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CAT MANAGEMENT
The CAT Program Office and the KT4TT Project Office are located off campus at 100 Sylvan Parkway, Suite 400, Amherst, NY 14228.

JOSEPH P. LANE, MBPA
Director of Center for Assistive Technology
KT4TT Principal Investigator
joelane@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 211
Mr. Lane is Director of CAT and PI for the national center on KT4TT.  As former PI for the RERC on Technology Transfer, he authored dozens of papers and invited presentations on assistive technology and technology transfer.  He was founded editor of the journal “Technology & Disability” and co-authored two textbooks:  "Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities (2nd Edition)", published by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and "Managing Information Systems", published by Jossey-Bass.  Mr. Lane holds a Master's Degree in Business and Public Administration (MBPA) from the University of California, Irvine.  

SUSAN ARNOLD
Business Manager for all CAT Programs
smarnold@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 200
Ms. Arnold is in charge of all administrative activity and posting of web-based materials for the KT4TT program.  She joined CAT as Business Manager in 2001. Ms. Arnold coordinates with the Director, personnel, and account management for the CAT program. Sue formerly served as Treasurer for UB/CAT Inc. For fifteen years she managed project activity for an Industry-University Cooperative Research Program.

CAT RESEARCH PROGRAM IN KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER  (KT4TT)

JAMES A. LEAHY, BS
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
jimleahy@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 201
Mr. Leahy leads the KT4TT Development Project 1 which operates a participatory-observation technology transfer program, in partnership with PI’s from other national centers, and product manufacturers from A/T and mainstream industries.  He served as Product Commercialization manager for fifteen years under the RERC on Technology Transfer.  Mr. Leahy held project management positions for Union Carbide and Bell Aerospace Textron for twenty years prior. 

VATHSALA IYENGAR STONE, MS, Ph.D.
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
vstone@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 210
Dr. Stone is leading the KT4TT’s Research Project 3 Intervention Program, which will test the contribution of Knowledge Translation methods to knowledge awareness and use among target users and organizations.  She serves as director of research design and internal program evaluation.  Under the T2RERC she provided consultation on methodology issues to project personnel, and manages consumer research data from national surveys.  Dr. Stone holds a Ph.D. degree in Educational Evaluation & Research Design from Florida State University, an MS in Science Education from North Carolina State University, 1971, a BEd in Physical Science & Math Education and a BS in Physical Science & Math, both from the University of Mysore, India.

JENNIFER FLAGG, BS
KT4TT Project Administrative Officer
jlflagg@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 209
Ms. Flagg is Project Manager for the KT4TT Research Project 1. This involves creating an integrated model for Technology Transfer and Knowledge Translation, and conducting a scoping review of all relevant literature related to the model.  Ms. Flagg holds a BS in Business Management and Marketing from the University at Buffalo.  Her interests include exploring methods and models of new product development, researching and writing SBIR grant proposals, and applying primary and secondary market research techniques to the development of products for people with disabilities.

MICHELLE LOCKETT, MBA
KT4TT Market Analyst
mlockett@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 203
Ms. Lockett is providing support to multiple projects within the KT4TT program, including instrument development and market research.  She holds a BA in Psychology from Ithaca College, NY and MBA from Canisius College, NY.  Ms. Lockett previously held  Market Research Analyst positions in media and food industries. 
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CAT CLIENT SERVICES (UB/CAT Inc.)
CAT Client Service is located off campus at 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214.

CHRISTINE R. ODDO, MS
Director,  CAT Client Service
coddo@buffalo.edu
716-836-0230

Ms. Oddo directs Client Service operations for children, adults, families and professionals.  This includes assistive technology services for the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the NYS Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), school districts and employers.  She is Project Director for the WNY Regional TRAID program operated by NYS and other sponsored projects and works with UB’s Office for Students with Disabilities.  Ms. Oddo has a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo with a concentration in assistive computer technology.

KIMBERLY NAUS, BBA, MS Ed
Program Coordinator, Client Services
ksnaus@buffalo.edu
716-836-1350
Ms. Naus coordinates the training services for the Center for Assistive Technology including individual and group training for consumers, school districts, counselors, and other service providers.  She provides AT services for the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) and VESID and is the Project Coordinator for the WNY TRAID program operated by New York State.  She coordinates AT development for pre-service students and professionals throughout New York State.  Ms Naus has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education, and has several years experience in the field of assistive technology. 

BARBARA OESCHGER
Lead Trainer, CAT Client Service
oeschger@buffalo.edu
716-836-1168
Ms. Oeschger works with persons enrolled in CAT Client Services through State contracts, School districts or private payment, who have previously participated in CAT Assessment Services.  She primarily works with clients of the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.   Ms. Oeschger trains client to proficiency in the use of computer work stations customized for user access, as well as the interface between the workstation and the client’s final application environment.  Ms. Oeschger is a former CAT client and participated in an assistive technology evaluation and subsequent training.

