Our Team

Consortium activities are facilitated by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation in partnership with the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. The technical advisory committee provides advice and guidance to the Consortium on technical aspects of the DLM Alternate Assessment system; it is comprised of experts from a wide range of assessment fields.

Project Leadership

  • Director

    Meagan Karvonen

  • Associate Director, Professional Development

    Karen Erickson

  • Associate Director, Test Development and Production

    Russell Swinburne Romine

  • Meagan Karvonen, Director

    Dr. Karvonen has worked on various aspects of alternate assessments for more than a decade. She began conducting research on alternate assessments in 2000, as evaluator for a federally funded model demonstration project designed to help teachers improve the quality of alternate assessments. More recent projects include developing methodologies for investigating opportunity to learn, fairness, content progressions, and growth within alternate assessments. Before joining the Dynamic Learning Maps project, Dr. Karvonen partnered with more than 12 states on their operational alternate assessments, conducting studies on topics ranging from alignment to standard setting to participation criteria. She is especially interested in validity research and the implications of policy for students with significant cognitive disabilities and their teachers.

  • Karen Erickson, Associate Director, Professional Development

    Dr. Erickson is the director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and the David E. and Dolores J. Yoder distinguished professor of literacy and disability studies in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Erickson provides the project with expertise in literacy instruction and assessment for students with significant disabilities, as well as expertise in universal design for learning, assistive technology, augmentative communication, and large-scale professional development efforts

  • Russell Swinburne Romine, Associate Director, Test Development and Production

    Dr. Swinburne Romine earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota where he also taught classes in learning, cognition, and educational measurement. His research interests are in the areas of intersection between developmental psycholinguistics and large-scale assessment of reading comprehension. He conducts research in support of DLM test development in areas of validity, accessibility and text complexity.

  • Senior Advisor

    Neal Kingston

  • Senior Advisor

    Sue Bechard

  • Associate Director, Implementation

    Michael Muenks

  • Neal Kingston, Senior Advisor

    Dr. Kingston is the director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute and a professor of research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics at the University of Kansas. He has worked in large-scale assessment for 36 years in roles including psychometrician, test developer, and systems developer. He has managed all aspects of the educational testing process for both general and alternate assessments, including as an executive director at Educational Testing Service, associate commissioner for curriculum and assessment at the Kentucky Department of Education, senior vice president at Measured Progress, vice president and general manager at CTB/McGraw-Hill, and director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas. Dr. Kingston has published and presented more than 160 articles, papers, and book chapters on assessment.

  • Sue Bechard, Senior Advisor

    Dr. Bechard has focused her career on promoting inclusive educational assessment and instructional practices through design and implementation of comprehensive alternate assessment systems in more than 18 states. Her research focuses on the development, validation, alignment, and consequences of assessments for students with disabilities.

  • Michael Muenks, Associate Director, Implementation

    Mr. Muenks supervises DLM staff across a variety of teams. Prior to joining the Dynamic Learning Maps team, Muenks worked in the Missouri Department of Elementary andSecondary Education (DESE), leading implementation of the full assessment and curriculum program for the department, including DLM assessments. Michael has also previously served on the governing board of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; in the educational publishing field; in other positions at DESE; and as a middle school principal and a middle school mathematics and reading teacher in Missouri. Muenks received a master’s degree in education administration from Lincoln University.

Key Staff

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Sheila Wells-Moreaux

  • Psychometrician

    Amy Clark

  • Psychometrician

    Brook Nash

  • Sheila Wells-Moreaux, Implementation Coordinator

    Dr. Wells-Moreaux is a former special education teacher. She earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and innovation from Arizona State University. Before coming to the University of Kansas, she worked at the Arizona Department of Education as the alternate assessment coordinator. Her research focuses on students with special needs who are also English language learners.

  • Amy Clark, Psychometrician

    Dr. Clark began her career as a classroom teacher and developed an interest in the use of assessment for improving student outcomes. She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics. Her research interests include exploring potential threats to validity, accountability issues, and diagnostic assessment.

  • Brooke Nash, Psychometrician

    Dr. Nash earned her Ph.D. in in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics with a minor in special education. She spent the past several years working as a psychometrician at Ascend Learning, specializing in assessments in the higher education field. Her research interests include formative assessment and scoring models for technology-enabled assessments.

  • Science Research Team Lead

    Lori Andersen

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Christa Reida

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Mariel Zeller

  • Lori Andersen, Science Research Team Lead

    Dr. Andersen earned her Ph.D. in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests include science teaching and learning, including implementation and assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards. Her current research focuses on assessments designed to support students with significant cognitive disabilities in developing science conceptual knowledge and science skills. Dr. Andersen is a national board certified teacher who has taught science in K–12 schools for 17 years. Before coming to the University of Kansas, Dr. Andersen taught courses in science education and research methods at Kansas State University.

