Kelly Charlebois, ATP
Kelly is the Executive Director of TechACCESS of RI. She is a strong advocate who is passionate about assistive technology and the impact it has on the lives of people with disabilities. She works closely with the RI Department of Education, Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports and the Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP) to develop and deliver assistive technology initiatives. She presents workshops on a variety of AT topics at TechACCESS, in Rhode Island and nationally. Kelly holds certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) from RESNA, the national assistive technology organization. She has been with TechACCESS for over 19 years and in the field for 30 years. Kelly is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Rhode Island College and New England Institute of Technology, where she develops and teaches courses on Assistive Technology.
Email Kelly at kellyc AT techaccess-ri DOT org
Matthew Provost, M.S., CCC-SLP
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Matthew is a certified speech language pathologist and one of TechACCESS’s communication specialists. He provides evaluation, training and technical services to children and adults who have difficulty using their own speech to communicate. Matthew coordinates our outreach to neurologically impaired adults (ALS, MS, TBI, and stroke) who are losing their ability to speak and who need to receive services quickly. Matthew also works with educational teams and speech therapists to develop strategies and plans for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are moving out of PEC systems. Matthew has a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency as a Speech and Language Pathologist. He is licensed by the RI Department of Health as a Speech Pathologist and is also licensed in the state of Massachusetts. Matthew has taught the Augmentative Communication graduate course at the University of RI. He has provided workshops on augmentative communication topics throughout the state and nationally. Matthew has been in the field for nearly 20 years and with TechACCESS for nearly 10 years. He Chairs the Program Committee for the Assistive Technology Conference of New England, which TechACCESS hosts annually in November.
Email Matthew at matthewp AT techaccess-ri DOT org
Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L
Clinical Manager/Assistive Technology Consultant
Jen has nearly 20 years of experience working with children with varying degrees of physical and learning disabilities. Her concentration within the last twelve years has been working with children with multiple learning challenges in addition to collaborating with teachers and families in order to access the curriculum through a variety of tools, including technology to optimize school, community and home performance. Jen has provided trainings within the community on topics related to sensory integration, child development, learning differences, assistive and curriculum based technology and early identification of learning challenges. Jen is a registered occupational therapist (OTR/L), with a Bachelor Degree in Science from Quinnipiac University. Her passion is to help children utilize tools and strategies, including technology, in order for them to learn and improve their independence in school and within their community. Jen also works with adults with disabilities to provide assistive technology solutions that can increase their independence in school, in the workplace, at home, and in the community. Jen also serves as our Clinical Manager. She has been with TechACCESS for 3 years.
Email Jennifer at jenm AT techaccess-ri DOT org
Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Francesca joined the TechACCESS team as one of our Augmentative Communication Consultants. She is a certified Speech Language pathologist and one of TechACCESS’s communication specialists. She provides evaluation, training and technical services to children and adults who have difficulty using their own speech to communicate. Francesca has a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She is licensed by the RI Department of Health as a Speech Pathologist and also by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Francesca is also certified in Massachusetts. She has been with TechACCESS for 2 years.
E-mail Francesca at francescaf AT techaccess-ri DOT or
Joanne Heffernan, MS, CCC-SLP
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Joanne has been part of the TechACCESS team as one of our Augmentative Communication Consultants for over 20 years. She is a certified Speech Language pathologist and one of TechACCESS’s communication specialists. She provides evaluation, training and technical services to children and adults who have difficulty using their own speech to communicate. She is licensed by the RI Department of Health as a Speech Pathologist and also by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Joanne is also certified in Massachusetts.
Email Joanne at joanneh AT techaccess-ri DOT org
Bill Herreid, M.Ed.
Assistive Technology Consultant, Blind/Low Vision SPecialist
Bill recently joined TechACCESS as an Assistive Technology Consultant and Low Vision Specialist. He has an M.Ed. in General Special Ed., and is pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Vision Studies. Bill focuses on creative solutions to meet the individual needs of the people he works with. He enjoys finding low-tech solutions to complex problems. In his spare time he creates mechanical toys and gadgets, plays the piano and bagpipes, reads all the books he can get his hands on and dotes on his four kids.
Email Bill at billh AT techaccess-ri DOT org
Rhode Island Materials Access Center, Program Coordinator
Digital Rights Manager
National Materials Accessibility Center State Coordinator and Authorized User
Jayne is responsible for developing the Rhode Island Materials Access Center program for the State of Rhode Island. She is the Digital Rights Manager and the National Materials Accessibility Center State Coordinator and Authorized User for RI, and is responsible for the accessible materials special education and 504 students need in their classroom. Her responsibilities are ordering large print/braille books for all visually impaired and print disabled students in RI. She maintains the primary data base for the RI AEM Center, and maintains the State’s print and Braille library. Jayne assists educational teams in devising special strategies for reinforcing learning materials and skills based on an understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities. Jayne develops literary and Nemeth Braille materials as needed for students in K-12, and college level students. Jayne has completed a training course in Unified English Braille (UEB), which has been adopted by many countries and was implemented in the US on January 4, 2016.
Email Jayne at jayner AT techaccess-ri DOT org
Brenda is the Administrative Assistant for TechACCESS. It is usually her friendly voice you will hear when you call the Center! Brenda is an invaluable member of the TechACCESS team, supporting the staff and the mission of the Center. She also assists with all phases of the annual Assistive Technology Conference of New England, which TechACCESS hosts every November. She has been with TechACCESS for over 3 years.
Email Brenda at techaccess AT techaccess-ri DOT org