About MO AHEAD

In December 1985, a call went out from Keith Frank at Emporia State University to initiate a regional conference for service providers.  The goal of the regional meeting was to provide the best possible services to students with disabilities by helping each other.  Thus was born the first Great Plains regional spring conference, designed with two important criteria:  to be inexpensive and enjoyable.  The first conference was held at Council Grove Lake.  For many years following, the Great Plains conferences were held at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, Kansas.

At the 1987 conference, Arden Boyer-Stephens organized a steering committee to initiate a Missouri AHEAD chapter.  Our mission was to develop a stronger local communication network.  This network would strengthen the professionalism, expertise and competency of personnel working with students who have disabilities at two- and four-year public and private institutions of higher education.

Past activities of Missouri AHEAD have included:

  • Improvement of programs through substantial networking opportunities
  • Participation in a Great Plains regional conference
  • A member listserv
  • Sponsorship of workshops on current topics
  • Development of resource materials
  • Presentations to community and professional organizations
  • A member newsletter
  • Campus visits

MO AHEAD EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
2016 – 2017

President:
Heather Stout
St. Louis University
stoutha@slu.edu
Student Success Center
Program Director, Disability Services
314.977.8885 ph
314.977.3486 fax
http://www.slu.edu

Past-President:
Barbara Hammer
University of Missouri
hammerb@missouri.edu
Director, Disability Center
S5 Memorial Union
Columbia, MO 65211
P 573-882-4696 (main) or 573-882-4697 (direct)
F 573-884-5002
http://disabilitycenter.missouri.edu

Vice-President:
Scott Laurent
University of Missouri – Kansas City
laurentr@umkc.edu
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
4825 Troost, Suite 104
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816.235.5696
Fax: 816.235.6363
http://www.umkc.edu/disability/

Secretary:
Theresa Smythe
St. Louis Community College – Meramec
TOSmythe@stlcc.edu
Disability Support Specialist / Access Office
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
314-984-7579

Treasurer:
Anna Kisting
Maryville University of St. Louis
akisting@maryville.edu
Director, Disability Support & Success
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
314-529-9374

Secondary Liaison:
Kathy Clynes
Fort Zumwalt North High School, St. Louis
kclynes@fz.k12.mo.us
School Psychologist
Ft. Zumwalt North High School

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