Patricia Schetter, M.A.

Patricia Schetter, M.A., BCBA, is the coordinator of the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network project, which provides training, coaching and resources in evidence-based practices to educators, service coordinators, clinical staff and families throughout California. She is also an adviser and instructor for the UC Davis Extension Autism Spectrum Disorders Professional Concentration program. She also conducts professional development trainings on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Executive Functions and Evidenced-Based Strategies for Instruction. During her career which began in1999, she has worked in public education as a Program Specialist, classroom teacher, behavior analyst and provider of behavioral services.

Schetter is the author of Learning the R.O.P.E.S. for Improved Executive Function (2003), the award-winning Percy Learns to Fly (2012), a children’s book about discovering children’s differences and recognizing that being different is a gift. She also co-authored the Autism Program Development and Review Protocol (2009), Homeschooling the Child with Autism (2009), White Board Words and Thoughts Idea Booklet (2008), Thinking Tool Idea Booklet (2010), and the soon to be released Learning the ROPE Study Skills Curriculum (2016).

Kandis Lighthall, M.A.

Kandis Lighthall, M.A. received her B.A. from Sacramento State University in 1970. She earned her M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Special Education in 1984, from California State University at Chico. Throughout her career she has worked with many populations however, her main focus area has been students with moderate to severe disabilities including Autism. Kandis began her teaching career in British Columbia, Canada where she established one of the first integrated classrooms for students with moderate to severe disabilities on a general education campus. Upon her return to California she established one of the first inclusive classrooms on a community college campus for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Her classroom was a Special Education Resource Network (SERN) demonstration site for the Individual Critical Skills Model (ICSM). She has been an invited presenter at national and state conferences. She was the recipient of The Carol Gray Award for her contributions to the field of Autism education in 2016. Kandis has been a successful teacher educator for 20+ years as a part time instructor at CSU Chico, UC Davis Extension and the Bureau of Education and Research. Her international work includes American Samoa, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian working with the University of Hawaii. In 2007 she retired from public education after a distinguished career to pursue writing, publishing, lecturing and consulting. Kandis has edited many books and is the author of The School Participation Checklist (2005), R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion, (2007) and What Makes School Great? (2006) She co-authored Homeschooling the Child with Autism (2009), White Board Words and Thoughts Idea Booklet (2008), and Thinking Tool Idea Booklet (2010).

Victoria Bluett-Murphy, M.S., B.C.B.A.

Victoria Bluett-Murphy, M.S., a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with an M.S. in Psychology/Behavior Analysis. She has worked as a Behavior Analyst in a variety of public and non-public school settings for the past 22 years. Her experiences include implementing and supervising home and school based intensive behavioral intervention programs for children with ASD, developing and training professionals in Evidence Based Practices for Inclusive Education as well as other Educational Programming Practices for students with ASD.

Victoria has been an invited presenter at many state and local conferences including C.A.S.P. and has taught courses at community college, California State University and UC Davis Extension campuses. She has conducted program reviews for Local Education Agencies to assist them with developing their programs and services for students with ASD and to assist them in the development of legally defensible programs.