Virtual Trainee


With AUCD member programs in every state and territory, our trainees have an incredibly powerful collective reach. The Virtual Trainee works remotely from his/her home Center or Program for one academic year to build and enhance a network among trainees across all 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and 43 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs.

This is an exciting opportunity for a current trainee to develop their leadership and communication skills, promote the meaningful exchange of information about issues related to people with disabilities and special health needs, and become more familiar with the broader AUCD network while having a national impact on the disability field. Learn about former Virtual Trainees and their experiences below. 

Current Virtual Trainee
Elizabeth (Liz)  Koss

Elizabeth (Liz) Koss
2016-2017 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Elizabeth (Liz) Koss is pursuing her Master's of Occupational Therapy at The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She is passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder to increase independence and enhance quality of life. She has worked in clinical and administrative settings, using the most current research and best practices, with interdisciplinary teams to assess, evaluate, develop treatment plans, and implement appropriate treatment and care for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences.

Liz became a Nisonger Center LEND trainee in 2015 where she has worked towards building and sustaining interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. During her first trainee year she found a new passion for advocacy for persons with neurodevelopmental differences and has advocated at the state and national level.

When she is not working, Liz enjoys Ohio State football games and traveling to Chicago, St. Louis, and Cincinnati to visit family and friends.

Recent AUCD Virtual Trainees

Elizabeth (Liz) Koss
2016-2017 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Sheida Khamsi, M.Ed.
Spring 2017 Assistant Virtual Trainee

Brandon Eddy, MA, CF-SLP
2016 Assistant Virtual Trainee

Alysa Vos, MS, BCBA
2015-2016 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Laurel Geist, MA
2014-2015 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, MA
2015 Assistant AUCD Virtual Trainee

Elaine Eisenbaum, MSW
2013-2014 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Stephanie Weber, PsyD
2012-2013 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Jody Pirtle, PhD
2011-2012 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Suzanne Engel
2010-2011 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Lisa Jacola
2009-2010 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Liz Terelle
2008-2009 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Terri Abrams
2007-2008 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Rene Jamison
2006-2007 AUCD Virtual Trainee