Staff Contact Information

Vicki Barbaro
Vicki Barbaro
Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1107
Jennifer Heim
Jennifer Heim
Assistant Director
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1148
Main Areas of Focus:  
  • Alternate Assessment 
  • Assistive Technology
  • Access to Instruction and Assessment
  • Accessibility System for Ohio's State Tests 
  • Extended Standards and Learning Progressions

Education:

  • Bowling Green State University;  Masters of Education with a concentration in Assistive Technology
  • Cleveland State University; Masters of Arts in Speech/Language Pathology
  • Baldwin-Wallace College; Bachelor of Arts in Speech/Language Pathology 

Licensure/Certification:

  • Licensure by Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology    
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association    
  • Permanent Licensee by Ohio Department of Education in Speech Pathology    
  • Administrative License, Ohio Department of Education     
Bio:  

Jennifer Heim has over 29 years of experience serving students with various disabilities. She served 20 years as a school-based and county board of developmental disabilities speech/language pathologist, working with students and adults with complex communication needs.  Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director of State Support Team Region 2. In this position, she consults with school personnel regarding the instruction and assessment of students with disabilities, including those with significant cognitive disabilities.  In addition, she serves as the regional resource for school leaders regarding the assessment and implementation of Assistive Technology devices and services.

Jennifer Jackson-Ausperk
Jennifer Jackson-Ausperk
Educational Consultant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1190
Janet Kubasak
Janet Kubasak
Educational Consultant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1129

Main Areas of Focus:  

  • Ohio Improvement Process (Focused Plans, TBT, BLT, DLT)
  • Differentiated Accountability
  • Data Analysis 
  • Adolescent Literacy 

 

Degrees:

  •  Ahland University, Masters of Education Curriculum and Instruction (Literacy)
  • Capella University, Docate of Education (Reading and Literacy) 

 

Licensure/Certification:

  • Ashland University, Pre-K through 9 Administration Licensure 
  • Ashland University, K-12 Reading Endorsement 

 

Bio: 

Dr. Janet Kubasak has spent over 20 years developing her craft in various educational environments. Her career began teaching special education in an urban city school district, experienced web-based education, working with struggling students to increase student achievement, then moved to an administration team supporting teachers working with students with disabilities. Currently, in her role at the State Support Team is as an Educational Consultant, she works with school districts to support their use of the Ohio Improvement Process through the use of the Cycle of Inquiry. In addition, she has remained an adjunct professor with Ashland University teaching Master’s courses for more than 10 years. 

Tracy Lichtenfels
Tracy Lichtenfels
Director
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1136
Main Areas of Focus:  
  • Continuous School Improvement / Ohio Improvement Process (OIP)
  • Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
  • Instruction, Compliance and Procedural Safeguards

Education:

  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University; Masters of Arts Education with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Kent State University;  Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Elementary Education and Literature 

Licensure/Certification:

  • Superintendent Professional License
  • Elementary Principal (K-8) Professional License
  • Middle School Principal (4-9) Professional  License
  • Education of the Handicapped (K-12) - Severe Behavior Handicapped Professional License
  • Elementary (1-8) Professional License

Bio: 
Tracy Lichtenfels has over 28 years of experience serving students with disabilities. Tracy has taught at every level except Preschool and has been an administrator since 2001. She began her teaching career in South Carolina and taught in various districts before coming to regional work. She was the Director of the North Central Ohio Special Education  Resource Center (NCO SERRC), the Special Education Director for SST 7 and has served as the Director of SST 2 for the past 7 years.  In this position, she coaches educators, as well as provides technical assistance and professional development to  educators on the process of continuous school improvement.

Nancy Osko
Nancy Osko
Early Literacy Consultant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1118

Main Area of Focus:

  • Literacy
  • English Learner
  • Educational Leadership 

 

Education: 

  • The University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Master's Degree: Educational Leadership .  
  • Ashland University; Bachelor of Science:  Elementary Education

 Licensure/Certification:

  • 5 Year Professional Principal License PK-12
  • 5 Year Professional Kindergarten-Elementary (K-8) License
  • TESOL Endorsement

Bio:                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Nancy Osko has over 20 years of teaching experience in grades Kindergarten-Grade 5. She has extensive knowledge of instructional needs and supports to teach English Earners and is a Certified Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsed educator. Her vast experience includes teaching abroad at The International School of Lausanne in Switzerland, public schools in Nevada, Texas and her native Ohio. All of these experiences included rich language immersion in multiple cultures. She has also been a Literacy Coach in these states as well as being a Building Principal, all of which emphasized her role in educational and instructional leadership and building supports for all children.  Mrs. Osko also has extensive knowledge and training in Orton Gillingham Approach (OG) to reading as well as a deep understanding of how to explicitly teach the Science of Reading. She is a Local Certified Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling Facilitator (LETRS Facilitator). Nancy has been an active member of the Northern Ohio Dyslexia Association (NOBIDA) for the past six years. Her current role as a Regional Early Literacy Specialist (RELS) is focused on working with the Ohio Department of Education to promote evidence-based language and literacy teaching and learning for all learners from birth to grade 12. As part of the State’s Literacy Team, she works with districts to implement extensive professional development, modeling specific skills and strategies and participates in instructional coaching with classrooms teachers and district administrators. The work within this project is critical to raising literacy achievement for all Ohio’s children. 

