Partners and Advisory Board

Our partners include consultants and advisory board members.

Marsha Bork

Ms. Marsha Bork

Advisory Board Member Ms. Bork is a teacher of students with visual impairments in Madison Elementary School District in Phoenix. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field. She is a braille and tactile graphics user herself so will be able to share her personal and professional experience with the research team.  Along with two of her students, she participated in the AnimalWatch Vi Suite project.

Diane Brauner

Ms. Diane Brauner

Advisory Board Member Ms. Brauner created and manages the Perkins’ Paths to Technology website . Passionate about assistive technology and iOS accessibility, Diane is involved in numerous cutting-edge educational accessibility projects. She and her colleague, Ed Summers, have provided iPad accessibility training for teachers of students with visual impairments and O&M specialists throughout the United States. With 25 years of experience as a certified orientation and mobility specialist, Diane integrates technology into her work with students. 

Jane Erin

Dr. Jane Erin

Dr. Erin is a project consultant and  Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and was the Co-PI for the AnimalWatch Vi Suite project. She will guide the research team in developing a rating scale to use when evaluating student use of accessible graphics.

Diane Everhart

Ms. Diane Everhart

Ms. Everhart is a project consultant and  certified braille transcriber and retired teacher of students with visual impairments. She prepared the braille materials for the AnimalWatch Vi Suite project and will again work with the research team in the preparation of braille materials.

Tina Herzberg

Dr. Tina Herzberg

Advisory Board Member Dr. Herzberg is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate where she prepares teachers of students with visual impairments. Dr. Herzberg's interests include braille, Nemeth code, and tactile graphics. She Is a member of BANA's Braille Formats committee.  Read more information about Dr. Herzberg.

Susan Osterhaus

Ms. Susan Osterhaus

Ms. Osterhaus is a project consultant and an outreach consultant at TSBVI. She is nationally recognized in her work in the area of mathematics for students with visual impairments. She is supporting the research team in the development of environmental science units that include math word problems and the graphics to use when solving them. Read more information about Ms. Osterhaus.

Lisa Wadors Verne

Dr. Lisa Wadors Verne

 Dr. Wadors Verne is a project consultant and the Program Manager: Education, Research & Partnerships for Benetech Labs and its Global Literacy services including Bookshare and the DIAGRAM Center +.  She is the project lead for the 3D Printing initiatives and the project lead for a private grant that supports parents of children with learning differences. She will provide guidance in the development and use of the accessible graphics.

Kim Zebehazy

Dr. Kim Zebehazy

Dr. Zebehazy is a project consultant and  an Associate Professor at The University of British Columbia, where she is co-coordinator of the Blindness and Visual Impairment Concentration and coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Orientation and Mobility in the Faculty of Education. She has published multiple research articles on the challenges posed by graphics for students with visual impairments. Read more information about Dr. Zebehazy.

The LightHouse MAD Lab
The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Media and Accessible Design Lab will be preparing all the graphics used by the project. They are an experienced team of alternative format specialists and designers, people who know the “language of lines”. Pictured from L-R Naomi Rosenberg, Frank Welte, Greg Kehret, BJ Epstein, Julie Sadlier (not pictured Carey Milliron)

Mike Wear of Study Edge discusses accessibility features of the iPad app with a middle school student.
Mike Wear of Study Edge discusses accessibility features of the iPad app with a middle school student.