  • Christa Reida, Implementation Coordinator

    Christa previously worked with the Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment Group (ILSSA) at the University of Kentucky for seven years. While at ILSAA, she worked to develop, administer, and score alternate assessments. Before entering the alternate assessment field, Christa worked as a middle school and high school teacher in science, math, and physical education first in California and then in Kansas. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Pittsburg State University.

  • Mariel Zeller, Implementation Coordinator

    Mariel received her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in severe/multiple disabilities from Minot State University. Prior to her work on the DLM project, she served as a technical assistance specialist with the National Center and State Collaborative and worked with the Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment Group (ILSSA) for 13 years. Mariel has dedicated her career to building inclusive programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has assisted states in the alignment of standards, curriculum and instruction, universal design for learning, alternate assessment development, administration, scoring, and professional development.

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Nancy Keating

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  • Nancy Keating, Implementation Coordinator

    Ms. Keating served the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2007 to 2015, the last three years of which she spent leading the state in implementing Dynamic Learning Maps assessments. Nancy has more than 13 years’ experience working for a national Fortune 500 company in the education sector, including work as a project manager leading an international team in solving complex technological issues. She has previously worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services with children from family backgrounds of severe abuse and neglect, as well as with the Peoria (Ill.) Public Library in providing resources for patrons with disabilities.

Consortium activities are facilitated by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation in partnership with the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. The technical advisory committee provides advice and guidance to the Consortium on technical aspects of the DLM Alternate Assessment system; it is comprised of experts from a wide range of assessment fields.

Project Leadership

  • Director

    Meagan Karvonen

  • Associate Director, Professional Development

    Karen Erickson

  • Meagan Karvonen, Director

    Dr. Karvonen has worked on various aspects of alternate assessments for more than a decade. She began conducting research on alternate assessments in 2000, as evaluator for a federally funded model demonstration project designed to help teachers improve the quality of alternate assessments. More recent projects include developing methodologies for investigating opportunity to learn, fairness, content progressions, and growth within alternate assessments. Before joining the Dynamic Learning Maps project, Dr. Karvonen partnered with more than 12 states on their operational alternate assessments, conducting studies on topics ranging from alignment to standard setting to participation criteria. She is especially interested in validity research and the implications of policy for students with significant cognitive disabilities and their teachers.

  • Karen Erickson, Associate Director, Professional Development

    Dr. Erickson is the director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and the David E. and Dolores J. Yoder distinguished professor of literacy and disability studies in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Erickson provides the project with expertise in literacy instruction and assessment for students with significant disabilities, as well as expertise in universal design for learning, assistive technology, augmentative communication, and large-scale professional development efforts

  • Associate Director, Test Development and Production

    Russell Swinburne Romine

  • Senior Advisor

    Neal Kingston

  • Russell Swinburne Romine, Associate Director, Test Development and Production

    Dr. Swinburne Romine earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota where he also taught classes in learning, cognition, and educational measurement. His research interests are in the areas of intersection between developmental psycholinguistics and large-scale assessment of reading comprehension. He conducts research in support of DLM test development in areas of validity, accessibility and text complexity.

  • Neal Kingston, Senior Advisor

    Dr. Kingston is the director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute and a professor of research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics at the University of Kansas. He has worked in large-scale assessment for 36 years in roles including psychometrician, test developer, and systems developer. He has managed all aspects of the educational testing process for both general and alternate assessments, including as an executive director at Educational Testing Service, associate commissioner for curriculum and assessment at the Kentucky Department of Education, senior vice president at Measured Progress, vice president and general manager at CTB/McGraw-Hill, and director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas. Dr. Kingston has published and presented more than 160 articles, papers, and book chapters on assessment.

  • Senior Advisor

    Sue Bechard

  • Associate Director, Implementation

    Michael Muenks

  • Sue Bechard, Senior Advisor

    Dr. Bechard has focused her career on promoting inclusive educational assessment and instructional practices through design and implementation of comprehensive alternate assessment systems in more than 18 states. Her research focuses on the development, validation, alignment, and consequences of assessments for students with disabilities.

  • Michael Muenks, Associate Director, Implementation

    Mr. Muenks supervises DLM staff across a variety of teams. Prior to joining the Dynamic Learning Maps team, Muenks worked in the Missouri Department of Elementary andSecondary Education (DESE), leading implementation of the full assessment and curriculum program for the department, including DLM assessments. Michael has also previously served on the governing board of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; in the educational publishing field; in other positions at DESE; and as a middle school principal and a middle school mathematics and reading teacher in Missouri. Muenks received a master’s degree in education administration from Lincoln University.

