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.
Brittany Egger is the director of Child Care Partnerships and Quality Assurance for Tulsa Educare, a high quality early care and education program that serves at-risk children birth to five. Egger has worked to oversee the successful implementation of two Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grants with seven child care partners. She is a certified Program for Infant and Toddler Care trainer with nine years of early childhood experience, including five years as a classroom teacher. Currently, Egger lives in Sand Springs with her husband and two children.
Lauren Cooper is a customer implementation and success coordinator at LENA. She is also speech language pathologist, bringing extensive experience supporting children and families in early intervention and Early Head Start programs, public and private schools, and clinics. At LENA, Cooper uses her background to support LENA Grow and build interactive language environments within childcare settings. Cooper earned a bachelor's in international studies and Spanish from Saint Louis University and a master's in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Missouri. In addition, she holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association as well as licensure through the State of Colorado and Colorado Department of Education.
Patti Jo Wilson is a former education director, deputy director for education and teacher with more than 25 years of educational experience in Head Start, pre-K, child care, and elementary and middle school programs. She has three teacher certifications in the state of New York and was on the board of directors for the New York Head Start Association for four years. Wilson is certified in CLASS and has been trained in ECERS-R, ECERS-3, ITERS-R and ITERS-3. In addition, she is QRIS-approved in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Minnesota, and she is master-level registered with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System. Wilson is passionate about validating and respecting children, regardless of age, developmental progression or ability, and this is evident in her professional development training.
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.