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Alumni Updates

Mock receives first Move to Include Award


UW-Madison alumna Martha Mock, an associate professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and the director of the Institute for Transition, was honored this past fall with the Golisano Foundation’s first-ever Move to Include Award for promoting inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Martha Mock
Mock
Mock earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2004.

The Golisano Foundation presented its first Move to Include Awards at its 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 15.  Mock was honored by the Foundation for her commitment and work on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities, especially in the area of increasing college options for students with disabilities.

For more than 25 years, Mock has worked with and been a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and their families in educational and community-based settings. She leads the federally-funded Western New York Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) initiative that provides a consortium of partnering colleges/universities, schools, and adult agencies with technical assistance and training that has enabled them to create or expand high-quality, inclusive model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. 

1970s

George F. Zenk Jr.
MS 1971 – Rehabilitation Psychology
George retired in November 2014 after 39 years in the special needs education and rehabilitation field. He reports becoming a snowbird and now spends four to five months in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Craig Myers
MS 1977 – Behavioral Disabilities
Craig is completing a 39-year career as a special education teacher at Waunakee High School in Wisconsin. He will retire in June. Craig was hired to establish the first high school level program for students with learning disabilities in Waunakee following receipt of his degree from UW-Madison.

Gary J. DeBlasio
BS 1977, MS 1979 ­– Rehabilitation Counseling
Gary has been appointed the Director of Health, Youth and Community Services for the Municipality of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey. He oversees the following departments: Health, Human Services, Affordable Housing, Animal Control and Corner House (an outpatient treatment center for adolescents and young adults that offer leadership, prevention, treatment and outreach programs). Gary also serves as the Executive Director of the Corner House Foundation and is the Coordinator of the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance. He has served the Princeton community since 2000 and was promoted to senior leadership in 2013. Gary has also served as the Municipality of Princeton internal Employee Assistance Professional since 2000.

1980s

Jennifer Ondrejka
MA 1980 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Now retired, Jennifer volunteers with organizations working for social justice, education and community leadership. She spent January and February of 2016 in Nepal to assist with the ongoing earthquake recovery efforts.

Janet Lynn Estervig
MA 1983 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Janet is working at the Department of Health Services as the Employment Initiatives Section Chief in the Bureau of Long Term Care where she is responsible for statewide initiatives that support employment outcomes for people with disabilities served in the long-term care system. She started this position in July of 2013. She also continues her work as a private duty nurse on weekends.

Ellen Hoffmann Roberts
BS 1984, MS 1985 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Recently, Ellen took a new position and is now working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the state of Georgia. She is a Transition Counselor where she works with students in special education writing Individualized Plans of Employment, and helping them become successful on the job.

Mary Jesko
BS 1984, MS 1986 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Dr. Mary Jesko concluded her national appointment as an Officer, Executive Board Member and Board Member with the non-profit disability credentialing organization Certification of Disability Management Specialist Commission (CDMSC), where she served on the board from June 2009 to June 2015. During her six-year appointment, Mary participated in and provided executive leadership and oversight of the organization’s strategic, fiscal and growth initiatives. During her tenure she also serviced on a number of commission committees. She continues a committee appointment with the board, and is serving on the CDMSC's Test Development Committee. Mary earned her doctorate in education in 2007 with a specialty in Integrated Disability Management from the University of San Diego.

1990s

Andi Blaylock
BS 1993 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Andi has been named the Chair of Cargill Ability Network, a disability-focused business resource group where their mission is to create an inclusive work environment where employees of all abilities can thrive.

Leslie Mirkin
BS 1992, MS 1993 – Rehabilitation Psychology
In September 2015, Leslie retired after working for DVR in the Madison field office as a counselor, supervisor and director for over 20 years. She enjoyed her time as a member of the department's advisory committee and partnering with faculty on several research projects and reciprocal trainings for students and DVR staff. DVR provides internships and practicum experiences for most rehabilitation psychology students, many of whom are later employed at DVR. Leslie currently lives in Madison and enjoys her reframed employment as a dog walker for Out-U-Go, a stress-free work environment.

2000s

Charles Degeneffe
Ph.D. 2002 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Through his work as a rehabilitation counseling professor at San Diego State University, Chuck recently taught classes in American Samoa, Palau, and Pohnpei (in the Federated States of Micronesia). Chuck plans to write a journal article about his experiences in the South/Western Pacific Ocean region.

Sara P. Johnston
MS 2004 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Sara P. Johnston, Ph.D., CRC, has been appointed to serve on the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Code of Ethics Revision Task Force. In March of 2016, Sara will travel to Jinotega, Nicaragua, to serve as a faculty supervisor for School of Health Professions students from Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center who are completing a global health trip.

Beverly Trezek
MS 1997, Ph.D. 2004 – Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
Dr. Beverly Trezek is an associate professor and current Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Education at DePaul University in Chicago. Her second book, "Early Literacy Development in Deaf Children" (Mayer & Trezek, 2015), was recently published by Oxford University Press.

Lee Za Ong
Ph.D. 2005 - Rehabilitation Psychology
Lee Za currently is an assistant professor with the Department of Counseling, and the director of the 60-credit Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling concentration at Mt. Mary University in Milwaukee.

Sarah Tilton McGee
MS 2008 – Rehabilitation & Special Education
Sarah is currently working in the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Department of Student Services as a program support teacher, providing professional development and tech support for special education teachers. She manages the electronic IEP writing system currently being used by special education teachers and helps maintain IDEA compliance through professional development and systems enhancements.

2010s

Dante Leone
BS 2010 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Dante graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with a doctorate in physical therapy in May 2015. Dante then moved back to Wisconsin and got married at Union South in July. He now practices with ATI Physical Therapy in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Timothy Radke
BS 2008, MA 2011 – Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
Timothy is currently working as an RTI coordinator/data analyst in Carpentersville/Algonquin, Ill. He is planning on starting his doctorate in special education this fall and he wants to work on developing inclusive and meaningful programming for students with more profound disabilities, as well as continue to work in international development of inclusive schooling.

Caralee Morrison
MS 2012 -- Rehabilitation Psychology
In November 2015, after three years as a counselor with DVR in Sheboygan County, I accepted a position as a supervisor with DVR in WDA 6.

Jennifer Sanchez
Ph.D. 2014 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Upon completing her degree, Jennifer joined the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as an assistant professor. Her responsibilities include coordinating clinical practicum placements for master's students in the rehabilitation counseling program. Jennifer was recently awarded the, "New Grant Award Recognition for Outstanding Efforts in Securing Extramural Funding," by UTEP's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.