Angela Branson joined the Disability Center staff in July, 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Truman State University and has been a certified/licensed interpreter since 2001. A St. Louis native, Angela likes to spend time with her family and friends, root for her baseball Cardinals, crochet and travel whenever possible.
Fun facts about Angela!
Dream vacation: Australia and New Zealand
Pets: Al, The albino dachshund and Maynard the cat
Ashley joined the Disability Center staff as assistant director in January 2016. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in genetics and psychology from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in post-secondary education: student affairs from the University of Northern Iowa.
In her free time, Ashley loves to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and off-roading.
Fun facts about Ashley:
Favorite subject in high school: Band and Biology
Pets: 2 cats
Hobby: Being outdoors, camping, hiking, and experiencing nature
Office Support Assistant
Amy joined the Disability Center in the December 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and enjoys bicycling, hiking, Yoga and painting in her free time.
Fun facts about Amy!
Dream vacation: Walking tour of Ireland
Favorite subject in high school: Art
Pets: Jethro the Guinea Pig
Barbara Hammer, M.Ed.
Barbara Hammer has been the director of the Disability Center since August 2008. She joined the office in 2001 and worked as both a coordinator and the interim director before being appointed director.
Barb has worked in the field of disability services for more than 30 years, with positions in higher education as well as in rehabilitation services in both the private and public sectors in Minnesota, Washington and Missouri. She is a seasoned counselor and consultant and has a wide range of experience in the areas of education and employment of persons with disabilities.
In 2010 Barb was chosen for honorary membership in MU’s Friar’s Chapter of the Mortar Board Honor Society.
Barb loves to read. She also loves traveling with her husband and two dogs, Beryl and Barley, hiking, and camping whenever possible. At home Barb and her husband maintain a vegetable garden and an orchard and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Cheryl Jobe joined the Disability Center staff in December, 2016 as an Access Advisor.
Cheryl’s background is in Mental Health Services, working in positons over the past 20 years with case management and advocacy in Massachusetts, where she grew up. She has also worked in the elementary and secondary setting, working with the IEP Process and transition planning in both Massachusetts and Missouri. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Worcester State University. She is also currently certified at the masters level in Missouri as a licensed interpreter for the Deaf.
Cheryl loves spending time with her husband, two children, as well as her puppy Liam. She has an active spiritual life and enjoys sharing time with friends. At home, she enjoys interior designing and cooking. As a native of Massachusetts, she loves to spend time travelling to the Northeast and enjoying the sand between her toes at the beach whenever possible.
Michele Love joined the Disability Center staff in November 2017 as the Exams Coordinator. Michele is a graduate from the University of Missouri and is currently working towards her MBA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family (the four-legged kids), shopping online, and working out – in that order.
Fun facts about Michele!
Dream vacation: Anywhere with a beach!
Pets: 2 fur babies named Kitty Rogers and Butler
Favorite subject in high school: Chorus, I loved singing with the choir.
Vicki joined the Disability Center in July 2017 as an Access Specialist. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. When she is away from the office, Vicki loves spending time outdoors with her friends and her dog, horseback riding, and attempting to decorate cakes and cupcakes.
Fun facts about Vicki!
Favorite food: Fruit
Dream vacation: New Zealand
Pets: German Shepherd/Husky Mix named Cassian
Stacy joined the Disability Center in November 2013 as the Office Support Assistant and later on took on the role as the Accommodations Coordinator.
Stacy graduated from L’Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis, Mo. in 2013 where she obtained her Chef’s Certification. Cooking is her hobby and she enjoys creating new and exciting culinary dishes for her family and friends.
Graduate Assistant Counselor
Jennah Strathausen joined the Disability Center in August 2017 as a Graduate Assistant Counselor. She looks forward to working with students with a variety of mental health, academic, and transitional concerns.
Jennah received her Masters degree in Career Counseling from the University of Missouri and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology at MU. Jennah grew up in Hawaii and loves swimming in the ocean, traveling, photography, and spending time with her two little kiddos.
Becca joined the Disability Center in January 2012 as an Office Support Staff III and was promoted to Exam Coordinator in August 2012. May 2016, she began working as an Access Advisor. In 2008, Becca received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. In her free time, Becca enjoys watching her two young children explore and grow and spending time with family and friends.
Fun facts about Becca!
Favorite subject in high school: Geometry
Hobbies: Baking, watching baseball, and watching movies
Pets: None at the moment, but my kiddos keep asking for one. Therefore, I foresee a puppy in our future.
Elizabeth joined the Disability Center staff in August 2017 as an Access Advisor.
Elizabeth has a Bachelors in Psychology from Emporia State University, where she also worked as a Student Worker for Disability Services. After graduation she spent three years working at Kansas State University as a Testing and Alternative Text Coordinator. She has previously worked as a para-educator at Emporia High School and volunteered at Howard Park Early Childhood Center, an inclusionary preschool.
Elizabeth is happy to be back in the St. Louis area, and enjoys re-exploring the hiking trails with her two Chihuahuas, reading, and taking classes in her free time.