intensely interesting people

In 2016, UDT conference collaborators began asking the big question: How can we (re)create buildings, communities, learning places, programs and products to better meet needs of 21st century people? The answer to us was, of course, with Universal Design. But...

As peers, colleagues and friends began to answer our question, we noticed several were focused on one or more of these elements of the rural economy--and most answers, in one way, shape or form, had to do with design. We realized we had an amazing opportunity to bring an unprecedented mix of industry, research, business and placemaking professionals together to share research and best practices, learn more about what works, and encourage individual and community innovation in rural places at all levels.

That's how the mashup of these three conferences came to be, and that's why you'll see a mix of presenters from universities, Extension programs, private business, public agency and not-for-profits.

In addition to UDT speakers, we're pleased to feature speakers from the acclaimed What Works in Rural Business Innovation and Economic Development conference, sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, and speakers from the Create West Virginia Conference,  sponsored by our local host, the Creative Communities Network. A full list of UDT partners is HERE.

The list of speakers will continue to grow. Check back regularly for updates, and be sure to register.

Mary Beth Hoover
Interior Designer, Charleston City Council
Mary Beth Hoover
Interior Designer, Charleston City Council
Evan Young
Founder, Owner, and Lead Instructor of Appalachian Boarding Company

Evan's mission is to help others regain balance both on and off the board. He believes we're ALL made to enjoy West Virginia more than we have so far, and he'll help you gear up. Just say yes.

Evan Young
Founder, Owner, and Lead Instructor of Appalachian Boarding Company
John Manchester
Mayor, Lewisburg

Mayor of Lewisburg since 2003, WV Municipal League mayor of the year 2012, dresses up as Willy Wonka for Lewisburg Chocolate Festival every April.

John Manchester
Mayor, Lewisburg
Lissa Lucas
Candidate, WV House of Delegates, District 7

Lissa taught English in China, dug up dinosaur bones in Utah, worked as a journalist at the local paper, manages social media and homesteads in rural West Virginia. She's so fed up with the status quo, she's running for office.

Lissa Lucas
Candidate, WV House of Delegates, District 7
Stanley Green
Extension Associate at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center

Stanley helps others build strong teams & quality customer interactions as he helps them develop an entrepreneurial mindset, a business model and a one-page business plan to provide a “roadmap” to establishing their enterprises.

Stanley Green
Extension Associate at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center
Rachel Rajca
Coordinator, Career Academy for Post-Graduates/Interpreter

Rachel puts degrees in American Sign Language and Psychology to work helping students transition from k-12 to post-secondary coursework and/or vocational placement with an emphasis on independent living skills and self-advocacy.

Rachel Rajca
Coordinator, Career Academy for Post-Graduates/Interpreter
Ingrid Kanics
President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

Ingrid is an occupational therapist who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together.

Ingrid Kanics
President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC
Thom Worlledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, REFP
Architect, Charleston Area Manager

Award-winning green architect, designer, inventor, technologist, serial tinkerer.

Thom Worlledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, REFP
Architect, Charleston Area Manager
Amy Goodwin
Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce/Commissioner of Tourism at Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

Likes her work, her small people and that guy she married a long time ago---a lot.

Amy Goodwin
Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce/Commissioner of Tourism at Wild, Wonderful West Virginia
Laura Dice
Asst. Coordinator, Keys 4 Healthy Kids, Charleston Area Medical Center

Laura focuses on creating environments that support healthy habits and behaviors, especially for kids.

Laura Dice
Asst. Coordinator, Keys 4 Healthy Kids, Charleston Area Medical Center
Rodney Dean Boyden
Owner, Boyden Interior Designs

As Seen on HGTV Season 3 of All American Handyman, this musician, singer, interior designer and remodeler can and does it all. Beautifully.

Rodney Dean Boyden
Owner, Boyden Interior Designs
Priyadarshini Dasgupta, ScD
Inventor, Assistant Professor at Marshall University

Prya teaches courses on ergonomics, safety technology and occupational safety and health, and she's invented something wonderful that literally takes the load off construction workers installing drywall overhead.

