IDRPP Honors Graduates & Trainees

By JoLynne Lyon | April 25, 2022
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USU in Logan, Utah

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice honors our graduates and trainees! Below is a list of employees and those receiving work experience within the Institute who are graduating in 2022.

We are also celebrating with those who have received post-graduate training.

Commencement at Utah State University varies from campus to campus around the state, but festivities begin this week!

Fun fact: 1,113 USU students received training from IDRPP in 2020-21. We also provided training to 30,765 professionals and paraprofessionals, 12,884 members of the general public, 1,700 family members, 687 adults with disabilities, 423 children with disabilities and more!


Elizabeth Dimond, Aggies Elevated USU Eastern Director, in Disability Disciplines

Megan Israelsen, Graduate Assistant with Up to 3, in Disability Disciplines

Brenda Smith, Program Coordinator, Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, in Disability Disciplines

Masters, USU

Becca Richards,  Up to 3 Service Coordinator, in Human Development and Family Studies

Registered Nursing (RN), USU-Moab

Melissa Frandsen, Clinician, Southeast Early Intervention (in addition to a previous bachelor’s)

Post-Graduate Training

Sue Reeves, Aggies Elevated Director, Effective Online Teaching Practices credential

Association of College and University Educators, American Council on Education,

USU Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence

Steve Smith, Program Director, Center on Data and Accountability, URLEND training

Utah Regional Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Tatiana Perilla, Program Coordinator with three IDRPP projects, URLEND training

Utah Regional Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Bachelor’s Degrees, USU

Aggies Elevated Employees

Hannah Evans, Special Education, minor in Piano, Aggies Elevated

Megan Stringham, Special Education

Michaela Goodloe, Music Therapy, minor in Disability Studies

Emmeline John, Elementary Education and Mild/Moderate Special Education,

minor in French, DLI endorsement

Up to 3 Interns

Emily Mather, Social Work

Abby Salvesen, Social Work

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