2020 Session Presenters

In Alphabetical Order by Last Name

Dr. Carrie Lynn Bailey NCC, LPSC, LPC

Faculty Member at Walden University, School of Counseling and Social Services.

Beth Baldwin    beth baldwin

Beth Baldwin, M.Ed., is a gifted education specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Her work includes developing and leading workshops for school staff regarding all aspects of gifted programming. Beth has written and taught gifted endorsement courses, including Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners and Understanding and Supporting Twice-Exceptional Learners. Beth was honored to co-lead the FCPS 2e Handbook project team, whose charge was to provide schools and families with resources to support the identification, instruction, and social-emotional wellness of twice-exceptional students. @BethBaldwin_AAP

Kim Bausum-Brown        

After teaching in Richmond City Schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools for 27 years collectively, Kim Bausum-Brown took a position with the Virginia Department of Education as the Dyslexia and Specialized Reading Specialist. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues in developing and facilitating quality professional development opportunities for teachers in the area of reading, as well as providing technical assistance to parents and educators on dyslexia across the Commonwealth.

Kim Bertha, MS, M.Ed.  kim bertha

I have over 30 years of experience in both the private sector and education field as a Speech Language Pathologist and Special Education Administrator. My journey into the world of Twice Exceptional students began with my own son 15 years ago. Over the last 5 years I have partnered with the Gifted and Talented Education department to provide support to our staff in Douglas County through professional development, case consultations, and collaborative program development.


Misty Burkhart 

Misty Burkhart is the Gifted Education Coordinator for the Douglas County School District in Colorado with approximately 67,000 students. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Language along with a teaching degree, and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Curriculum while earning her Gifted Education Endorsement. For the last six years she has partnered with the State of Colorado to create and implement an inclusive framework for 2e learners in her district.

Kimberly Busi, MDkimberly-busi

Kim Busi is the Founder and School Head of The Quad Preparatory School, a psychiatrist and former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She left her faculty appointment in 2009 to found The Quad Manhattan, from which the school evolved. In 2013, Dr. Busi led the formation of The Quad Preparatory School as a separate K-12 not-for-profit organization and has overseen its growth from 3-112 students.



Lisa Cackowski

Lisa Cackowski is a second grade teacher in Mansfield, CT. She has been teaching for 28 years. Lisa has worked as a leader on her district's technology team and her building's School Climate committee. She has been innovative and creative in finding teacher created supports and solutions so that ALL children can be successful.



Dr. Ashley Carpentercarpenter-headshot.jpg

Dr. Ashley Carpenter is the coordinator of the 2e @ William & Mary Conference, an assistant professor of gifted education and director of professional development at the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary. She formerly was both a special education teacher and a teacher of the gifted. She is also the parent to a wonderful twice-exceptional little boy.



Patricia Costis, Ph.D      patty costis

Patricia Costis is the Program Coordinator for NORSTAR, a gifted STEM program in Norfolk Public Schools. She received her doctorate at William and Mary in Educational Leadership/Gifted Administration. She has researched the identification of gifted students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and developed a team model for meeting the needs of 2e students in NPS. She has presented at state and national gifted conferences on topics including the IEP process for 2e students, 2e identification issues.


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patty-costis-phd-7202187b/

Jennifer Riedl Cross, Ph.D.cross-j

Jennifer Riedl Cross, Ph.D. is the Director of Research at the William & Mary Center for Gifted Education. Dr. Cross holds a doctorate in educational psychology with a specialty in cognitive and social processes. She is the co-editor, with Tracy L. Cross, of the Handbook for Counselors Serving Students with Gifts and Talents. Her research in the field emphasizes the social aspects of gifted education, from individual coping with the stigma of giftedness to attitudes toward giftedness and gifted education.


Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D.cross_t

Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair, Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, and is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education and the Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students at William & Mary. He has published more than 150 articles, book chapters, and columns; made more than 300 presentations at conferences; and published ten books. He received the Distinguished Service Award from The Association for the Gifted (TAG) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Early Leader, Early Scholar and Distinguished Scholar Awards from NAGC, and in 2009 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation. He has edited seven journals and is the current editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted. He presently serves as president of TAG and is president emeritus of NAGC.

