Staff

Dr. Sarah Colby Weaver– Director

 

Education: BA. in Psychology and MS. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Rehabilitation track) from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill.

Expertise: Served as the Director of the Office of Disability Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, The University of Missouri, (MIZZOU) Columbia; Auburn University, Auburn and currently The University of Illinois Springfield. I was hired as the first Director of Disability Services at MIZZOU, in May, 1997.  At UIUC, I also taught for 6.5 years as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate College of Health Sciences in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program.

The competitive sports program for students with disabilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign motivated me when I left to initiate a wheelchair basketball team wherever I would go.  At the University of Missouri (MIZZOU) I presented to the University administration and Athletic Director, the idea of having a competitive wheelchair basketball team.  To promote this idea, the students with disabilities, administrators and coaches at Mizzou, along with a United States Congressman and community leaders participated in several exhibition games, one being at half-time of the Men’s Mizzou/Kansas basketball game.  Also, while at Auburn University, I presented to the University administration and Athletic Director the idea of having a competitive wheelchair basketball team of which they also supported.  I am happy to have initiated the development of these two currently competitive wheelchair basketball teams at two great SEC universities.

Prior to my academic career, I served as a counselor at a comprehensive Rehabilitation hospital, Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic, Home Health Agency, Appalachian Regional Hospital and West Virginia State Government Departments of Health, Workmen’s Compensation and Emergency Medical Services.

Professional Affiliations:  AHEAD, (Association of Higher Education and Disability); NASPA, (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators).

Personal:  I enjoy watching movies and favorite TV shows.  I love traveling!  Also, I enjoy all types of music and attending concerts of favorite artists.

 

Kim Rutherford – Disability Specialist

Education: BS in English and Political Science from Central Michigan University.

Expertise: 18 years in higher education as a specialist in the UIS Office of Disability Services.

Professional Affiliations:  AHEAD, (Association of Higher Education and Disability); NASPA, (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators).

Personal: I love movies, art, cooking. I collect amateur art, rocks, and tote bags. I enjoy travelling to Michigan to see family and friends.

 

Chrisa Potthast-Leezer – Disability Specialist – Adaptive Technology

A picture of Chrisa Potthast-Leezer

Education: B.A. in Business and Management from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Expertise: 18 years of experience working in the Office of Disability Services at the University of Illinois at Springfield

Professional Affiliations: AHEAD, (Association of Higher Education and Disability); NASPA, (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators).

 

Graduate Assistant: Sara Stutzman

 

Education: BA in Psychology from University of Illinois Springfield. Currently working on a Master’s in Counseling from the Human Development Counseling Program from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Academic Affiliations: Psi Chi, Chi Sigma Iota, the ACA (American Counseling Association) and the Capital Scholars Honors Program.

Personal: I enjoy mystery novels and the Harry Potter series.  I love my four adorable nephews and spending time with them. The Hamilton soundtrack is currently the only thing I listen to.

 

Student Staff: Kaya Schreiber

I am a CAP Honors student finishing my last year as an undergraduate English major with a minor in Criminology. I have worked at Disability Services since the beginning of my Sophomore year and I enjoy meeting new students every semester. Outside of the office I am a member of Christian Student Fellowship, as well as University Bible Fellowship on campus, and has also been a CAP Peer Tutor, CAP Peer Mentor, and a reader for the school journal, The Alchemist Review. I love to read and write, draw, play piano, run, bake, knit, and watch psychological thrillers. 

 

Student Staff: Kyrianna Johnston

 

Education: I am currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice.

Professional Affiliations:  Psi Chi, NSLS, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Phi Sigma: Epsilon Chi, and Capital Scholars Honors Program.

Personal: I am currently an intern at the Illinois Innocence Project. I enjoy trying out new face masks, makeup, and traveling (if I could move anywhere in the US, I’d go to Canon Beach, Oregon). I absolutely love Hamilton, having seen it twice now, and can often be sound singing along to it. My all time favorite show is Criminal Minds, and I am currently watching Friends and Grey’s Anatomy. My favorite animal is a hedgehog, and I love reading post-apocalyptic trilogies.

 

Student Staff Angela Dagnino

 

Education: I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Pre-dental concentration.

Personal: I was born in Mexico and Spanish is my native language, so I really enjoy visiting my family in Mexico as well as listening to Latin music and eating authentic Mexican food. I play on the UIS women’s soccer team and am very passionate about working out and staying healthy. I am in the Capital Scholars Honors Program and am currently a Peer Tutor aside from working at ODS. In my free time, I really enjoy watching movies and tv shows, specifically How I Met Your Mother,  working out, going on bike rides, or just hanging with my friends.

 

Student Staff: Abby Guzman 

Education: I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice

Personal: I am the youngest in my family and the first to leave for college. I am dog mom to my baby Kobe whom I adore and love very much, yet also an Aunt to my first and only nephew whom I love very much. I enjoy reading and do makeup in my spare time. I love to listen to Hispanic music like Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Romeo Santos, and Lunay and drinking iced or hot coffee.

 

Student Staff: Daria Gendek

Education: I am currently pursuing my Bachelor Science in Nursing degree

Personal:  I am a member of Christian Student Fellowship and go to worship every Monday nights. I am a huge dog person and love to take care of my neighbors dogs when they are away for vacation.​ When it comes to relax time, I love to go over to the TRAC and put in some workouts. Then I have my days I enjoy a good movie, something that makes me laugh are the best movies. My movie snacks would include a can of Coca Cola soda and some buttery popcorn.