Parent Page: Training and Development id: 29780 Active Page: NCDET Staffid:29783



Annie Baghdayan, PhD

Annie Baghdayan, PhD
OWIPA Project Director

BCBA-D, PhD, MEd, University of Oklahoma
BA, Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Annie Baghdayan is the director of the National Center for Disability Education and Training (NCDET). Currently, NCDET leads two federally funded projects: Add Us In (Office of Disability Employment Policy) and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project (Social Security Administration) and state contracts with Department of Rehabilitation Services. Baghdayan provides services to schools, agencies, and individuals with disabilities. She conducts descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results.

Baghdayan was an adjunct assistant professor and a lead behavior analyst at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She worked as an instructional coach with special education teachers for Norman Public Schools. She worked in school, home, and clinical settings with individuals with various disabilities for more than a decade. She was the director of Autism Day School at Easter Seals Oklahoma, overseeing and supervising more than 20 employees.

Her most recent projects include providing professional learning opportunities for professionals who work with individuals with disabilities, specifically, autism spectrum disorders. She continues to work with young children with ASD, their parents, and professionals. Her research focuses on parents’ and educators’ perceptions on including students with ASD in inclusive settings, quality of service delivery in applied behavior analysis, promoting culturally competent environments for individuals with disabilities, and building the capacity of parents and professionals of individuals with ASD. She has presented in different local and national conferences such as OSAC, LDAOK, Governor’s conference, Children’s Behavioral Health Conference, CEC, TED, and ABAI.

Baghdayan is a nationally Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and licensed in the state of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE).


Kelli Freeman

Lead Community Work Incentives Coordinator
Oklahoma Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

Kelli Freeman is a Community Work Incentives Coordinator for the Oklahoma Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project. As a CWIC, Freeman writes benefits analyses for Social Security disability beneficiaries and educates them about the work incentives they are entitled to. She believes that in doing this work, she helps to empower those individuals with disabilities to work to their fullest potential and achieve their own personal goals.

Freeman has always had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities, and while working full time as a case manager for transition-aged youth, she earned her BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to her case management services, during her six years working for Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center, Freeman facilitated a monthly group for teens and young adults, teaching life skills and demonstrating social skills. She also started a support group for young parents in the program with client-driven topics and concerns. In 2012, Freeman was nominated as a top five finalist for Best Customer Service throughout all of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Sean Murray

Community Work Incentives Coordinator
Oklahoma Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

Elizabeth Woodley

Community Work Incentives Coordinator
Oklahoma Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

Judi Goldston

Project Director
DRS Training and Project Search  

Judi Goldston is the training project manager, statewide coordinator for Project SEARCH and a certified ASTD instructor with the University of Oklahoma, National Center for Disability Education and Training. Since 1992, she has offered training and technical assistance on customized employment supports to state and community provider agencies assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain community employment and independent living. During her tenure, her efforts have included curriculum development and training in the following areas: Employment Consultant, Job Club, Peer Support facilitation, Assistive Technology Modifications, Social Security Work Incentives, Job Development, Job Analyses, Marketing and Building Employer Relationships, and Career Planning and Assessment. Her experience as a job coach, job developer and program marketing adds depth and value to the trainings. 

Goldston has been a member of APSE for over 15 years and has held the position(s) of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Conference Chair on the Oklahoma APSE Executive council during her 18-year tenure. She works nationally with the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) to ensure curriculum competencies that provide a foundation for best practices for national Employment Support Professional curricula certification.

Pat Faulkenberry

Employment Consultant Trainer

Pat Faulkenberry currently serves as the Employment Consultant Trainer at the University of Oklahoma, National Center for Disability Education and Training. He has held the ECT position since August 1998. 

In 1985, Faulkenberry began working for the Stillwater Group Homes and worked in a variety of residential settings. Moving to employment services in 1991, he worked at the Sheltered Workshop for Payne County, switching to the Supported Employment Department in 1993.

While working in employment he also provided counseling services at an intermediate care facility. During his time as an Employment Consultant and program coordinator with the Sheltered Workshop of Payne County, Faulkenberrry provided education and support to individuals with disabilities, family members, and employers. 

Debra Farmer

Financial Associate

Sara Senter

Program Assistant