education Funding
  • Annie Baldauf, Manager of Communications, Council for Exceptional Children
  • Mary Brownell, Professor of Special Education, University of Florida and Vice President, Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Johnny W. Collett, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
  • John Draper, Consultant, National Public Relations Association
  • Maggie Garrett, Legislative Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Alex Graham, Executive Director, Council for Exceptional Children
  • Erin Maguire, Executive Director of Student Support Services, Chittenden Central Supervisory Union in Essex Junction, Vermont
  • Myrna Mandlawitz, President of MRM Associates, LLC and Legislative Consultant to the Council of Administrators of Special Education
  • Luann Purcell, Executive Director, International Council of Administrators of Special Education
  • Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, Director, Government Relations, National Association of School Psychologists
  • Deborah Ziegler, Director, Policy and Advocacy, Council for Exceptional Children

Read complete speaker biographies.