Dr. Beth Myers is the Executive Director of the Taishoff Center. She is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Teaching and Leadership Department of the School of Education at Syracuse University, teaching in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program and leading graduate students in a Special Education Consultant internship program. Beth holds degrees in elementary education, special education, and literacy from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Myers taught in the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania and helped to create a best-practice inclusive program there. She opened a regional center for autism services in 2006 and served as Executive Director before joining the center’s consultation team in 2011. Professor Myers has created dozens of programs with individuals and families, including the Advancement Square group for adults with developmental disabilities, The Teen Project for adolescents, the Awesome Summer Days program for school-age children, and the SAIL Supported Adult Independent Living program. Beth holds a dual appointment with the Kelberman Center for Autism Services as Director of Special Projects. She has provided school consultations for students with autism and staff development to over 50 school districts. Additionally, Professor Myers has been the faculty liaison to the Syracuse City School District for the SUITR Program, a Masters Residency program in urban special education. Myers has conducted research to study the autobiographical works of adolescents with autism, which won the 2012 Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship and Teaching Contributing to Social Justice and Educational Equity.
Stanley “Bud” Buckhout is the Director of the InclusiveU program and Associate Director of the Taishoff Center. He has worked in education for over 20 years. He earned his Teaching Certificate, M.S. in Special Education and a C.A.S. from Le Moyne College. He has worked in exploring research and facilitation of groups to aid in the identification of student instructional needs at the collegiate, district and school level. He has implemented trainings at many educational levels to develop effective learning environments for students.
Diana “Dee” Katovitch is the Coordinator of the Peer2Peer Project, and Assistant Director of the Taishoff Center. She graduated from Syracuse University (B.S. School of Education ’90; Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies, ’14) and SUNY Cortland (M.S. in Reading ‘95). She worked for 21 years as a special education teacher in NYS public schools. What began as a personal research project on post-secondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities resulted in her book The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities (Woodbine House, 2009). Her new book, Beautiful Children, about the first school for children with intellectual disability in the United States, will be released in Fall of 2016.
Brianna Shults is the Internship and Employment Coordinator for InclusiveU’s Project SEARCH program. She holds a B.S. in Biology (’09) and a MSed (’11), along with a teaching certificate, from Le Moyne College. She comes to Syracuse University from Exceptional Family Resources, where she worked to develop and establish employment and community programs in the Syracuse area to assist individuals to gain the skills they need to become employed. She continues to work to create innovative approaches when assisting students to identify their career plan and successfully obtain employment.