Key Staff

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Sheila Wells-Moreaux

  • Psychometrician

    Amy Clark

  • Sheila Wells-Moreaux, Implementation Coordinator

    Dr. Wells-Moreaux is a former special education teacher. She earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and innovation from Arizona State University. Before coming to the University of Kansas, she worked at the Arizona Department of Education as the alternate assessment coordinator. Her research focuses on students with special needs who are also English language learners.

  • Amy Clark, Psychometrician

    Dr. Clark began her career as a classroom teacher and developed an interest in the use of assessment for improving student outcomes. She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics. Her research interests include exploring potential threats to validity, accountability issues, and diagnostic assessment.

  • Psychometrician

    Brook Nash

  • Science Research Team Lead

    Lori Andersen

  • Brooke Nash, Psychometrician

    Dr. Nash earned her Ph.D. in in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics with a minor in special education. She spent the past several years working as a psychometrician at Ascend Learning, specializing in assessments in the higher education field. Her research interests include formative assessment and scoring models for technology-enabled assessments.

  • Lori Andersen, Science Research Team Lead

    Dr. Andersen earned her Ph.D. in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests include science teaching and learning, including implementation and assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards. Her current research focuses on assessments designed to support students with significant cognitive disabilities in developing science conceptual knowledge and science skills. Dr. Andersen is a national board certified teacher who has taught science in K–12 schools for 17 years. Before coming to the University of Kansas, Dr. Andersen taught courses in science education and research methods at Kansas State University.

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Christa Reida

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Mariel Zeller

  • Christa Reida, Implementation Coordinator

    Christa previously worked with the Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment Group (ILSSA) at the University of Kentucky for seven years. While at ILSAA, she worked to develop, administer, and score alternate assessments. Before entering the alternate assessment field, Christa worked as a middle school and high school teacher in science, math, and physical education first in California and then in Kansas. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Pittsburg State University.

  • Mariel Zeller, Implementation Coordinator

    Mariel received her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in severe/multiple disabilities from Minot State University. Prior to her work on the DLM project, she served as a technical assistance specialist with the National Center and State Collaborative and worked with the Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment Group (ILSSA) for 13 years. Mariel has dedicated her career to building inclusive programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has assisted states in the alignment of standards, curriculum and instruction, universal design for learning, alternate assessment development, administration, scoring, and professional development.

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Nancy Keating

  •  
  • Nancy Keating, Implementation Coordinator

    Ms. Keating served the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2007 to 2015, the last three years of which she spent leading the state in implementing Dynamic Learning Maps assessments. Nancy has more than 13 years’ experience working for a national Fortune 500 company in the education sector, including work as a project manager leading an international team in solving complex technological issues. She has previously worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services with children from family backgrounds of severe abuse and neglect, as well as with the Peoria (Ill.) Public Library in providing resources for patrons with disabilities.

Consortium activities are facilitated by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation in partnership with the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. The technical advisory committee provides advice and guidance to the Consortium on technical aspects of the DLM Alternate Assessment system; it is comprised of experts from a wide range of assessment fields.

Project Leadership

  • Director

    Meagan Karvonen

  • Meagan Karvonen, Director

    Dr. Karvonen has worked on various aspects of alternate assessments for more than a decade. She began conducting research on alternate assessments in 2000, as evaluator for a federally funded model demonstration project designed to help teachers improve the quality of alternate assessments. More recent projects include developing methodologies for investigating opportunity to learn, fairness, content progressions, and growth within alternate assessments. Before joining the Dynamic Learning Maps project, Dr. Karvonen partnered with more than 12 states on their operational alternate assessments, conducting studies on topics ranging from alignment to standard setting to participation criteria. She is especially interested in validity research and the implications of policy for students with significant cognitive disabilities and their teachers.

  • Associate Director, Professional Development

    Karen Erickson

  • Karen Erickson, Associate Director, Professional Development

    Dr. Erickson is the director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and the David E. and Dolores J. Yoder distinguished professor of literacy and disability studies in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Erickson provides the project with expertise in literacy instruction and assessment for students with significant disabilities, as well as expertise in universal design for learning, assistive technology, augmentative communication, and large-scale professional development efforts

  • Associate Director, Test Development and Production

    Russell Swinburne Romine

  • Russell Swinburne Romine, Associate Director, Test Development and Production

    Dr. Swinburne Romine earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota where he also taught classes in learning, cognition, and educational measurement. His research interests are in the areas of intersection between developmental psycholinguistics and large-scale assessment of reading comprehension. He conducts research in support of DLM test development in areas of validity, accessibility and text complexity.

