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© 2023 by Consutants For Community

RACHEL MORGAN

 

PhD, MA, CAS, Author, National Speaker - Owner/President & CEO

Areas of Specialty
·      Autism Spectrum Disorder
·      Developmental Disabilities
·      Advocacy – Self-Determination
·      Federal & State Compliance (IDEA)
·      Collaboration, Effective Communication & Problem Solving
·      Early Intervention – Birth to age three
·      Early Childhood Special Education – Three to 3rd Grade
·      Sensory Impairments-Deaf/Hard of Hearing & Visual Impairments – birth to 3rd Grade
·      Development of Post-Graduate University Programs
·      Andragogy:  Lifelong/Life wide Learning
 
Education     
Doctorate of Education:  Instructional leadership – Emphasis Andragogy
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, USA
2013-2016 (Expected Graduation Date) 
 
Masters in Education:  EI - Emphasis in Autism & Sensory Impairments
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, USA
2011-2013 M.A. Education 
Awards:  Alpha Chi
 
Bachelors of Arts:  Behavior Psychology & Criminology – Minor in Sociology
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
1990-1995 B.A. Psychology 
                  B.A. Criminology
                  Minor Sociology
 
Certifications

  • Certified Autism Specialist (CAS); International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards

 
Professional Memberships

  • Alpha Chi – Honors Society

  • Member of the National TASH org. – Secretary of the local MO TASH Board

  • Member of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • Member of Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Early Childhood & Division of Autism & Developmental Disabilities

  • Member of the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce

    • School/Business Partnership Committee

    • PreK-14 Partnership Team

 
Experience
2009-Present              Owner/CEO/Educational Consultant - Consultants for Children

  • 2009-20011 - Independent Consultant for the First Steps Early Intervention Program.  I was contracted as the Child Find Coord. 

  • My duties included marketing, working with the Director and Service Coord. on presentations out in the community to educate on eligibility as well as the philosophy of the program.

  • Increase the number of appropriate referrals to the program.

  • Over the two years of my contract I was able to increase the number of appropriate referrals from 1.8% of the population to over 2% of the population, which is what the state of Missouri was striving for. 

  • Jan. 2012-June 2012 - I consulted with the Mercy Autism Center as an educational consultant to assist with the family education component of the program.

  • Worked with the Director of the program and the staff to assist in program development.  

 
2008-Present              Founder/Executive Director - The Adam Morgan Foundation

  • Founded the Adam Morgan Foundation on April 15th, 2008 as a non-profit organization that helps families raising children with Autism get the resources, equipment, interventions and support they need in the home at little to no cost to the families ages 3 and older in  St. Charles, St. Louis City & County. 

  • We are a 501c3 tax-exempt organization for which I completed the paperwork and submitted myself.

  • We have assisted over 500 families in our community over the past five years by funding sensory equipment for their homes, loaning out therapeutic listening equipment, funding assessments and ongoing therapies, donation of over 25 iPad to individuals and schools, these are a few examples of our donations.

  • Parent and educator workshops (Jan. 2011) – They have been very well attended.  The focus is on inclusion, goal writing, IEP preparation and collaboration between parents and educators. 

  • Special Quest Trainer – inclusion for ages birth to five years of age.

  • Attend IEP (Individual Education Plans) meetings with Parents as an Advocate and help with the pre planning of the meeting as well as provide guidance and supports for the educators and parents when concerns arise. 

  • Race Director for our Annual Fun Run each April as well as work on multiple fundraisers for the foundation throughout the year.

  • I run the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.

 
2011-2014                   Graduate Assistant - Lindenwood University

  • Educator/Family Workshops

    • Marketing

    • Presenter

    • Flyer creation & distribution

  • Assisting with the Early Intervention conference

    • Marketing

    • Flyer creation & distribution

    • Vendor contact

    • Registration contact

    • Presenter

  • Marketing for the Masters in Education - Early Intervention Program (includes moderating the social media pages:  face book, linked in & twitter)

  • Assisted Co-Principal Researches in writing and submitting the application for a potential research grant in the field of autism and early childhood

  • Administrative functions include:  preparing excel documents, graphs, letters, labels and research for different projects. 

