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Six LSI/Parsons Colleagues Honored for Years of Service

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Second Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Research Conference Room.

Laura Hanigan, emcee, presented the University of Kansas service award pins. This year's honorees are: Katie Hine, 5 years; Chelie Nelson, 5 years; Kathy Olson, 20 years; Diane Salyers, 20 years; Muriel Saunders, 20 years and Roger Stanley, 5 years.

This ceremony recognizes colleagues for their years of service to the University. Service pins are given to all honorees with 5-45 years of service, and gifts are given to honorees with 20-45 years of service.

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Katie Hine, Ph.D.

KATIE HINE, Ph.D., 5 Year Pin, is the Project Coordinator for Family Care Treatment, and a Research Assistant for Kate Saunders' translational research.

"Jerry Rea asked me to coordinate the grant he was receiving. Kate Saunders asked if I wanted to spend part of my time coordinating her grant. I said yes to both.

I like the rural setting of LSI Parsons and the pace of life Parsons offers. My colleagues on the Family Care Treatment team and I have accomplished a lot, and I like being a member of a team of people who have worked together for several years. I've been in the area long enough that I have social and professional networks well established. I particularly appreciate that my supervisor encourages me to seek new projects.

Some people don't know that Treatment Family Care has a project at the PSH Child Care Center. We've been working with the Center for almost 80 weeks. During that time we've conducted observations, recorded teacher performance data, and provided teacher training. The teachers have done an exceptional job of demonstrating skills that promote pro-social child performances."

Photograph of Chelie Nelson

Chelie Nelson, Ph.D.

CHELIE NELSON, Ph.D., 5 Year Pin, returned to the KITS team in mid-2010 as an Early Childhood Technical Assistance Specialist just in time to be recognized for her accumulated five years of service to the University of Kansas. Chelie was profiled in the September 2010 issue of the Insider Archive.

Chelie continues to enjoy her work as part of the KITS team. One of the things she likes best about her job is the opportunity she has to work with early childhood special educators across the state. Chelie says there are some amazing people and programs for young children with special needs in Kansas and she feels privileged to work with others who are committed to improving services for young children and their families.

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Kathleen Olson, Ph.D.

KATHY OLSON, Ph.D., 20 Year Pin. "Currently I work as an associate scientist serving as the principal investigator on the College of Direct Support and on grants to increase college opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and to support self-determination.

In 1991 I moved to Parsons as I was finishing my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. I had the opportunity to be the coordinator on a project to develop the direct support professional workforce. My intent was to stay for a year or two to develop some research skills before moving on to another position. Opportunities to move into an investigator position encouraged me to stay.

I enjoy working with the University Center on Developmental Disability network. Contributing to the development of the Kansas direct support workforce is very rewarding.

I appreciate working with the Kansas community in this rural setting with easy access to university resources and a host of colleagues and professional supports that is hard to match elsewhere. Living in southeast Kansas also enables me to enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets on my Chetopa farm."

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Diane Salyers

DIANE SALYERS, B.S., 20 Year Pin, is the Southeast Kansas Respite Services, Inc. (SEKRS) Coordinator responsible for managing: Respite Services; Coordinator Resource and Support Services; the Payee Program, and is in the process of adding Homemaker Services.

"I first heard about the respite program twenty years ago through a dear friend who has a son with Cerebral Palsy and then I learned more about it while serving on the Labette County United Way Board. Getting this job was an answer to my prayers and twenty years later they can't get rid of me!!!

It has been an honor to have the opportunity to provide respite to hundreds of caregivers. They are such an inspiration to me and I have often wondered if I could be as selfless as they are… totally devoted to the care and welfare of their loved ones.

This job has been a true blessing to me and my family and I have loved every minute… well, almost every minute!!!

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Muriel Saunders, Ph.D.

MURIEL SAUNDERS, Ph.D., 20 Year Pin. "How can I describe twenty years at Parsons' Research Center? I guess some people are asking, 'Where has she been the last 10 years?' My husband Dick and I and our two children lived in Parsons for 20 years and toward the end of our time there, we realized that we needed to shift research gears and study new areas.

One shift was to study adaptive switches in adults with limited motor movement. I became interested in that area when my funding dried up in 1996 and I took an interim job in Seattle where several psychologists had developed early switch and data collection technology. We began living part time and working at Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) in Lenexa in order to pursue research in that area.

At JCDS, I became involved in various health issues in persons with developmental disabilities, including ergonomic issues in the workplace and oral healthcare.

At the KU campus Dick and I met with Joseph Donnelly at the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management and decided to join him in conducting some research on weight management in persons with developmental disabilities.

This series of interests has kept us quite busy. In the past year, Dick and I have been investigators on two NIH grants studying adaptive switch use in toddlers, children and adults, a contract with Special Olympics studying follow-up to referral in dental screenings at Special Olympic events, and a NIDRR funded weight management project for persons with physical disabilities.

We are just beginning a 5-year NIH project studying weight management in persons with developmental disabilities with Joseph Donnelly. All of these projects are supported by the wonderful Parsons' administrative staff."

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Roger Stanley

ROGER STANLEY, M.S., 5 Year Pin, is a Behavior Therapist with the Southeast Kansas Family Care Project and works with parents and their children providing an individualized, consumer driven, home based service.

Roger says, "My favorite thing about my work is the challenge of trying to figure out what causes a particular child's behavior and then giving parents tools they can use to effectively modify their own behavior which in turn changes their child's behavior. Funny how that works. Our parents become "mini" behavior analysts in their own right and are a key component to the success of the project.



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