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Meet Our Staff

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Andrea Blair, M.Ed.


Andrea has worked in the Student Access Center for 20 years, first as a learning disabilities specialist and since 2007, as the director. A native of Georgia, she holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree in special education from the University of Georgia. Andrea has over 32 years of professional experience in the field, having spent 11 years in the public schools as a special education teacher before joining the office at K-State. She is a long time member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability, Learning Disabilities Association of America and the International Dyslexia Association. She is committed to enhancing all aspects of the University through the concept of universal design and enjoys helping students recognize their potential.

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April Penick, M.S.

Assistant Director

April holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS (2007) and a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, MO (2010). April is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked with adolescents and young adults in the mental health field for eight years. For the past five years, April has assisted students with mental health disabilities acquire accommodations for their classes being taken on campus at K-State. April is currently the secretary for the KS affiliate of the Association of Higher Education and Disability.

Office Staff member, Ann Pearce

Ann Pearce, B.S.

Access Advisor

Ann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Ann has worked for the past three years as Adaptive Technology and Access Advisor assisting students with adaptive technology solutions.  Previously, Ann worked for North Central Kansas Libraries System and the Manhattan Public Library as an Assistive Technology Instructor, and Department Manager for Talking Books.

Interpreter Coordinator, Natalie Beharry

Natalie Beharry, B.S.

Interpreter Coordinator

Natalie is a Certified Sign Language Interpreter and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in both Accounting (1996) and Biology (1984). She has interpreted for K-State for over 20 years. As Interpreter Coordinator, Natalie ensures the smooth coordination of interpreting services.

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Elizabeth Walker, B.S.

Testing and Alternative Print Coordinator

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS and intends to enroll in a Master’s program here at Kansas State. Elizabeth has over 4 years experience assisting students with IEPs and other accommodations.  While acquiring her undergraduate, she performed management and department scheduling for Emporia State’s Wellness Center & Disability Services.  She also held the Public Relations Chair for the Psychology Club. 

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Aimee Kraus, A.A.

Certified Sign Language Interpreter

Aimee has been a Kansas Certified Sign Language Interpreter since 1993 when she graduated from Johnson County Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Sign Language Interpreting.   She has interpreted in many different settings including, but not limited to, K-12, college, theater, medical, legal and mental health.  She has been one of the Country Stampede interpreters for last 10 years and she also works for Sorenson Video Relay Service as a video interpreter.  She is thrilled to be interpreting at KSU full-time and is looking forward to becoming a member of the Student Access Center family.

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Wanda Cockerill

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Wanda comes to us from Ft. Riley. With experience working with Wounded Warriors and Veterans, Wanda has many years of experience in office administration and office procedures. As a military wife, traveling a bit, Wanda has studied at South College in Savannah, Ga, as well as on Ft. Riley at Barton County Community College emphasizing in Business Administration and Paralegal studies.  

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S. Trent McGee

Program Assistant

Trent graduated with a B.S. from Kansas State University (2010) and is currently pursuing a master's degree in College Student Development emphasis in Administration. Trent intends to pursue his PhD. and continue on in Higher Education.

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Thomas Childs

Program Assistant

Tommy graduated with a Bachelors in psychology from Brigham Young University (2014) and is currently pursuing a master's degree in marriage and family therapy here at KSU. Tommy hopes to graduate one day and eventually start his own private practice.


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Mark Woolard

Student Worker

Mark is currently an undergraduate at K-State, pursuing a degree in Social Science while also beginning a Conflict Resolution certificate program next semester focusing primarily on workplace environments. Mark has worked with the Student Access Center for three years and has enjoyed being part of a team whose purpose is to promote understanding and offer individual assistance to those who need it.

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Matthew Taylor

Student Worker

Matthew is currently an undergraduate at K-State, pursuing degrees in Management and Entrepreneurship with minors in Leadership Studies and Economics. With his degrees he hopes to find a job in the Midwest that allows him to work up the corporate ladder. Matthew has worked with the Student Access Center for a year and has enjoyed helping students around campus. He looks forward to continuing his work with the Student Access Center.