Lynne Horoschak, President
Lynne Horoschak is the Program Director Professor Emeritus of the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in  Special Populations at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. This one-of-a-kind program was  launched in 2008 and continues as a hybrid Online + On-Campus since the summer 2014. The Graduate  Program sponsors an annual Art and Special Education Symposium, which features nationally known speakers  on relevant topics. In addition, it provides an opportunity for art educators and all those who care for people  with disabilities to share challenges and successes during Round Table discussions. 

Lynne taught art in the School District of Philadelphia for 36 years before being appointed Chair of Art Education at Moore and subsequently the Director of the Graduate Program. Recently, Lynne received the 

Outstanding Pennsylvania Higher Education Art Educator Award, the Picasso Award from the Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Bob and Penny Fox Distinguish Professor Award from Moore College of Art & Design and The ArtWell Visionary Leader Award. She is the Past-President of the Special Needs Art Education (SNAE) issues group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and has presented nationally and regionally. In 2012, Lynne co-authored a White Paper with Beverly Levett Gerber entitled An Attack on the Tower of Babel: Creating a National Arts/Special Education Resource Center for The Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education and in 2013 co-authored a paper with two Moore graduate alumni entitled Reflections on Moore College of Art and Design’s Master’s Degree Program in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations, both published by the Kennedy Center.


Juliann Dorff, President Elect
A senior lecturer teaching Art Education in the School of Art at Kent State University, Juliann B. Dorff is the 2015 Ohio Higher Education Division Award winner presented by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) and a 2014 Outstanding Art Educator for the Northeast region of the OAEA. She has presented extensively at  the Ohio Art Education Association, National Art Education Association and the Council for Exceptional  Children conferences. A contributing author in the book Understanding Students with Autism through Art (2010) published by the National Art Education Association, Ms. Dorff was an invited participant at Examining the Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education: A National Forum sponsored
by the Kennedy Center in the summer of 2012 and has a white paper published in the resulting work, 
The Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education: Exemplary Programs and Approaches.


Beverly Levett Gerber, Past President

Beverly Levett Gerber, Professor Emerita of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University,  combines both special education and art education. An advocate of the arts for students with exceptionalities  or almost 50 years, she initiated CEC’s Special Interest Group for Teachers of the Arts and served as CEC’s  “Arts and Special Education” representative. 

Gerber is a founding member and Past-President of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Special Needs Issues Group and a recipient of NAEA’s Lowenfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Art Education. Her acceptance speech, “Art Education and Special Education: A Promising Partnership,” can be found on NAEA’s website Gerber is co-editor of Reaching and Teaching Students with Special Needs through Art (NAEA, 2006) and Understanding Students with Autism through Art (NAEA, 2010).


Beverley Holden Johns, Secretary

Bev Johns has been in the field of special education for over 40 years, retiring from the public schools    where  she developed programs for students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. She  founded a public school for children with the most significant behavioral challenges.  She is the author or co-  author of 17 books.  She is now a Professional Fellow at MacMurray College.  She is the recipient of the 2000  Outstanding Leadership Award of CEC and also the recipient of the Romaine Mackie Award given by the  Pioneers Division.  She has served as President of CCBD and the Pioneers.  Bev is very excited about the formation of the DARTS division.   


Marilyn Friend, Treasurer
Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services a  at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is Past President of the Council for Exceptional    Children (CEC).  Across her career she has been a general education teacher, special education teacher,  researcher, professor, administrator, teacher educator, and staff developer. Her areas of expertise are  collaboration, co-teaching, and inclusive practices, and is the author of several books, many articles, and other  materials related to these topics.  She now works across the country and internationally assisting professionals in their efforts to effectively educate students with disabilities.  


 CEC Representative Assembly        

Susan O’Rourke
Susan O’Rourke, EdD, is a professor of education and the program director for the special education programs  at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She is the co-leader for the Carlow Cares:  Sligo, Ireland  Study Abroad Program in Special Needs and a co-facilitator of the Carlow Round Tables.  Susan earned her  doctorate in Instructional Design & Technology and a master's degree in Special Education from the University  of Pittsburgh and was a teacher for children with multiple disabilities at The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh (now the Children's Institute) for 10 years prior to joining the faculty at Carlow in 1997.

Her interests include international special education focusing on vulnerable children in developing 

countries, the integration of technology into the classroom - specifically the use of video conferencing to support student engagement and learning, the use of assistive technology by students with special needs, and distance education. She specializes in the teaching and learning of children with autism spectrum disorders and children with social, emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Susan is the Past President of the Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) and a founding member of the Division of Performing and Visual Arts Education (DARTS) - divisions within the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).She serves in the Representative Assembly for the Council for Exceptional Children. 

She is a founding member of Vulnerable Children and Youth Action (VCAYA), an international organization focusing on improving the lives of vulnerable children in developing countries and she is a board member of PLEA Agency servicing individuals with autism in the Pittsburgh area.

She has collaborated with special education professionals in Cuba, Peru, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Latvia, Kuwait, Trinidad & Tobago, Israel, Portugal and Uganda and Liberia.


Michael Dunn
An associate professor of special education and literacy at Washington State University, Vancouver, Michael Dunn teaches courses applicable to K-12 educators in the Special Education Endorsement, Master’s, and PhD in Special Education Programs. His areas of research interest include developing strategies for struggling writers with technology, and response to intervention (RTI)/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). He taught in Toronto (Ontario) area elementary/middle schools for 11 years, teaching students with learning disabilities in reading, writing, and/or math and with disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders (e.g., autism, Asperger’s), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and multiple disabilities. He has received awards from the International Literacy Association (2011-2012 Outstanding Article Award), a 2009-2010 College of Education Faculty Funding Award, the Judy Nichols Mitchell Research Fellow Award, and the External Funding Award from Washington State University.