Our Staff

Administrative Team

Ian Kunkes, Ed.D.

Ian serves as Director of the SAEO office, Chair of VCU’s Transforming Accessibility Initiative, and member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.

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Lisa Allen Turner
Office Manager

Lisa works as the Office Manager of SAEO or “SAEO Mom '' to many. Her focus is on supporting, encouraging, and being a positive influence on our students and office staff.

"I will always greet all persons with a smile."

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Case Management Team

Brandi Levingston, PhD, CRC
Associate Director

Supporting students with last names D-K

Brandi is the Associate Director for SAEO. In addition to her role as a case manager, she oversees the SAEO Scholars program which provides incoming students with supports needed to transition into college. She also oversees the learning specialist program, which provides additional supports for students with disabilities to support their academic success. Brandi is a person with a visual impairment and has faced many obstacles in her educational pursuits, so she is  very invested in supporting the needs of college students with disabilities.

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Rachel Holcombe, M.Ed.
Assistant Director

Supporting students with the last name S-Z.

Rachel is the Assistant Director in the SAEO office. In addition to providing academic accommodations and support for our student population, Rachel oversees our Faculty Outreach Program where she develops training and education programs for faculty and staff, and oversees SAEO's captioning and interpretive services.

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Chris Parthemos, M.A, BCBA
Assistant Director

Supporting students with the last name A-C

Chris is an Assistant Director at SAEO, passionate about connecting VCU students with the support they need to embrace their educational destiny. He oversees the Assistive Technology Lab and Dining Accommodations for all SAEO students, in addition to serving as a student case manager. As someone who experiences chronic pain, Chris is uniquely attuned to the experience of students with chronic conditions.

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Daniel Foster
Access Specialist

Supporting students with the last name D-K

Each individual is the expert on their lived experiences, especially when it comes to disability. I look forward to meeting with you to learn about your experiences, challenges, and how we can best support you!"

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Caitlin Provencher
Access Specialist

Supporting students with the last names L-R.

I support students with last names L-R. I work toward building students' self-advocacy skills and confidence. I am also a Learning Specialist meaning I assist students with strengthening skills around time management, organization, comprehension, and other academic skills needed to succeed!

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Testing Access Center Team

Rebecca Shepherd
(Testing) Accommodations Coordinator

Rebecca coordinates all tests and note-taking requests for the SAEO office.

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Zachary Smith
Testing Specialist
Zachary oversees proctoring of all accommodated exams in the Testing Access Center.

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