Dr. Robert Bartolotta is an education and disability researcher with an extensive background in special education and the accommodation of adults with disability in work force and education/training settings. His experience includes transition services for students with special needs, coordination and monitoring of special education services, and research and service focusing on postsecondary students with disabilities. Dr. Bartolotta is currently the Project Manager for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Management Support contract and a subject matter contributor for the Rehabilitation Services Administration Business Roundtables. Dr. Bartolotta has also worked in higher education as a professor at the University of Virginia and George Mason University, and as a testing coordinator for students with disabilities at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bartolotta has a B.S. in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, an M.S. in Special Education/Emotional Disturbances from Southern Connecticut State University, and his Ph.D. in Special Education, with a focus on transition services for special needs and at-risk youth, from the University of Maryland. He currently serves as a Board Member on the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board.
Robert Bartolotta, PhD
Catherine Savino, MPH
Catherine Savino has more than 20 years’ experience supporting the design, monitoring and evaluation of international health activities in over 25 countries. She has substantive expertise in international health, USAID contract management and programs for vulnerable populations. Her special expertise is with USAID’s special funds, especially the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund, the Leahy War Victims Fund, the Victims of Torture Fund, funds for people with disabilities and wheelchairs. She lived and worked overseas in Panama, Thailand and Morocco for ten years before returning to the USA for her graduate degree in international public health. While there, she worked part time at the Center for Disease Control in the area of reproductive health. Once in Washington, she served as the international health representative for the American Public Health Association and worked with members of the World Federation of Public Health Association before beginning her contracting work at USAID.
Ms. Savino has a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.), from Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and holds certificates in government contracting, and evaluation.
Anna Lenhart, MPH
Anna Lenhart joined New Editions in 2007. In her tenure here, she has served as project manager and supported the oversight, coordination, and implementation of health and disability projects for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health. Her skillset includes technical assistance, policy analysis, technical writing and web-based resource development. She also has experience conducting qualitative research studies. Ms. Lenhart has made presentations to the American Public Health Association, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the HHS Women's Health Coordinating Committee and other professional conferences. Ms. Lenhart has a Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and a BA in Communications and Health Sciences from Loyola University New Orleans. She is a member of the American Public Health Association.
Cherie Takemoto, MPA
Cherie Takemoto is Project Director of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) Technical Support Contract. She joined New Editions in 2012. Previously, she directed a nonprofit with a budget of over $1.5 million a year, primarily from disability-related grants from Office of Special Education Programs and the Rehabilitation Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Education and from Health and Human Services. This work involved strategic planning, program management, technical report writing, curriculum development, evaluation, and accountability management. She also has worked with interagency and interdisciplinary groups, serving on several state and national advisory committees including the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (chair), and the Virginia State Rehabilitation Council (chair). Ms. Takemoto’s expertise includes disability, special education, school improvement, cultural competence, literacy, and partnership development. She serves on the Council for Exceptional Children Exceptional Children Review Panel. Ms. Takemoto is adjunct faculty in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University where she is completing her dissertation for a PhD in Education. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Family Centered Early Intervention Services from George Mason University.
