MONMOUTH – Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has appointed Mickey Pardew, Western Oregon University professor of special education, to the 13-person Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder. This commission is tasked with improving the services to those individuals and families experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Oregon.
After working with a legislative workgroup on ASD spearheaded by Representative Chris Edwards, Governor Kulongoski signed Executive Order 09-07 in March. This created the commission and directed them to design a 10-year strategic plan to improve services and address the issues and challenges faced by individuals living with ASD, and their families, in Oregon. In selecting members of the commission, Govern Kulongoski chose individuals who combined a record of leadership with a extensive experience working on pertinent issues and demonstrated passion to produce meaningful results for Oregonians.
“I am excited about this opportunity to serve Oregon and represent higher education on the commission,” said Dr. Pardew. “It will further underscore the role WOU plays in defining what services to individuals with ASD will look like in the next decade.”
Dr. Pardew’s areas of expertise are early intervention/special education partnerships, teaching individuals with low incidence disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She joined WOU’s faculty as an instructor in 1988, within the Special Education Division and was promoted to assistant research professor in 1991, where she worked with the Teaching Research Division. She became an assistant professor in 1995, where she began to coordinate the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education teacher license and endorsement graduate program. She was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and she began serving as co-coordinator of WOU’s Special Educator Program. In 2005 she became a full professor. In addition to preparing special education teachers at WOU, she also coordinates a Certificate of Completion program for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Pardew is a board member of the Northwest Autism Foundation, Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center and the George E. Miller Children's Foundation. Dr. Pardew’s background as a family member (brother with autism), counselor, special educator and community volunteer has provided her with over 53 years of experiences in the field of ASD.
Prior to joining WOU, Dr. Pardew held positions focusing on child development and counseling, including her work as a child development specialist for the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Coordinated Child Care Council in Salem. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Elmira College, New York, in 1969 then went on to earn her master’s in counseling and guidance from the University of North Dakota in 1972. She completed her Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University in 1996.
The members of the commission are:
Marilyn Gense, Chair
Special Education Coordinator, Willamette Education Service District
Jean Rystrom, Vice Chair
Regional Practice Director of Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente
Health Care Attorney
Position: Parent of a child
Retired Educator, Administrator, and Founder of the Northwest Autism Foundation
Position: Advocacy Organization
Position: State Representative
Autism Specialist, Southern Oregon Education Service District
Position: Parent of an adult
Robert Nickel, M.D.
Developmental Pediatrician, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, OHSU
Position: Medical Community
Michelle (Mickey) Pardew
Professor, Special Education Division at Western Oregon University
Position: Higher Education
Writer, Researcher, Trainer
Director of Operations for the Office of Student Learning and Partnerships, Oregon Department of Education
Position: Oregon Department of Education
Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Human Services
Position: Oregon Department of Human Services
Executive Director of Special Education Programs, Hillsboro School District
Position: Local Education
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Mickey Pardew, professor, special education
503-838-8765 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilda Rosselli, dean, College of Education
503-838-8371 or email@example.com
Kathryn Weit, Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder