Bill Erdly is an Associate Professor of Computing & Software Systems within the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB). He has held leadership positions in a variety of industry, health care and government organizations – and continues his involvement in technology entrepreneurship and software innovation. He was the founding Director of the Computing and Software Systems (CSS) program and the newly-launched Interactive Media Design (IMD) degree. He also served as the founding director of Tulalip Data Services – a partnership with UWB, Everett Community College and The Tulalip Tribes to establish the technology infrastructure at Tulalip. His research interests include social computing/analytics, human-computer interaction, game design/mechanics, on-line curriculum design/development, wide area network (WAN) design, computer science research methods, health care informatics and software engineering/project management. He received his Ph. D. in social/organizational psychology from the University of Washington.
Judge Donald D. Haley (Ret.) served on the King County Superior Court from 1983 until his retirement in 2004. He has served on many Judicial Committees, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s National Conference of State Trial Judges. Judge Haley also serves on the Education Committee of the State of Washington Superior Court Judges Association and on the Executive Committee of the Seattle-King County branch of the NAACP.
Catherine (Cathy) Hardison, JD, PhD, is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Seattle University Law School, and licensed attorney and member of the Washington state and Oregon Bar Associations. Dr. Hardison is a long time Washington state K-12 teacher and administrator having served her career in Central Washington school districts (Zillah, Orondo, and Ellensburg) and Educational Service District 105. She is a graduate of Seattle University Law School, sole practitioner with Hardison Law Offices, PLLC, located in Yakima, Washington. Her deep belief in the issues of social justice for the underserved, isolated, and disenfranchised brought her to Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington seven years ago. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean for the College of Education and Psychology and professor for school law, organizational ethics, essential leadership skills, and development of professional skills. Her interest in the issues of adequate and affordable vision care for students and adults can be described as, “The issue is of paramount importance for children, incarcerated adults, and others whose inability to read has become a life-long burden preventing full realization of potential of all those afflicted.”
Katie Johnson’s latest book (2013) is Red Flags for Primary Teachers: 27 Neurodevelopmental and Vision Issues that Affect Learning with Activities to Help. A new edition, Red Flags for Elementary Teachers, will be out in Fall 2014. Katie Johnson’s previous books include Doing Words (1987), More Than Words (1997) and Reading Into Writing (2000. Katie has taught first grade, in both Maine and Washington, for 37 of the 46 years she has been a teacher. She has published three books about teaching writing to young children: Doing Words, More Than Words, and Reading Into Writing. Katie has worked as an adjunct professor of literacy in several teacher-training programs and done many, many professional development presentations all over the United States. She is a Fellow of the Southern Maine Writing Project and co-teaches for the Puget Sound Writing Project.
Stephanie Johnson-Brown received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 1978, and a Master in Education from Erikson Institute-Loyola University in 1987. She is currently a practicing behavioral optometrist and co-owner of Plano Optometrics LTD with Dr. Joseph W. McCray, Jr., a clinical assistant professor at ICO. Their group practice has served Chicago and the surrounding area for over 50 years. She is president of Vision Health Management Systems, Inc. (VHMS) a registered preferred provider organization administrator. She serves as a consultant for Chicago Public Schools CDPH mobile vision program. She has served on the board of the National Optometric Association (NOA) since 2007. Currently she serves with a passion for service as NOA’s president. In addition, Dr. Stephanie as she’s fondly called loves God, is a wife, mother, and Executive Director of the Plano Child Development Center (Plano) in Chicago, Illinois. Plano (co founded by her father the late Dr. Robert L. Johnson, Sr. and Dr. Henry R. Moore) is a not-for-profit vision care service corporation, which specializes in vision education and the identification and remediation of vision development problems in children and adults through their vision therapy program. Among other grants, she received one of the Healthy Eyes Healthy People 2011 grants on behalf of Plano. She serves on several community health service advisory committees and has lectured on vision and learning to optometric organizations, educators, and parent groups. Her publications include “A Review of a Five Year Program on The Incorporation of Vision Therapy in a School Setting” which she presented at the 1998 International Congress of Behavioral Optometry and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has received numerous awards including: the National Optometric Association 1998 Founders Award, the Black United Fund Living Legends Passing the Torch Award in 2002 and NOA’s 2011 Optometrist of the Year. In September 2011 she was featured on WGN’s “Chicago’s Very Own” news segment demonstrating the outstanding service Plano provides.
