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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.


Outreach Specialist:
Leslie Weilbacher

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),

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

  • Alaska

    Olivia Yancey

    Alaska Department of Education

    Executive Director


    3501 Denali Street Ste 101
    Anchorage, Alaska 99503


    Phone: 907-334-1332

    Fax: 206-330-0306

  • American Samoa

    Olive Isaako

    American Samoa Department of Education

    Visual Impairment Program Coordinator


    PO Box 4120
    Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799


    Phone: 684-699-4611

  • Guam

    Thomas C. Babauta

    Guam Department of Education

    Assistant Superintendent, Special Education


    501 Mariner Ave
    Barrigada, Guam 96913


    Phone: 671-300-1322

    Fax: 671-472-5001

  • Idaho

    Brian Darcy

    Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind



    1450 Main St
    Gooding, Idaho 83330


    Phone: 208-934-4457

    Fax: 208-934-8352

    Co-Chair, Trustee Advisory Committee (TAC) 2023

  • Collene Kroenke

    Idaho Commission for the Blind

    Low Vision Storekeeper


    341 W. Washington St
    Boise, Idaho 83720


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

    Fax: 208-334-2963

  • Montana

    Carol Clayton-Bye

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

    MSDB Outreach Director


    3911 Central Ave
    Great Falls, Montana 59405


    Phone: 406-403-1322

    Fax: 406-771-6164

  • MP

    Jacqueline Che

    Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Education

    Interim Federal Programs Officer


    PO Box 501370 CK
    Saipan, MP 96950


    Phone: 670-237-3065

  • North Dakota

    Emily Stenberg Brown

    Vision Resource Center (NDVSISB)

    Director of ND Vision Services


    500 Stanford Rd
    Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203


    Phone: 701-795-2709

    Fax: 701-795-2727

  • Oregon

    Brian Yoder

    Oregon Department of Education

    Manager, Oregon Textbook & Media Center


    2060 Vista Ave SE #100
    Salem, Oregon 97302


    Phone: 503-540-2940

  • South Dakota

    Laurie Megard

    South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind

    Communications Instructor


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


    Phone: 605-367-5260

    Fax: 605-367-5263

  • Jessica J Vogel

    South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired



    605 14th Ave SE
    Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401


    Phone: 605-626-2580

  • George W. Seamon Jr.

    South Dakota Department of Education

    South Dakota State Librarian


    800 Governors Dr
    Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2235


    Phone: 605-773-3167

  • Washington

    Pamela Parker

    Washington State Department of Public Instruction

    Director of Outreach WSSB/State Vision Coordinator WSDS


    2214 E 13th St
    Vancouver, Washington 98661


    Phone: 360-947-3304

    Fax: 360-737-2120

  • Scott McCallum

    Washington State School for the Blind



    2214 E 13th St
    Vancouver, Washington 98661


    Phone: 360-947-3301

    Fax: 360-737-2120

    Chair, Educational Product Advisory Committee 2022

    Alternate, Trustee Advisory Committee (TAC) 2023

  • Wyoming

    Leslie Bechtel Van Orman

    Wyoming State Department of Education

    Vision Outreach Services – Program Manager


    215 Lincoln St
    Lander, Wyoming 82520


    Phone: 307-857-9267

    Co-Chair, Trustee Advisory Committee (TAC) 2023