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 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 Missouri (MIZZOU) and Auburn, I presented to the administration the idea of having a competitive wheelchair basketball team; the administration at both institutions supported this idea. 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, 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 love traveling, spending time with my little dog, Lovey, family and friends. I enjoy all types of music and attending concerts of favorite artists.  I am a fan of college football especially (WVU Mountaineers, Fighting Illini and Mizzou Tigers; NFL (Bears, Saints and Lions) and MLB (Cardinals, White Sox and Astros).

 

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

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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: Lazerric Hartzog 

 

Education: I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with the minor of Social Work.

Personal affiliations: Delta Kappa Epsilon: Kappa Beta and UIS Gardening.

Personal: I am a huge fan of alternative music and some of my favorite artists are Lana Del Rey, Lorde, and Melanie Martinez. I have a green thumb therefore, I take care of numerous plants, just to name a few: Pothos, mint, succulents, and English ivy. Also, I enjoy large amounts of sweets like candy, pies, and cakes you name it! Finally, I highly enjoy reading poetry from Thom Gunn and novels like “Child Called It” and “Things Fall Apart”.

 

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.