  • Senior Advisor

    Neal Kingston

  • Neal Kingston, Senior Advisor

    Dr. Kingston is the director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute and a professor of research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics at the University of Kansas. He has worked in large-scale assessment for 36 years in roles including psychometrician, test developer, and systems developer. He has managed all aspects of the educational testing process for both general and alternate assessments, including as an executive director at Educational Testing Service, associate commissioner for curriculum and assessment at the Kentucky Department of Education, senior vice president at Measured Progress, vice president and general manager at CTB/McGraw-Hill, and director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas. Dr. Kingston has published and presented more than 160 articles, papers, and book chapters on assessment.

  • Senior Advisor

    Sue Bechard

  • Sue Bechard, Senior Advisor

    Dr. Bechard has focused her career on promoting inclusive educational assessment and instructional practices through design and implementation of comprehensive alternate assessment systems in more than 18 states. Her research focuses on the development, validation, alignment, and consequences of assessments for students with disabilities.

  • Associate Director, Implementation

    Michael Muenks

  • Michael Muenks, Associate Director, Implementation

    Mr. Muenks supervises DLM staff across a variety of teams. Prior to joining the Dynamic Learning Maps team, Muenks worked in the Missouri Department of Elementary andSecondary Education (DESE), leading implementation of the full assessment and curriculum program for the department, including DLM assessments. Michael has also previously served on the governing board of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; in the educational publishing field; in other positions at DESE; and as a middle school principal and a middle school mathematics and reading teacher in Missouri. Muenks received a master’s degree in education administration from Lincoln University.

Key Staff

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Sheila Wells-Moreaux

  • Sheila Wells-Moreaux, Implementation Coordinator

    Dr. Wells-Moreaux is a former special education teacher. She earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and innovation from Arizona State University. Before coming to the University of Kansas, she worked at the Arizona Department of Education as the alternate assessment coordinator. Her research focuses on students with special needs who are also English language learners.

  • Psychometrician

    Amy Clark

  • Amy Clark, Psychometrician

    Dr. Clark began her career as a classroom teacher and developed an interest in the use of assessment for improving student outcomes. She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics. Her research interests include exploring potential threats to validity, accountability issues, and diagnostic assessment.

  • Psychometrician

    Brooke Nash

  • Brooke Nash, Psychometrician

    Dr. Nash earned her Ph.D. in in educational psychology from the University of Kansas, specializing in research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics with a minor in special education. She spent the past several years working as a psychometrician at Ascend Learning, specializing in assessments in the higher education field. Her research interests include formative assessment and scoring models for technology-enabled assessments.

  • Science Research Team Lead

    Lori Andersen

  • Lori Andersen, Science Research Team Lead

    Dr. Andersen earned her Ph.D. in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests include science teaching and learning, including implementation and assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards. Her current research focuses on assessments designed to support students with significant cognitive disabilities in developing science conceptual knowledge and science skills. Dr. Andersen is a national board certified teacher who has taught science in K–12 schools for 17 years. Before coming to the University of Kansas, Dr. Andersen taught courses in science education and research methods at Kansas State University.

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Christa Reida

  • Christa Reida, Implementation Coordinator

    Christa previously worked with the Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment Group (ILSSA) at the University of Kentucky for seven years. While at ILSAA, she worked to develop, administer, and score alternate assessments. Before entering the alternate assessment field, Christa worked as a middle school and high school teacher in science, math, and physical education first in California and then in Kansas. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Pittsburg State University.

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Mariel Zeller

  • Mariel Zeller, Implementation Coordinator

    Mariel received her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in severe/multiple disabilities from Minot State University. Prior to her work on the DLM project, she served as a technical assistance specialist with the National Center and State Collaborative and worked with the Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment Group (ILSSA) for 13 years. Mariel has dedicated her career to building inclusive programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has assisted states in the alignment of standards, curriculum and instruction, universal design for learning, alternate assessment development, administration, scoring, and professional development.

  • Implementation Coordinator

    Nancy Keating

  • Nancy Keating, Implementation Coordinator

    Ms. Keating served the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2007 to 2015, the last three years of which she spent leading the state in implementing Dynamic Learning Maps assessments. Nancy has more than 13 years’ experience working for a national Fortune 500 company in the education sector, including work as a project manager leading an international team in solving complex technological issues. She has previously worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services with children from family backgrounds of severe abuse and neglect, as well as with the Peoria (Ill.) Public Library in providing resources for patrons with disabilities.

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