  • Consult on new masters programs for both the Early Intervention and the K-12 Programs

  • Presentations on the first steps program for classes

  • Graduate Student

 
2009-2011                   Consultants for Children, LLC – Independent Contractor 
Child Find Coordinator - First Steps

  • In charge of marketing for the First Steps program for St. Louis City & St. Charles County.  Responsible for a yearly marketing budget of $20,000 for two years of the contract.

  • Participated in EIC monthly Child Find Committee Meetings.

  • Participated in EIC bi-monthly regional meetings and provided a written report at each meeting summarizing the child find activities and the cost of those activities. 

  • Analyze data provided by the SPOE (system point of entry) for region one and report back to the executive committee. 

  • Developed an action plan for reaching underserved populations promoting First Steps philosophy and increasing referrals of eligible children to region one SPOE office.

  • Developed a power point presentation for the First Steps program and have presented this presentation to many organizations over the past two years.

  • Responsible for creating the three tiered developmental checklists, new folder, magnets, pens, pencils and brochures with the marketing funds. 

 
2004-2009                   First Steps Service Coordinator - Special School District

  • Coordinate services for the family and to lead team meetings while addressing the families concerns, priorities and resources. 

  • Face-to-Face meetings at least twice a year with the families and the team.

  • At least quarterly phone contact with the families.

  • Administrative functions include:  Internet, word and excel proficiency, authorizing payment for provider assessments and ongoing service, planning intake and ongoing meetings, review provider case notes each month, documentation of my case notes, and writing all IFSP’s.

  • Review all doctor and therapist’s assessments/evaluations to determine eligibility of children for the program.  

  • Maintaining the intake & ongoing IFSP process.

  • Screening over the phone with families that call in with an initial referral/inquiry for their child with suspected delay and/or disabilities.

  • Support system for the families.

 
2003-2004                   First Steps Independent Contractor - Service Coordinator

  • Liaison between the family, therapists and the First Steps Program.

  • Administrative functions include:  maintaining a client file for my records, sending original paperwork to the SPOE, authorizing payment for ongoing services & maintaining the ongoing IFSP process.  Support system for the families. 

 
**Additional experience provided upon request**
 
Special Training & Development

  • 2015 – Certified Training Partners with IBCCES

  • 2015 – PEAK Conference on Inclusive Education – 2 Day Training in Denver, CO

  • 2014 – Early Intervention Conference @ Lindenwood University

  • 2014 – Graduating Class of Partners in Policymaking, Columbia, MO

  • 2014 – Early Start Denver Model:  Introductory Course

  • 2013 - Early Intervention Conference @ Lindenwood University

  • 2013 – Research-to-practice Conference in Adult & Higher Education

  • 2012 – Technology Conference

  • 2011 -  Paula Kluth/Temple Grandin 2 Day Training

  • 2010 - Special Quest Train the Trainer, Columbia, MO

  • 2008 - Robin McWilliams Routines Based Interview (RBI) 2 Day Training

  • 2007 - Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) 2 Day Training

  • 2005 - 3 Week Parent Training @ Judevine

  • 2003 - First Steps Family Service Coordinator Training

 
Presentations

  • 2015 – Presented Positive Behavior Supports workshop; Partners in Policy Making, Columbia, MO

  • 2015 – Presented on Inclusive Education – “What is it and How do we implement it?”; Consultants for Children Office

  • 2014 – Presented parent workshop on Transition from First Steps into Early Childhood; St. Josephs Institute for the Deaf

  • 2013 - Organized and Presented a Collaboration session @ the First Annual Early Intervention Conference at Lindenwood University

  • 2013 - Presented IEP Goal Writing seminar for parents and teachers; St. Charles County Library