Priyadarshini Dasgupta, ScD
Inventor, Assistant Professor at Marshall University
Jon Matthews
Filmmaker

Civil rights attorney turned film director, writer, producer, and actor. Jon now splits his time between Los Angeles and West Virginia. In L.A., Jon has just completed a crime drama, which was purchased by Millennium Films.

Jon Matthews
Filmmaker
Harry Bell
Attorney at Law, Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

An extensive career in litigation gives Harry insight into what "works" and what doesn't. He's founded several small businesses over the years and operates with a creative mindset.

Harry Bell
Attorney at Law, Serial Entrepreneur & Investor
Crystal Good
ARTIST+ ENTREPRENEUR+ADVOCATE

Affrilachian Poet

Crystal Good
ARTIST+ ENTREPRENEUR+ADVOCATE
Harry Crissy
Economic Resource Development Agent at University of Florida
Harry Crissy
Economic Resource Development Agent at University of Florida
Peter Butler, MLA
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at West Virginia University

Peter's research interests include the interpretation, planning and recovery of derelict industrial landscapes; community design and cultural landscape history.

Peter Butler, MLA
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at West Virginia University
Eve Faulkes
Coordinator of Graphic Design, WVU's School of Art and Design

Eve is a celebrated practicing designer with an interest in publication design, identity, paper engineering, book arts and Design for Social Impact.

Eve Faulkes
Coordinator of Graphic Design, WVU's School of Art and Design
Mariah Graley
Designer

Mariah is an emerging plus size fashion designer determined to change industry perception through her creation of clothing for all shapes.

Mariah Graley
Designer
Ron Wickman, BA, BEDS, M. Arch., Architect, AAA, MRAIC
Founder, Ron Wickman Architect

Ron's interest and expertise is in barrier-free design, innovative multi-family housing and urban and community planning. His esign methodology ifocuses on how all people live and interact with the environment

Ron Wickman, BA, BEDS, M. Arch., Architect, AAA, MRAIC
Founder, Ron Wickman Architect
Courtney Spearman
Design Programs Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts

Courtney is a landscape architect and architectural historian by training. She joined the National Endowment for the Arts as Design Specialist and manages the Art Works grant program nationwide.

Courtney Spearman
Design Programs Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Savannah Barrett
Director of Programs for Art of the Rural

The heart and soul of her work is the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, a project she leads with Josh May from Appalshop and a brilliant cast of artists and community builders to innovate on a regional creative placemaking strategy.

Savannah Barrett
Director of Programs for Art of the Rural
Lynette Evans
Founder/Editor, AFriendlyHouse.com

Longtime journalist, former interior designer and Home & Garden editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, Lynette reports on and promotes universal design and solutions for aging in place at AFriendlyHouse.com.

Lynette Evans
Founder/Editor, AFriendlyHouse.com
Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, FAOTA
Owner of EmpowerAbility ® LLC

Deb specializes in the creation of inclusive environments that enable health, wellbeing and engagement in life. Consultant, speaker, author & prof. education provider.

Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, FAOTA
Owner of EmpowerAbility ® LLC
Mark Trieglaff
Founder/Principal, Accessibility Consultation and Training Services,

Mark specializes in Universal Design and the American’s with Disabilities Act. ACTServices helps clients to not only meet ADA standards but exceed them when possible.

Mark Trieglaff
Founder/Principal, Accessibility Consultation and Training Services,
Andy Richardson
Charleston City Council

Lawyer; Insurance Executive; Politician; Avid Mountaineer; Pundit; Charleston City Council Member At-Large.

Andy Richardson
Charleston City Council
Jake Lynch
Director of Network Communications, WV Community Development Hub

Jake Lynch is a superb dancer at weddings, a devotee of the Wu-Tang Clan, a fan of people who take matters into their own hands, and the Director of Network Communications at the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

Jake Lynch
Director of Network Communications, WV Community Development Hub
Caleb Akers
Co-Founder & Manager, Filmanatix

Entrepreneur, filmmaker, social media strategist. I help creative transformative content.

Caleb Akers
Co-Founder & Manager, Filmanatix
Wanda E. Gozdz, B.S., A.S. CAPS
President of Golden Age Living, LLC

Wanda a consultant, residential interior designer, author, an accomplished master CAPS educator and speaker as well as an award-winning advocate for seniors.

