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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Chris Parthemos, PhD, 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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Mattison Payne, MSW

Access Specialist



Cedar Smithson, MSW

Access Specialist


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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Emma Reid
Exam Proctor