OSEP Project Officer, Dr. Selete Avoke

OSEP Project Officer

Dr. Selete Avoke

Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students With Disabilities - NDPC-SD, Dr. Loujeania Williams Bost

Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students With Disabilities (NDPC-SD)

Dr. Loujeania Williams Bost holds a Ph.D.in Special Education from Pennsylvania State University. She has an extensive background in working with students with disabilities. Loujeania was the chief of statewide compliance, monitoring, and technical assistance for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has been a public school teacher, a program administrator for agencies serving adults and adolescents with mental retardation, and a researcher.

Project Coordinator/Research Associate, Dr. Matthew Klare

Project Coordinator/Research Associate

Dr. Matthew Klare joined the NDPC-SD in March 2005, coming from American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC. For the last 18 years, Dr. Klare’s focus has been in the areas of assessment development and operations. While at AIR, he worked on alternate assessments, Braille and LEP accommodations for statewide achievement tests at grades K-8. At NDPC-SD he provides technical assistance to states and is assisting with the development of a model of dropout prevention for students with disabilities that incorporates research-based practices.

Research Associate, Dr. Sandra Covington Smith

Research Associate

Dr. Julia Wilkins holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She came to NDPC-SD in 2009 from St. Cloud State University where she was an assistant professor of special education. Since joining the Center she has been primarily responsible for researching reentry programs for out-of-school youth. Previously, Dr. Wilkins was a public school teacher in Buffalo, NY, where she taught students with disabilities as well as students at risk of dropping out.

Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Janet Arnold

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Janet Arnold joined the NDPC-SD staff in August 2010 as the administrative assistant for the center. She has 31 years of university experience as an administrative assistant and retired from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She is responsible for all administrative matters for the center, including word processing, desktop publishing, database entry and reports, travel arrangements, and conference planning/coordination.


Executive Director, EDC Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative, David Riley, Ph.D.

Executive Director, EDC Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative

David Riley, Ph.D., has served for more than 25 years as an organizational and management consultant to local, state, and federal education agencies. He serves in a leadership position on several federally-funded initiatives. For the past 11 years, Dr. Riley has served as Educational Co-Chair of the Summer Institute on Critical Issues in Urban Special Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.