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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.
Amy Fain has been in the early childhood education field since 1989, holding positions including teacher, mentor, site director, vice president of operations, and manager of the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program for CAP Tulsa. Fain’s credentials include a bachelor’s in education, being a certified Infant/Toddler Care instructor, serving as a consultant and trainer for Oklahoma’s Center for Professional Development, the Oklahoma Registry for Directors and Dr. Brazleton’s Touchpoints Early Care and Education Training Program, and a CDA advisor for the Council for Professional Development. In addition, she has presented at local and national Headstart conferences and been an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College for the last 10 years. She was recognized as one of Oklahoma’s Top Ten for early childhood at the Friends of Early Childhood Conference. Most recently, Child Care Exchange recognized her as a Master Leader in Early Childhood.
Janice Jobey has an extensive background in early childhood, including both the public and private sectors. She earned two master’s degrees, one in human development with emphasis on child development and one in professional development. Her background includes teaching birth through five, directing a large non-profit preschool and serving as a professor. In addition to teaching children, Jobey helped develop Early Learning Innovations (ELI) in 2008 as a result of her work on curriculum and educating child care professionals. Through ELI, Jobey still creates and teaches online CDA modules, workshops and books that support teachers.
Focusing on early childhood and elementary education, Jamie Widerman got her start in the classroom working in Baltimore County, Md. As team lead for second grade, she helped her elementary school attain distinction as a National Blue Ribbon School while simultaneously completing her training as a teacher mentor. Eager to learn more, Widerman participated in IEP development and served on the committee for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. To support the needs of her fellow educators, she also acted as a professional development coordinator. In this position, Widerman worked closely with student interns, presenting professional development activities grounded in best practices. In addition, she worked at a suburban early childhood program to explore the specific needs of early learners and their families.
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.