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OKFutures Moving Forward

2019 Professional Development Conference

Presenters: Norman

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, Ph.D.

Trauma-Informed Care

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.

 

Carol Rowland

Infant and Toddler Care

Carol Rowland is passionate about working with children and has done so for most of her career. Rowland has her master’s in early education and is a certified trainer of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care. Previously, she taught fourth grade for seven years and fifth grade for two years. She left the education field for five years, but returned to work with elementary-age children through Operation Aware. She then served on Crosstown Learning Center’s board before becoming their director for five years. Most recently, Rowland joined the team at CAP Tulsa where she has been for 18 years in various positions. She currently is happy to work at CAP Tulsa Rosa Parks. Rowland and her husband of 32-years have two children and one grandson.

 

Jane Humphries, Ph.D.

Brain Development

Jane Humphries experience in the early care and education field includes her roles as child care director of a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited program, a child and parenting specialist, college instructor, researcher and program administrator of several government-funded initiatives in Oklahoma. She has also been a featured author in Exchange magazine and her latest book, co-authored with Kari Rains, “A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change,” was published in 2017.  Besides founding her own company, Creative Educational Strategies & Services LLC, which is dedicated to quality professional development and products for young children, Humphries serves as an adjunct instructor in the Human Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Central Oklahoma and as an adjunct in the Early Childhood Administration Graduate Program at National Louis University. She earned undergraduate degrees in family and child development, a master’s in early childhood education, and a doctorate in occupational and adult education from Oklahoma State University.  

 

Marianne Kelley

The Importance of Play

Marianne Kelley has worked in the early childhood field since 1990. While volunteering in her son’s preschool classroom, she discovered her love for improving the lives of children. She has extensive experience with Head Start and Early Head Start programs, from serving as a substitute teacher to her role as a family child care program coordinator. Kelley has also worked as an adult educator and special needs consultant. Currently, she cares for the needs of Lakeshore Learning’s customers as a professional development consultant. Kelley holds training certificates with the Program for Infant/Toddler Care, Teaching Strategies and I’m Moving, I’m Learning. She is a CLASS Reliable Observer and was recently recertified for the fifth consecutive year. Kelley holds several degrees, and her extensive wealth of experience reinforces her ability to thoughtfully guide educators toward success. Above and beyond being an engaging, knowledgeable trainer and consultant, Kelley enjoys being a wife, mother and grandmother. 

 

Kyong ah Kwon, Ph.D.

The Happy Teacher Project

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, Ph.D.

The Happy Teacher Project

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.