Eric Donleyeric donley

Eric Donley is the Head of the Upper School History Department at the Quad Preparatory School. As History Department chair, Eric works closely with the clinical staff, psychosocial teachers, and teachers in all other academic disciplines to help create a curriculum that meets the needs of Twice Exceptional learners. Eric studied History at SUNY Plattsburgh and CUNY Brooklyn with a focus on Early America and African American History.


Courtney M. Fay, M.A.

Courtney has been a school counselor and 504 coordinator for 12 years, nine of them at Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School. She believes passionately in providing opportunities for all her students to be their best selves. She is especially passionate about crafting accommodations via 504 plans to ensure equality of access for her students with disabilities.

Jennifer Engel Fisher, M.S.jennifer-fishers-bio-pic.jpeg

Jennifer Engel Fisher, M.S, is the Assistant Director and Director of Advocacy of Weinfeld Education Group, an Educational Consulting Group that services Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia. Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her master's degree in Special Education from The Johns Hopkins University. She holds certifications in both Elementary Special Education. Jennifer taught in Howard County in both inclusive and self-contained settings with a variety of populations including those with specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, ADHD, autism, and intellectually disabilities. Jennifer also worked as a Learning Specialist at Lowell School in D.C. where she co-developed the Resource Program. Jennifer’s certifications in a variety of methodologies including Orton-Gillingham, Foundations, and Project Read allow her to bring a specialized skill set to the IEP or 504 Table. Jennifer is the co-author of Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders. She is currently working on her second book, Take Control of Reading Difficulties. Jennifer is also a contributing author of School Success for Kids with ADHD.

Ley-Anne Folks, M.Ed.leyanne-folks

Ley-Anne Folks is a Canadian educator specializing in 2e learners. Her interdisciplinary M.Ed. investigated supporting gifted students who were also diagnosed with ADHD. This led to exploring the impact of executive function (EF) skills on different conditions (LDs, ASD, anxiety) which impair learning in a typical classroom setting. In her work as Learning Strategist for gifted and 2e learners in grades 7-9, she helps teachers build capacity to work with 2e students in the classroom, and provides one-on-one instruction and support to help 2e students develop their academic and EF skills.


Terry Friedrichs, Ph. D., Ed. D.   terry

Dr. Friedrichs has taught gifted youth with emotional, learning, attentional, autism spectrum, health, and physical differences for 40 years. He has published widely on successfully teaching, accommodating, and advocating for these youths' strengths and challenges. He has earned a Ph. D. from the University of Virginia in Gifted and Special Education and an Ed. D. from the University of St. Thomas in Critical Pedagogy (a field that organizes in school and society for underrepresented populations).

My business website for my assessment/tutoring/advocacy center in suburban St. Paul, MN: www.friedrichseducation.com.
I personally can be reached at terry@friedrichseducation.com
Isaac Gamboaisaac gamboa

Isaac is currently in his fourth year at The Quad Preparatory School. He began in the 2015-2016 school year as a Psychosocial Intern while finishing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Sarah Lawrence College. Isaac is now the Psychosocial Integration Coordinator for the upper school where he primarily works to develop methods of integrating social and emotional development into an academic environment.

Sherry T. Gentile MA, CCC-SLP

Mrs. Gentile graduated from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology and from Cleveland State University with a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She worked in the public schools for her entire career providing speech therapy to countless children with varying delays in communication. She has recently retired from Williamsburg James City County Schools. Although “retired” she continues to take advantage of varying opportunities to support communication growth in children.

Michelle Hickeymichelle hickey

Michelle Hickey, M.S., OTR/L is a full-time Senior Occupational Therapist at the Quad Preparatory School, working with students in the lower school division. She also works part-time at Special Programs in Occupational Therapy Services (SPOTS), a well-respected pediatric sensory gym in New York City. She earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University, and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Michelle has experience working with a range of pediatric populations in the school and sensory gym environment, focusing on tailoring students' strengths to enable their independence in school and daily life activities. She holds National Board Certification (NBCOT), is certified in S'Cool Moves Inc, and has received training in Learning Without Tears.