  • 2013 – Presented at the National TASH conference in Chicago, IL on our families journey and announced my children’s book “Building Forever Friendships” Strategies to Help Your Friend with Autism or Other Special Needs at School

  • 2011-2013 – Multiple parent/educator presentations at Lindenwood University, DMH,  & UMSL focusing on collaboration, inclusion and goal writing workshops

 
Publications

  • 2015 –“Building Forever Friendships” – Strategies to Help Your Friend With Autism or Other Special Needs at School


*References Available Upon Request

SUSAN NEWTON

 

MA, CAS, CFO, Educational Consultant, Facilitator of Adult Learning

 

Area of Specialty

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder & Developmental Disabilities

  • Self-determination & Self-advocacy

  • Andragogy: Adult Lifelong/ Life wide learning

  • Effective Communication & Collaboration

  • Behaviors’ of Trust & Emotional Intelligence

  • Positive Behavior Interventions & Modification

  • Cultural Competency & Neurodiversity

  • Early Childhood Special Education

  • Federal & State Compliance (IDEA, MO State Plan, ADA & Section 504)

  • Missouri Department of Mental Health; Division of Developmental Disabilities- Waivers, mandates, and guidelines
     

Certifications
·      Certified Autism Specialist (CAS); International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)
·      Missouri OPEN Initiative Professional Development Certified Trainer

Early Childhood Special Education Missouri Teaching Certificate
·      MM/CC K-12 Missouri Teaching Certificate
·      Missouri Substitute Teaching Certificate

Education
Doctorate of Education; Instructional Leadership- Andragogy
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri
Aug. 2013 – 2017 (projected)
75.00 credit hours currently completed
Dissertation Research:
Investigating the Role of Trust in Communication Between Special Education Teachers & Parents. 
 
Master of Education; Autism Spectrum Disorders (K-12)
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri
June 2012 – Aug. 2013
33.00 credit hours completed
Awards: Alpha Chi
 
Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Special Education
Missouri Teaching Certificate
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri
Dec. 2001
152.50 credit hours completed
Awards: Cum Laude
 
Professional Memberships

  • Missouri Council of Special Education (MO-CASE)

  • Missouri Association for Adult Continuing and Community Education (MAACCE)

  • National Communication Association (NCA)

  • International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET)

  • American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA)

  • LRP Publications: Education Administration & Law

  • TASH

  • People First of Missouri

  • Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

  • Autism Speaks

  • Council of Exceptional Children

  • Autism New Jersey

  • Tourette’s Syndrome Association

  • Alpha Chi- Honors Society

 
Accomplishments & Awards

  • 2015: IBCCES; Certified Training Partner

  • 2015: Missouri OPEN Initiative – Trainer Level 5c

  • 2015: Appointment to Frances Howell Sch. Dist. Special Education Advisory Council

  • 2015: Appointment to Home & Community Base Services State planning team

  • 2015: Appointment to Heartland State leadership team

  • 2014: President of Show Me People First

  • 2014: Membership invitation: Lindenwood Honor Society

  • 2013: Membership invitation: Alpha Chi

  • 2012: Saint Charles County Direct Service Providers award for Advocacy

  • 2012: Appointment to the DD Awareness Campaign planning board

  • 2012: Invitation to participate in establishing TASH Missouri

  • 2011: MACDDS Cutting Edge Award

 
Special Training & Development

  • 2016: Power Up to the Summit, Assistive Technology Conference & Expo

  • 2015: Unifying General & Special Education, MO-CASE

  • 2015: PEAK Conference

  • 2015: The Resistant Child

  • 2014: Early Intervention Conference

  • 2013: Autism New Jersey Conference

  • 2013: Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult & Higher Education

  • 2013: Early Intervention Conference

  • 2013: COPAA Conference

  • 2012: LRP National Institute on Legal Issues,

  • 2012: Direct Support Professionals conference

  • 2012: STL Autism Conference

  • 2011: PEAK Conference

  • 2010: LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities

  • 2010: MO-CASE

 
Presentations

  • 2016: Communication Mishaps-A Proactive Approach to Effective Collaboration

  • 2016: How to Make “The Talk” Meaningful

  • 2016: Taking the Plunge – Strategies for Recreation Programs

  • 2016: Who is in Charge of Who? Sensory Challenges, Environment, & Behaviors

  • 2016: IEP Friend of Foe?

