Jody Van Ness
- Education Program Specialist 2
Ms. Van Ness provides writing, consultation, and coordination support for new courses in the College of Direct Support, drawing on a varied background in writing, editing, teaching, and educational consulting. Her personal and professional experiences provide a strong foundation of knowledge on person centered practices and self direction.
Ms. Van Ness holds a master's degree in education and administration, with an emphasis on autism and other neurobehavioral disorders. She also earned an autism certificate and is mother to an adult son living with autism. Besides developing and serving as the CEO of Eye Box Tools, her professional foundation includes 15 years of classroom teaching and non-profit work. She was also the first Executive Director of Lionsgate Academy, a Minnesota charter school serving students with autism spectrum disorders. In addition, Ms. Van Ness has 10 years of work experience in the mental health field and served as a psychoeducational consultant at Fraser, where she trained and coached families and professionals.