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Meet the Staff
Karen Olson, Educational Consultant
860-836-6300 | Phone
Karen received her M.Ed in Deafblind/Multihandicapped Education from Boston College. For over 30 years, she has worked with deaf and deafblind individuals of all ages. She has taught at Perkins School for the Blind inWatertown, MA and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf at Gallaudet University. In her current job, she works with infants, toddlers and children of all school ages who are deafblind or multidisabled, providing consultation, inservice training and support to families and educational teams
Sonu Rangnekar, Family Specialist
860-416-3280 | Phone
Sonu Rangnekar is a family Specialist with the New England Consortium for the Deaf Blind (NEC). Formerly, for almost 2 decades, Sonu worked in the area of International Development in several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with a focus on Economic development, Public Health and Child Welfare. Over the years, Sonu has been associated with a number of international organizations that work with underprivileged children. As a NEC Family Specialist, Sonu works with deaf blind and/or multiply disabled children, their families and educational teams. Her work in CT is focused on Post Secondary Transition planning process, that helps young adults and their families prepare & plan for life after high school.
Sonu also works with the West Hartford Public schools as an interpreter for non-English speaking parents from some Asian countries, this also includes helping parents of special needs kids through the IEP development process. Sonu has a child with developmental disabilities & cortical visual impairment, who receives Special education in the West Hartford school system.
Kristen Shorey, Educational Consultant
207-781-6303 | Office Phone
207-852-1653 | Mobile Phone
Kristen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Regular & Special Education in 1993 from Wheelock College. She completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education in June 2012. Kristen is a certified Special Educator and Teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. She has worked in the field of early intervention and special education for 21 years. She also has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum, augmentative communication, as well as children with multiple disabilities across all ages. Kristen is a strong advocate and is excited to work with families across Maine to identify and serve children with dual sensory needs.
Donna Casavant, Educational Consultant
207-735-5071 | Phone
Donna Casavant received her Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Smith College and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Special Education: Early Intervention from the University of Maine. She has worked in regular and special education for 29 years as a Teacher of the Deaf in residential and mainstream settings, as a secondary school Chemistry and World Language teacher, as an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Therapist, and as an Educational Consultant.
Tracy Evans Luiselli, Project Director
617-972-7517 | Phone
Tracy received her M. Ed. in Deafblind Education at Boston College and her doctorate in Early Childhood/Special Education from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Tracy has experience teaching children who are deafblind in a variety of settings (e.g. public schools and home based settings). She served as adjunct faculty at Boston College and Simmons College. Tracy has presented and written extensively and is certified in Low Vision, Moderate Special Needs, Intensive Special Needs and Elementary Education.
Linh Tran, Project Assistant
617-972-7515 I Phone
Linh Tran joined the NEC Team as a Project Assistant of March 2015. She came from a corporation that requires her to create orders into the system in a timely manner and also interface internal and external personnel. She currently assists the Project Director in numerous administrative duties. Linh will be taking your calls and answering any questions regarding NEC activities and trainings.
Terry LeMaire, Educational Consultant
617-972-7515 I Phone
Terry has extensive experience with children who have sensory loss and additional disabilities She have been a TVI for 42 years. I began my career working with blind and low vision students. The last 15 years of my public school career has been with students with deafblindness. I have been a direct service provider and a consultant. I have also presented at workshops. My role has been to teach and model for those in the classroom and to answer questions for staff and parents. As a workshop provider, I have hoped to enlightened educators on the impact of deafblindness and how to develop meaningful
Susan received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. She also received a BS degree from Wheelock College specializing in Special Education.
Susan Hollis, LICSW, is a mom of two wonderful children who have a diagnosis of deaf-blindness. She works as a Clinical Social Worker, in her own private practice, doing so for the past 20 years. Susan works with a variety of mental health challenges, and with families facing the challenges of raising a special needs child or family member. Susan worked as a Special Education Teacher prior to that, specializing with individuals who have developmental delays and sensory impairments. She has gotten a lot of joy working as one of the family specialist for NEC. All of these experiences enable her to be a strong advocate for her children and other families in New England.