Center Leadership Team and Staff

We strive to equip individuals with disabilities and their families--as well as professionals and paraprofessionals--with vital support and information. If we can assist you in any way, please contact Dr. Meagan Sumbera, Associate Director of the Center, at 979.845.4612 or mailto:meagansumbera@tamu.edu .

Dalun Zhang, Ph.D.
Center Director

979-862-6514 | dalun@tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637C

Expertise: transition education and services for individuals with disabilities

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Meagan Sumbera, Ph.D.
Associate Director

979-845-4612 | meagansumbera@tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637D

Expertise: Transition; Postsecondary Access & Outcomes; Special Education Policy; Access and Equity; Equity Issues in Special Education; Qualitative Methods & Applications in Education Policy Analysis; Leadership Preparation; Teacher Preparation. 

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Laura Stough, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, 
Policy and Interdisciplinary Training

979-845-8257 | lstough@tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 709

Expertise: emergency management, disaster and research, qualitative methodologies, education.

Cheryl Grenwelge, Ph.D.
Director of Transition Service Programs, Associate Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

979-458-1593 | cgrenwelge@tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637F and AGVS #115

Dr. Grenwelge is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Her areas of expertise include transition services, secondary special education, self-determination, and youth leadership development.

Ruth Davenport, M.Ed.
PATHS Program Manager

979-845-4704 | rdavenport@tamu.edu

Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 635
Fax: 979-862-1256

Ms. Davenport is a graduate of Texas A & M University, class of ’84. She also received her Masters in Administration at Texas A&M University in 1995. She completed 32 years in the public school system and has taught from kindergarten to seniors. She spent the last four years as an elementary principal.

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Jackie Pacha, Ph.D., CRC
Executive Director of Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL)

979-776-5505 | info@bvcil.org
Location: 1869 Briarcrest, Bryan, Texas 77802

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Rick Peterson, Ph.D.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service Liaison, Associate Professor

979-845-1877 | rlpeterson@ag.tamu.ed
Location: 578 John Kimbrough Blvd, AgriLife Services Bldg, Suite 119 

Expertise: program development, evaluation and outreach and family life

Alyssa Lacativo Paschel, M.Ed.
PATHS and Bridge to Career Practicum and Instructional Coordinator

979-862-3105 | aplacativo4@tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 620

Alyssa Lacativo is the Instructional Coordinator for the PATHS Program. She is the lead instructor for the Child Care Professional and Direct Support Professional content classes. Alyssa also supports the instructional assistants and other course instructors. Her areas of expertise include transition services and special education.

 

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Tanya Baker
Communications Specialist

979-862-4990 | tanyabaker@cehd.tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637B

 

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Aimee Day
Program Coordinator

979-862-2913 | aday@tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637J

Assists with the following programs: Camp LIFE, PATHS, Bridge to Career, Texas Transition Conference, The Institute for Person- Centered Practices. 

Mary Whirley, M.Ed.
Program Assistant

979-862-2843 | mwhirley3@tamu.edu

Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637K
Fax: 979-862-1256

Mary Whirley is a first year Special Education doctoral student at TAMU.
Expertise include child development, transition services, and cultural awareness in vocational training.

 

Riley Biffle
PATHS Program Assistant

979-845-1839 | biffle13@tamu.edu
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637H

Riley Biffle received her B.A.A.S degree from Lamar University. Riley has a passion for teaching and will be training PATHS students to become child care professionals and direct support specialists.

Travis Hamil
PATHS Program Assistant

paths.program12@gmail.com
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 619

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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