Ms. Becker provides New Editions Consulting, Inc. with a technical and design background that includes work in both traditional and new media, such as creating marketing collaterals and designing web pages and mid-level scripting. Her degree is in Communications/Public Relations with minors in Marketing and Design. She began her career as a traditional designer, creating logos, marketing materials, large-format displays and multi-media presentations. She has been designing, coding and maintaining web sites since 1996. Since 2000, she has worked to ensure that her sites are functional, attractive, useable and still fully accessible by following 508 rules, W3C WAI and Usability standards, Bobby guidelines, and using CSS wherever possible. Some of the sites she has designed and helped maintain include the Newspaper Association of America, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, eOriginal, the Presidents Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities (now known as the Office of Disability Employment Policy), the Americans with Disabilities Technical Assistance Centers, the Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN), the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, and numerous small sites for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. She has also developed web based training for the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, USDA TARGET Center, USAID and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Kevin Marvelle, ABD
Senior Research Analyst
Kevin Marvelle brings more than 35 years of experience conducting and managing research projects addressing health care, mental health and disability workforce services and policy issues. He has over 30 years of experience designing and conducting applied research and evaluation studies using survey, experimental, and case study methods. Mr. Marvelle has designed and implemented numerous systems for data collection, coding, transfer, cleaning, reduction, integration, and management. His skills include questionnaire design, interviewing, sampling, statistical analysis, computer programming, and graphic presentation of results. He is expert in the use of SPSS. In his 15 years leading the Department of Research and Data Analysis for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, he designed and implemented a large number of sample and census surveys and performed countless analytic studies examining many issues related to the training and work of physician assistants. He has lead policy analysis projects for a number of HHS agencies, ED and the VA. He has an ABD in Social Psychology, from The George Washington University and a BA in Psychology from The College of the Holy Cross.
Nick is responsible for the design and implementation of custom software solutions for New Editions' customers. Using any of a variety of languages such as C++, C#, JAVA, AJAX, Visual Basic (VB), and .NET, he works with the customer to determine the specific technical requirements and from that creates the deliverable to meet these needs.
Nick has over five years experience working on public and private contracts for organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Veterans Administration, IRS, US State Department, AOL, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Because many of these organizations are required to provide information technology that is accessible to users with disabilities Nick has become proficient in the use and technical operation of many major assistive technologies and can ensure compliance with accessibility standards such as W3C and Section 508.
Nicole Newman, MSEd
Nicole Newman serves as the Program Manager for a Department of Transportation project. Ms. Newman has 10 years of operations management and program support experience, with direct project experience successfully spearheading large scale projects, with both national and state activities. She specializes in program development, strategic planning, and quality assurance. Her expertise focuses on disability related issues to include employment support services, health and wellness, and accommodations. Past experience includes the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program Manager for Recruitment and Outreach, and Operations Support Manager. Ms. Newman holds an MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Old Dominion University and a BA in Sociology from Christopher Newport University.
Senior Conference Manager
Robin Toliver is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) experienced in conference coordination and project management. Her experience includes work on the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel, the Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research and the Interagency Committee on Disability Research. Before joining New Editions, she worked on the Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs/TRICARE Management Activity, TRICARE Management Activity Privacy Office, and Department of Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Department of the Army. Ms. Toliver works closely with the program management staff to oversee the coordination of all logistical and administrative components of conferences including researching and selecting the meeting site, arranging travel and lodging, coordinating food and beverage activities, developing and managing conference websites and online registration, designing and developing conference brands/logos and handout material, coordinating audiovisual requirements including, web casting, video teleconferencing, etc. Her experience also includes coordinating accessible conferences including arranging sign language interpreters and personal care attendants, assistive listening devices, wheelchair and scooter rentals, preparing conference material in alternate formats including large print and Braille, arranging wheelchair lift transportation services and computer-aided real time captioning services, and providing onsite facilitation of management. She also provides post conference services including processing participants’ expense reimbursement requests, compiling conference evaluations, preparing reports and reconciling vendor invoices and conference expenditures.
Stephanie Mensh, MPA
Stephanie Mensh has more than 20 years experience managing and directing large scale projects and coordinating with agency officials at all government levels. She has substantive expertise in Medicaid, Medicare and health insurance reimbursement policies; supportive services for independent living; and housing programs for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. She has experience in evidence-based practices, quality measures, and clinical practice guidelines. She has managed special projects for the HHS Office on Disability on “medical home” collaboration throughout HHS and for CMS on competitive bidding for durable medical equipment, facilitating collaboration between CMS and the medical device industry. She is a prolific writer and editor with clinical, professional, and consumer publication and presentation credits. She serves as Consumer representative on the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee for stroke care quality measures and as an appointee to the Fairfax County (Virginia) Human Services Council, advising on community support services and housing programs. Ms. Mensh has a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and a B.A., Political Science & English, The American University, Washington, DC.