Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Martin

Dr. Everett Martin
Interim Executive Director
Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor
SERC Department Head

Dr. Dave Martin has served in a number of faculty and administrative roles at Auburn University and previously at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, he has served in various rehabilitation counseling, supervisory, and administrative positions in the state-federal vocational rehabilitation program. He has secured in excess of $5 million in federal grants. He currently serves as Chair of the Alabama State Rehabilitation Council, Chair of the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Council, and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Alabama Governor’s Office on Disability. He has been a prolific contributor to the professional literature that addresses the topics of rehabilitation counseling and significant disabilities. He has authored (co-authored) five books, numerous book chapters, monographs and reports for state rehabilitation agencies and organizations. He has published in an array of nationally refereed periodicals consistently for the past twenty-five years. He recently completed service as the editor of the Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis. His primary research interests are focused on advocacy, leadership, inclusion, and empowerment of persons with disabilities. Dr. Martin has been repeatedly recognized for his outstanding leadership and service by the receipt of many awards and commendations from professional, governmental, and private agencies including appointments to significant state boards and councils.

(334)844-7685 | martiev@auburn.edu | vita

Scott Renner

Scott Renner
Coordinator of Assistive Technology

Scott Renner earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana and a Master’s in Social Work from Grambling State University.  Prior to his position at the Center for Disability Research and Service, he worked five years serving persons with disabilities as the Director of the Montgomery Center for Independent Living. Prior to that Scott worked as the Information and Training Specialist for the State Tech Act Program STAR.  He has been at the Center since January 2010.  He is involved in planning the annual Alabama Assistive Technology Expo and Conference at Auburn University and a collaboration project with The Department of Industrial and Graphic Design and The Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling. The collaboration between the departments is a result of a recognized need to design and develop assistive technology devices. The collaborative project between Rehabilitation and Industrial Design offers students an invaluable opportunity to work with clients with disabilities while generating fresh design solutions.  He is also responsible for the Assistive Technology Demonstration lab at the center.

(334)844-5226 | rennesr@auburn.edu | vita

Dr. Hill

Dr. Doris Hill
Coordinator of Educational and Community Supports

Dr. Hill earned an undergraduate in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Behavioral Science from Cameron University. After a career in the United States Army, where she attained the rank of major, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and taught students with autism spectrum disorder in Celebration, Florida.  She graduated from AU with a PhD in Collaborative Special Education with a focus in Autism/Behavior Disorders in 2009. She Joined the Center for Disability Research and Service in January 2011. 

(334)844-2004 | hilldol@auburn.edu | vita

Dr. Kraska

Dr. Marie Kraska
Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor
Interm Direct of Research
Center Affiliate

Teaching Interests: research and statistical methods; measurement of learning; program evaluation. Research Interests: assessment of perceptions, values, and beliefs of current educational issues such as values associated with work; perception of students with special needs; student achievement and retention; application of statistical theory to practice; effective instructional practices; learner assessment.

(344)844-2075 | kraskmf@auburn.edu

Dr. Curtis

Dr. Rebecca Curtis
Associate Professor
Center Affiliate

Short biography; including background, education, relationship to the center, research interests/unique qualities that you bring to the profession.

(334)844-2075 | curtirs@auburn.edu | vita

Dr. Flores

Dr. Margaret Flores, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Associate Professor
Center Affiliate

Dr. Margaret M. Flores is an Associate Professor within the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & Counseling at Auburn University. Dr. Flores has worked in the field of special education for 15 years serving students with disabilities as a practitioner and researcher. As a special education teacher, she taught students with disabilities in self-contained, resource, and inclusive settings. Dr. Flores earned her doctoral degree from Georgia State University in Education of Students with Exceptionalities and taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio prior joining the faculty at Auburn University. Dr. Flores’ research interests include language and reading comprehension instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. 

 (334)844-2075 | mmf0010@auburn.edu | vita

Anita Smith

Anita Smith
Administrative Assistant

Anita Smith is a native of Auburn, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn High School and attended Auburn University. Anita has been office manager of her husband's business, Southeast Diesel, LLC for the past ten years as well as a stay at home mother to their three children. Anita joined the Center for Disability Research and Service in 2010 where she brought 12 years of office managing skills. Anita oversees the center's contracts and grants, payroll, Professional Services Contracts, Budgeting, and other administrative duties. 

(334)844-2487 | ags0013@auburn.edu

Donna Lock

Donna Lock

Donna Lock has been with the Center for Disability Research and Service since July of 2010.  A native of Pennsylvania, Donna’s background includes 28 years of varied experience in all areas of bookkeeping and office management for Pennsylvania local, city, and county government.  Before moving to Alabama, she also spent three years working with the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, New York.  Her duties for the Center for Disability Research and Service include providing bookkeeping, clerical and administrative assistance to the coordinators, affiliates, and staff.

(334) 844-2487 |djl0004@auburn.edu 

Nancy Evans

Nancy Evans
Center Affiliate

Nancy Evans received her Bachelor of Arts degree in General Speech Communication from Auburn University in 1986. She has been employed in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling (SERC) on Auburn's campus since 2002. She is currently the Coordinator of Student Services in the department of SERC, and a Center Affiliate at the Center for Disability Research and Service, assisting with consumer satisfaction surveys for State agencies. She has been the recipient of Auburn University's Commitment to Diversity Award, Spirit of Excellence Award, and Chi Sigma Iota's Outstanding Mentor Award. 

(334) 844-2876 | evansna@auburn.edu

Melissa Sylvester

Melissa Sylvester
Graduate Assistant

Melissa is a doctoral student in rehabilitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University. She earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Auburn as well. Melissa is also a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She works at the Center for Disability Research and Service as a graduate research assistant in Program Research and Evaluation.

(334)844-8706 | sylveme@tigermail.auburn.edu 

Michele Mairtin

Michelle Mairtin
Graduate Assistant

Michele Mairtin earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Collaborative Special Education in 2006 from Auburn University, where she was a Dean’s List student and selected as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education also in 2006. In 2009, she received a Master’s of Education degree in Special Education from Auburn University. Mrs. Mairtin is a special services teacher at Auburn High School where she works with students in the resource room.  Her focus is on re-teaching and remediation, working one on one with students with various disabilities and ability levels.  Recently, Ms. Mairtin was named as department head for special education at Auburn High School. She is currently enrolled in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling’s rehabilitation doctoral program where her studies are centered on special education.

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