Statewide Program Specialist, Arkansas Department of Transformation and Shared Services/Office of Personnel Management
Tony brings 25 years of expertise to the professional development landscape primarily in the areas of leadership development, project management, and interpersonal communication. Prior to joining the Office of Personnel Management, Tony was the Staff Development Coordinator at the Arkansas Services for the Blind at the Department of Human Services. Tony also spent 10 years in the private sector as a regional manager and trainer with Nordic Track and the Sleep Number Bed Company where he focused on talent management, high-potential development, and leadership development. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard with a focus in operations and training where he retired after 21 years of service.
Tony has been a certified FranklinCovey Facilitator for 24 years.
I have been in the field of special education for 27 years. Sixteen of those years have been working with students with visual impairments. Along my path, I have taught special education in K-6th, 9-12th grades, and as a special education designee. My interest was sparked in the field of visual impairments when a young student who was blind was attending a school where I taught and needed a teacher. I immediately enrolled in classes at the University of Arkansas Little Rock to become a teacher of students with visual impairments. The ESVI consultant who served the area where I taught was retiring and I was delighted to accept my current position at ESVI as an educational vision consultant, which was one of my career goals.
Christi Dixon is now serving as the director of ESVI. She has worked in education in several settings including private schools, public schools, the School f/t Blind, pre-K through 12th grades. She is in her 21st year of being in education. She is a TVI and COMS. Christi enjoys finding different ways to include visually impaired students in the daily activities in school. Inclusion using universally designed products as a means to gain access to curriculum is a huge part of her daily learning. She enjoys learning about new products, tricks and tips to help the students of Arkansas gain access to what the world brings. She has one son, Landon, who is 16 and a Junior at Farmington High School in NWA. They enjoy golfing and traveling together.
Lis Geoghegan holds a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and her Masters of Art in Rehabilitation Teaching and Masters of Ed in Special Ed, Teaching Visually Impaired Children from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). She is certified as a teacher of the visually impaired and K-8 general education and high school science. She was a Pre-K teacher in general education in College Station, Texas. She fulfilled numerous roles at World Services for the Blind in Little Rock, Arkansas including: rehabilitation teacher, College Prep Instructor, and most recently, Director of Transition-Aged Youth. She taught for 11 years at the Arkansas School for the blind and Visually Impaired, where she also served as the Coordinator of the Middle School program. Lis has also taught at the college level, serving as an adjunct professor in the Special Ed Department at Texas A&M University and as a lecturer in the rhetoric Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently employed at the New York Institute for Special Education in New York, Bronx, as a teacher of the visually impaired, teaching Assistive Technology and high school English. She works as a VRT at the Lighthouse Guild’s Saturday Transition Youth Program. She is also employed by the NY Board of Ed., as a TVI for math and assistive tech. She also works for Educational Testing Services (ETS) as a Praxis test item writer and as an accessibility consultant. She has served on various advisement committees with APH, BANA, ANFB, and UBAA.
Lis has been a member of AER for 31 years and was a leader in the Arkansas AER Chapter for 13 years. She has served on the New York State AER Chapter since 2017, where she is the current Vice-President and Conference Chair. Lis has been active with the AER International Accessibility Committee for 15 years, for which she has also served as chair. She is a recipient of the AER Joyce Ogburn Award and two-time recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award. She is a presenter for both State and International AER conferences.
Dr. Mary Price
Dr. Mary Price graduated from University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Price has a passion for mission work in optometry and has been a part of volunteer clinics both locally and overseas. Dr. Price currently practices at Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she specializes in comprehensive optometry, contact lenses, and low vision. She is also an Instructor for the Department of Ophthalmology where she teaches medical students and ophthalmology residents. Since working at Jones Eye Institute, Dr. Price has become actively involved in the Low Vision Department working to help patients overcome visual disabilities and regain their independence.
Dr. Megan Shirey
Megan Shirey, OD, FAAO, is a native of Magnolia, Ark. She attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., receiving a Bachelor of Science in biology prior to pursuing her Doctor of Optometry degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Shirey completed her residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Ark. She currently practices at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Ark. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, Arkansas Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association.
I have been in the education field since 1988 with a couple of short breaks for the family. I have taught grades 3-6th. In addition, I have been a paraprofessional and teacher in a high school self-contained classroom as well as a teacher in a resource classroom. I was first introduced to visual impairments through my son who was born with a visual impairment. I navigated my way through long doctor’s appointments and several surgeries for him. I learned about teachers of the visually impaired in 2010 when I was a paraprofessional in a self-contained special education classroom. A TSVI was working with a student in the classroom and she was retiring. She said that I should go back
to school so that I could take over her position. I took her advice and have loved working in this profession ever since. I currently work as an educational vision consultant with ESVI. Additionally, I obtained the COMS certification to serve this population more comprehensively.
Dave Wilkinson is a Screen Reader Subject Matter Expert for the Digital Accessibility Team at Hilton Hotels. He is a lifelong Braille reader and advocate for braille literacy. He has a distinguished career in the assistive technology field that includes positions at several leading assistive technology manufacturers.
Up until recently Dave was a Screen Reader Subject Matter Expert for the Google Accessibility team. This required him to become an overnight expert in all things Chrome including the built-in accessibility features of Chromebooks and the Chrome operating system in general.
When he’s not surfing the Net or listening to outdated 70’s art rock music, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, running, coin collecting, and a good book.