Speakers

Wonderfully Made 2022

Featured Speakers

Bringing you inspiration and education

 

Erik Carter, Ph.D.

Erik Carter, Ph.D.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University

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Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His passion is helping schools, churches, and communities become places of membership and belonging for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. As co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, he is invested in research that breaks down barriers to inclusion and equips communities to widen their welcome. He has published widely on effective services and supports, including more than 250 articles and chapters as well as 7 books. Learn more about his work at https://www.erikwcarter.com.

Vivian Shuddle

Vivian Shuddle

CEO of The Brookwood Community and of Brookwood’s Center for Learning

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 Vivian Streit Shudde is merely a mom on a mission to “Change the way the world thinks about adults with disabilities”.  Her passion for people with disabilities was originally driven by her sister, Vicki, who became severely brain damaged from encephalitis and then by her son, Wilson, who was born with special needs.  Her life’s journey has led her to an unwavering pursuit to “speak for those who have no voice”. Vivian desires to help all who are willing, experience the fullness of humanity, beautifully unveiled, in the authentic and transparent lives of people with disabilities.  Her faith and steadfast belief that God does not make mistakes, is the foundation for her life and gives her the ability to celebrate neuro-diversity! 

Vivian has a degree in special education and psychology from the University of Texas, but this is not where she was truly educated.  She attributes much of what she knows to her mother, Yvonne Tuttle Streit, who founded Briarwood School, and Brookwood Community, and pioneered educational techniques “to cure Vicki”.  Thousands of people with disabilities are now living lives filled with meaning and purpose, because of these educational techniques. 

Vivian is currently the CEO of The Brookwood Community and of Brookwood’s Center for Learning. 

 

Loretta Claiborne

Loretta Claiborne

Chief Inspiration Officer for Special Olympics, Inc.

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Loretta, a Special Olympics athlete, is a gifted motivational speaker who shares her life story that carries a
heart-felt message of acceptance and hope worldwide for all people with different abilities. Loretta was born
in 1953 with physical and intellectual disabilities and did not walk or talk until four years old. Doctors told her
mother that Loretta belonged in an institution because she would never survive in the “regular” world. Her
mother refused and chose to raise her the same as her other children. Despite her [different] abilities, which
led to years of being bullied, teased, and hostile retaliation, she credits Special Olympics as her positive force
that turned her life around. Early on, Loretta discovered a passion for running and has completed 26
marathons; her PB is 3:03 in the 1982 Boston Marathon. She was awarded the ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for
Courage. Her life’s contributions are immeasurable. Loretta has shared her message of inclusion with many
world leaders and influencers like Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis, The Royal Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi,
United Nations leaders, Presidents Reagan, George HW Bush, Clinton, George W Bush, and Obama, Warren
Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few. Read more at www.lorettaclaiborne.com.

Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D.

Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D.

Executive Director and founder of SOAR Special Needs

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Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D. is the Executive Director and founder of SOAR Special Needs in Overland Park, Kansas. SOAR (Special Opportunities, Abilities, and Relationships) serves over 900 individuals with special needs through regular respite events and a Special Needs Day Camp.  Doc is currently assisting over 500 churches locally, nationally, and globally in starting a Disability Ministry. Doc also organizes the Wonderfully Made Conference held annually every October in Kansas City. Doc is a retired pediatrician while his wife, Kay, continues practicing pediatrics. They are proud parents to three beautiful children: Luke, Mark, and Sarah. The Hunsley’s middle child, Mark, is presently running the halls of heaven. During Mark’s five-year earthly stay, he gave his family the opportunity to learn from and love a child with autism. You can follow SOAR on Facebook or Connect with Doc on Twitter: @DocHunsley  SOARSpecialNeeds.org.

Breakout Session Speakers

 

Malinda Barnett

Malinda Barnett

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Elizabett Barnett

Elizabett Barnett

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McGovern "Meg" Bergner, J.D.

McGovern "Meg" Bergner, J.D.

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Catherine Boyle

Catherine Boyle

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Jeanetta Bryant

Jeanetta Bryant

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Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford

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Tiffany Crow

Tiffany Crow

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Hannah Earley

Hannah Earley

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Joanna French

Joanna French

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James Goben

James Goben

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Melanie Gomez

Melanie Gomez

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Melissa Hardin, CECC

Melissa Hardin, CECC

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Lamar Hardwick

Lamar Hardwick

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Jimmy and Lisa Hill

Jimmy and Lisa Hill

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Dan and Stephanie Holmes

Dan and Stephanie Holmes

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Carrie Holt

Carrie Holt

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Stephen "Doc" Hunsley, MD

Stephen "Doc" Hunsley, MD

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Peggy Johnson

Peggy Johnson

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David Jones

David Jones

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Lisa Mattheiss

Lisa Mattheiss

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Tom and Julie Meekins

Tom and Julie Meekins

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Amy Meekins

Amy Meekins

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Kathryn Meinhardt

Kathryn Meinhardt

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Jolene Philo

Jolene Philo

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Peggy Ployhar

Peggy Ployhar

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Scott Quaife

Scott Quaife

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Rachel Ritter

Rachel Ritter

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Sandy Robinson

Sandy Robinson

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Ron Sandison

Ron Sandison

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Glen Smith

Glen Smith

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Barbara Stanley

Barbara Stanley

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Nancy Truitt

Nancy Truitt

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Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe

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Other Speakers Include:

Amanda, Fessehazion
Amy, Brown
Andy, Traub
Beth, Golik
Bronwyn, Murphy
Cassie, Kraus
Dr. Steve, Grcevich, M.D.
Evie, Curtis
Georgia, Mueller
Gina, Schmittdiel
Janet, Loos
Jarell, Roach
Jason, Morrison
Jillian, Palmiotto
John, Felageller
Judy, Redlich
Karen, Roberts
Katie, Wetherbee
Ken, Atkins
Kim, Botto
Larry, Jamieson
Lisa, Jamieson
Lisa, Sherman
Piper, Post
Samantha, Shepherd
Sandra, Peoples
Sara, Clime
Scott, Adams
Tait, Berge
Tiffany, Crow
Todd and Kristin, Evans
Valerie, Corpe