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Northwest Region

Serving Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Northwest Region Outreach map displaying the states of Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Contacts

Outreach Specialist:
Leslie Weilbacher lweilbacher@aph.org

Leslie is the Outreach Specialist for the Northwest Region with APH.

Leslie is a lifelong disability advocate and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and German from the University of Oregon with her first guide dog Cammy. After interning with Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the Wesley Foundation she pursued her Master of Arts in Special Education with emphasis in Visual Impairment and Orientation & Mobility from the University of Northern Colorado with her second guide dog Gwenny.

Her experience working with students with visual impairments extends over 6 years serving as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and O&M Specialist, including summer programs in independent living skills, and career experiences with her third guide dog Neil. Currently, Leslie lives in Washington state with her current guide dog Fame, retired guide Gwenny and two horses, and some chickens.

Regional Partner:
The Northwest Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT), cattnw@wssb.wa.gov

Program is a collaboration between the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB).

Our mission is to provide assistive technology training to teachers of blind/low vision children, utilizing a “train the trainer” model, while also providing support/training for other professionals working with blind or low vision children as well as parents/caregivers of a child who is blind or has low vision, including those with additional disabilities.

Assistive technology options are provided through APH and training is provided through WSSB employed trainers serving a ten-state/territory region: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

Northwest Region Ex Officio Trustees

  • Olivia Yancey

    Alaska

    Alaska Department of Education

    Executive Director

    Address

    3501 Denali Street Ste 101
    Anchorage, Alaska 99503

    Contact

    Phone: 907-334-1332

    Fax: 206-330-0306

  • Olive Isaako

    American Samoa

    American Samoa Department of Education

    Visual Impairment Program Coordinator

    Address

    PO Box 4120
    Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799

    Contact

    Phone: 684-699-4611

  • Thomas C. Babauta

    Guam

    Guam Department of Education

    Assistant Superintendent, Special Education

    Address

    501 Mariner Ave
    Barrigada, Guam 96913

    Contact

    Phone: 671-300-1322

    Fax: 671-472-5001

  • Brian Darcy

    Idaho

    Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind

    Administrator

    Address

    1450 Main St
    Gooding, Idaho 83330

    Contact

    Phone: 208-934-4457

    Fax: 208-934-8352

    Co-Chair, Trustee Advisory Committee (TAC) 2023

  • Collene Kroenke

    Idaho

    Idaho Commission for the Blind

    Low Vision Storekeeper

    Address

    341 W. Washington St
    Boise, Idaho 83720

    Contact

    Phone: 208-334-3220, ext. 314 or 208-639-8380

    Fax: 208-334-2963

  • Carol Clayton-Bye

    Montana

    Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind and Montana State Department of Public Instruction

    MSDB Outreach Director

    Address

    3911 Central Ave
    Great Falls, Montana 59405

    Contact

    Phone: 406-403-1322

    Fax: 406-771-6164

  • Jacqueline Che

    MP

    Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Education

    Interim Federal Programs Officer

    Address

    PO Box 501370 CK
    Saipan, MP 96950

    Contact

    Phone: 670-237-3065

  • Emily Stenberg Brown

    North Dakota

    Vision Resource Center (NDVSISB)

    Director of ND Vision Services

    Address

    500 Stanford Rd
    Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203

    Contact

    Phone: 701-795-2709

    Fax: 701-795-2727

  • Brian Yoder

    Oregon

    Oregon Department of Education

    Manager, Oregon Textbook & Media Center

    Address

    2060 Vista Ave SE #100
    Salem, Oregon 97302

    Contact

    Phone: 503-540-2940

  • Laurie Megard

    South Dakota

    South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind

    Communications Instructor

    Address

    2900 West 11th Street Ste 101
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104

    Contact

    Phone: 605-367-5260

    Fax: 605-367-5263

  • Jessica J Vogel

    South Dakota

    South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Superintendent

    Address

    605 14th Ave SE
    Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401

    Contact

    Phone: 605-626-2580

  • George W. Seamon Jr.

    South Dakota

    South Dakota Department of Education

    South Dakota State Librarian

    Address

    800 Governors Dr
    Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2235

    Contact

    Phone: 605-773-3167

  • Pamela Parker

    Washington

    Washington State Department of Public Instruction

    Director of Outreach WSSB/State Vision Coordinator WSDS

    Address

    2214 E 13th St
    Vancouver, Washington 98661

    Contact

    Phone: 360-947-3304

    Fax: 360-737-2120

  • Scott McCallum

    Washington

    Washington State School for the Blind

    Superintendent

    Address

    2214 E 13th St
    Vancouver, Washington 98661

    Contact

    Phone: 360-947-3301

    Fax: 360-737-2120

    Chair, Educational Product Advisory Committee 2022

    Alternate, Trustee Advisory Committee (TAC) 2023

  • Leslie Bechtel Van Orman

    Wyoming

    Wyoming State Department of Education

    Vision Outreach Services – Program Manager

    Address

    215 Lincoln St
    Lander, Wyoming 82520

    Contact

    Phone: 307-857-9267

    Co-Chair, Trustee Advisory Committee (TAC) 2023