Wanda E. Gozdz, B.S., A.S. CAPS
President of Golden Age Living, LLC
Bob Adams
President, Housing and Development Advisors

Bob consults non-profit, for profit and public sector clients on affordable housing development, finance and policy.

Bob Adams
President, Housing and Development Advisors
Jake Pauls, CPE
Ergonomics Consultant

Educated in architecture & certified in ergonomics, Jake has 50 years of global experience in research, codes/standards development. He consults in ergonomics, design, public health, forensics, standards, usability & safety.

Jake Pauls, CPE
Ergonomics Consultant
David Hughes, Ph.D.
Professor, Greever Chair of Agribusiness Development , Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee

David's areas of outreach and research include agribusiness-based economic development, rural entrepreneurship with an emphasis on agribusiness, and economic impact analysis, primarily for agribusiness-based activities.

David Hughes, Ph.D.
Professor, Greever Chair of Agribusiness Development , Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee
Kathryn R. Dotzel, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of AED Economics, The Ohio State University

Kathryn is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on regional innovation, rural and urban development, human capital, and migration.

Kathryn R. Dotzel, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of AED Economics, The Ohio State University
Timothy F. Slaper, Ph.D.
Research Director, Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University

Timothy leads a research team that analyzes innovation and educational performance. He puts tools and practical research into the hands of those who address challenges of economic development in today's rapidly changing world.

Timothy F. Slaper, Ph.D.
Research Director, Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University
Bill Owens, CGR, CAPS, CGP
CEO, Owens Construction, Co-Director, Better Living Institute

Bill is past chair of NAHB Remodelers, the Home Builders Institute, the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) Board of Governors, & NAHB’s Universal Design/Build course.

Bill Owens, CGR, CAPS, CGP
CEO, Owens Construction, Co-Director, Better Living Institute
Jason Kozlowski
West Virginia University Extensive Service, Institute for Labor Studies and Research (ILSR), Asst. Professor/Extension Specialist

Jason is a labor historian and educator. He teaches and researches labor relations and workplace concerns, and also develops and disseminates applied and academic research on economic and policy matters.

Jason Kozlowski
West Virginia University Extensive Service, Institute for Labor Studies and Research (ILSR), Asst. Professor/Extension Specialist
Jason R. Evans, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Agriculture & Food Management, SUNY Cobleskill

Jason teaches agricultural economics, food entrepreneurship, policy and management courses, coordinates activities of the Mohawk Valley Farm & Food Business Incubator, and manages direct farm and food business assistance.

Jason R. Evans, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Agriculture & Food Management, SUNY Cobleskill
Brian Whitacre, Ph.D
Professor, Oklahoma State University

Brian's research focuses on “what works” for rural economic development. He's published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles on rural development, and has won regional and national awards for teaching, research, and outreach.

Brian Whitacre, Ph.D
Professor, Oklahoma State University
Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D.
Associate Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSUES)

Gallardo, through MSU's Extension Intelligent Community Institute helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. He's the author of “Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age & Rural Communities.”

Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D.
Associate Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSUES)
Dakota Ranzo Nelson
Candidate, WV House of Delegates, District 16

Dakota's people-first attitude fuels his national organizing efforts. He focuses on Universal Design-driven growth strategies that center on the well being of ALL people.

Dakota Ranzo Nelson
Candidate, WV House of Delegates, District 16
Chance L. McDavid, IOM, PCED
Senior Extension Associate Southern Rural Development Center/Department of Agricultural Economics

Chance focuses on community readiness, capacity building and facilitation/coaching. He has worked over 15 years in university Extension and outreach, and with community organizations focused on technology and development.

Chance L. McDavid, IOM, PCED
Senior Extension Associate Southern Rural Development Center/Department of Agricultural Economics
Mark A. Gagnon, Ph.D.
Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program, Penn State

Mark is an academic entrepreneur focused on our most pressing challenges in food, agriculture and bio-renewables. He teaches entrepreneurship and researches new firm formation and development, value creation and competitiveness.

Mark A. Gagnon, Ph.D.
Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program, Penn State
Emily Edmonds, MPA
Program Manager, NC Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, NCSU

Emily manages government and business stakeholders including producers, supply chain companies, wholesalers, educators & retailers across North Carolina to advance economic and community advantages of local-to-mainstream markets.

