Our team has over 125 years of collective experience in the Assistive Technology (AT) field. We work with ALL individuals, from our Birth to Three Services to our expertise in helping Seniors. Simply put, we are here to provide you with the right solutions for your need.
Please take some time to explore our innovative services under the Our Services tab above. If you are interested in NEAT's AT services, please contact us at CentersConnect@OakHillCT.org.
The NEAT Team
Elena leads a prestigious, powerhouse team of AT and AAC Specialists who each contribute unique areas of expertise to the local, national, and global communities. Promoting AT/AAC awareness and guiding advocacy efforts within these communities lie at the heart of Elena’s career, and are evident within the evaluation, consultation, and training services that she oversees. With an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Assistive Technology Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she is driven by the ways that technology can empower and create opportunities for those with different abilities across the lifespan.
Jamie has been an Assistive Technology Specialist for over ten years. He specializes in finding AT solutions for students and adults with dyslexia and other learning and attention issues. Before joining the AT team at NEAT, he was an independent consultant. In that role, he traveled across the United States, working one-to-one with students, training teachers, and giving presentations. He also wrote articles on assistive technology for various websites. During his many years in education, he was an Orton-Gillingham language tutor before getting immersed in the world of assistive technology. Having a full understanding of how remediation and accommodation can work together, he developed a successful assistive technology program at The Kildonan School in Amenia, NY, an institution dedicated to the education of students with dyslexia.In addition to his work for NEAT, Jamie enjoys sharing his knowledge of assistive technology with the viewers of Understood.org. As a consultant to Understood, he regularly participates in live video chats, as well as Twitter and Facebook chats. He also writes articles and blog posts and reviews apps for the site’s Tech Finder tool.To stay current on the latest developments in assistive technology, Jamie regularly attends educational conferences, including ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) and IDA (International Dyslexia Association), and he has given many presentations at those events.
Kristen Gilfeather is an Assistive Technology Specialist at NEAT. She developed her passion for working with special education students when she became a paraprofessional for preschool students in the public schools. She soon found her way into occupational therapy and applied her skills across the lifespan, from school-aged students to adults in a nursing home. During her time in the public schools, Kristen also developed her love for assistive technology. She began training staff on various types of assistive technology across the district. Kristen is excited to combine her knowledge of strategies for improving an individual’s participation in daily activities with her love for assistive technology to help people of all ages and abilities achieve their highest levels of independence.
Kristen can be reached at:
Follow Kristen on Twitter @NEATwithKristen
Margie Hislop, M.A., CCC-SLP - Augmentative and Alternative Communication Specialist
Margie Hislop is a Speech-Language Pathologist working with NEAT. She provides Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) consultations and evaluations for individuals of all ages with complex communication needs and related disabilities. Margie also offers trainings and workshops to families, caregivers, and professionals to promote community awareness of technology to support communication and independence. She attended Susquehanna University (B.S. in Psychology) and the University of Connecticut (M.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences). She is a member of ASHA Special Interest Group 12 (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) and is licensed in the state of Connecticut, as well as by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Liz O’Brien, M.A., CCC-SLP - Augmentative and Alternative Communication Specialist
Liz O’Brien is a Speech-Language Pathologist working with NEAT. She previously worked at the University of Connecticut Speech and Hearing Clinic providing speech and language treatment and conducting evaluations for children (ages 3-12). She then worked at a high school in Connecticut primarily in a specialized program for students with complex communication disorders, including augmentative alternative communication (AAC). She attended College of the Holy Cross (B.A. in Psychology and Sociology) and the University of Connecticut (M.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences). She is licensed in the state of Connecticut, as well as by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Liz is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in assistive technology (AT) from George Mason University. She is excited to combine her passion for AAC with AT to empower those with different abilities.
Liz can be reached at:
Email at: Elizabeth.Obrien@OakHillCT.org
Follow Liz on Twitter @NEATwithLiz
Margarita (Maggie) was introduced to assistive technology in 2004, when volunteering in her daughter's resource classroom and working with Easter Seals (Birth to Three) as their Spanish translator. She brings a unique perspective as a parent using various assistive technologies for everyday living and Eyegaze communication devices within her home alongside her daughter for over 18 years. Her daughter's complex diagnosis of Rett Syndrome started Maggie on her professional path and led her to become a Certified Assistive Technologist. Her most recent achievement is accomplishing the Five-Day Advanced PODD Workshop. She has presented nationally and is recognized throughout the Rett community, the Federation for Children for Special Needs, and has held a chair position locally on the Commission of Disabilities and SEPAC. In her spare time, she volunteers for two nonprofits as a Co-President of Rett Syndrome Angels and President of Totally Adaptive. She is eager to support all abilities to make a change and tries to keep her promise to her daughter. "I will not change my daughter for the world but will change the world for my daughter".
Maggie can be reached at Margarita.Wurm@OakHillCT.org
Thomas is responsible for repairing and restoring durable medical equipment for NEAT’s adaptive equipment reuse services. His helpful disposition and kind soul are a terrific addition to the team. He is always ready to creatively troubleshoot and support a customer’s need for better equipment.
Thomas can be reached at:
Email at Thomas.Dieli@OakHillCT.org
Stephanie Marquez, Adaptive Equipment Manager
Stephanie is our incredibly patient and knowledgeable Adaptive Equipment Manager at Oak Hill’s Adaptive Equipment Reuse Services. Her days are spent leading and collaborating with team members to help individuals, families, and professionals find unique durable medical equipment that can support their everyday needs. Stephanie graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Sports Management. She has a passion for help others and giving back to a community that has given so much to her. She can be reached at: Stephanie.Marquez@OakHillCT.org
Joezel Rivera is our Customer Service Representative at Oak’s Hill Adaptive Equipment Reuse Services. He is committed to helping individuals and those on a professional level with answering and acknowledging questions based on our durable medical equipment, in support of improving their personal needs. With nearly six years of customer service experience, he is passionate and exceeds in providing a timely and adequate support to our stakeholders.
Joezel can be reached at: Joezel.Rivera@oakhillct.org
Darrell is the newest addition to the adaptive equipment team with over 25 years of experience caring for the needs of people with disabilities. Darrell’s role is to assess and repair equipment to get in the hands of our customers. He has an extroverted personality and is always willing to help his team members.