Each one of our presenters is set to bring their expertise and insight to create an engaging experience for all attendees. We'd like to say a big thank you to each one of our presenters for their support of this conference!
Amy Huffer graduated with her master's in social work from the University of Oklahoma and earned her doctorate in human science from Oklahoma State University. She specializes in infant and early childhood mental health and currently supports efforts of Zero to Three to change the trajectory for infants, toddlers and their families impacted by the child protection system. Previously, she assisted with the research and dissemination of the Attachment and Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up (ABC) intervention through the University of Delaware and served as Oklahoma’s Early Childhood Trainer and Consultant where she worked to develop and strengthen infant and early childhood workforce across the state. Huffer has supported infant and early childhood mental health consultation for early education settings and additionally supported research efforts in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Huffer has been endorsed by the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Mentor and regularly provides training and reflective consultation to professionals serving infants, toddlers and their families.
Princess Calvert has been in the child development field for over 17 years in both Head Start and Early Head Start. She has been certified in infant massage, the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), and Safe Sleep, and is a FDC Trainer and Oklahoma ELG Trainer. In addition, she is Triple P accredited. She also has been a professional development specialist for the Child Development Associate Council for Professional Recognition for over eight years and a trainer at CARD Head Start for nine years. Calvert enjoys and strives to use the philosophy and strategies of PITC when working with teachers in classrooms.
Paula Brown is the disabilities manager for United Community Action Head Start & Early Head Start. She has lived in Stillwater since 1980 and worked for Head Start for 35 years. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Oklahoma State University and her master’s in special education from Ashford University. Brown is currently pursuing her doctorate in infant mental health through the Human Development and Family Sciences Department at Oklahoma State University. She has been a Governor appointee to Oklahoma’s Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention (ICC) since 1998 and serves as the chair of ICC’s Infant Mental Health Committee. Moreover, she serves on multiple committees for OPSR’s Preschool Development Birth Through Five Grant (known as OKFutures).
*This location's session will be taught by a professional certified to teach Zero to Three's The Growing Brain.
As an advocate for students with suspected or diagnosed disabilities, Jessie Olson has a passion for creating individualized educational experiences that maximize meaningful learning. Not only does Olson have experience as a special education teacher, she also spent time overseeing Head Start and Early Head Start programming as a child welfare agency education manager. As a professional development specialist, Olson builds a positive rapport with participants through genuine openness and interest in individual growth. She captivates audiences with her emphasis on hands-on experiences, real-world application and a sprinkle of humor along the way. In addition to a dual bachelor’s in early childhood education and early childhood special education, she holds her master’s in special education with a certificate in autism studies. In addition, Olson is certified in CLASS (Infant/Toddler/Pre-K).
Kyong-Ah Kwon is an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma (OU)-Tulsa. She has extensive experience as a teacher of young children in Korea and the United States. She received her doctorate in developmental studies from Purdue University and worked as an associate professor at Georgia State University before coming to OU. Kwon has an extensive record of scholarly work about parenting, classroom quality and teachers’ well-being and each of these impact on children’s development. She has been published in prestigious journals, such as Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Learning and Individual Differences and Early Education and Development. Kwon has also led several grants that contribute to supporting teachers and improving classroom quality. She was recently awarded the Research Scholarship Award from the Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education at OU.
Ken Randall is co-director of the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU)-Tulsa as well as associate dean of the College of Allied Health and a professor in the department of rehabilitation sciences at the OU Health Sciences Center. He received his bachelor’s in physical therapy from OU in 1986, his master’s in human relations degree from OU in 1996, and his doctorate in educational psychology at Oklahoma State University in 2009. Randall has taught in the academic environment for 27 years and been in physical therapy field for 33 years. Moreover, he has been involved in interprofessional education for 20 years. Randall is currently involved in three research studies examining fitness and wellness in three distinct populations: 1) Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (in collaboration with the St. Jude affiliate clinic at St. Francis Children’s Hospital); 2) adults with behavioral diagnoses (a collaboration with OU Tulsa’s IMPACT team and Dr. Jessica Tsotsoros in occupational therapy); and 3) early childhood educators (in collaboration with the Early Childhood Education Institute at OU).
He has published numerous articles in international journals as well as in both Allied Health Education and Physical Therapy, the flagship journals of his profession. In addition, he has presented internationally on four continents. Randall’s publications and presentations address topics that range from academic integrity to novel educational strategies to fostering student success in the practice environment and to individual and community-centered practice. He has received over fifteen teaching and service awards over the years, including the OU-Tulsa President’s Award for leadership in community service in 2009, the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association Kennett Ball Service Award in 2014, and the inaugural Provost’s Teaching Award at the OU Health Sciences Center in 2017.