Project Staff and Advisory Board

Project Staff

Director:  Laurie A. Dinnebeil, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita and Distinguished University Professor Emerita
Teacher Education

Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil is a leader in the field of Early Childhood/Special Education.  She will serve as the liaison with the Advisory Board and will oversee the administrative activities of the grant.  Dr. Dinnebeil is an experienced ECSE teacher educator who has successfully directed numerous personnel preparation projects that have prepared hundreds of early intervention and early childhood special educators.

Co-Director:  Alexia Metz, Ph.D., OTR/L

Associate Professor
School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: 419.530.6692

Dr. Alexia Metz is an established leader in the field of Occupational Therapy.  Her research interests include Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorder, Occupational therapy approaches to maximize occupational performance in children with special needs through family-centered practice and Best practices in interprofessional teaming in service to young children and their families


Advisory Board

Dr. Amy Allen - Transformational Leader of Early Childhood and Special Education, Toledo Public Schools

Mrs. Cynthia Frye - Parent of Daughter with Intensive Disabilities

Dr. Toby Long - Professor of Pediatric Physical Therapy at Georgetown University in Washington

Dr. Rashida Banerjee - Professor of Special Education, University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Wendy Grove - Director of the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness for the Ohio Department of Education

Last Updated: 6/27/22