Professional Standards Board

Chair

Dan Cochrane is district-wide assistive technology specialist/coordinator for Community Unit School District 200 in Wheaton and Warrenville near Chicago, IL. He is a special education teacher who taught at the elementary level for seven years while also serving on the district’s assistive technology team one day a week. In 2006, his assistive technology position became full-time. He works with school teams and parents to implement and integrate assistive technology and accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities. He holds an MA in Special Education from National Louis University in Chicago and an MS in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he developed a special interest in the intersection of disability theory and assistive technology

Vice Chair

Fiona Bessey-Bushnell, MA, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Term: 2014-2017

Fiona Bessey-Bushnell is the Coordinator of Assistive Technology Services for Chesterfield County Public Schools, in Virginia, where she manages the operations of the Assistive Technology Center. Fiona received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Fiona has 15 years of experience in assistive technology and among her many duties, performs comprehensive AT evaluations and designs, plans and implements professional development. Additionally, she serves as adjunct faculty for VCU’s Department of Occupational Therapy.

Fiona earned the certification of Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) in 2005 and is a member in good standing with RESNA. She has served on the Professional Standards Board (PSB) since 2014, and has been an active leader in numerous RESNA committees. Fiona has a passion for collaborating with teams, developing partnerships and thinking outside the box.

Voting Member

Brian Burkhardt
Brian Burkhardt, ATP , ATP
Term: 2013-2019

Brian Burkhardt is the rehabilitation engineer for the Assistive Technology Program at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center. Over the past 13 years as an electrical engineer he has designed devices ranging from ambulatory EKG monitors to missile telemetry systems. At the VA Medical Center Brian specializes in Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLS), adaptive computer access, speech generating devices, power wheelchairs, and the integration of these technologies in the rehabilitation process for veterans with diagnoses including spinal cord, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's, and Multiple Sclerosis. Brian is involved frequently with presentations covering EADLS and rehabilitation engineering for local and national VA and outside educational events. Brian also collaborates on multiple research projects with faculty and students of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Voting Member

Elizabeth Cole
Elizabeth Cole, MSPT, ATP
Term: 2014-2017

Elizabeth Cole has been involved in many aspects of assistive technology since 1985. This includes clinical practice as a physical therapist, management of a seating and wheelchair clinic, product sales and education in seating, wheeled mobility and assistive technology, and clinical reimbursement consulting. Her passion is for people with disabilities to have access to the most appropriate equipment to meet their needs. Currently as Director of Clinical Rehab Services for the U.S. Rehab division of the VGM Group, she develops and implements educational products, programs and services in the areas of seating and mobility, assistive technology, and clinical reimbursement. Over the years, Elizabeth has lectured extensively at conferences, trade shows and universities and has been published in national industry journals. She has served on the Board of Directors of RESNA and is a current member of RESNA, the Clinician’s Task Force, the Complex Rehab and Mobility Council of AAHomecare and the Friends of NRRTS. She continues to be involved in many industry-wide work groups dedicated to regulatory and legislative policy changes related to complex rehab technology.

Voting Member

Michele Gunn, ATP, CRTS,
Term: 2015-2018

Voting Member

Denise Harmon, ATP, CRTS,
Term: 2015-2016

Voting Member

Photo of Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP
Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP
Term: 2015-2018

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and is the CEO of Assistive Technology for Education and Access4Employment. Diana is an accessibility specialist and certified ATP with over 20 years of experience in Special Education, Pre-K through 12th grade, as well as post-secondary and adult education. Diana manages her multi-disciplinary team of consultants who provide comprehensive AT evaluations, training & consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. AT for Ed and A4E also provide professional development workshops, live webinars, and accessibility compliance support for technology, websites, and documentation. Previous to her company, Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire, Disability Services, and prior to that she worked for over 15 years in Special Education in the public school setting. She presents and trains locally & nationally including at ATIA, CSUN, RESNA, Closing the Gap, New England AT conference, Adirondack AT conference, OTAP, and others. 

 

Voting Member

Lois Turner, SLP, ATP,
Term: 2015-2018

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Consumer Member

Leah Hagedorn
Leah Hagedorn, PhD
Term: 2014-2017

Dr. Leah E. Hagedorn received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships in history and public service, she is Professor of History at Tidewater Community College, serves on the City of Norfolk, Virginia's Commission for People with Disabilities, and runs a prize-winning Disability Civil Rights Movement Oral History Project. Dr. Hagedorn serves as a consumer member of the PSB.