  • 2015: Certified Autism Specialist Training; (2) two-day workshop series

  • 2015: Building Social Capital: workshop series

  • 2015: Inclusion training workshop series

  • 2015: People First of Missouri State Conference

  • 2014: Parent Training: Transition from First Steps; St. Josephs Institute for the Deaf

  • 2014: People First of Missouri State Conference

  • 2013: People First of Missouri State Conference

  • 2013: IEP Goal Writing seminar for parents and teachers

  • 2012: People First of Missouri State Conference

  • 2011: Poster presentation & breakout session- National People First Conference

  • 2010: Established & facilitated Adult Asperger’s support group

  • 2008-2013: Facilitated parent trainings addressing:

    • Special Education: Process & Policies

    • IEP process

    • Effective Communication & Meeting Preparation

    • Behavior Intervention training

 
Employment History
2013 – Present
CFO/Educational Consultant - Consultants for Children, LLC

  • Provide monthly workshops at our Learning Resource Center for Adult Learners (Parents, Self-Advocates, Educators, Non-Profit organizations, Administrators, Support Staff, etc.…)

  • Offer Free Initial Consultations individualize supports and learning opportunities for all of our clients

  • Support parents & school special education staff in IEP/504 meetings.

  • Certified Training Partners with IBCCES to offer CEU’s for all participants at our workshops towards their certification as a Certified Autism Specialist

  • Trainers for Missouri’s OPEN Initiative – offer Clock Hours to any participants needed those for their jobs

  • Other duties include maintaining financials for the LLC.
     

2008 –2013
Educational Advocate - Family Advocacy & Community Training
·      Support families identify and obtain special education related services and supports.
·      Thorough understanding of all educational records. Including but not limited too; School evaluations, Independent psychological evaluations, IEP’s, 504, and behavior plan, and medical records.
·      Extensive knowledge of IDEA Federal Regulation, Missouri State Standards, ADAA, FERPA, and Board Policies.
·      Interpersonal skillsets with community support representatives.
·      Documentation of productivity.
·      Facilitate trainings, workshops and support groups.
·      Attendance at national and local conferences/trainings.

2009 – 2013
Advisor - People First of Saint Charles

  • Maintain member’s personal profiles

  • Provide data to funding agency

  • Prepare and facilitate monthly chapter meetings and social events

  • Attend Saint Charles Coalition meetings

  • Participate in People First of Missouri quarterly Steering Committee meetings

  • Support People First members with State Legislators

  • Facilitate the Clean Up Your Language Campaign; arrange/participate in presentations at local Alderman, Councilmen, School Board, and other board meetings in Saint Charles County.

  • Disseminate information regarding regulations pertaining to DMH and people with disabilities.
     

2004 – 2011
Owner / Director - Kiddie Kingdom L.L.C. Sold childcare business in 2011
Childcare Center Director – Certified Childcare Center Director: Division of Social Services for 100+ children.

  • Obtained all necessary legal requirements to form a L.L.C.,

  • State of Missouri Licensing through the Division of Health and Senor Services,

  • All necessary permits by Sanitation Department, State and Local Fire Districts.

Administrative duties included

  • Child attendance, enrollment records, health and safety, and emergency records

  • Ordering supplies

  • Handel all parent billing invoices and collection

  • External account payment and invoices

  • Ensuring all children receiving Childcare Assistance records were up to date and processed monthly billing to the Department of Family Services

Management duties included

  • Hiring, training, and supervision of 25+ staff

  • Create work schedules and conduct staff evaluations

  • Payroll and tax processing