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Intervener Certificate Work Group

Interveners and Qualified Personnel

Intervener Certificate Work Group

Interveners and Qualified Personnel

This page was last updated on Sep 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm


Established in the spring of 2014, the Intervener Credentialing work group is charged with addressing  the second goal identified within NCDB's Recommendations to Improve Intervener Services,  which is to "Establish a strong national foundation for intervener training and workplace support”.  The focus of our work is in on recommendation 5, to "Expand opportunities for interveners to obtain a state or national certificate or credential”. 

The recommendations' implementation strategies state that NCDB, “In partnership with stakeholders, including the NRCP and the National Intervener Task Force, and with input from a broad group of stake holders"  will...

  1. review the current National Intervener Credential, including the criteria and processes involved;
  2. consider current and future needs for an intervener credential and short- and long-term goals of intervener credentialing;
  3. determine additional needs that may exist related to a national intervener credential;
  4. if needed, identify additional credentialing bodies that could offer a national credential that meets those needs; and
  5. determine the most feasible credentialing options and move forward with efforts to expand pathways to a national credential or certificate that are applicable to interveners with a variety of training backgrounds”.

Work group members include:

  • ·  Linda Alsop, SKI HI Institute, Utah State University
  • ·  Lyn Ayer, Oregon Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  Maurice Belote, California Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  Ritu Chopra, PARA2A Center, University of Colorado Denver
  •     Leanne Cook, NCDB
  • ·  Julie Durando, Virginia Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  Marilyn Likins, National Resource Center for Paraeducators, Utah State University 
  • ·  Cathy Lyle, Minnesota Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  Beth Kennedy, Michigan Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  JoAnn McCann, OSEP
  •     Linda McDowell, NCDB
  • ·  Amy Parker, NCDB
  • ·  Cindi Robinson, Arizona Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  Deanna Rothbauer, Minnesota Deaf-Blind Project
  •    Debbie Sanders, Utah Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  Martha Veto, Georgia Deaf-Blind Project
  • ·  Alana Zambone, East Carolina University
  • ·  Facilitator: John Killoran, Consultant

Please see this update from NCDB's former Director Jay Gense on the work of the committee to expand pathways for interveners to pursue a national certificate.

In April, 2015, a sub-committee was formed, which includes practicing interveners from four states, UT, MN, AZ, & TX, who agreed to participate in a beta test of an eportfolio product and process for evaluating intervener knowledge and skills competencies published by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Members of the Beta Test Sub-Committee Include:

  • Ruthanne (Mimi) Garcia, Intervener, Texas
  • Angie Lynch, Intervener, Minnesota
  • Shannon Zywiec, Intervener, Minnesota
  • Carole Flack, Intervener, Minnesota
  • Lisa Adele Kurtz, Intervener, Arizona
  • Kristina Buck, Intervener, Utah
  • Angel Wilson, Intervener, Utah
  • Tiffani Crotts, Intervener Utah
  • Debbie Sanders, Utah School for the Deaf and Blind, Project Specialist
  • Cindi Robinson, Arizona Deafblind Project Director
  • Cathy Lyle, Minnesota Deafblind Project: Educational Consultant
  • Edgenie Bellah, Texas Deafblind Project, Family Specialist
  • Leanne Cook, National Center on Deaf-Blindness
  • Amy Parker, National Center on Deaf-Blindness

  • Jo Ann McCann, Lead Project Officer for Deaf-Blind Network, OSEP
  • Linda McDowell, National Center on Deaf-Blindness
  • Ritu Chopra, PARA2 Center, University of Colorado Denver
  • Alana Zambone, East Carolina University
  • Susan Patten, Director of Utah Deafblind Project
  • Gretel Sampson, Project Specialist, USDB
  • Mary Alice Dredge, Project Speciaist, USDB
  • Nicole Holmstead, Project Specialist, USDB
  • Deanna Rothbauer, Minnesota Deafblind Project, Family Specialist
  • David Wiley, Texas Deafblind Project, Transition Specialist
  • Jeff Denton, National Center on Deaf-Blindness
  • Jenna Beresheim, National Center on Deaf-Blindness
  • Greg Zobel, Western Oregon University

Eight interveners and 4 state deaf-blind project partners shared personal experiences and insights on the Beta test in a presentation to the DB Summit audience in Salt Lake City, UT on July 21st, 2015.  The link to the group presentation may be found here:

A report on the outcomes of the eportfolio beta test and proposed next steps may be found here:


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