Program Director – Jill S. Pleasant, MA, OTR/L
Jill had been the AzTAP Director from 1999 until 2008. She returned to AzTAP in the fall of 2012 and is delighted to be back in this position once again. She obtained her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from New York University, her graduate degree from the University of Central Florida and her Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from CSUN at Northridge. As an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist, she has many years of experience in variety of healthcare and educational settings in Arizona, Florida, and New York, and has worked extensively with individuals having a wide range of disabilities. Jill strongly believes that assistive technology is an essential, but under-utilized tool for improving independence and quality of life for persons with disabilities of all ages.
Assistive Technology Specialist, Senior – Clayton Guffey, MSW, CRC, ATP, CEAC
Clayton joined AzTAP as an Assistive Technology Specialist in early 2007. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Sociology from NAU in 1994 and a Master of Social Work Degree from ASU in the fall of 2002. Clayton has certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) from the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) as well as a Certified Environmental Accessibility Consultant (CEAC) via Accessible Home Improvement of America. Prior to coming to AzTAP in 2006, Clayton was employed for 10 years as a Rehabilitation Counselor in Phoenix with the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). During that time Clayton facilitated a case managed Independent Living (IL) program with RSA that assisted individuals with significant disabilities to increase their independence and control over their lives. Clayton has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities to evaluate, determine and obtain assistive technology of all forms that can assist them in improving their capabilities and independence. His approach to service provision uses the paradigms of person centered planning and independent living philosophy.
Assistive Technology Specialist – Mellowdee Brooks, M.Ed, ATP, SLPA
Mellowdee became a member of the AzTAP team as an Assistive Technology Specialist in the summer of 2008. She has worked for people with disabilities throughout her professional life and specifically in the field of AT providing a variety of individual and group services for over 16 years. In 2007, she received a M.Ed in Special Education and has been credentialed as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through RESNA since 1999. In June of 2014, Mellowdee received a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) certificate from NAU and her Arizona SLPA license. Prior to her position at AzTAP she also worked for a Center for Independent Living for or a total of 8 years and promoted the independent living philosophy. Mellowdee has always enjoyed working with people of all disabilities and age groups and has made it a lifelong career. She also has personal experience within the disability community.
Program Specialist – Martha C. Lewis
Martha Lewis is the program specialist for AzTAP alternative financing program: Arizona Loan$ for Assistive Technology (AzLAT). Martha has worked for AzTAP since 2001 and during that time, she has focused on increasing her knowledge of NAU’s administrative office practices, customer service, assistive technology equipment and services. In her role with AzLAT, she is the initial contact for persons interested in applying for a financial loan to buy assistive technology and she will guide the applicant throughout the process. Martha also serves as a member of the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Self Employment Review Committee which grants funds to VR Clients who are starting their own businesses. In her spare time Martha enjoys being with Tyler, Heaven and the rest of her grandchildren.
Assistive Technology Assistant– Laura Wooten-LaFranier, M.Ed
Laura is passionate about assistive technology (AT) and how the use of AT can truly make a difference in people’s quality of life. She is currently completing the Assistive Technology Certificate program through Northern Arizona University and has worked for AzTAP since 2013, first as a volunteer, then as a temporary administrative assistant. She is now AzTAP’s Assistive Technology Assistant, working with our AT library devices and assisting the program’s AT Specialists. Laura’s background in education includes 12 years of experience teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts and Honors English, and serving as a paraprofessional in a self-contained autism classroom. In 2013, she received her master’s degree in Special Education and a special education teaching certificate from Grand Canyon University.
Program Assistant– Adi Kalika Schaeffer, MBA
Adi joined the AzTAP team in January of 2013. Although new to the AT field, Adi has extensive customer service experience and is truly looking forward to helping each and every one of our clients, as well as our staff members and partners. Prior to joining AzTAP, Adi worked in marketing and in healthcare, and has earned degrees from both Brandeis University and the University of Chicago.
Program Coordinator, AzTAP- ADE Loan Library – Janelle Bauerle
Janelle Bauerle is based in Flagstaff at the Assistive Technology Center at the Institute for Human Development on the Northern Arizona University Campus. She has worked with the AzTAP team as program coordinator for the AzTAP- Arizona Department of Education Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library for more than 6 years. In this position, she is an assistive technology resource to school districts across Arizona. Janelle manages an inventory of nearly 2,000 Assistive Technology devices.
Administrative Associate – Deborah Mariage
Debbie works at the Institute for Human Development Assistive Technology Center on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff. She supports the IHD assistive technology specialists and contributes to AzTAP by being responsible for our northern Arizona data collection activities.