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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Division Staff Changes

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education and Special Education Stakeholders

Date: June 7, 2010

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Shelley Woods to the position of Coordinator, Administrative Services, effective immediately.  Shelley replaces Dale Carlson who recently retired.

Shelley joined the Division of Special Education staff as a Supervisor in the Funds Management Section in 2003 and has more recently served as the Director of that Section since February 2008.  She has a solid funds program operations background and brings to the position a history of good relations with school districts across the state. 

I am also pleased to announce that Angie Nickell, who has served in the Assistant Director position, has been promoted to the Director of Funds position being vacated by Shelley. Angie began with us in the Effective Practices Section and has had experience working with all of our programs. She has been very instrumental in ensuring accountability in our funding.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that Gary Sanders, who has worked in our Data Section, has been promoted to the Assistant Director of Funds position being vacated by Angie. Gary has a lot of finance experience from his work with other Divisions and prior to coming to the Department and we were thrilled to have him move into the IDEA work last year.

While these folks will no longer be in the Office of Special Education as of August 1, they will continue to provide the support and services they have always provided to our program and to folks in the field.

We are lucky to have such a great team!