Joshua Preece
Joshua Preece
Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports and Family & Community Engagement Consultant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1133

Main Areas of Focus:  

  • Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

  • Family & Community Engagement 

  • Climate & Culture Development

Degrees:

  • Bowling Green State University;  Masters of Education in Educational Leadership

  • Baldwin-Wallace College; Bachelor of Arts in Special Education / Elementary Education / Area of Concentration in Psychology

Licensure/Certification:

  • Elementary Education Ohio Certificate

  • K-12 Special Education Ohio Certificate 

  • Middle School Administrative License, Ohio Department of Education 

  • High School Administrative License, Ohio Department of Education    

Bio: 

Joshua Preece has over 19 years of experience in education.  During his career, he has served as an elementary, middle, and high school Teacher,  middle and high school Principal, and enjoyed working with students with varying abilities and their families. Currently, he serves as the PBIS and Family/Community Engagement Educational Consultant of State Support Team Region 2. In this position, he enjoys educating, coaching, consulting, and partnering with school and district personnel regarding the implementation of PBIS and partnering with families and community partners to constantly improve educating the academic and social/emotional needs of each student.  Josh also works with the state PBIS network and the state Literacy Team. 
Vicky Timko
Vicky Timko
Educational Consultant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1101

Main Areas of Focus:

  • Regional Data Leader
  • Ohio Improvement Process
  • EVAAS & Value Added
  • Ohio’s State Assessments
  • Curriculum & Assessment
  • ODE’s System of Eplans and Supports including: CCIP, Decision Framework, Secure Data Center, Support Tool, EpiCenter


Education:

  • University of Scranton: Master's Degree Education Administration
  • Marygrove College: Master's Degree Elementary Education
  • Ohio University: Bachelor of Science Degree Elementary Education

Licensure/Certification:

  • 5 Year Professional Administrative License (PK0-6)
  • Permanent Elementary (1-8) Teaching Certificate

Bio:

Vicky Timko has over 25 years of experience in the field of education. Having been a classroom teacher, a building level, and a district level administrator, she has been afforded various professional learning experiences and acquired job skills that each of those different positions require. As an Educational Consultant, she presents professional learning and provides support related to the Ohio Improvement Process for schools in Region 2. She is able to use her previous experience as a Curriculum Director, District Test Coordinator, Title Grants Coordinator, and Academic Instructional Coach to provide technical assistance and coaching to school personnel. Vicky is a Regional Data Leader trained by EVAAS in the use of value added reports and data for school improvement and instructional coaching.

Jamie Tischer
Jamie Tischer
Post-Secondary Transition Consultant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1132

Main Area of Focus:

  • Special Education
  • Secondary Transition
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Alternate Assessment 

 

Education: 

  • Ashland University - Masters of Educational Leadership 
  • Kent State University - Transition to Work Endorsement 
  • Ashland University - Bachelors: K-12 Intervention Specialist (Moderate to Intensive) 

 

Licensure/Certification:
  • Administrative Specialist License 
  • Intervention Specialist (K-12) Licensure with Transition to Work Endorsement
 
Bio:

Jamie Tischer has served individuals with disabilities in several capacities over the past 12 years.  She has worked with adults and students with disabilities to promote independence and access in learning and community integration as a Job Coach, Intervention Specialist, Program and Transition Coordinator.  She currently serves as a Consultant for State Support Team Region 2; her areas of focus on Special Education, College and Career Readiness, Secondary Transition and Post School Outcomes. 


Jackie Urig
Jackie Urig
Executive Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1160
Stacey Vince
Stacey Vince
Early Learning and School Readiness Consultant
Office: 440-324-5777 x 1157

Main Areas of Focus:  
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Birth to Grade 3
  • Preschool Special EducationEarly Childhood PBIS

 

Licensure/Certification:

  • Early Childhood Pre K-3
  • Pre K-6 Administration
  • Reading Endoresement K-12
 

Degress:  

  • Bowling Green State University; Bachelor of Education
  • Ashland University; Master of Education (Early Childhood Intervention Specialist)
  • Ashland University; Master of Education Educational Administration) 

 

Bio:

Stacey Vince has over 15 years of experience in education.  She served 12 years as an educator of kindergarten, first, and third grade students prior to joining the State Support Team.  Currently, Stacey is the Early Learning and School Readiness Consultant. She supports educators that serve the birth to grade 3 populations.  She also serves as a trainer for the region on the Early Learning Assessment and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment as well as providing technical assistance and coaching to all preschool educators.

Olivia Weisman
Olivia Weisman
Family Engagement Consultant
Office: 440-324-3173 x 1117
Main Areas of Focus:
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Literacy
  • Multisensory strategies for teaching reading

 

Education:

  • Cleveland State University, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: Mild to Moderate Educational Needs
  • Otterbein College, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Music Minor 

 

Licensure/Certification:

  • Principal License (PK-8, 4-9, and 5-12), Ohio Department of Education
  • Intervention Specialist License (K-12); Mild to Moderate Educational Needs, Ohio Department of Education
  • Reading Ensorsement, Ohio Department of Education
  • Certified Academic Language Therapist, Academic Language Therapists Association
  • Local Certified Facilitator for Language Essential for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), Voyager Sopris 


Bio:

Olivia Weisman has over 14 years of experience serving students with various diabilities.  She has worked with students and teachers in several districts around Northeast Ohio as an Intervention Specialist, Literacy Specialist, and Literacy Coach.  As a Certified Academic Language Therapist, she has extensive knowledge in teaching individuals to read, spell, and write through multisensory strategies.  Mrs. Weisman has worked with parents/guardians and staff in district to develop plans together to increase engagement in the school community.  As part of the State Support Team Region 2, Olivia partners with districts to develop partnerships with their families and community.  She is also a member of the state Literacy Team and serves as the Literacy Consultant for the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. 

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