NICE (Neurodiverse Inclusive Campus Events)

Guide to NICE concerts and more, here at WCU and beyond!
For more information on the materials presented on this website, use the contact information below to talk with members of the NICE committee and other WCU faculty involved with NICE.

NICE Committee

Dr. Angela Guerriero is a board-certified music therapist and Associate Professor of Music Education at West Chester University. She leads as WCU’s Music Therapy Program Director while also directing Tempo! Music Therapy Services in PA and NJ. As a music therapist, Dr. Guerriero works with individuals on the spectrum and individuals with intellectual delays. Her primary research interests are school inclusion and collaboration, trauma-informed practice, and the ethics of self-care.  For more information, email Dr. Guerriero at AGuerriero@wcupa.edu.

Grace Montgomery is a third-year Honors Music Therapy student at West Chester University with a focus in voice. Grace is passionate about creating inclusive music experiences for individuals with disabilities and looks forward to incorporating her knowledge of neurodiverse accomodations in her future clinical work. For more information, email Grace at GM930985@wcupa.edu.

Brian Lynch is a third-year music education student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  He began working in the field of inclusivity to help him become a more effective educator for all students.  For more information, email Brian at BL927869@wcupa.edu.

Cherie Fishbaugh is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her M.A. in special education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. Her experience includes working as a Case Supervisor at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, serving as an Education Consultant for the May Institute, Mid-Atlantic region, and assisting with program and clinical development for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center (SPARC). In 2016, Cherie joined West Chester University as the Director of Autism Services and developed Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP). Cherie's clinical and research expertise are in the areas of behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, behavior management, social skills training, and positive behavior supports. Contact Cherie at CFishbaugh@wcupa.edu.


Teddy Diskin is a member of the West Chester community with a passion for inclusive art experiences. Teddy has created his own group called the “Teddy Diskin University” where young adults with disabilities meet every Sunday night to learn how to participate in the performing arts while engaging at the level they are comfortable with. Teddy continues to help direct a variety of skits and theatrical shows with the group of young adults. Contact Teddy at tdiskin@teddydiskin.com.

Professor Joseph Caminiti is the Director of Orchestral Studies at WCU. He is committed to connecting with audiences through dynamic and thoughtful concerts. Experiencing music as a unique inspiration in life, he works to relate it to the increasingly diverse audiences of our day. His "Concert on the Quad" annual series at West Chester University has included audience-selected film scores, Latin and American music, and collaborations with steel drum bands, Latin ensembles, and the Dalí Quartet. Professor Caminiti is dedicated to expanding his performances to a diverse and inclusive audience. Contact Professor Caminiti at JCaminiti@wcupa.edu.

 

Three students—Melanie, Colin and Tom—are part of WCU’s D-CAP program and help inform the NICE committee’s approach to inclusivity. For a student perspective, contact MS901802@wcupa.edu, CW974102@WCUPA.onmicrosoft.com or TB979103@wcupa.edu.

Jodi Jianniney is a music educator in the Garnet Valley School District in Glen Mills, PA and she spent many years teaching music at The Vanguard School in Malvern, PA. Jodi earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from West Chester University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Gratz College. Jodi believes in making music accessible for all learners. She has shared what she has learned from her students with other music educators at conferences in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, Washington DC, and Massachusetts. For more information, email Jodi at jiannineyj@gmail.com.

Other WCU Faculty

Tim Sestrick is Music Librarian at the Presser Music Library and Associate Professor at West Chester University. He helped organize this website and provide insightful library resources. Contact Tim at tsestrick@wcupa.edu or through the Presser Music Library website

Gary Childs is Engineering (STEM-H) Librarian and Assistant Professor at WCU. With his extensive knowledge of sensory-friendly, inclusive resources, he helped develop the Self-Care Space in the Francis Harvey Green Library. For more information on the Self-Care Space, contact Gary at gchilds@wcupa.edu.

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