May 2, 2018—Preconference
May 3 & 4, 2018—Conference and Exhibits
Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

Featured Presenters

Kathleen Artman Meeker, PhD
Amelia Bachleda, PhD
Lyndsay Morris
Rachel Nemhauser, BA
Frank Ordway, MA
Barbara Stroud, PhD




Kathleen Artman Meeker, PhD

Kathleen Artman Meeker is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. She has served as a K-3 special education teacher, pre-service supervisor, teacher coach, and researcher. She has worked extensively with teachers around preventing challenging behavior and promoting young children’s social-emotional competence.

Look for their presentation(s):
B05: Big Feelings: Using Children's Literature to Talk about Emotions in Preschool
D09: Meeting the Challenge: Designing Classroom Spaces to Support Children's Behavior
V08: Thursday Advance Registration

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Amelia Bachleda, PhD

Amelia R Bachleda, Ph.D. is an Outreach and Education Specialist at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington. I-LABS is an interdisciplinary research center that studies early learning and brain development. As a trained science communicator, she works to put the latest science into the hands of those who can act on it by developing resources and delivering trainings nationwide. She has a PhD in neurobiology and specializes in developmental neuroscience.

Look for their presentation(s):
B08: Brilliantly Bilingual: Growing Up With Two Languages
A10: Little Scientists: Supporting STEM Skills in Young Children

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Lyndsay Morris

Lyndsay Morris, M.Ed, RYT-200 is a whole child education advocate, the founder of Generation Wellness, the host of the Wellness Warrior Show and author of The Mindful Student. Lyndsay believes that connection is at the heart of learning and has spent the last decade infusing fun, engaging teaching strategies and effective interventions into schools around the world. Lyndsay inspires students and staff to live a life of less stress and more success through “teaching peace” and “choosing happy”. Lyndsay moves audiences with a powerful message about connecting to self and others. She weaves together the “feel good” with the research by sharing powerful stories and practical tools. But most of all, she empowers students, parents and educators to live their best life through honoring their own light and illuminating the world with goodness. Her educational background includes a Master of Education in Guidance and School Counseling, combined with numerous certifications in teaching and mindfulness. She is an award-winning educator, recipient of the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award in 2011 for her innovative, active, and relational ways of teaching life skills and counseling children and teens.

Look for their presentation(s):
KEYNOTE: The Power of Connection

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Rachel Nemhauser, BA

Rachel has been an active member of the disability community since 2009 and feels passionate about supporting families through all the joys and challenges of raising their children. She's just completed her 2nd term on the Washington State DD Council and has been the Parent to Parent Coordinator for the Arc of King County since 2015. Rachel is also the parent of an 13 year old son with Autism, and writes about her experiences being Nate's mom on her blog https://nemhouse.com/.

Look for their presentation(s):
A09: What's in a Name: A Parent and Provider Perspective on Diagnoses
B06: “Labels” in Special Education: What’s in a Diagnosis?

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Frank Ordway, MA

Over the past 25 years, Frank has been managing staff and board members with domestic and international organizations focusing on education, sustainable economic development, strategic technology use, social services, energy, transportation, domestic violence, and the environment. Frank has worked in non-profit and consulting for the bulk of his professional career, providing strategic planning, negotiation, staff and budget development, community outreach and policy for various organizations dedicated to public advancement. In addition, Frank has been leading legislative efforts over the past 10 years that have transformed the landscape of education and education funding in Washington State. The common theme throughout all this work has been empowering people to make positive changes in their communities. There is no more effective way to empower people, strengthen our communities and our economy, than an effective education system. This is why Frank is so dedicated to the work of the Department of Early Learning and Washington’s children. Frank received his master’s degree in public affairs from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Oregon. Frank currently resides in Olympia, WA with his wife and three children.

Look for their presentation(s):
B15: Department of Children, Youth, and Families

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Barbara Stroud, PhD

Barbara Stroud, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over three decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice in early childhood development and mental health. She is a founding organizer and inaugural president of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a member of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows and holds prestigious endorsements such as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor in California. Embedded in all of her trainings, clinical service models, and consultations are the practices of reflective facilitation and sensitivity to cultural uniqueness. Dr. Stroud’s book “How to Measure a Relationship” [published 2012] is improving infant mental health practices around the globe and is now available in Spanish. Her newest text “Intentional Living: finding the inner peace to create successful relationships” walks the reader through a deeper understanding of how their brain influences relationships. Additionally, Dr. Stroud is a contributing author to the text “Infant and early childhood mental health: Core concepts and clinical practice” edited by Kristie Brandt, Bruce Perry, Steve Seligman, & Ed Tronick. Presently, Dr. Stroud is among the distinguished faculty of the UC Davis Extension, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Stroud is particularly passionate about the unique needs of children of color in the mental health and foster care systems. She has an impressive history of working across infant and early childhood systems to infuse reflective and culturally mindful services from a developmental perspective while holding the healing influence of relationships at the core.

Look for their presentation(s):
KEYNOTE: Mentalizing: A Process that Builds Culturally Informed Work
E01: Reflective Practice as a Mentalizing Skill Set

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