Center for Accessibility Services Staff
Andrea brings a variety of work experiences focused on student college success. She has worked as an educator and advisor for postsecondary students. She has been the primary coordinator for a college transition program for high school students and their parents in which students and parents participated in activities designed to enhance success in college and the work environment. She has worked with student populations who may be struggling with time management, organization, study skills, and adjusting to the rigors of college life. Andrea has worked with college students on the autism spectrum, their parents, and school personnel. Her work has been focused on helping students improve self-regulation and self-determination, as these constructs are associated with quality of life and positive adult outcomes with respect to college adjustment and functional behavior. Andrea believes the Center for Accessibility Services has the opportunity to educate students and their support systems about how Radford University can be a positive support in a person’s life.
Disability Services Specialist
Kate has worked in many capacities in education since 2003. Her career includes vast experiences in K-12 settings, where she served as a Case Manager, Lead Teacher, Specialist, and Coordinator for students with all abilities. In addition, Kate has also held the role of a Coordinator with The Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistant Centers (TTAC) at Virginia Tech and Radford University. At TTAC, she provided support through consultations, professional development and awareness in disability specific topics and requests. Kate is a proud alumni of Radford University where she obtained both her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications (’00) and Master of Science degree in Special Education (’06).
The Center for Accessibility Services welcomes Kathy to the New River Valley. She expressed her delight at beginning her career as the Administrative Assistant in the Center for Accessibility Services in November 2016. Kathy brings a strong background in stellar customer service combined with compassion, empathy, and respect to those living with disabilities. Prior to joining Radford University, Kathy served as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Skyline Nursing and Rehabilitatin in Floyd, Virginia. Additionally, she has worked in the arenas of medical office administration, Real Estate and private care giving. Kathy enjoys collaboration and feels her strongest asset is customer service. She proudly shares having a family member on the Autism Spectrum and is enthusiastic about her new position so that she may encourage students to work hard towards academic success.
Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Disability Services Specialist
Lori is a highly qualified Sign Language Interpreter who began providing part-time interpreting services at Radford University in 2012. She expressed her joy and passion in providing equal communication access for students in classroom instruction, extracurricular events and theater productions before assuming her new role as Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Her broad range of interpreting experiences include K-12, medical, and community interpreting and working with individuals with multiple disabilities. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language from Siena Heights University and is a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during Operation Southern Watch. Lori is a proud mom of a Highlander!
Coordinator of Test Proctoring and Note Taking Services
Ms. Haley Sortzi first came to the Center for Accessibility Services as an Interdisciplinary Studies Intern, with a background in supporting students living with disabilities, in the Center for Accessibility Services spring 2016. During her internship tenure, Haley exemplified her commitment to the educational success of students by providing stellar support and auxiliary services. In August of 2016, she was selected and named the Coordinator of Test Proctoring and Note Taking Services. Haley is a proud Radford Alum and has Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in English and Special Education and includes a minor in Business Administration. She is currently a graduate student working towards a Master’s degree in English Education. Her leadership positions include a position as Risk Management Chairman for Delta Zeta and positions that supported fund-raising efforts. She often travels to Haiti to assist in managing and teaching in a school owned by the family.
Coordinator of Accessible Materials
& Adaptive Technology
Disability Service Specialist
Kelly has worked in the higher education setting since 2009. Prior to joining Radford University, she served as the Coordinator of Accessible Instructional Materials in the office of Services for Students with Disabilities at Virginia Tech. Kelly is passionate about adaptive technology and accessibility. She assisted, trained, and consulted with students, faculty, and administrators on how to integrate assistive technology into course instruction. Kelly developed and managed disability services such as alternate text requests, peer note taking and career development. She has a strong background in management and instructional technology and continues to pursue her advanced degree here at Radford. She is also a proud mom of a Highlander!