AMARJA DESAI, MS OT, OTR
Senior Trainer, CAT Client Service
amdesai2@buffalo.edu
716-836-1529
Ms. Desai works with persons enrolled in CAT Client Services through State contracts, School districts or private payment, who have previously participated in CAT Assessment Services.  She primarily works with clients of the NYS Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.   Ms. Desai trains client to proficiency in the use of computer work stations customized for user access, as well as the interface between the workstation and the client’s final application environment. 

CAT DESIGN AND FABRICATION SHOP

JAMES L. PERON
Director, Design and Fabrication Shop
jimperon@buffalo.edu
716-829-6711
In 1996, Mr. Peron brought twenty four years of engineering and fabrication experience to UB’s Center for Assistive Technology (CAT). He currently directs the Center’s Design and Fabrication Shop at the University at Buffalo where he employs his specialized talents of working with many different materials. When Mr. Peron was part of the RERC of Aging at the Center, he was involved with designing a variety of products, such as Aids to Daily Living, to assist the elderly and those with disabilities. As part of the RERC on Technology Transfer and now the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer, he has been instrumental in working with corporate product designers on successful projects for Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Black & Decker, Tupperware, White Rogers, and Whirlpool) as well as performing design and fabrication work for outside clients. In addition, Mr. Peron has been involved with the Research Institute on Addictions and UB’s Physical Therapy Department by building lab testing equipment.  He is a co-inventor on the patented Automated Pill Crusher (First Crush) licensed to First Wave Technology.   

CAT MEDIA & GRAPHICS SUPPORT

LAURIE YARNES, BS
Graphic Designer
lyarnes@buffalo.edu
716-829-3132
Ms. Yarnes provides media, graphic and desktop publishing support to all CAT projects.  Ms. Yarnes has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Graphic Design from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and brought fifteen years of graphic design experience to CAT.
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CAT AFFILIATES

JAMES A. LENKER, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Clinical Assistant Professor
lenker@buffalo.edu
716-829-6726
Mr. Lenker is the Program Director for the Graduate Certificate Program in Assistive Technology. He is also an active member of the service delivery team at UB's Center for Assistive Technology. His educational background includes MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering, as well as a BS degree in occupational therapy. Mr. Lenker's professional interests include computer access and accommodation for people with disabilities, as well as worksite assessment for accommodation and prevention of worker injury. He is active in the RESNA and AOTA professional societies for assistive technology providers and occupational therapists, respectively.

JOHN STONE, Ph.D., MPA
Clinical Associate Professor
jstone@buffalo.edu
716-829-6739
Dr. Stone holds a BA from St. Bonaventure University, a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Education from Florida State University. Prior to joining the UB faculty, he worked for 17 years in Brazil, including faculty appointments at the National Institute for Space Research, the Federal University of Espirito Santo and the Federal University of Maranhao. He has also held an appointment as Adjunct Faculty with the University of British Columbia. He teaches graduate courses on Aging and Disability, Functional Limitations and Disability, and Academic Writing and Presenting. His current areas of interest include assistive technology, aging, and international rehabilitation research. Dr. Stone is Director of the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) and has recently published a book through SAGE Publications -- Culture and Disability: Providing Culturally Competent Services

MACHIKO TOMITA, Ph.D.
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
Clinical Associate Professor
machikot@buffalo.edu
716-829-6748
Dr. Tomita holds Masters degrees from Sophia University in Tokyo and the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in social research from the University of Minnesota. She teaches research methods at the graduate level. Her current interest is in measurement validity and cultural diversity in health and illness. As statistician at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Aging (RERC-Aging), she is responsible for data management and analysis for all research conducted in the Center.

DOUGLAS J. USIAK, BS
Executive Director, WNY Independent Living, Inc.
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
djusiak@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 105
Mr. Usiak holds a BS in Industrial Arts Education. He previously directed the consumer team work of the T2RERC. He is Executive Director of the WNYIL Family of Agencies. Mr. Usiak has received extensive training from NCIL on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 advanced training. Mr. Usiak was also directing the T2RERC's dissemination efforts until 2001, when he became Project Director for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living Management, also funded by USDE/NIDRR. Mr. Usiak leads the KT4TT grant Dissemination and Training Projects and serves as liaison to SEDL for the organization and infrastructure for utilization activities.

KATHY WISNIEWSKI
kwisniew@buffalo.edu
716-829-6743
Ms. Wisniewski is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE). She assists John Stone, Director with the daily activities of the CIRRIE project. Prior to this, she held the position of Administrative Assistant at the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research Information Services, North Campus. She was employed for nine years as the Administrative Assistant for the Occupational and Physical Therapy Department at Summit Educational Resources in Tonawanda, formerly know as the Language Development Program.

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