May 2-6, 2022 - Virtual via Zoom

Featured Presenters

Fatima Attia
Julie Dean
Tracie Hoppis
Kendra S. Liljenquist
Faduma Mahamoud
Louis Mendoza
Kristin Schneider
Cree Whelshula
Martina Whelshula




Fatima Attia

Fatima is an Egyptian Canadian Parent Educator working with Families of Color Seattle in partnership with Boyer children's clinic to provide and facilitate discussions for families of color with children with exceptionalities/disabilities. Fatima is an educator by profession, and is passionate about social justice. Fatima is the Mom of two little boys, 5 year old Eesa, who was in Boyers 0-3 program and 2 year old Musa.

Look for their presentation(s):
ME1: Families of Color: Cultivating Relationships

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Julie Dean

Julie Dean is the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Inclusion Specialist in Washington state, supporting the PreK Inclusion Champions Initiatives which include the Washington Pyramid Model (WAPM) coaching, training, and data coordinator network. Julie is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with extensive experience supporting students with disabilities, families, and educators with inclusive learning opportunities, MTSS implementation, and systems-level coaching.

Look for their presentation(s):
TA1: Evidence-Based Practices: What Are They And Why Are They Important?

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Tracie Hoppis

Tracie Hoppis is the Manager of Washington State Parent to Parent- a network of 26 programs and 50 parent coordinators who are meeting the support needs of families raising children with developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs. Tracie lives in Yakima where she also works as the Manager of Family Support Services at Children's Village. Tracie is mom to three adult children, including Andy who experiences a developmental disability.

Look for their presentation(s):
TP2: ALL IN: Building a Supportive Community, One Family at a Time

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Kendra S. Liljenquist

Dr. Kendra Liljenquist is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington school of medicine and principal investigator at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development. Dr. Liljenquist’s research focuses on developing culturally responsive ways to address economic and racial disparities in child development outcomes. She collaborates with families and clinicians to design and test clinic and community-based interventions that best meet the needs of children in low-resourced communities. Dr. Liljenquist has a particular interest in supporting local families and the individuals of communities who work with them.

Look for their presentation(s):
MK: Monday Keynote: Positionality: Locating a Personal and Professional Position

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Faduma Mahamoud

Faduma Mahamoud, BA Public Health, Early Learning Program Manager at Open Doors for Multicultural Families. First, a parent of a young child with a developmental disability, she has experience navigating the early learning and disability systems in King County and can speak to the experiences of multicultural families at Open Doors and how to improve outcomes for families in early support services. Faduma coordinates Best Starts for Kids programming for culturally and linguistically diverse children and their families with a focus on developmental screening, systems navigation, home/community visiting, parent education, and social connections.

Look for their presentation(s):
HA2: Meaningful Connections with Multicultural Families of Young Children with Developmental Delays/Disabilities

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Louis Mendoza

Louis spent the early part of his career as a corporate trainer and then spent 10 years as a stay-at-home dad. He returned to the workplace as a paraeducator in a special needs classroom before working at United Way managing a program called Project LEAD, which trains people of color to serve on the boards of non-profits. He currently directs the WA State Fathers Network, working to support men who have a child in their life with a disability. He has served on multiple boards and currently serves on several advisory and steering committees.

Look for their presentation(s):
WP1: Engaging with and Supporting Fathers

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Kristin Schneider

After many years of working in arts education and administration, Kristin Schneider (she/her) went back to school for music therapy, obtaining her degree from Seattle Pacific University. There she found her calling working with Autistic children and teens and gained experience working with adults with dementia; children and adults who have experienced trauma; and infants and toddlers. As a therapist who is herself Autistic, Kristin is passionate about providing a safe space and nurturing environment for individuals of all neurotypes and identities to find their own voice and build confidence in their unique ways of moving through the world.

Look for their presentation(s):
MP1: A Neuroaffirmative Approach to Neurodiversity and Disability

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Cree Whelshula

Cree Whelshula’s professional and educational experience is a unique blend of Tribal language/culture revitalization, early childhood education, and a passion for mental health. Cree feels her background as a language immersion teacher, early childhood teacher, college instructor, and program manager is invaluable in her work because she has first-hand experience working with young children and their families in various learning environments. Cree took her knowledge and experience to a national level, serving Tribes through the Administration of Native Americans - Native Language Community Coordination Center. As Training/Technical Assistance Director she provided specialized language training and technical assistance.

Look for their presentation(s):
FK: Friday Keynote: Taking a Dive Into Deep Culture: The Transformative Power of Indigenous Pedagogy

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Martina Whelshula

Mother/Daughter cultural consultants and training duo, Dr. Martina and Cree Whelshula, have pulled their collective knowledge and experience together to pursue their passion for Native American cultural vitality and healing. Daughter Cree, a national Indigenous language/culture specialist, and mom Martina, a national consultant/trainer own a consultant business with a mission to offer unique and transformational experiences for Indigenous communities, and those who serve them, by providing innovative training and creative health and wellness content aligned with Indigenous values and worldview.

Look for their presentation(s):
FK: Friday Keynote: Taking a Dive Into Deep Culture: The Transformative Power of Indigenous Pedagogy

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Contact:


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Conference Coordinator
AC Consulting
Stanwood, WA 98292
Email: amandacardwell@frontier.com

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Conference Administrator
Boyer Children's Clinic
1850 Boyer Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Email: info@boyercc.org

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