Phone: 256-589-1835

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS Visual Disabilities - FSU MS Visual Disabilities - FSU Ed.S Teacher Leadership - Thomas University

Stephanie Pizza, Director

Before becoming the CATT Director, Stephanie Pizza served as a Regional Director for AIDB's Office of Field Services since April 2020. The Office of Field Services is a state-wide network of ten centers that provide services and support to individuals and their families, birth through senior citizens, who have vision loss and/or hearing differences. She is a certified TSVI and attended Florida State University where she received her BS and MS degrees in Visual Disabilities in 2012. She then obtained her Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Thomas University in 2017. Stephanie began her career in Georgia as an itinerant teacher with Gwinnett County Public Schools and worked as a TSVI and O&M for five years. Stephanie then served as the Director of Children and Youth Services at the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta from 2017-2020 to oversee two year-round programs for early intervention and school-age students. She resides in the beautiful city of Florence, Alabama with her dog, Toby, and enjoys traveling.

Phone: 256-589-1253

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS Secondary English and Biology - JSU MS Special Education - UAB EdD Instructional Leadership - Samford

Susie Thomas, Trainer

Susie has been serving as a trainer since the inception of the Center for Assistive Technology Training program. Prior to working with the CATT program, Susie worked as a secondary science and English teacher for ten years, a Certified Teacher for the Visually Impaired for fifteen years, and a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist for fourteen years. Additionally, Susie served as the Lead Outreach Provider for AIDB Outreach for a year and a half. Among her formidable experience, Susie is also a Certified Braille Transcriptionist and a National Board Certified Teacher. 

Phone: 256-589-8655

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Degrees and Certifications:

MA Special Education - UAB

Jill Dunaway, Trainer

Jill Dunaway currently serves as an Assistive Technology Trainer/Specialist at the Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT). Prior to joining CATT, she taught assistive technology at Alabama School for the Blind (ASB) for fifteen years. Ms. Dunaway is a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired as well as a Certified Braille Transcriber. Additionally, she holds certifications in ZoomText, JAWS from Vispero, and NVDA from nvacces. She also serves on the curriculum committee for the Quorum Programming language, a computer programming language specifically designed for users who are blind or visually impaired. A braille reader and screen reader user herself, Ms. Dunaway likes to say that assistive technology and braille literacy are keys to independence.

Phone: 256-921-7255

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS in Elementary Education - JSU Masters Degree - UND

Angela Gaither, Trainer

Angela Gaither received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from JSU and a Masters from the University of North Dakota (UND) in SPED with a focus in visual impairments. She is a CTVI as well as a certified braille transcriber. Currently, she is a trainer for the Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CATT). She has spent the last 9 years of her career at the Alabama School for the Blind where she taught preschool. Angela has worked at AIDB since 2015, but her family history with AIDB started before then. Her father was totally blind and went through the Business Enterprise Program in the 90s. She spent her teenage years helping her father with his BEP business. Angela had the pleasure of witnessing AIDB grow and expand first hand. Angela says, “I personally know what a great asset AIDB is to students as well as their families. Because of AIDB’s programs and help to my family, our quality of life has greatly increased. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that is so passionate about meeting the needs of its consumers and their families, and I am grateful to be able to help others in return.”  

 

Phone: 256-589-8421

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Katy Reid, Administrative Assistant

Katy Reid is a native of Oxford, Alabama. She serves as an assistant for the Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT) program at AIDB and is also a devoted Support Service Provider for DeafBlind individuals through the Talladega Regional Center. She has worked in the Alabama school system for over 16 years in various positions. She enjoys serving others and has a passion for people with disabilities. Katy’s belief is that all individuals with disabilities have the potential to be empowered to achieve their goals. Katy enjoys spending time outside, playing corn hole, kayaking, and enjoying time around a bonfire with her family.  She loves being active in her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. Her greatest joy in life is being a mother to her children. 

Phone: 256-589-9468

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Megan Green, Administrative Assistant to CATT Director

Megan Green is the Administrative Assistant to the Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT) Program. She began working for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) in 2015 where she served as a part of the cafeteria staff at AIB which provided help to individuals who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing or multi-disabled. Megan enjoys working for AIDB because she believes it transcends beyond being a school. She believes it is an opportunity for a brighter future.
 
"AIDB is a wonderful opportunity to watch kids grow and blossom into awesome individuals in the real world. We are truly LIMITLESS."
 
When Megan is not at work she enjoys being a mother to her two daughters and camping by the lake. 

Phone: 256-905-9889

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Naya Lynch, Clerical Aide/Driver

Naya joined the CATT team as the Clerical Aide/Driver for the Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT) in March of 2024. She grew up in Oxford AL and graduated from Saks High School. After high school, she attended Troy University where she received 30 credits of the Interpreter Training Program (ITP). She loves being a dog and cat mom to her two dogs and cat. She loves traveling and going to the beach with her family. She also loves spending quality time with her siblings any chance she can get. She enjoys working at AIDB because she is able to make a difference every day in someone's life. Additionally, she loves to spend most of her free time on crocheting projects. 

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Jeff Schwartz, APH Liaison