Dr. Kimberly Hopwood kimberly hopwood

Dr. Kimberly Hopwood is committed to broadening awareness and training within the educational community about twice-exceptional and gifted diverse learners. She currently works as an educator, teacher trainer, GATE coordinator, and special education liaison within the Santa Ana Unified School District in California. Dr. Hopwood’s passion and advocacy in the twice-exceptional community stems from her struggles as a parent and an educator. Through her experiences with her twice-exceptional son and her years as an educator with economically, linguistically and culturally diverse students, Kimberly is committed to ensuring that all marginalized populations of students have a voice and are recognized for their strengths and gifts.


Dr. Claire E. Hughesclaire-hughes

Dr. Claire E. Hughes is an associate professor of Education and Teacher Preparation at the College of Coastal Georgia. A former Fulbright Scholar to Greece, she is active in NAGC, The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG) and Teacher Education Divisions (CEC-TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children.  She is author of numerous books and chapters, and her research areas include: twice-exceptional children- particularly gifted children with autism; positivistic views of exceptionality; and international education.

Sarah Finch Jackson       sarah jackson

Sarah Jackson is an Instructional Specialist in the Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction for Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. In this role she supports MCPS’s discrete GT/LD special education programs and provides professional learning and consultative support to 504 and IEP teams around the county. Prior to her work in the MCPS central office, Sarah was a classroom teacher in a GT/LD program and in the Bridge Services Program. Sarah has an unending passion for ensuring twice exceptional students have access to all the opportunities that MCPS can offer its students. Sarah holds a Master of Special Education degree and a graduate certificate in Gifted and Talented Education from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies from Hollins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Roanoke College. @finchgrinch

Miyheon Kim, Ph.D., Ed.D.kim_m

Dr. Mihyeon Kim serves as the Director of Camp Launch as well as Director of Precollegiate Learner Programs for the Center for Gifted Education (CFGE) at the College of William & Mary. Dr. Kim has overseen the expansion of the CFGE Summer/Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) to Richmond, Virginia as well as increased the number of students participating in the current programs. She received her Ed.D. from the College of William and Mary.  She also holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University.  Her research interests encompass talent development, career development of gifted students, creativity, and social and emotional roles in talent development.


Cynthia Kirschenbaum, MA NCSP

Cynthia Kirschenbaum is a School Psychologist Supervisor with a large school system in Northern Virginia.

Hillary L. Koning, MA, CCC-SLPhillary koning

Hillary Koning is a passionate advocate for individualized education and meeting each child's unique needs. With over 15 years clinical experience working with children, she combines a love of learning alongside her students with a sense of humor and connection. After receiving her BA degree in Psychology and Spanish at Willamette University, she completed a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Portland State University. Her practice areas focused on serving children with language and literacy needs, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She added an Autism Specialist certification, Gifted Certification, and Executive Function specialist to her resume before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. She joined the team at Midtown International School, where she serves as the Twice-Exceptional Student Advocacy Lead, as well as classroom teacher and small group instructor.

Erika LaBella     erika labella

Erika LaBella is a kindergarten teacher in Mansfield, CT. She has been teaching for 24 years. Throughout her career, Erika has been part of committees that focus on curriculum development as well as the social and emotional growth of students. She is a strong advocate for differentiated learning and believes that students should be instructed from where they are with a strengths based approach.


Heather Laiheather lia

Heather Lai has taught in a variety of settings: public, private, and charter. Some of her interests are in the following areas: learning through inquiry, Design Thinking, and Executive Function skill development. Currently, she is a Canadian middle school teacher and her practice focuses on the education of the gifted, with a content specialization in math and science. She values an inside out approach to teaching where students share their learning and voice. @heatfishie


Teresa Lee, Ed.D.

Dr. Teresa Lee is the Coordinator of Special Education for the Virgina Department of Education.

