Our trainers have the vital combination of practical and academic experience. Their expertise is based on CIP’s 30+ year fund of knowledge and successful implementation. Attendees can be confident that they will be receiving expert, practical advice, and knowledge-based strategies that can be implemented immediately.
Dr. Michael P. McManmon, Ed.D. – Lead Trainer
Dr. McManmon is a featured keynote speaker and presenter at ASD/LD conferences worldwide. He is a trained psychologist and holds a Doctorate in Special Education, plus Master’s degree in Counseling. He is the CIP (College Internship Program) founder and author of Autism and Learning Differences: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit and Made for Good Purpose.
He has worked on curriculum development, staff training, program evaluation, and administering community-based programming for over 40 years. Dr. McManmon has an inside perspective as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in his 50’s and grew up in a large family with several individuals on the spectrum.
Dr. McManmon’s work in the field is innovative and cutting edge with a focus on preparing young adults for life, independence, and work through internships, volunteerism, and community-based projects and service learning.
Sharona Sommer, CPC – Lead Trainer
Sharona has worked in the Special Education field for over 20 years and is the founder of Sharona Coaching and Consulting, which provides family coaching to families with children on the Autism Spectrum, and also leads workshops and support groups.
Sharona guides the whole family, not just the diagnosis. She offers support, clarity, and peace of mind. Her strong desire to coach families with teens and young adults stems from her work in the special education field and first-hand experienced the challenges parents face. She helps to unite parents and their emerging adult children with a realistic plan for life, school, work, and independent living.
Sharona has presented at several national conferences (LDA, National Autism Conference, YAI), and consults with several organizations in the Autism field. In 2016 Sharona has accepted the position of Director of Family Services at CIP.
Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, Psy.D. – Trainer
Dr. Roberts offering compassionate, individualized, thoughtful, evidence-based care and support to young adults with ASD or other learning differences to help them reach their potential in independent living, work, creative expression, social, and educational.
Elizabeth have worked as a psychologist and neuropsychologist at many institutions across New England and the tri-state area, serving all ages. About 15 years ago, she began specializing in autism spectrum disorders, but continues to have expertise and interest in other learning challenges including learning disabilities, developmental disability, head injury, and others. She has a particular interest in girls with ASD. Dr. Roberts joined College Internship Program in 2017 as a Director of Clinical Support Services.
Dr. Michele Ramsay, Ed.D. – Trainer
Dr. Ramsay received her Bachelor’s degree in teaching from Georgian Court University, Master’s degree in Education Administration from Kean University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Teaching from Walden University. In New Jersey she worked as an enthusiastic Special Needs Teacher, High School Assistant Principal, and a School District Director of Special Education. After all that time, her excitement continues to grow as she relocates to beautiful sunny Florida to begin her career as the Program Director of CIP Brevard.
As the Educational Leader in her last position, she supervised a staff of 88 professionals including child study team members, classroom teachers, and paraprofessionals; with a special needs population of over 350 students. She worked on curriculum changes that facilitated transition, and holds a strong commitment to strengthening students’ educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.