Our Staff

Ian Kunkes, M.S.
Director

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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Kristian Carden
Associate Director

Kristian is the Associate Director in the SAEO office, providing a range of services including assistive technology consults and training to students and faculty, the management of the accessible text (textbooks/PDFs/MS Word documents), and accessible media (captioning/audio description) programs for our entire Monroe Park Campus, and functions as a resource on disability inclusion and accessibility to faculty, staff, families, and the university community.

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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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Rachel C. Jacobs, M.Ed.
Senior Access Specialist

Supporting students with the last name L-Z.

Rachel is a Senior Access Specialist in the SAEO office, providing academic accommodations and support for our student population and developing training and education programs for faculty and staff.

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Chris Parthemos, M.A, BCBA
Access Specialist

Supporting students with the last name A-K.

Chris is an Access Specialist at SAEO, passionate about connecting VCU students with the support and accommodations they need to embrace their educational destiny.

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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
Audrey Williams
Learning Specialist
Eman Ayaz
Learning Specialist