Emily Edmonds, MPA
Program Manager, NC Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, NCSU
Susan Jakes, Ph.D.
Associate State Program Leader, Community and Rural Development, NC State Extension

Susan specializes in Engagement, Economic Development, Appreciative Inquiry and Community Partnerships.

Susan Jakes, Ph.D.
Associate State Program Leader, Community and Rural Development, NC State Extension
Susan Kelly
County Extension Director and Community Development Educator, NCSU

in Richmond County, North Carolina working in food system development and civic engagement. Some of her work includes development of a food hub, farmers markets, community gardens, NC Farm School and downtown development.

Susan Kelly
County Extension Director and Community Development Educator, NCSU
Bonnie Nichols
Operations Research Analyst, National Endowment for the Arts

Bonnie focuses on arts and cultural analysis, including the artist labor force and value added by arts and cultural industries. She authored the 2013 report, Valuing the Art of Industrial Design.

Bonnie Nichols
Operations Research Analyst, National Endowment for the Arts
Matt Kaplan, Ph.D.
Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging, Penn State University

Matt conducts research, develops curricular resources, and provides leadership in the development and evaluation of intergenerational programs for Penn State's Intergenerational Program, a broad-based Penn State Extension program.

Matt Kaplan, Ph.D.
Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging, Penn State University
Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., PCED
WVU Extension Service and WVU Davis College

Mike works across West Virginia on issues related to comprehensive planning, strategic planning, and community development. He develops and teaches land use planning courses at West Virginia University.

Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., PCED
WVU Extension Service and WVU Davis College
Doug Arbogast
Asst. Professor/Rural Tourism Specialist, West Virginia University Extension Service

Doug researches and educates on rural tourism development in destinations across West Virginia. His research interests include sustainable, rural tourism development, tourism planning and management, and regional competitiveness.

Doug Arbogast
Asst. Professor/Rural Tourism Specialist, West Virginia University Extension Service
Timothy R. Wojan, Senior Economist, Rural Economy Branch
Economic Research Service/USDA

Tim spearheads research at ERS, recently culminating in the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey—the first nationally representative survey of self-reported innovation in the U.S. able to examine rural innovation processes.

Timothy R. Wojan, Senior Economist, Rural Economy Branch
Economic Research Service/USDA
Becky Bowen, J.D.
Program Manager, CultivateNC, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, NC State University

Bowen facilitates the USDA’s Stronger Economies Together economic development initiative in four multi-county regions, and is currently researching impacts of the local food movement on downtown revitalization efforts.

Becky Bowen, J.D.
Program Manager, CultivateNC, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, NC State University
Daniel Eades
Rural Economics Specialist, WVU Extension

Daniel’s technical expertise in community data analysis and economic impact analysis provides communities and local leaders with information necessary to make informed economic development decisions.

Daniel Eades
Rural Economics Specialist, WVU Extension
John O'Meara
President, HEWI, Inc

John's leading market development for healthcare, hospitality and residential projects. He's a popular speaker for NKBA and AIA events, providing sales & architectural support and expertise on accessories, hardware and lighting.

John O'Meara
President, HEWI, Inc
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
Co-Owner/General Contractor, Universal Design Living Laboratory

Rosemarie and her husband built and live in the Universal Design Living Laboratory, the national demonstration home and garden in Columbus. She works in the design/construction industries to help create inspired and livable homes.

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
Co-Owner/General Contractor, Universal Design Living Laboratory
Martin Keller, Ph.D.
Superintendent, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Dr. Martin Keller grew up in an all deaf family of ten. His personal experience further informed by 20 years in education as both teacher and administrator drives his tireless work to remove barriers for ALL students.

Martin Keller, Ph.D.
Superintendent, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
James Hubbard, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD)
Senior Design Advisor, Products and Services

Co-Chair of the world’s first standards on Universal Design for Energy and Tourism suppliers, promotes accessibility through embedding a Universal Design approach.

James Hubbard, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD)
Senior Design Advisor, Products and Services
Brittany Perez OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA)

Product usability expert and contributor to research activities of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT).