Dr. Janice L Lichtenstein  jan lichtenstein            

Dr. Lichtenstein began her professional career as a Special Educator in 1968 in Philadelphia. She received her B.S. Degree in elementary education and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania; a Ed.M. Degree in teaching students with visual disabilities, learning disabilities, and orthopedic disabilities from Temple University in 1971; an Ed.S. Degree in 1978 from the Citadel in school psychology and elementary principal/administration; and a Doctor of Education Degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina in 2002. For the past 52 years, Dr. Lichtenstein has worked in public schools in the states of Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and South Carolina as a teacher of the visually and orthopedically impaired, a School Psychologist, and an Administrator and Coordinator of Programs for the Visually Impaired and Orthopedically Impaired.

Dr. Melissa Malen           melissa malen

Dr. Malen is owner and director of AxyLu Academic Coaching and provides academic coaching to students in the areas of giftedness, ADHD, dyslexia, NLD, ASD, anxiety, reading comprehension, and written expression. Dr. Malen specializes in coaching 2e learners, developing accommodations for student IEP & 504 plans, and providing professional development to teachers, counselors, and parents on giftedness and twice exceptionality. Coaching is offered in person, by videoconference, phone, via live google doc or email. Dr. Malen also collaborates on projects and presents at conferences in the areas of 2e and gifted student achievement.

Lisa Marfleet    

Lisa's background is in the arts and education with 25 years experience as an educational consultant focusing on students from non-traditional educational backgrounds with a special interest in curriculum development and an emphasis on the transition from high school to college and the work world. After teaching in the NYC public school system, Lisa worked as a private teacher for many years with a focus on writing and the humanities as well as an academic advisor to homeschool families designing curriculum for gifted independent learners. Before education became her full-time focus, Lisa worked as an actress, talent agent and casting director for many years in film, television and the theatre. In her spare time, Lisa is the assistant editor for LitMag, a new literary magazine of poetry, fiction and non-fiction based in Manhattan.

Laura Beth Meyer, OTR/L laurabeth

Laura Beth obtained her masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina and has been practicing for eight years. As a new grad, she worked with trauma patients at a level 1 trauma center in Oklahoma. After several years of acute care, she decided to switch to outpatient pediatrics and pursue her love for children. At One Child Center for Autism she works with a wide range of diagnoses including ASD, ADD/ADHD/ODD, other behavioral disorders, developmental delays, and fine/gross motor deficits. When she is away from work, she is busy chasing around her twin toddlers and newborn baby. 

Laurie J. Penzenstadlerlaurie penzenstadler

I have been involved in education for over thirty years. I started as a science teacher and then moved into administration. I have been an assistant principal in Colorado for the past twenty years. Eight years ago I added GT specialist and SPED specialist to my AP duties. Throughout my thirty plus years, gifted education has always been a passion of mine and lately I have found the work with 2E students very rewarding.


Meghan M. Probertmehgan probert

Meghan M. Probert holds a B.A. in History and Spanish from Saint Michael’s College, cum laude, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She has worked in special education law since 2012, providing support and guidance to parents seeking to secure appropriate educational services for their children through the IEP process, administrative due process appeals and in federal court. Ms. Probert has a longstanding passion for working with children and adults with disabilities. She served as President of the St. Michael's chapter of Best Buddies, an organization creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as engaged with representatives from around the country at the Best Buddies National Leadership Conference in 2003.


Ashley Rancourtashley rancourt

Ashley Rancourt is a first grade teacher in Mansfield, CT. She has been teaching for 6 years. Ashley has worked as a leader on her district's professional development and evaluation committee and language arts curriculum team. She also leads her school's PBIS committee. Ashley has spent several years researching and implementing play based learning as a component of a student-centered classroom.


Carly Rossman

Carly Rossman, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the senior speech-language pathologist at the Quad Preparatory School in New York City, a non-profit focused on the education of twice exceptional students in grades K-12. Additionally, she works part-time at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, providing language based and social cognitive therapy. She earned her Master’s degree from Boston University, and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University. While studying at Boston University, Carly trained under members of the Social Thinking® Training and Speakers Collaborative at Social Thinking® Boston.

