Sandy Root-Elledge, MA

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)
Department 4298
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
 
Phone: 307-766-2764
Email: sre@uwyo.edu
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Last Updated: May 27, 2016

Sandy Root-Elledge
 

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Parent/Consumer
Research
Discipline Coordinators: Assistive Technology
Parent/Family Resources
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: University of Wyoming ECHO
Wyoming Family to Family Health Information
Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)
 
Discipline(s): Sociology
 
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
No Council Membership
 
Research: Family support and services, assistive technology, professional learning communities, ECHO,
Education: M.A. Sociology, University of Wyoming
B.S. Sociology, University of Wyoming

Vita/Bio

Sandra Root-Elledge

Associate Lecturer

 

Education

 

Year

Institution

Degree

2003

University of Wyoming, Sociology

M.A.

2001

University of Wyoming, Sociology

B.S.

 

Professional Experience

2016 -                          Executive Director, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, University of Wyoming

2014 – 2016               Interim Director, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, University of

Wyoming

2008 – 2014               Associate Director, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, University of

Wyoming

2004 – 2008                Coordinator of Community Education, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities,

University of Wyoming

2002 – 2004                Research Associate, Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, University of

Wyoming

2001 – 2003                Graduate Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Wyoming

1989 – 2001                Albany County Lifeline Program Coordinator, Ivinson Memorial Hospital,

Laramie, Wyoming

1983 – 1990                Owner and Executive Producer, Production Works, Royal Oak, Michigan

1981 – 1983                Senior Producer, Kenyon & Eckhardt Advertising, Southfield, Michigan

1977 – 1981                Producer, Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Detroit and Warren, Michigan;

New York, New York

1974 – 1977                Assistant Producer, Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Detroit, Michigan

 

Awards and Honors

2011                            University of Wyoming, College of Health Sciences, Meritorious Service

Award

2003                            University of Wyoming, Graduate School, Outstanding Master’s Thesis

2001                            Phi Beta Kappa

2001                            University of Wyoming, College of Arts and Sciences, Outstanding

Graduate

 

Research and Scholarship

National Grant Awards

 

2015-2016       University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (U.S. Department of

Health and Human Services). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) - $545,919, Research, Teaching,

Service.

2005-2017       Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (U.S. Department of Education, RSA)

Root-Elledge, S. (PI) –– Total of all Awards $4,791,727, Teaching, Service, Clinical

Service.

2015 – 2018    Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center (U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services). Root-Elledge, S., and DiRienzo, S. (Co-PI, Project Director) – Award

–$388,900, Service.

2012 – 2016    Wyoming Act Early State Systems Grant (Association of Maternal and Child Health

Programs). Root-Elledge, S. (Co-PI) and MacLean, W. (Co-PI) – Award $15,000,

Research to Practice.

2013 – 2016    Wyoming Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Center (Federal Communications

Commission). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) Total of all Awards - $309,945, Clinical Service.

2011 – 2015    Wyoming Family 2 Family Health Information Center (U.S. Department of Health and

                        Human Services). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) – Total All Grants - $287,100, Teaching,

Service.

2011                Wyoming Think College (DHHS ACF/ADD). MacLean, W. and Root-Elledge, S. (Co-

PI) –– Award $15,000, Research to Practice.

2006 – 2015    Wyoming AgrAbility (USDA/UW Extension from USDA). Root-Elledge, S.

(Assistive Technology PI) –Total of all contracts $237,809, Teaching and Clinical

Services.

2009 – 2010    Wyoming Access to Care: Improving Access to Care for Children with Epilepsy and

Special Health Care Needs (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles from U.S. Department of

Health and Human Service). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) - $50,000, Research, Teaching.

2007 – 2009    CAST/AIM Consortium (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education

Programs). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) – Award $166,667, Research to Practice.

2006 – 2010    Wyoming Adult Protection Training Grant (DOJ, OVW). Root-Elledge, S. (Co-PI) and

Fleming, D. – Award $450,000, Research, Teaching.

2005 – 2009    Wyoming Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) (DHHS – CMS and Aging).

                        Root-Elledge, S. (Co-PI) and Fleming, D. – Award $750,000, Service.

State Contracts

2015 – 2016    UW ECHO in Assistive Technology and Networks in Autism, Behavioral Support,

Literacy and Transition (Wyoming Department of Education). Root-Elledge, S. (Co-PI,

Director) and Hardesty, C. (Co-PI, Program Manager) - $161,744, Research to Practice.

2014 – 2015    Wyoming Workforce Services Needs Assessment (Wyoming Department of Workforce

Services. Butler, S., and Root-Elledge, S. (Co-PI) – Award $72,036, Research.

2014                Assistive Technology Devices for Education (Wyoming Department of Education).

Root-Elledge, S. (PI) – Award Amount $50,000, Service.

2015 – 2016    Assistive Technology Assessments for Early Steps Clinic (Wyoming Department of

Education). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) – Award $10,100, Clinical Service.

2012 – 2014    Communities of Practice in Transition (Wyoming Department of Education). Root-

Elledge, S. (PI) –– Total of all Contracts $261,162, Research, Teaching.

2012 – 2013    Increasing Educators’ Awareness and Implementation of Assistive Technology

(Wyoming Department of Education). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) –– Total of all Contracts $194,772, Teaching.

2006 – 2014    Wyoming Clearinghouse for Accessible Instructional Materials (Wyoming Department of

Education). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) – Total of all Contracts $843,610, Teaching, Service.

2009 – 2010    Connect Wyoming (WY Department of Health, Aging & DD Division, Governor’s
Council on Developmental Disabilities, Komen Foundation) 4/1/09 – 8/31/2010 Root-Elledge, S. (PI) – Total of all contracts $211,210, Service.