Brittany Perez OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA)
Jordana L. Maisel, Ph.D.
Director, Research Activities, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), Co-Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD)

Urban planner focused on UD, Visitability, policy and planning issues related to inclusive housing design, ad international accessibility standards and research. She recently completed an issue paper on Visitability for AARP.

Jordana L. Maisel, Ph.D.
Director, Research Activities, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), Co-Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD)
Charlotte Wade
Board President, RL Mace Universal Design Institute

Wade is a writer and community volunteer in areas of Universal Design, social justice, seniors services, and affordable housing. She's also President of the Board of Directors of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute.

Charlotte Wade
Board President, RL Mace Universal Design Institute
Susan Duncan, R.N.
Founder, principal of the ABCs of Accessibility® Inc

Susan combines extraordinary depth of experience as a Registered Nurse and designer to assist thousands in building and modifying homes to create options, independence and improve quality of life.

Susan Duncan, R.N.
Founder, principal of the ABCs of Accessibility® Inc
Marcelo P Guimaraes, Architect
Associate Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; Executive Director, ADAPTSE

Diretor of the ADAPTSE Lab and Professor of Architecture at UFMG in Brazil. He holds a PhD in Design at NCSU and a Master Degree in Architecture at SUNY - Buffalo.

Marcelo P Guimaraes, Architect
Associate Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; Executive Director, ADAPTSE
Rebecca Recco, Apple's WV Distinguished Educator
Artist, Teacher, and Radio Personality

I work with elementary kids to help them discover that they can think creatively and make cool stuff while learning how to navigate the world around them.

Rebecca Recco, Apple's WV Distinguished Educator
Artist, Teacher, and Radio Personality
Carol Smith, IBM
Senior Design Manager, IBM Watson

Business-minded designer. Speaker & #UX organizer. Passion: Data informed decisions, feminism, kids, healthcare.

Carol Smith, IBM
Senior Design Manager, IBM Watson
Apple Presenter
Apple Presenter

Our Apple presenter's specialty areas include digital multimedia, Internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. He's a favorite speaker among educators and computer associations across the US and Canada.

Apple Presenter
Apple Presenter
Louis Tenenbaum
Contractor, Advocate, Founder HomesRenewed™

One of the first contractors to dedicate his remodeling business to aging in place in the early 90s, Louis became curious why such a good idea had so little traction in the marketplace.

Louis Tenenbaum
Contractor, Advocate, Founder HomesRenewed™
Sally Swanson, AIA
Principal, CEO of Sally Swanson Architects

Sally Swanson Architects has over 30 years of global experience in providing Universal Design solutions within existing civic, institutional, and educational environments.

Sally Swanson, AIA
Principal, CEO of Sally Swanson Architects
David C. Brown
Home Matters, CEO and National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) Executive Director

Dave leads this group of housing pros and visionaries focused on fundamental challenges – health, education, public safety, the economy and individual success – all have a common denominator: their connection to Home.

David C. Brown
Home Matters, CEO and National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) Executive Director
Will Kurlinkus, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma

Engaging new media, rhetoric, technical communication, and design, Will's research aims to democratize technology & improve how designers and users communicate—from web UX, to hospital forms, to digital writing classrooms.

Will Kurlinkus, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma
Sarah Halstead Boland
Create West Virginia

Sarah is a social entrepreneur and designer of workforce programs, community/economic development strategies, communication strategies and co-working spaces.

Sarah Halstead Boland
Create West Virginia
Richard Duncan
RL Mace Universal Design Institute

A UD original G, one of NAHB's Icons of the Industry and leader of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute.

Richard Duncan
RL Mace Universal Design Institute
Mark Derry
Eastlake, Derry and Associates, LLC

Independent Living Hall of Famer, Mark assists designers, businesses, associations, and programs with incorporating Universal Design principles to achieve full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Mark Derry
Eastlake, Derry and Associates, LLC
Krista Bryson, Ph.D.
Write Good

Rhetorical scholar & social entrepreneur, Krista helps clients understand the power dynamics embedded in economic, cultural, social, and political spheres. She helps us understand and mediate regional identity constructions.

Krista Bryson, Ph.D.
Write Good
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