Disability Resources staff
Director, Disability Resources
ADA Coordinator/504 Compliance Officer
Jamie Axelrod grew up in New York City and attended New York University where he earned a BA in Psychology. He earned his MS in Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After graduating with his MS, Jamie began working as a mental health therapist in Valparaiso, Indiana before moving to Wyoming. In Wyoming, Jamie continued his work as a mental health therapist and pursued his passion for outdoor sports.
After 10 years at a community mental health center Jamie went to work for Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc., a disability rights advocacy law firm. At Protection and Advocacy Systems, Jamie served as an advocate assisting individuals with disabilities with claims that their civil rights had been violated.
Jamie joined the Disability Resources team in August of 2007.
Assistant Director, Disability Resources
Assistive Technology Specialist
ElizaBeth Pifer started her career in Rehabilitation Technology service delivery in Atlanta at Georgia Tech in 1985. She came to Northern Arizona University in 1995 to work as the Information Technology Specialist for the Arizona Technology Access Program, which was housed in Tucson, Arizona at the time.
Before returning to Northern Arizona University in 2007, she worked for ten years as the Director of Rehabilitation Technology Services for a community based independent living and assistive technology resource center on the Navajo Nation.
ElizaBeth is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner and a US Rehabilitation Certified Environmental Access Consultant. She received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and her Master of Science in Accessibility and Inclusive Design. In her free time she enjoys creating art, gardening, experimenting with solar cooking, and being walked by her two Mastiffs.
ElizaBeth also teaches an “Introduction to Universal Design” course online. She joined the Disability Resources Team in August of 2007.
Disability Resources Specialist
Dorianne Pollack works directly with students to assist them in receiving accommodations.
Dorianne received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Arizona State University. She practiced as a speech/language pathologist for several years before earning her classroom certification and Master’s degree in Education from NAU. Dorianne taught in elementary school in urban Phoenix for 10 years. After earning her Administrative Certificate in Supervision and Instruction, she worked as the principal in three different schools in Northern Arizona. Dorianne returned to school to complete a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Rehabilitation Counseling. She worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Arizona and now enjoys her position as a Disability Resources Specialist here at NAU.
Dorianne enjoys reading, laughing with friends and family, hiking and cooking. She treasures her family and her dogs.
Disability Resources Specialist
Yvonne Campbell works directly with students to assist them in receiving accommodations. Yvonne graduated from NAU with Bachelor of Social work degree in 2013 and was able to work for Disability Resources as an undergraduate student during that time. This experience helped her grow as a professional and influenced her social work education. She went on to complete a Master of Social Work degree from ASU in 2014. After graduating from Arizona State University she worked for Coconino Community College as a Disability Resources Specialist and continued to learn the value of serving students with disabilities. Yvonne grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and also attended graduate school there, but has called Flagstaff home ever since her freshman year at NAU in 2009. Yvonne loves Flagstaff and the opportunity to work closely with students at NAU. In her free time she enjoys hiking, being outside, reading, watching cartoons, and traveling.
Disability Resources Specialist
Stephanie Birdwell grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and moved to Flagstaff in 1998. She earned two BA’s in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Arizona University in the spring of 2003 and immediately began teaching special education programs in the Flagstaff Unified School District that fall. Stephanie took a break from teaching for a few years while she served in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in Jucuapa, El Salvador from 2006-2008. Upon returning from service in the Peace Corps, Stephanie resumed teaching Special Education in FUSD where she also explored coaching Special Olympics teams for Flagstaff High School. Stephanie left FUSD to work as the Special Education Director for Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy for two years before joining the Disability Resources team in September 2018. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, cooking, camping, walking her dog and dancing. Stephanie has two godchildren and especially enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Morgan Mason is the Program Coordinator for the Usable Materials Center and the Alternate Format Program (AFP). Prior to becoming the Program Coordinator, Morgan worked at Disability Resources as the AFP Student Team Lead while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She grew up in Glendale, Arizona and has followed in the footsteps of her older sister by attending NAU. Morgan decided to stay in Flagstaff to continue her education and start her career at Disability Resources. She enjoys the beautiful Flagstaff weather, spending free time with family and friends, and traveling.
Nicholas Borsellino is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toledo. Nick started his career in the disability field by teaching at a private school for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While at the school, Nick was inspired by one of his students who was utilizing a service dog to assist with his ASD. After teaching for four years, Nick decided to make a career change, and accepted an apprenticeship with a non-profit service dog training organization located in Columbia, South Carolina. For the next four years, he trained service dogs for people with disabilities. While employed at the service dog organization, Nick was also the program coordinator for the prison program that taught inmates how to raise and train service dogs. After moving to Flagstaff, Nick has found his new calling as the Testing Coordinator at Disability Resources. In his spare time, Nick enjoys going on hikes with his rescue dog Elly, watching sports, and traveling.
Sean Kugler is the Accessibility Analyst at NAU, working to ensure that our digital presence is accessible by individuals with disabilities. Additionally, he teaches part-time in the College of Education.
Sean earned his BS in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Family and Interpersonal Communications from NAU in 1995. He has two certificates in Assistive Technology (CSUN 2001 and NAU 2007). Sean attained his M.Ed. in Special Education from NAU in 2010.
Sean has spent over 20 years working in information technology and assistive technology, mixing in teaching and coaching over the years. He has also done public speaking about disability related topics for over 15 years. Sean has worked for the State of Arizona, Flagstaff Unified School District, and NAU during that time. The latter fulfilling a dream that started his Freshman year at NAU.
Sean is fortunate enough to have spent most of his adult life in Flagstaff, while being married to his better half, Gina, for over 20 years. He is very proud of his two children, and enjoys spending time with family, cycling, hiking, camping, and just being at home.
Employee Accommodations Specialist
Todd Steen works directly with Northern Arizona University employees to assist them in receiving accommodations.
Todd attended Northern Arizona University and earned his BSW in Social Work. He received his MA in Special Education and Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS).
Todd worked at NAU/IHD/Sensory Services for over ten years as a Rehabilitation Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He then took a position as a Rehabilitation Instruction Specialist, CVRT and COMS, with the Independent Living Blind program within the State of Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration. Todd returned to Northern Arizona University in February of 2017 to start his new career at Disability Resources.
Christine Morrissette has worked with Disability Resources for ten years. The awesome beauty and great outdoor activities the Flagstaff area offers, keeps her grounded and she has called it home for over 25 years. Spending time with her family and friends, camping and traveling to new places, hiking with her dogs, Jazzercise and yoga are some of her favorite pastimes.
Chelsey Tarazi is a Graduate Assistant for Disability Resources at Northern Arizona University. She is currently earning her Doctorate in the Combined Counseling Psychology/School Psychology Ph.D. Program here at NAU. In her training, she is focusing on neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in individuals across the lifespan. Chelsey earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University and before moving to Flagstaff, she conducted speech therapy for children in schools across Phoenix. In her spare time, Chelsey enjoys trail running and spending time with her two dogs.
Student Team Lead, Usable Materials Center
Samantha Bakula is a student at Northern Arizona University, and works as the Student Team Lead for the Usable Materials Center at Disability Resources. She is currently pursuing a degree in history and museum studies. After Samantha graduates in 2019, she hopes to go on to earn a master’s degree abroad. When not in school, Samantha enjoys traveling and visiting historic sites.
Student Team Lead, Alternate Format Program
Ashley McQueen is from Tucson, Arizona and is currently a student at Northern Arizona University studying to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Photography. She is currently the Student Team Lead for the Alternate Format Program at Disability Resources. She loves the environment here in Flagstaff and enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching movies, and taking photographs in her free time.