Executive Director - R. Larry Taylor, M.Ed.
R. Larry Taylor received a BS Degree from Cumberland College in the areas of learning and behavior disorders, elementary education and a Master's Degree in Special Education. Larry holds certifications from Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky in a variety of areas in education. Larry worked 23 years in local school districts serving in the role of teacher of exceptional children, school counselor, instructional supervisor, director of special education and assistant superintendent of personnel, curriculum and instruction.
In 2005, Larry was appointed as the State Director of Exceptional Children Services for the Kentucky Department of Education. While at KDE, he served in the role of Interim Associate Commissioner for the Office of Special Instruction Services and Director in the Division of Learning Services. July 2011, Larry accepted the position of Director of the Special Education Cooperative for the Ohio Valley Special Education Cooperative and Consultant for the Center for Learning Excellence at the University of Louisville.
In addition to the position as the Director to the Special Education Cooperative, in January of 2012 Larry was appointed as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center. Larry is also a doctoral student at the University of Louisville in the College of Education.
Phone: 502-852-6116 | Email: r0tayl05 at louisville.edu
Program Coordinator Senior - Diandre G. Thomas, M.A.
Diandre Glover Thomas graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelors degree in Communication and a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration. Prior to joining KATC she was employed as Traffic Manager at Louisville Public Media, Louisville's National Public Radio affiliate station. In her current role, Ms. Thomas develops and manages the department website, coordinates the webinar training video program, online courses and regional training events. She schedules professional development training requests, manages online registration for training and designs marketing materials for the department. Ms. Thomas also oversees the resource library and is editor of KATC's newsletter Insight on Autism.
Phone: 502-852-2467 | Email: diandre.gloverthomas at louisville.edu
Field Training Coordinator - Laura Ferguson, M.Ed., BCBA
Laura Ferguson received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville. During her undergraduate years she began working in homes providing one on one therapy to children with Autism. She then went on to get her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Autism from the University of Louisville. She continued to work in homes providing therapy, training staff, consulting with schools and families. In 2010 Laura became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). After receiving her BCBA she moved to New York to work as an instructor at the Carbone Clinic. After working in the clinic, she returned to Kentucky to work at the Kentucky Autism Training Center. Her work at the center includes; training professionals, families, and teachers on evidence based practices for children with autism. She currently works in school districts throughout the state training and consulting with teachers.
Phone: 502-852-6403 | Email: laura.ferguson at louisville.edu
Family Field Training Coordinator - Heidi Cooley-Cook
Heidi Cooley-Cook graduated from The Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. While in Colorado, Heidi worked with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Upon returning to Kentucky, Heidi continued working with adults with disabilities. It was at this point that Heidi began working with children with autism. This quickly developed into a passion and led Heidi to work as an in-home behavior therapist for several families and their children with autism. Heidi brings nearly a decade of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families in various capacities including direct support, job coach, case manager, behavior therapist, and advocate. At the KATC, Heidi provides direct training and technical assistance to families and other agencies.
Phone: 502-852-6401 | Email: hacool01 at louisville.edu
Field Training Coordinator - Kimberly Howard, M.Ed.
Kimberly Howard graduated from Morehead State University with an undergraduate degree in Moderate to Severe Disabilities (P-12) and graduate degrees in Learning & Behavior Disorders (P-12) and Counseling. During the past five years, Kimberly taught Fleming County's structured classroom which was a classroom for children with Autism or for children with autism like issues. She was also a member of Fleming County's Autism Cadre and was assigned to work in her district with classroom teachers who had students with autism that needed additional support to be successful in the regular classroom. In the past, Kimberly has helped the district decide on a diagnosis of educational autism when needed. In addition, she spent two years developing structured unit classrooms in preschool, elementary and high school in Fleming and Menifee counties. In her current role at KATC, Kimberly provides direct training and technical assistance to education staff, social and community personnel, counselors, job coaches and families.
Field Training Coordinator - Michelle Antle, Ed.S.
Michelle Antle completed her undergraduate degree at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. While at Kentucky Wesleyan, Michelle discovered her passion for working with children on the autism spectrum. She pursued training in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a home provider for The Childhood Learning Center. Michelle then moved south to attend graduate school at Western Kentucky University where she completed her Ed.S. degree in the field of school psychology. Upon moving to south central Kentucky, she realized the lack of autism support services for children and families so partnered with Family Options to share her knowledge and to improve the level of care in the area. Michelle has also presented for a variety of audiences speaking on topics ranging from the basics of autism to specific evidence-based intervention strategies. Michelle also has interests in the areas of crisis response in schools, threat assessments with adolescents, and overall school safety. Michelle emphasizes the importance of communication and community partnerships and is actively involved in her community.
In 2011, Michelle was recognized for her hard work and dedication and was named Kentucky School Psychologist of the Year. She went on to represent the state of Kentucky at the national level. Michelle was a Top 8 finalist at this level and was recognized at the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) conference. Michelle has also received a Best Practice in School Psychology award (2011) and was named Regional School Psychologist of the Year for Region 2 (2006).
Michelle Antle currently works as a Field Training Coordinator for the Kentucky Autism Training Center. She is also a school psychologist and has worked in the public school setting for the last 11 years. Michelle also has experience in the mental health field as she served as the Autism Coordinator for Family Options, Inc. and worked with children and families through the Impact Plus program.
Consultant - Mike R. Miller, M.Ed.
Mike Miller received a BS Degree from Murray State University in the areas of elementary and special education. He received a Master’s Degree in Special Education and holds a Rank 1 Degree and certifications in gifted education, supervisor of instruction, exceptional child consultant, and director of special education. Mike attend Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University for his post graduate studies. Mike worked in local school districts in the role of teacher of exceptional children and director of special education.
Mike was employed at the Kentucky Department of Education and served in numerous roles of programs for students with disabilities. November 2014, Mike joined Kentucky Autism Training Center, University of Louisville, College of Education and Human Development. Mike’s work at the center includes working with professionals, parents, and local school districts.
Phone: 502-852-7799 | Email: mrmill15 at louisville.edu