NRI Leadership Committee


Lisa Audet

Lisa Audet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director Neurodiversity Research Initiative
Speech Pathology & Audiology, School of Health Sciences
Kent State University






Mary Ann Devine

Mary Ann Devine, Ph.D.
Neurodiversity Research Initiative
Coordinator, Disability Studies and Community Inclusion Minor/Graduate Certificate
Kent State University







Lisa K. Everson
B.A. Sociology ’23, Kent State University
National Trainer in Mental Health First Aid with National Council for Behavioral Health
Connor Leck
Kent State University
Jocelyn R. Folk, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Kent State University
Nydia (Abi) Mendez, M.A., CCC-SLP
Doctoral Student, Speech-Language Pathology
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Secretary, Neurodiversity Research Initiative
Kent State University
Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D.
Vice President, People, Culture and Belonging
Kent State University
Tina Patel
Assistant Professor, Interior Design
College of Architecture & Environmental Design
Kent State University
Amy Ionadi, Ph.D.
Kent State University Alum
Raihan Qamar
Junior, Medical Lab Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Kent State University
John D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Biological Sciences Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Kent State University
Clare Stacy, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Sociology
Co-Director, Healthy Communities Research Institute
Kent State University
Lynnette Klejka
Assistant Director, Community Supports & Development Department
Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Max Wiznitzer, MD
Pediatric Neurology
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Case Western Reserve University

Ex-Officio Members

Mike Lehman, Ph.D.
Director and Professor, Brain Health Research Institute
Kent State University