Rachel Webster | Rachel.Webster@du.edu
Hello All! I am thrilled to serve as the SASP President this year. I hope to continue the SASP legacy and fulfill the needs of the students within the School Psychology program here at DU. I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student. I graduated from the College of Idaho with my bachelor's with a double major in Psychology and Religious Studies. I then completed a Postbaccalaureate in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University. After completing these programs, I was a Behavioral Interventionist in the schools and a Habilitative Interventionist in the community. I am now on Dr. Talapatra's research team, emphasizing providing support for students with Intellectual Disabilities. I am excited about the experience within this role and am eager to hear any ideas to improve SASP!
Lara Doyne | Lara.Doyne@du.edu
Hi everyone! My name is Lara Doyne, and I will be serving as your SASP Vice President for the 2021-2022 school year! I graduated from the University of Denver in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. I decided to stay at DU for my grad school, and I am currently in my second year of the Ed.S. School Psychology program. I also work as one of the Educational Services Clinic Managers, and I am a part of the Climate Survey Research Team. Outside of school and work, you can find me on the basketball court, at a soccer field, in a yoga studio, or at a local coffee shop!
Marketing and Communications Director
Lacey Scotti | Lacey.Scotti@du.edu
My name is Lacey and I am a second-year Ed.S. student in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2019. After graduating, I worked with a Neuropsychologist as a Brain Fitness Coach at an Assistant Living Facility in Miami. This job opened the doors to the neuro side of psychology for me and inspired me to pursue school psychology. During my free time, I love to catch up with friends, spend time with my niece and nephew, and paint.
Eileen Cullen | Eileen.Cullen@du.edu
Eileen is a 3rd-year doctoral student and the MA/PhD Representative. Eileen received her B.A. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a specialization in Child Life from the University of Florida and worked in outdoor recreation settings primarily facilitating ropes course programming for a various special populations before coming to DU. Eileen enjoys trail running, camping, snow sports, and spending time with her dog, Denali.
Megan Morris I Megan.Morris@du.edu
Megan is a third-year Ed.S student in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program. Prior to starting her graduate studies at the University of Denver, she received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and worked as a preschool teacher and behavioral interventionist in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California. As a school psychologist in training, she hopes to one day specialize in behavioral intervention in the school setting, which is something she is passionate about. While she misses the ocean, she is thrilled to be able to indulge in all of the hiking, backpacking, yoga, and snowboarding that Denver has to offer!
Arberesha Neziri | Arberesha.Neziri@du.edu
My name is Arberesha Neziri! I am the Equity Chair this year for SASP. I view this role as an opportunity to be an active listener on behalf of the cohort needs. Before attending DU for Ed.S, I taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry for 3 years. I have a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. I enjoy birdwatching (particularly hawks), bike riding, and exploring the music scene in Denver!
Professional Development Committee
Kentlyn Kaplan I Kentlyn.Kaplan@du.edu
Hi! I am a second-year Ed.S student in the CFSP program. I am looking forward to serving as your Conference Ambassador this year and exploring all the opportunities NASP has to offer. I am originally from the Washington D.C. area and graduated from Roanoke College (in Virginia) with a degree in Business and Marketing. Prior to starting my graduate studies, I lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for four years working as a special needs caretaker and behavioral therapy counselor. I moved to Denver a year ago and enjoy hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and seeing live music.
Grace Ritchie | Grace.Ritchie@du.edu
Grace is a first-year Ph.D. student in school psychology who recently completed her master's degree at Morgridge as part of the same program. She received her Bachelor's degree from Boston College and holds an elementary teacher's license and visual arts endorsement in Colorado. Prior to joining the DU community, Grace taught third grade and elementary arts in the Aurora and Denver Public School districts. In her spare time, she works as an animal rescue and transport volunteer. She also enjoys painting, hiking, and gardening!
First Year CSSP Representative
Anthony Jones | Anthony.Jones@du.edu
Hi everyone! I am a first-year Ph.D. studying School Psychology. Before attending DU, I graduated with my master's in social work and worked as a fellow with the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) in Atlanta, GA. With SEF and the Georgia Department of Education, I examined the relationship between racial equity and health across rural Georgia to see how student health has historically affected the academic outcomes of marginalized counties. While at DU, I am working with Dr. Hazel and her research team. I love to try new restaurants in the Denver area and play Nintendo Switch in my spare time! Feel free to stop me at any time to chat!
First Year ECSE Representative
Leslie Espinozam| Leslie.Espinoza@du.edu
My name is Leslie Espinoza. I am a first-year student in the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education program. Before attending DU, I worked as a para-professional and went to California State University, Fullerton where I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in child and adolescent development. On my free time I really enjoy spending time with my family, writing, exercising, and exploring new places!
Mental Health Coordinator
Kayla McCreadie | Kayla.McCreadie@du.edu
Kayla McCreadie is currently a 1st-year doctoral student In School Psychology. Prior to attending DU, Kayla received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience from The Pennsylvania State University. She then worked as a research technician in the Development of Self-Regulation Dynamics lab at Penn State. Additionally, Kayla has experience working as a respite and habilitation service provider for adults with autism and working in alternative schools for students with autism and learning disabilities. Currently, Kayla is a graduate research assistant at the Marsico institute where she codes students' mathematical behavior and strategy use. She also works on projects with Dr. Roberts that develop reading interventions for students with pervasive learning and attention needs and with Dr. Talapatra that aim to improve outcomes for students with Intellectual Disabilities. Her research interests include working with students with intellectual disability and/or autism, academic interventions, student mental health, and graduate training. In her free time, Kayla enjoys roller skating, dancing, playing with her cat, and traveling with her husband.
Special Events and Outreach Coordinator
Rosie Levenson | Rosie.Levenson@du.edu
Hi! My name is Rosie Levenson and I am the Special Events and Outreach Coordinator for SASP. I recently completed the master’s program and am now in my first year of the School Psychology Ph.D. program. Prior to my time at DU, I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. I also spent a few years working in higher education fundraising and development before I realized school psychology was my calling! Beyond my role as the Special Events and Outreach Coordinator for SASP, I am also an editor for Peak to Peak, a Student Success Coach for the Office of Academic Advising, and a member of Dr. Cynthia Hazel’s as well as Dr. Eugene Walls (SSW) research teams. When I have free time, I love reading, hiking, biking, and cooking. I look forward to working with you this year!