Program Director – Clayton Guffey, MSW, CRC, ATP, CEAC
Clayton.Guffey@nau.edu, (602) 776-4699
Clayton started his career working with persons with disabilities and Assistive Technology in 1997 serving as a Rehabilitation Counselor managing an Independent Living Caseload for Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). 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 joined AzTAP as an Assistive Technology Specialist in early 2007. In February of 2015 Clayton was promoted to be AzTAP’s Sr. Assistive Technology Specialist. Along the way Clayton obtained certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) from the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) as well as a Certified Environmental Accessibility Consultant (CEAC) via VGM Live at Home. Clayton throughout his career has worked with individuals with disabilities to evaluate, determine and obtain assistive technology that can assist them in improving their capabilities and independence. His approach to service provision draws from the paradigms of Independent Living philosophy and Person Centered Planning. Clayton took over as AzTAP’s Program Director in August of 2020.
Assistive Technology Specialist – Heidi Lervik, MA, CRC, ATP
Heidi.Lervik@nau.edu , (602) 776-4667
Heidi Lervik joined the AzTAP staff in September, 2015. She has many years of experience working with individuals with various disabilities. She spent 20 years working for Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. She also worked for seven years at Cochlear Americas, first as an Outreach Specialist and then a Surgical Representative. Her education includes Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Arizona. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). We welcome her energy and enthusiasm for assistive technology.
Assistive Technology Specialist – Karla Rivas-Parker, MSW, M. Ed., CRC, CATIS, CVRT
Karla Rivas-Parker joined AzTAP in January of 2021. Karla was born and raised in Guatemala in Central America. In 1990 she was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship that allowed her to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Informational Studies at California State University Chico. After her return to Guatemala, Karla initiated the first Computer Training Center for persons with blindness or vision impairments thanks to a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. She also worked with indigenous women in the development of sustainable small businesses in the areas of agriculture, hospitality and handcrafts in San Juan La Laguna Guatemala. In 1998, Karla received a second Fulbright Scholarship to attend Arizona State University earning a Master’s degree in Social Work in the year 2000; and in the year 2019, she earned her second Master’s Degree in Education and Vision Studies from the University of Massachusetts. She worked with Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) from November 11, 2000 until May of 2020. During those years, Karla worked in various positions, including Counselor for persons with blindness or vision impairment, statewide blindness coordinator, supervisor for a VR office in Phoenix, and manager for the Independent Living Blind unit, where she was in charge of the statewide Older Individuals who are Blind program. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS), Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) and has obtained a certificate in Post-Employment Training in Rehabilitation Administration from San Diego State University in California, and a certificate in Assistive Technology from Northern Arizona University. Karla has worked in the field of disabilities for the last 25 years.
Program Coordinator Senior, ADE/ESS Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library – Mike Buckley, MCSE, ATP
Mike Buckley joined AzTAP in March of 2016. He has an electronics and computer background and has been working in the assistive technology field since March 2000. He obtained a certificate from the Assistive Technology Access Certification Program (ATACP) at CSUN in 2001 and became a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) in 2018. Mike has worked in AT positions at UCP of Central Arizona, Scottsdale Unified School District, and through his own company providing assistive technology and computer services for the Rehabilitation Services Administration. He has worked with clients of all ages with a wide range of abilities and challenges. Mike was introduced to the world of assistive technology when he visited UCP of Central Arizona while looking for a computer job and has been hooked ever since. In this position, he is an assistive technology resource to school districts across Arizona. Mike manages an inventory that includes thousands of Assistive Technology devices.
Program Coordinator – Gaye Champine
Gaye.Champine@nau.edu , (602) 776-4670
Gaye joined the AzTAP team in February of 2020. She is a Program Coordinator in charge of AzTAP’s financial loan program (AzLAT – Arizona Loan$ for Assistive Technology), AzTAP’s assistive technology reuse programs, and ReFurbit (a statewide program for purchasing low cost refurbished computers which is run in collaboration with Achieve Human Services in Yuma AZ). Gaye has 20+ years’ experience at Arizona’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, working with people with all disabilities, most recently with people who are blind or visually impaired. She is passionate about helping people with disabilities and is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of all her clients at AzTAP.
Program Assistant– Adi K. Schaeffer, MBA
Adi.Schaeffer@nau.edu, (602) 728-9534
Adi joined the AzTAP team in January of 2013. Although new to the AT field at that time, 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.
Assistive Technology Specialist – Nikkol Kramer Anderson, MA, OTR/L, ATP
Nikkol.Anderson@nau.edu, (928) 523-4628
Nikki is an occupational therapist and credentialed as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). She has 15 years of experience working with individuals who utilize Assistive Technology and AAC and has been a direct service provider and consultant in the field of AAC throughout rural Northern Arizona. Although most of her time is committed to providing Augmentative Communication Evaluations through our contract with the Division of Developmental Disabilities, she is also responsible for carrying out demonstrations, equipment loans and trainings so that AzTAP can provide better assistive technology outreach to persons with disabilities in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona.
Assistive Technology Assistant – Cecilia Dey
Cecilia.Dey@nau.edu, (602) 728-9520
Cecilia joined the AzTAP team in February of 2020. She has 20 years experience working in the healthcare field in both administrative and direct care. She has a passion for helping individuals with special needs and is excited to be a part of AzTAP.