Trainees

  • Morgan's Profile

    Morgan Alexander

    Speech Language Pathology
    LEND
    Morgan is a Speech – Language Pathology graduate student at WVU. Morgan is originally from Fredrick Maryland and received her undergraduate degree from WVU as well. She has gained both pediatric and adult experience in various setting throughout the community. Through the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities, she hopes to gain interdisciplinary experience in the areas of feeding and swallowing, augmentative communication and more!
  • Michaela's Profile

    Michaela Amendola

    Social Work
    LEND
    Michaela is an MSW student studying social work with a specialty in disability studies. She has gained experience with the population by working in the previous settings Stepping Stones, PACE, and the Disability Action Center. During her time with LEND, she hopes to gain clinical and interdisciplinary experience, conduct research and build friendships/mentorships.
  • Kriston's Profile

    Kristen Arbogast

    Social Work
    LEND
    Kristen is an MSW student through the school of Social Work at WVU. She has gained many experiences in a variety of settings, primarily working with the homeless population and in mental healthcare settings. She hopes to gain more experience by working with more diverse demographics, become more educated about disability services and become the best social worker she can be.
  • Sarah's Profile

    Sarah Gamble

    Speech Language Pathology
    LEND
    Sarah is a graduate student at WVU studying Speech and Language Pathology. Sarah is originally from Springfield, PA and received her B.S. from Seton Hall University. Previously, she gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including WVU Speech and Hearing Clinic and Monongalia County Schools. These experiences provided Sarah with an opportunity to work with individuals with ranging serves of communications disorders. Through the LEND Program she hopes to gain more knowledge and experience in the field of Speech Pathology as well as working with other professions.
  • Donna's Profile

    Donna Haught

    Social Work
    LEND
    Donna is an MSW at WVU. She was born in Morgantown WV. She is the mother of three children one of which has Autism. Before the MSW program she attended Fairmont State University as a Psychology major and student mentor at FSC with Autism. Donna helped in the AIMS Program pilot for the education department. She is currently an intern for the LEND Program for the second year and is very grateful for the opportunity to do so. She has also worked with PBS through Marshall University to become a mentor.
  • Shanti's Profile

    Shanti Hicks

    Social Work
    LEND
    Shanti is an MSW student at WVU. Her undergrad degrees are in Psychology, Sociology and Elementary Education. Upon completion of her masters degree, she hopes to work as a counselor. She is a mother of two teenage sons. Shanti also works as a doula, and has a long-time interest in childbirth, breastfeeding and maternal and infant health. She is excited to be a part of the LEND program and hopes to gain much knowledge and experience while at the CED.
  • Shelby's Profile

    Shelby King

    Special Education
    LEND
    Shelby is a M.A. student and LEND trainee at WVU. She is studying Special Education with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and autism. Previously she gained ABA experience at the Intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic (iASD) at the WVU CED. Through LEND and the Intensive Autism Services Treatment Center, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of ABA therapy and how to best provide various services for individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • Maddie's Profile

    Madison Lammers

    Physical Therapy
    LEND
    Madison Lammers is a third year Physical Therapy student at WVU. She has previously gained knowledge and experience in pediatric neurodevelopment through her involvement with Camp Gizmo in rural WV and her volunteer work at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Through her opportunity with the LEND Program, Madison hopes to gain experience in the broad variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities that she may carry throughout her future career as a doctor of Physical Therapy.
  • Katie's Profile

    Katie Lillard

    Special Education
    LEND
    Katie is a M.A. student at WVU studying special education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism. Previously, she received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in communications and has gained ABA experience in the Intensive Autism Service Delivery (iASD) Clinic at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities as a LEND trainee. Katie hopes to gain a greater understanding of not only ABA services and autism but neurodevelopmental disabilities all together along with helping children and their families take steps in the right direction.
  • Gloria's Profile

    Gloria Maha

    Social Work
    PBS
    Gloria Maha studied Psychology at the University of Ghana, Legon where she engaged in research work on human development. She has also been involved in some volunteer activities focused on persons with disabilities. She has worked as a Human Resource Officer (employee relations) for close to a year. She’s currently a graduate student majoring in Social Work, a PBS Graduate Assistant and a LEND Trainee at WVU. It is her desire to support children with disabilities with a major focus on helping prevent challenging behaviors to make the society a better place.
  • Mike's Profile

    Mike Mathews

    Behavior Analysis
    LEND
    Mike is a PhD student at West Virginia University studying behavior analysis. Mike earned his Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Previously, he has provided behavior analytic services in an elementary school setting as a practicum student at WVU as a LEND trainee, Mike hopes to gain more experience providing behavior analysis services and collaborating with other providers.
  • Emily's Profile

    Emily Parrell

    Occupational Therapy
    LEND
    Emily is a masters of Occupational Therapy student at WVU with an interest I post-secondary school transitioning for high school students with disabilities. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Health and Performance from WVU in 2018. She has gained previous experience with disability services through volunteer work, field work experiences and working as a home health care aide. Through LEND she hopes to gain experience in working with children and their families and explore new ways to become the best advocate possible.
  • Mustafa's Profile

    Mustafa Rfat

    Social Work
    Diversity Fellow
    Mustafa earned a teaching degree from the Institute of Teachers in Kirkuk, Iraq. He became unable to continue teaching due to security issues in Iraq. He came to the United States as a refugee in 2011. He graduated from WVU in December with a Bachelors of Social Work and in May 2018 with a Master’s in Social Work. At the CED Mustafa hopes to gain a deeper understanding of disability issues and find better ways to solve these issues.
  • Taylor's Profile

    Taylor Skelton

    Occupational Therapy
    LEND
    Taylor is an occupational therapy master’s student at WVU. In May of 2018 she received her bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance from WVU. She has a special interest in pediatrics, pertaining to sensory integration and spinal cord injury. Experiences in disability services has come through volunteer work and field work experiences. This past summer she was at an in-patient rehabilitation facility doing field work on the SCI and Neurological Conditions Unit. Through the LEND experience she hopes to broaden her scope of knowledge to better her future provision of services and care.
  • Caitlin's Profile

    Caitlin Warner

    Physical Therapy
    LEND
    Caitlin is a third year Physical Therapy student at WVU with special interest in pediatrics and neurology. She has experience working with children, assisting with dance lessons and most recently attended Camp Gizmo, where she worked with interdisciplinary teams to help meet the needs of families of children with disabilities. Caitlin also was able to assist with an adaptive surf clinic helping teams of rehab professionals and volunteers give people with spinal cord injuries the chance to surf again. As a LEND trainee she hopes to gain experience and knowledge working with neurodevelopmental disabilities that she can apply as a practitioner in the community.
  • lydia's Profile

    Lydia Wolfe

    Special Education
    LEND
    Lydia is a M.A. 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 at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Through LEND and the Intensive Autism Service Delivery (iASD) Clinic she hopes to gain a better understanding of ABA therapy and services provided for children and their families.
  • Mallory's Profile

    Mallory Zinn

    Physical Therapy
    LEND
    Mallory is a third year Physical Therapy student at WVU with an interest in working with the pediatric population. Recently, she has attended Camp Gizmo as a part of an interdisciplinary team who assist children and families with assistive technology, sensory integration, feeding and swallowing and mobility. As a LEND trainee she hopes to gain more knowledge and information about the interdisciplinary approach to treating the pediatric population and plans to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities the LEND Program provides.