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 .

Dalun Zhang, Ph.D.
Center Director

979-862-6514 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |

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 |
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




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Tanya Baker
Communications Specialist

979-862-4990 |
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 637B


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Aimee Day
Program Coordinator

979-862-2913 |
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 |

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 |
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
Office: TAMU Harrington Tower, 619









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