Our Committee Members that make all of our meetings and events possible.
Teri Beardsley is married with two children, is now retired after 31 years in Special Education. She holds multiple certifications and endorsements. Over her career, she specialized in Cross Categorical Resource, Developmental Preschool, and Kindergarten. Her passion for autistic children was enriched, as for most involved with AZ ASSIST, by a wonderful son who is currently very involved in SEEDS for Autism. Volunteerism is a way of life for Teri, and retirement has not slowed her down. She served as coordinator for West Valley AZ ASSIST in addition to teaching online courses and supervising student teachers for Grand Canyon University. Before Teri moved to Arizona in 1985, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Illinois State University, and a Master’s in Special and Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. Her many interests include her two well-loved dogs, reading, cooking, and knitting. Teri loves travel enough to enjoy setting up itineraries for other’s vacations, although she is a strong supporter of all things local, including shops and restaurants of downtown Phoenix.
Susan Golubock, an autistic Occupational Therapist (OT), has worked almost exclusively for over 20 years with autistic individuals since her diagnosis. Her 40+ years as an OT included certification in sensory processing, courses in executive functioning, yearly in-services on autism, and a master’s degree in special education assistive technology. Susan had the opportunity to work with a team of therapists and school administrators to bring about a system change toward a more educationally relevant therapy service delivery model that is now considered best practice. Susan has both participated in and presented at a yearly retreat/conference planned for and run by autistic adults for 10 years. She, and Jim Sinclair, a strong autistic advocate, spent over 4 years providing lectures to schools, clinics, and conferences on working effectively with autistic individuals as part of her business, Making Sense of Autism, LLC. She has, for the past 19 years, attended and then co-hosted an autistic adult support group, now under the auspices of the Greater Phoenix Autism Society. Susan is currently working on researching the effectiveness of training modules for a Neuro-Strengths-Based Approach to Autism in helping therapists, educators, and parents better understand the research being done on autism and how to use it to work more effectively with autistic individuals, from an autistic perspective.
Dawn Oliver is a retired Admissions and Development Director, Education Consultant, Teacher/ Trainer and Freelance Writer with a passion for helping students to achieve their greatest potential by honoring them for who they are and embracing all their individual differences. Her career began as a high school teacher of English, speech, and theatre arts, quickly advanced into private school administration, admissions, and development. She resides in Arizona with her husband and two daughters. She has been volunteering with the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix for four years as a leader of a young adult group that meets monthly.
Dawn holds a degree in English/Education from Douglass College of Rutgers University with teaching certificates to teach English and Speech and Theatre Arts. She also completed a Specialized Summer School Institute in the Morningside model of generative instruction for teachers, in addition to serving as one of the directors, at Morningside Academy in Seattle, Washington. Morningside Academy is a nationally acclaimed and successful Foundations and Middle school Program for students with learning differences that provides instruction tailored to meet each student’s needs, enabling them to catch up, build up, and get ahead. As Director of Education at Tutor Doctor, she met with families seeking 1:1 tutoring services, conducted assessments, offered consultation services, and developed individual learning plans to promote student success. She also supervised and trained a large staff of fifty highly qualified tutors. She has also participated in various programs offered by the UCLA PEERS program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.