I have been involved in education for the past 23 years, as a volunteer in a public school in North Philadelphia, a substitute in South Bend, IN, a private school teacher, an ELL instructor, a classroom teacher in English and French Immersion in Tacoma, an instructional coach and AVID (see avid.org) teacher in Spokane, an assistant state superintendent (working for the current superintendent, Randy Dorn), and now a school district director. I have worked in Caucasian communities, African American communities, and some of the most diverse communities in the nation. My 3 children have attended public schools in WA, from Tacoma to Puyallup to Spokane to North Thurston. Two of my children attend state colleges. The third just graduated and attends Harvey Mudd College. My husband is a public school teacher. I am running for state superintendent because I want to leverage my vast experiences to serve my state in the most impactful way.
Edward L. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts in Black History and Ethnic Studies with a Minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1981. While at UW he was a teaching assistant in the Black studies Department, a backup football player for the Huskies, and president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Dr. Jones received degrees in Visual Science and Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1985, and in 1992 received Board certification as a Hearing Instrument Specialist. Jones has been on the board of the National Optometric Association for 12 years; he was Optometrist of the Year in 2016. Dr. Jones worked at the King County Juvenile Detention center for 3 years and examined over 300 kids, and worked to change Washington State Law that now makes it mandatory to test children's near point vision in all Washington schools. Dr. Jones also works with veterans that can't afford eye care in Washington and donates time and glasses to the homeless and underserved.
Dr. Alan Pearson has over 20 years of clinical experience evaluating and treating visual/ perceptual dysfunctions impacting learning, development, reading, dyslexia, attention deficits, strabismus, amblyopia, and visual integration. He has been involved in research and development associated with curriculum development, interdisciplinary collaboration, and integrative treatment approaches. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Pearson is a software developer involved in projects that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, professional training, and treatment planning.
Internationally acclaimed for her research on vision, Dr. Maureen Powers’ expertise is in the growth and development of visual systems of brain plasticity. Dr. Powers was a Professor of Psychology for over 20 years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she founded the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center for training and research on the visual system and directed the center through its first ten years in existence, while running her own NIH and NSF-supported laboratory, teaching vision, statistics, and psychology, and heading the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. In 2000, Dr. Powers moved to California and began the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) Gemstone Foundation, expanding its mission to include basic research. Dr. Powers is currently a Research Engineer at the University of California and a Senior Scientist and Director of Research at the Gemstone Foundation. Dr. Powers’ research, which has produced over 100 publications. has been funded for over 20 years by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Her most recent research, on the relation between visual skills and academic performance in school-age children, is supported by the National Eye Institute of the NIH.
Helen Spencer is a semi- retired attorney who worked for many years with legal services programs primarily to increase access to public benefit programs for tribal elders by protecting their individual Indian trust money and resources and cultural patrimony. In 2010, on a temporary assignment with the Toppenish Children's Administration office, she and Regional Administrator Kenneth Nichols began an AmeriCorps Child Vision Project. Helen supervised the project for two years, the second year as a volunteer winning a governor's award for volunteer service. The numbers of foster children with unmet vision needs the first year was very concerning. The research and community work and the 2012 final report of members Kara Bensley and Sienna Laughton inspired Barbara Obena to continue the project at the University of Washington for her 2013 MPH Capstone Project. Helen continues her work in behalf of tribal elders on the Yakama Nation Golden Eagles Advisory Board and the State Council on Aging and to increase educational success for Indian children in her efforts with UW Bothell to improve vision services for all of the state's children.
Justice Debra L. Stephens has served on the Washington State Supreme Court since January, 2008. She previously served on Division Three of the Court of Appeals. Before taking the bench, Justice Stephens was the coordinator of an institutional amicus curiae program and an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law teaching state and federal constitutional law, community property, and appellate advocacy. A Spokane native, Justice Stephens earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University. Justice Stephens currently serves on the Appellate Court Education, Court Budget, Personnel, and Strategic Planning Committees. She also is the Washington State Chair of ASTAR (Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication Resource Center), a congressionally directed program to enhance the ability of courts to address scientific and technical issues, Co-Chair of the National Advisory Board of the National Courts Science Institute, a successor organization to ASTAR, and serves on the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission.
Dr. Winters is an optometrist that is board certified in Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation/Vision Therapy and Vision Development. He is the clinical director of Washington Vision Therapy Center in Yakima. He is an advocate for children's vision and has done over 100 lectures in his community educating the public on He currently serves as on the Optometric Physician's of Washington's Children's Vision Task Force, is one of the founding members of the non-profit Building Vision, and lectures widely on the impact vision can have on scholastic, athletic, and work performance, as well as vision's role in traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, vestibular disorders, and strabismus.