2008 – 2009    Training for Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren (Governor’s Planning Council on

DD). Root-Elledge, S. (PI) – Award $58,384, Service.

 

Publications (Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles)

Root-Elledge, S. (2014). Growing our own: building capacity in Wyoming for assistive technology.

Council for Exceptional Children, Technology and Media Connector. June.

 

 

Parent-Johnson, W., Parent-Johnson, R., Sheen, J., Bier, D., MacLean, W., Root-Elledge, S., Olsen, K.,

and Moras, R. (2014). Statewide strategic planning: promoting postsecondary options for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Think College Insight Brief, Issue No. 23. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.

Barrett, S., Morton, S., & Root-Elledge, S., (2012). Service learning: assistive technology undergraduate

design projects. Journal of Engineering Education. June.

Barrett, S., Morton, S., & Root-Elledge, S. (2007). Undergraduate design projects to aid Persons with

            disabilities: reflections. ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, vol. 43. , pp. 296- 301. April.

 

Publications (Non-Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Root-Elledge, S., Hardesty, C., Wagner, S. (2015, 2016). Invited submission. Demonstrating the

Possibilities: University of Wyoming ECHO in assistive technology is building capacity and

demonstrating positive outcomes in Wyoming and beyond. Closing the Gap Solutions.

December/January.

Root-Elledge, S., & Hardesty, C. (2015). Wyoming’s novel approach to building capacity in assistive

technology: University of Wyoming ECHO in Assistive Technology. Closing the Gap Solutions.

October/November.

Root-Elledge, S. and Bowser, G. (2014). Wyoming’s professional learning community approach to

            building capacity in assistive technology. Closing the Gap Solutions. October.

 

Publications (Technical Reports)

2003-2004       Student researcher and student author in publications that contributed to state policy

decision making related to special education funding, Big Horn Valley development and

campus violence.

 

Presentations (Refereed National and International Abstracts)

 

Root-Elledge, S. (April 2016). Invited Panelist. Superhubs and the Vision to Touch 1 Billion.

MetaECHO™ 2016 Conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Root-Elledge, S. (April 2016). Invited Facilitator.  Education Collaboratives.  MetaECHO™ 2016

Conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Root-Elledge, S. (November 2015). Invited Panelist. Driving Change: UCEDD Visibility and Reach.

2015 Association of University Centers on Disability Conference. Washington, D.C.

Root-Elledge, S. (November 2015). Poster Symposium Presentation. A novel approach to growing

leaders for improving student outcomes: translating the Project ECHO® model to build capacity in 6 education. 2015 Association of University Centers on Disability Conference. Washington, D.C.

DiRienzo, S., Hixson, M., Root-Elledge, S. (November 2015) Poster Symposium Presentation. Think

College Wyoming pilot: From strategic planning to a successful college outcomes. 2015 Association of University Centers on Disability Conference. Washington, D.C.

Root-Elledge, S. and Hardesty, C. (October 2015). Equal Rights, Equal Access to Assistive Technology:

Translating the ECHO model for use in education, a novel approach to professional development in Wyoming and expanding to five additional states. 2015 Southwest Conference on Disability.

Albuquerque, NM.

Root-Elledge, S. (2015, August). University of Wyoming ECHO in Assistive Technology Translation,

Pilot Study and Preliminary Outcomes. ECHO Institute Superhub Training. Albuquerque, NM.

Root-Elledge, S., Hardesty, C. (2015, July). Invited presentation. University of Wyoming ECHO in

Assistive Technology. Health Resources and Human Services, Administration on Community

Living, Promising Practices. Washington, D.C.

Regan, D., Cooley Hidecker, M.J., Young, H., Hardesty, C., Root-Elledge, S. (July 2015) Poster

Presentation. UW ECHO in Assistive Technology: Capacity building through videoconferencing and mentoring. 2015 ASHA Schools Conference. Phoenix, AZ.

Root-Elledge, S. Victor, C., Bowser, G. (2015, January). UW-ECHO in Assistive Technology – Capacity

building through videoconferencing and mentoring. Presentation. Assistive Technology Industry

Association Conference. Orlando, FL.

Root-Elledge, S., Hardesty, C., Hubert, S., Westlake, L. (2014, November). Engagement of Wyoming’s

Communities of Practice Members to Improve Student Transitions. Poster Symposia. Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference. Washington, D.C.

Root-Elledge, S., Hardesty, C. (2015, November). Growing Our Own: Building capacity with Wyoming’s

professional learning community in assistive technology. Poster Presentation. Association of

University Centers on Disabilities Conference. Washington, D.C.

Root-Elledge, S. (2014, September). Invited presenter. Translating ECHO for use in education for

assistive technology. A New Norm for Health Care: The First Convening of the Global ECHO

Community Conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Root-Elledge, S., McMillan, E. (2014, March). Invited facilitator. Importance of marketing and branding

your UCEDD. UCEDD Technical Assistance Institute. Crystal City, VA.

Root-Elledge, S. and Bowser, G. (2014, February). Invited presenter. UW ECHO in Assistive

Technology. University of New Mexico’s ECHO Immersion training. Albuquerque.

Zabala, J. with Carson, J., Harris, J.P., Rail, M., Root-Elledge, S., (2013, June). What’s new with

accessible Instructional materials. Assistive Technology Act Program Directors National

Meeting and Conference. Bethesda, MD.

Exline, M., Gunther, W., Pleasant, J., Root-Elledge, S. (2013, May). Invited Presenter. Supporting AT

use in schools. Assistive Technology Act Program Directors National Meeting. Bethesda, MD.

Root-Elledge, S., Goldman, A., Hammond, M., Pavithran, S., Newcomb, A. (2012, November). Invited

Presenter. Assistive Technology Reutilization: UCEDD AT Act Programs Leading the Way.