Kathi Gillaspy

Director of Technical Assistance

Kathi is our resident renaissance woman, tackling educational and policy programs for district, state, and national projects as AnLar’s Director of Technical Assistance. She is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and technical assistance (TA) provider, and has expertise in early intervention and early childhood special education, long-term systems change, state early childhood systems, and data management systems. She is particularly skilled in helping large groups of people (such as stakeholder groups and councils) get along, establish common goals, and get things done. Kathi also leads the advancement and development of AnLar’s early childhood portfolio, which will provide direct TA to districts and states.

Before joining the AnLar team, Kathi spent 6 years as a technical assistant specialist for two national early childhood TA centers based out of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center and the Center for Early Childhood IDEA Data Systems (DaSy). Through these projects, she assisted state early intervention and early childhood special education programs implement the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, improve their data systems and the quality and use of their IDEA data, and select and use evidence-based practices for children and families. Kathi also led the planning and coordination of TA for the DaSy project, including all the individualized and cross-state TA activities offered by the project. This was the second time Kathi worked at FPG; a long time ago, she spent 5 years as a research assistant on the Abecedarian Project, which studied the long-term effects of early intervention on children and families. In the years in between jobs at FPG, Kathi earned her Master’s Degree in Early Intervention and Family Support and obtained a North Carolina Birth–Kindergarten teaching license. She spent 15 years teaching infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and their families through Community Partnerships, Inc. (CPI), a progressive non-profit that served individuals with disabilities “womb to tomb” in inclusive, community-based settings. In addition to providing services, Kathi worked as the coordinator and manager of the early intervention program and served as Director of Childhood Services for the agency–a role in which she was responsible for developing and sustaining all of CPI’s services for children.

Kathi lives in Falls Church VA with her husband and four children. When she’s not working, she is pretending to be a Broadway star, indoctrinating her children into the worlds of Star Wars and Star Trek, trying on the many shoes in her closet, and making to-do lists of things she has already done just so she can check them off.

Our Team

Aaron Petrillo
Director of Federal Initiatives
Amanda Davis
Project Manager
Amy Nicholas
Senior Project Director & Technical Assistance Specialist
Angelique Williams
Technical Assistance & Data Management Analyst
Anthony Garofano
Chief Creative Officer
Ashley Garrison
Accounting Specialist
Audrey Ward
Audrey Ward
Project Manager
Becki Stenger
Communications Designer
Casey Archer
Research Analyst
Cat Warner-Griffin
Senior Research Scientist
Corin Collier
Program Analyst
Dina Shehata
Technical Assistance Team Coordinator and Project Manager
Emily Bytheway
Quality Analyst
Emily Kelly
Director of Operations and Culture Czar
Gary Harmon
Senior Project Director, Special Education Content & Data Expert
Jessica Carroll
Help Desk Support Specialist
John Babb
Senior Developer
Juliet Namazzi
Helpdesk Support Specialist
Kate Grannemann
Project Manager & Technical Assistance Specialist
Kathi Gillaspy
Director of Technical Assistance
Kimberly Mitman
Senior Technical Lead & Senior Database Architect
Laura Holian
Director of Research
Lindsay Dusard
Program Associate
Mia Leland
Senior Program Analyst
Michelle Bloom
Program Analyst
Monica Yudron
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist & Research Scientist
Pearson Barlow
Senior Technical Lead
Rosemary Collins
Senior Program Analyst
Sarah Geldart
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Sarah Criscuolo
Project Manager
Tara Adam
Tara Adam
Research Associate
Tate Gould
Tiffanie Owens
Director of Data Systems and Support
Tikesha Cephas
Finance and Operations Specialist