2022 Ballot

Please find below our list of nominees and their bios for various USSAAC board officer positions. Please select their name to cast your vote. The 2022 Elections will close on December 15, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST

  • Tracy Rackensberger
    Tracy Rackensperger, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in Social Foundations of Education as well as a public service faculty position within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia. Dr. Rackensperger has published scholarly works regarding AAC and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on assistive technology. Dr. Rackensperger has expertly used AAC for over 35 years.
  • Sarah Blackstone
    A founder of USSAAC, Sarah remains deeply committed to addressing barriers to communication ACCESS across settings, circumstances and communication partners. She served on several non-profit boards and recently stepped down from NIDCD’s Council. Sarah is principal investigator of The Bridge School project, Cortical Visual Impairment and Children who use AAC. She co-chairs USSAAC’s Disaster Relief Committee and chairs USSAAC’s Development Committee.
  • Tina Moreno, M.S., CCC-SLP
    Tina is mother to Mateo, who is 22 years old. Born with apraxia and dysarthia, he has been an AAC user since the age of four. Tina has learned about AAC and assistive technology right beside Mateo, returning to school when he was eight years old to become a speech-language pathologist in order to be a better support for him and others. Tina received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Cleveland State University. She serves the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Cleveland, Ohio where she focuses on AAC assessment and implementation, working primarily with school-aged communicators. She is co-founder and co-director of Camp ALEC, a summer literacy camp for children with significant disabilities who use AAC. She also owns a small private practice and presents locally and nationally on AAC and literacy, sometimes with Mateo. Tina enjoys providing training, coaching and encouragement to individuals, families and educational teams who are just starting out on their own AAC journeys.
  • Betsy Caporale, M.S., CCC-SLP, AAC/AT Specialist.
    Betsy has been working in the field of AAC/AT for over 20 years. In 2006 she earned her Competency Certificate in Communication Assistive Technology Applications from The National Association of State Directors of Special Education and was awarded an Assistive Technology Specialty Certificate in Communication Services from the University of South Florida. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to Autism and Complex Communication Needs. While working for the California Department of Education, Northern California Diagnostic Center she developed and taught an AAC Assessment and Services Certification Course, certifying over 200 speech-language pathologists serving students in educational settings. Betsy is the owner of Augmentative Communication Solutions, a private practice supporting students and school districts in California.
  • Lois Jean Brady.
    Lois is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) & Assistive Technology Specialist. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation/Small Business Research and Innovation (NSF/SBIR) Grant, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and winner of three assistive technology Hack-a-thons, Benjamin Franklin Award for Apps for Autism and an Ursula Award for Autism TodayTV. She partnered with Microsoft to add features of artificial intelligence (AI) to InnerVoice Communication App. Lois is currently a member of USSAAC’s Disaster Relief Committee and is on the Board of Directors for the California Communications Access Foundation & Board of Advisors for the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.
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