DeafBlind Central Staff

People who are DeafBlind have unique needs and we are here to help! Meet our staff.


Beth Kennedy, Ph.D. is the director of DeafBlind Central: Michigan's Training & Resource Project and the director and instructor for the online Deafblind Intervener Training Program offered online through Central Michigan University. She has worked in the field of deafblindness since 1991, having held positions at Perkins School for the Blind and the Florida DeafBlind project prior to returning to Michigan, her home state.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and her Master of Education degree in Special Education, with a specialization in deafblindness, from Boston College. Beth led teams to develop four of the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) training modules available on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). She completed the Educational Leadership Ph.D. Program at Central Michigan University, studying the process of how interveners learn to support students who are deafblind in school settings for her dissertation.
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Administrative secretary

Nichcole McKindles is the administrative secretary for DB Central.  She has an Associate of Arts in Business from the University of Tulsa. Prior to working for DB Central, Nichcole worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and was a stay-at-home parent. She began with the project in March 2021 and is looking forward to continuing to learn and grow in her role in order to help the staff of DB Central to provide consultation, training, and information to parents and professionals who are supporting someone who is deafblind.
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Graduate assistant

Graduate assistant Samantha Klunejko, B.S. is a second-year Ph.D. student in Central Michigan University’s School Psychology Program. She earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Neuroscience and Psychology at Central Michigan University in 2019. Her graduate research is focused on examining interventions for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and understanding the impacts of technology/social media use on youth. Samantha has experience conducting assessments and interventions with youth and families in school-based, recreational, and clinical settings. She has assisted in previous DB Central efforts such as Story Time and looks forwards to providing further support to the DB Central community.
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