With 8 years of experience as a sign language interpreter in higher education and one year working at the Everett Community College Center for Disability Services, I feel I am prepared to support WAPED in the role of President-Elect. Though I am new to disability services and still learning a lot, WAPED has supported me immensely in my onboarding process and I want the association to continue to prosper. While I would have preferred to serve in other positions before running for this important leadership role, I am confident in my ability to make a positive impact on WAPED for the next several years. With my Master’s degree in Business Administration, I have helped several struggling businesses revamp their processes and procedures to become more efficient and profitable. My hope is that my business background and love for supporting students to provide equitable learning opportunities will be the drive and experience needed as a successful WAPED leader.
Zach Lattin has been an assistive technology user since 1993 when his dad got him a Dos screen reader and speech synthesizer for Christmas! He believes in the power of technology to change people’s lives for the better by allowing access and leveling the playing field. Currently Zach works at Clark college as an assistive tech and web accessibility specialist. As your tech advisor, he will continue to work diligently and passionately to make sure WAPED tech infrastructure continues to be secure and accessible.
I currently work as the Intake Specialist for the Disability Access office at Gonzaga University, where I’ve been employed since 2013; I’ve been a WAPED member since that time. My background is in applied psychology, special education and inclusion/accommodation management, throughout a career in education on two continents. After working in Cheney and Issaquah schools for several years, I was hired by the state of Queensland, Australia, to introduce the concept of inclusion into the Queensland State School system in 1988, and went on to serve as assistant principal/principal in Queensland schools until 2011. I also worked for two Australian universities in teacher-training, and certification of teachers new to Australia from other countries. When I moved back to Washington State, I sought employment in the university environment to further my knowledge and interest in post-secondary education. I’ve been a WAPED 4-year institution representative for the past two years, and have enjoyed getting to know a fabulous group of people who do “like-work” across the State! I am running for the position of WAPED Treasurer so that I can actively contribute to our organization, and encourage collegiality, problem-solving, and sharing of ideas across all sectors of post-secondary disability support.
Two year representative
Dustin Shattuck is currently Assistant Dean of Student Support Programs at Yakima Valley College. He is responsible for the operations of Disability Support Services, Tutoring Center, TRIO Student Support Services and TRIO Upward Bound. Dustin’s day ranges from administrative meetings, monitoring budgets, faculty discussions, making programmatic decisions, to proctoring exams to students in DSS. Dustin completed a Bachelor of Arts at Washington State University and a Master of Education Program Administration at Heritage University. His past 17 years of employment in managing educational programs has included private for non-profit, agency, city, K-12, and higher education. A common thread throughout these experiences has been Dustin’s passion for working directly with diverse student populations to overcome varying opportunity gaps to reach their goals and aspirations.
Josef Mogharreban earned a doctoral degree in rehabilitation science from the University of Washington in 2018 and has been in his current positon as Director of Disability Services at North Seattle College since January, 2019. Josef’s research interests include the psychosocial impact of disability, employment-specific interventions, and policies related to generating awareness of and increasing access to participation in academic and social services for people with disabilities. Josef has worked professionally as a certified rehabilitation counselor for state departments of vocational rehabilitation assisting individuals with disabilities, including veterans, reach employment-related goals. Josef has also taught extensively in counseling theory, medical aspects of disability, research design, multicultural competency, as well as models of disability and disability history in multiple academic and community settings. Josef holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University.
Four year representative
Washington State University
Davi Kallman is a graduate student at the Washington State University and is pursuing her doctoral degree in Communication at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. She was recently hired as an Access Advisor at WSU where she advocates for students with disabilities and administers reasonable accommodations. Last year, she was appointed as the ADVANCE at WSU’s Graduate Assistant housed out of the Provost’s Office and continued her appointment on the Washington State Governor’s Council for State Independent Living (SILC) as Vice Chair.
Kallman, who is herself dyslexic, does not hesitate to challenge the status quo. She established the Disabled Student Services Task Force through the Student Government Association at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to increase awareness of the needs of students with both obvious and “hidden” disabilities, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Appreciation of Diverse Dispositions (ADD) a student driven disability advocacy organization focused on providing scholarships for university students with disabilities.
She lives in Pullman, Washington with her husband Kyle and their three cats, Mozzy, PomPom, and Ash.
My name is Kim Thompson and I am running for WAPED 4-year representative. I am the Senior Director of Disability Services at Seattle University. Prior to working at SU, I was the Dean of Students at Shoreline Community College. I have been in higher education since 1993 and most of my work has been supporting disability access and inclusion.
Prior to the 2020 global pandemic (ever think you would read that in a sentence?), I believed that higher education, students with disabilities and the professionals that work alongside them, had come to an important crossroads; a time of transition where we can no longer stay fixed in the medical/compliance model we have functioned in for years. A new paradigm acknowledging both compliance and justice is necessary. The current crisis has only strengthened that conviction.
As has always been true in times of establishment transition, those who hold some history have an obligation to ensure the historical narrative does not bind us irrevocably to the past. We have an obligation to help the organization and our profession make progress towards its next evolution. No easy task – I am certain – but critical. We will fail if we do not embrace, as a group, the lived experiences of the persons we were chartered to include.
I am running for 4-year representative because I believe that WAPED is an invaluable organization and will only remain so if it can assess itself and check the relevance of its ideals, policy, and structure against what we know to be best practice and our mission. For WAPED to stay relevant we have to find our way in a fluid environment, making space for multiple voices and experiences. It is a challenging opportunity and I would be glad to be a part of it.