Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS is Director of Rehab Industry Affairs at Pride Mobility Corporation. She graduated with Honors from The University of Illinois in 1984 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She worked at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL for 10 years and began their seating clinic in 1986. She then worked for a manufacturer of pediatric positioning products where she was responsible for the design, development, marketing and sales of the product line. Julie joined the Rehab division of a large, a national DME provider from 2003-2008 where she was primarily responsible for managing their Medicare operations and compliance. Julie has been a member of RESNA for over 20 years, served on the Professional Standards Board from 2007 – 2014 and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a Friend of NRRTS, a member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee and the User’s First Alliance Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Association for Medical Equipment Services and the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services and is an active member of the 4 DME MAC Advisory Councils. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry and is actively involved with the coverage, coding and standards work groups as part of the Complex Rehab Separate Benefit Initiative.
Fiona Bessey-Bushnell is the Assistive Technology Specialist for Chesterfield County Public Schools, a large district (enrollment of approximately 59,000 students) 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 over 15 years of experience in assistive technology and among her many duties, performs comprehensive AT evaluations, facilitates assistive technology solutions, and designs, plans and implements professional development. Additionally, she formerly served as adjunct faculty and currently serves as clinical faculty for VCU’s Department of Occupational Therapy. Fiona regularly presents at local, state and national conferences.
Fiona earned the certification of Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) in 2005. Prior to serving on the Professional Standards Board (PSB) in 2014, she has been active in numerous RESNA committees since 2009 in various leadership roles. Fiona has a passion for collaborating with teams, developing partnerships, and thinking outside the box.
Elizabeth Christensen, MA/CCC-SLP/L, ATP
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.
Mr. Johnny Kelley, A+, Net+, Sec+ double majored in Network Administration and Systems Administration in 2007 from Albany Technical College at the top of his class. Graduate of Partners in Policymaking (2004), Johnny gained invaluable leadership, diversity, and advocacy skills. His practical problem solving skills have served him well in his 13 years in Information Technology. Johnny is currently employed with Chesterfield County Public Schools in Assistive Technology (AT). His lifelong experience using a wide variety of AT and his extensive technical background make him an invaluable member of the Chesterfield AT Center. In his current position, he's also privileged to speak to Chesterfield students regarding major life issues. One of his most powerful quotes is, “Because there has never been, nor will there ever be, another you, you are absolutely crucial to the course of human history.”
In 2010, Johnny discovered an uncanny talent in public speaking. He uses a tremendous skill set of dry humor, liberal honesty, stiff gravity, and a thought provoking delivery unlike any other to deliver his revolutionary approach to disability awareness. Johnny has been featured as the keynote speaker at the VOTA annual conference. In 2013, Johnny made a lasting impact in Ukraine speaking and advocating on behalf of children with disabilities. He’s also guest lectured at several universities including Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, Mary Baldwin University, and Shenandoah University.
Erin Michael, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS is Manager of Patient Advocacy and Special Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) in Baltimore. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Ithaca College in 2006. She specializes in treating paralyzing neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, cerebral palsy, and traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. Additionally, Michael is the coordinator of the ICSCI Seating and Mobility Clinic and has specialized in seating and mobility for over 10 years. She received her assistive technology professional certification in 2011 and her seating and mobility specialist certification in 2013. She is also Founder and current Chair of Team Kennedy Krieger, a developing adult adaptive sports program. Lastly, she has as special interest in advocacy as it relates to patient rights, disability rights and access to healthcare. Michael is a current member of RESNA, the Clinician’s Task Force and a friend of NRRTS. Michael previously held the position of vice-chair of the Seating and Wheeled Mobility SIG for three years.
Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and is the CEO of Assistive Technology for EducationExternal Links icon and Access4EmploymentExternal Links icon. 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 provides training locally & nationally.