Jean Fairbairn is responsible for the overall direction of the office in the fulfillment of its mission. She provides direct support to students through counseling, advising, consultation, advocacy and the coordination of appropriate University accommodations, and works with staff throughout the University to ensure effective disability access and enhance educational opportunities. Fairbairn has been director of Binghamton University's Services for Students with Disabilities Office since April 1977. She earned her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University, and is a long-standing member of the international Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She was the first president of the State University of New York's Disability Services Council and continues to be dynamically involved in its professional development and collaboration activities. She and the director of affirmative action monitor University compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
Andrea Snyder joined the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in August 2008. She reviews disability documentation to determine and authorize appropriate accommodations for students with cognitively-based disabilities, works directly with students to coordinate academic accommodations and provides tutorials on homework organization, study skills techniques, test taking strategies and the effective use of adaptive computer technologies. Snyder received her bachelor of arts degree from Villanova University and Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has state certifications as both a school psychologist and school counselor. Her professional experience includes positions as an elementary-school counselor, secondary-school psychologist and adjunct professor. A member of several professional organizations including the National Association of School Psychologists and the Association on Higher Education and Disability, Snyder’s approach in support of students with disabilities focuses on helping students develop strategies and self-management skills to enhance independent living and learning at Binghamton University and beyond.
Carol Hall is responsible for the management of all academic support services provided through SSD. She coordinates the recruitment, appointment and payroll of related personnel and works with student consumers in the supervision of those hired to assist them. She works along side the director and learning disabilities specialist in assisting students to problem-solve and in responding to their needs for assistance or advocacy. Her other responsibilities include budget, account and data management, the coordination of office assessment activities, and professional involvement in program development and strategic planning. Hall received her bachelor of arts degree from Binghamton University in 1977. She was awarded the University Service Recognition Award for 30 years of dedicated service on March 3, 2005.
Kathryn Perry began her duties as the adaptive technology specialist in the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in August 2012. She is responsible for alternative textbook production and the provision and training of assistive technology devices. Perry received her bachelor's degrees in mathematical sciences and studio art with a concentration in graphic design from Binghamton University in May 2012. She worked as an undergraduate student assistant for the office during her sophomore and junior years. Perry serves on the Rankings and Reputation Road Map Team, Web and Media Access Committee and Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Committee. Her highest priority is a commitment to equity and accessibility in learning environments in institutions of higher education.
Amy Klenovic attended Broome Community College where she studied criminal justice. She has a daughter who is currently in high school and plays basketball for both school and a travel team. She is involved with the high school PTSA and helps organize the homecoming and semi-formal dances for the high school. Klenovic is also involved in CSEA and was selected to represent CSEA at the Next Up Summit. Her main duties in the office are to answer phones; greet students, staff and faculty; and make appointments for students with various office staff. Her duties also include completing all academic accommodations letters for students and processing all temporary and long-term parking permits. Her smiling face is the first thing visitors see as they enter the office and she is happy to help with whatever disability-related needs visitors may have.
Michelle Gierlach joined the SSD office as a graduate assistant in August 2012. Using an individualized approach to each student's diverse needs, she is responsible for providing organizational and instructional support to individual students with emphasis on time-management skills; test-taking and homework strategies; and long-term planning for projects, essays, and exams. Gierlach graduated summa cum laude from Keuka College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Unified Childhood and Special Education with an emphasis in art. In addition, she attends Binghamton University's Graduate School of Education, pursuing literacy education to obtain certification to become a literacy specialist for children and adolescents. She is currently a certified special education and childhood teacher in New York state.
Last Updated: 3/7/13