Bari Schwartz, Psy.D.bari schwartz

Bari Schwartz, Psy.D. is a Senior Psychologist in the Lower School at The Quad Preparatory School. She received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees in School Psychology from St. John's University, and is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and New York State Certified School Psychologist. Bari has experience working with children who exhibit behavioral, learning, and social-emotional difficulties, and has training in a wide array of evidence-based practices, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions and Parent Management Training (PMT, PCIT) models. She also has experience working in schools, consulting with teachers, conducting functional behavior assessments, and implementing classroom behavioral interventions and plans. This is Bari's fourth year at Quad Prep, and thus she has significant experience working with the 2e population. At Quad Prep, Bari works with the lower school students in individual counseling, Health and Wellness, and within the classroom. On an ongoing basis, Bari collaborates and consults with classroom teachers and other related service providers, and supervises psychosocial teachers, assistants, and interns in their work within the classroom. This consistent collaboration and support allows for teachers to to implement integrative services and supports throughout the day, which helps to increase students' ability to generalize use of psychosocial skills and to make school make school a successful and enriching experience.

Julie F. Skolnick, M.A., J.D.julie-skolnick.jpg

Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC, passionately guides parents of twice exceptional children, mentors 2e adults, and trains educators on how to reach and teach their 2e students. Julie produces 2 Days of 2e Virtual Conference and publishes the free monthly on-line newsletter, “Gifted & Distractible.” Julie serves as Secretary to the Maryland Superintendent’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, is the Maryland liaison for SENG, and is an advisor to, “The G Word” feature documentary.” A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Julie is also the mother of three twice exceptional children who keep her on her toes and uproariously laughing.


Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.

Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed. works with teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, directors and coordinators of Special Education through the Training and Technical Assistance Center at William & Mary as an educational specialist and adjunct professor. Currently, Mary is serving as the Virginia Coordinator of Specialized Reading Instruction. Mary is certified as a SIM Certified Learning Strategy Professional Developer and Certified Local LETRS Trainer and Facilitator.

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Pharmacist and Owner of Williamsburg Drug and Williamsburg Drug Professional Compounding two independent pharmacies in Williamsburg VA, started in 1895. T.W. speaks nationally on pharmacy and health related topics for companies (Ananda Professional and Amplicare, Wellness Works, ZRT, SpectraCell…) and at professional conferences for organizations such as:  AAP, IPC, PDS and CBD 360. 


Hope E. Wilson, Ph.D.hope-wilson-picture-2017.jpeg

Hope E. Wilson is an associate professor at University of North Florida. She has a PhD in Gifted Education from the UConn. Her research focuses on giftedness and twice-exceptionality, and she is the co-author of Letting Go of Perfect (Prufrock Press). She was awarded 2017 NAGC Early Leader Award. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Advanced Academics. She is the current chair of the Research and Evaluation Network for the NAGC.

Dr. Peter E. Wilcoxpeterewilcox

Dr. Peter E. Wilcox, OD, FIAOMC has been in practice for over 30 years. He stays true to his mission statement which states, in-part: “We will deliver this optimal level of eye care by remaining on the cutting edge through active research and continued education while investing in proven state-of-the-art technology.” In addition to the “routine”, he provides scleral lenses, orthokeratology, myopia control, manages the ocular and neuro-ocular diseases which present or are referred to his practice.  His daily goals to identify the root cause of any given condition has led him to provide many non-traditional opportunities for his patients. His embracing of bioenergetics through the use of:  Photobiomodualtion (PBM), Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF), Frequency Specific Micro-current (FSM), Ozone, neurolens® and targeted supplementation have provided relief to many who suffer from eye-brain-gut-body disorders. Reducing excessive sensory input, resetting or quieting neuronal altered states (neural pathway training), inducing improved/balanced biochemistry and encouraging proper lifestyle changes are some of the tools he uses to improve or maintain patient’s neuro-ocular health.

Melissa Woodwardmelissa woorward

Being a twice-exceptional student turned educator, Melissa has a unique perspective that has led her to become an advocate for 2E students and students from other underserved populations of giftedness. Melissa received her Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Special Education with a focus in Gifted and Talented Education and currently works in Greeley Colorado as a Gifted Specialist where she provides services to students from kindergarten through eighth grade.