Team Members

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Rene' Daman

Rene' Daman

Rene' Daman, PT, MS, BCBA, LBA
Director
(405) 271-7476
rene-daman@ouhsc.edu
 

Education:
M.S., Physical Therapy, University of Oklahoma HSC, Oklahoma City, OK, 1998
B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Oklahoma HSC, Oklahoma City, OK, 1993
 

Grants / Contracts:
Director of the Oklahoma Autism Network, funded by the Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS)
Principal Investigator, Research Project – ConnectedKids: Training Parents to Use Developmental and Behavioral Strategies with their Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, funded by the Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS)
 

Service:
Rene' is the co-director of the Oklahoma Autism Network in the Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism.  She has been with the Tolbert Center in the Department of Rehabilitation Science since 1999. Rene' has worked with families and their children with disabilities, including autism since 1993.  She is the co-principal investigator for the ConnectedKids program, a parent training program for parents of young children with autism. Rene’ chairs the Oklahoma Family and Interagency Autism Council, is a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Developmental Disabilities, and serves on the Developmental Disabilities Services Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She provides services to children and their families through the ConnectedKids program, through a contract with Norman Public Schools and through collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation Services and Goodwill Industries in Tulsa helping high school students with autism find employment after graduation.  She provides training through OAN for families and professionals. 
 

Research Interest:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Parent training in Developmental and Behavioral Strategies for Children with Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Related Services under IDEA

Kathy Gary

 

Kathy Gary, MEd, MN
Family Services Coordinator
(405) 271-7476
Kathleen-gary@ouhsc.edu
 

Education:

Graduate Academic Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas, 2019

M.N., Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN, 2007

M.Ed., Education, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth MN, 2006

B.A., Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Athletic Training, The College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth MN, 2002

Service

Kathy Gary joined the Oklahoma Autism Network (OAN) in the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism in the fall of 2019.  Prior to joining OAN, Kathy worked as a student resource specialist for a preK3 – 8th grade parochial school in the OKC metro area.  She also has past professional experience working as a registered nurse in cardiac care and maternal newborn care in a hospital setting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Kathy currently serves as a member of the Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Intervention as a parent of two children who participated in SoonerStart.  Kathy also provides training and assists in program development through the OAN for families and professionals, and she contributes the family perspective as both a sibling and parent of amazing people with autism. 

Research Interest:

  • Autism across the lifespan
  • Understanding the experiences and needs of individuals and families
  • Natural learning opportunities and environments within the context of skill-building
  • Benefits of exercise and physical activity for people with autism
  • Family-professional collaboration
  • IDEA and related services
  • Caregiver training in developmental and behavioral strategies for children with autism
 

Ginger Glenn Wells

Ginger Glenn WellsGinger Glenn Wells, MSW
Special Projects Coordinator
(405) 271-7476
ginger-wells@ouhsc.edu
 

Education:
MSW, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma- 1986
BA, Social Welfare, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas-1979
 

Grants / Contracts:
Special Projects Coordinator-ConnectedKids Research Project-Training parents to use developmental and behavioral strategies with their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
 

Service:
Ginger joined the Oklahoma Autism Network in October, 2011. She has worked with families touched by disability for the past 24 years through the SoonerStart Early Intervention Program as a Transition Resource Coordinator and the Oklahoma Infant Transition Program as a social worker in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While with SoonerStart, Ginger coordinated early intervention services for children age 2yrs to 3yrs and assisted the family and child in transitioning to community programs following EI services. Ginger has also worked as the Parent Aide Coordinator and parent group leader for parents court ordered into parenting classes with the Parents Assistance Center. Prior work also includes Social Worker with Child Protective Services through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and elementary age caseworker at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah, OK.  Ginger is the project coordinator for the ConnectedKids and ConnectedFamilies programs.  She is the primary point of contact for both programs and provides service coordination for families in the ConnectedKids program.  She provides training and technical assistance to families, with an emphasis on supporting families to access services through their local public school and other state programs. 
 

Research Interest:

  • Autism
  • Parent Advocacy
  • Inclusion
  • Early intervention
  • IEP process

Aubrey Ralstin

Aubrey Ralstin, MEd, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Analyst
(405) 271-7476
aubrey-ralstin@ouhsc.edu
 

Education:

M.Ed., Special Education, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2016

B.S., Biology, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK, 2012
 

Societies and Organizations

Member, Standard Celeration Society
 

Service:

Aubrey Wilson is a behavior analyst for the Oklahoma Autism Network (OAN) in the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism. She has worked with families and individuals with disabilities since 2012, and was a research assistant for the ConnectedKids program, a parent training program for parents of young children with autism. Aubrey provides service to support students and teachers in the classroom through contracted services with Norman Public Schools. She also provides training through the OAN for families and professionals.
 

Research Interest:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Parent Training in Developmental and Behavioral Strategies
  • Early Intervention
  • Naturalistic Behavior Interventions
  • Precision Teaching
  • Early-childhood inclusion programs
  • Developmental Disabilities