Our Staff

Ian Kunkes, M.S.

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. Kristian's primary roles include the development and oversight of the SAEO Scholars program and overseeing SAEO's case management team. She provides a range of services to our campus community including serving as a resource on disability inclusion and accessibility needs for faculty, staff, families, and the university community, as well as managing our accessible text (textbooks/PDFs/MS Word documents), alternative format material, and accessible media (captioning/audio description) initiatives.

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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 Holcombe, M.Ed.
Assistant Director

Supporting students with the last name P-Z.

Rachel is the Assistant Director in the SAEO office. In addition to providing academic accommodations and support for our student population (last name P-Z), 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
Senior Access Specialist

Supporting students with the last name A-F

Chris is a Senior Access Specialist at SAEO, passionate about connecting VCU students with the support they need to embrace their educational destiny. He oversees Assistive Technology and Dining Accommodations for all SAEO students in addition to case management for students A-K. As someone who experiences chronic pain, Chris is uniquely attuned to the experience of students with chronic conditions.

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

Daniel Foster

Access Specialist

Supporting students with the last name G-O.



Access Specialist