Staff Directory

Clark Howell Hall
825 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-8719 | drc@uga.edu

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Director of the Disability Resource Center UGA Student AffairsDisability Resource Center / University Testing Services
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

Biographical Info

As the Director of the Disability Resource Center, Erin leads the university’s commitment to educate and serve students with disabilities, ensuring equal educational opportunities as required by the ADA and other legislation. The Disability Resource Center works with students to determine appropriate academic accommodations and houses the Test Accommodations Office for onsite classroom testing and Alternative Media Services, which converts required printed material into accessible formats for students with reading disabilities.

Erin has two degrees from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Public Administration and Policy. She spent most of her undergraduate years at UGA as a student disc jockey for the WUOG 90.5 radio station. Erin initially joined the staff of the Disability Resource Center in 2015 as a senior disability services coordinator and has served as director since 2018. Previously, she served more than nine years in Student Affairs at the University of North Georgia Oconee Campus, including seven years working directly with students with disabilities.

Categories: Disability Resource Center, Student Affairs Leadership Team, University Testing Services
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Assistant Director of Disability Services
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Carolyn Arnold joined the DRC’s staff as a Disability Services Coordinator in 2000 and has served as Assistant Director since 2018. Carolyn specializes in working with students diagnosed with ADHD, LD, psychological disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before joining the DRC, Carolyn earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from UGA. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker.

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Assistant Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Kevin Karneboge joined the DRC’s staff as a Sign Language Interpreter in 1994 and was later promoted to his current position of Assistant Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Kevin supervises sign language interpreting and captioning for the classroom including instructional media. He interprets in secondary and post-secondary educational settings, and he often interprets in classrooms and at campus events. Kevin is recognized as a state-level interpreter and transliterator by the Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

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Assistant Director of Disability Services
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

Biographical Info

Emmie Bennett joined the DRC staff as an Assistant Director in September 2021. Prior to joining the DRC, Emmie worked for UGA’s Office of Student Conduct and Department of Recreational Sports.

A two-time graduate of UGA, Emmie received her A.B.J. from the Grady College of Journalism and earned her M.A. from the School of Public and International Affairs. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in College Student Affairs Administration through UGA’s College of Education.

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Associate Director of University Testing Services UGA Student AffairsUniversity Testing Services
Work Phone: 706-542-3183
Categories: Disability Resource Center, Sa 2025 Plan - Data Members, Sa 2025 Plan - Learning Collaborative Members, University Testing Services
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Alternative Text & Disability Services Coordinator
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Christine Carpenter joined the DRC’s staff as an Alternative Text Production Assistant in 2013 and has also worked as a Captioning Assistant. In her current role of Alternative Text & Disability Services Coordinator, Christine works with students to determine appropriate accommodations and produces texts and graphics in alternative formats for students with print related disabilities. Before joining the DRC, Christine studied Theatre at the University of North Texas and American History at UGA.

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Disability Services Coordinator
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

Biographical Info

Teresa Edwards joined the DRC’s staff as an Accommodated Testing Specialist in 2004 and currently serves as the Temporary Impairment Coordinator where she manages the caseload of students dealing with temporary complications to ensure appropriate testing and classroom needs. Teresa is a champion for the Disability Resource Center and has served students and the department in many capacities. Highlights include chairing the DRC’s Annual Student & Faculty Recognition Reception in 2018 and 2019 where Teresa promoted fun and innovative means to engage the talents and skills of staff and students.

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Senior Disability Services Coordinator
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

Biographical Info

Brad Erbesfield joined the DRC’s staff as an Education Program Specialist in 2015. He became a Coordinator Assistant in July 2016 and was promoted to Senior Coordinator in December 2016. Before joining the DRC, Brad earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Development with a certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership and a Master of Art degree in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia.

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Senior Disabilty Services Coordinator
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

Biographical Info

Faye Fleming joined the DRC in August 2019 as a Senior Coordinator. Faye attended UGA as a non-traditional student, graduating magna cum laude in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Faye went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia in 2016. Prior to joining the DRC, Faye worked for Advantage Behavioral Health Systems as an Intake Clinician, where she gained significant experience working with clients affected by mental health issues. Faye specializes in working with students who have psychological disabilities, but her caseload includes students with all types of disabilities.

Categories: Disability Resource Center
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Senior Disability Services Coordinator
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719
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Senior Disability Services Coordinator
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Amanda Hales joined the DRC’s staff as an Administrative Assistant in 2008. She was promoted to a Coordinator in 2014. Currently, Amanda manages a caseload of students and serves as the DRC Scholarship Liaison. As the DRC Scholarship Liaison, Amanda helps plan the annual scholarship reception, disseminates information about DRC scholarships, and assists students with applying for the DRC’s scholarships.

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Senior Administrative Manager
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Sarah Kesler joined the Disability Resource Center’s staff as an Administrative Associate in 2008. Currently, she serves as the Senior Administrative Manager for the DRC and University Testing Services. In this role, she manages budgets and human resources processes within the DRC and UTS and functions as a member of the leadership team, providing logistical support to both departments. Before joining the DRC, Sarah earned an Associate’s degree in Accounting from Athens Technical College and worked in UGA’s Accounts Payable Department.

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Information Technology Manager
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Austin Kovarik joined the DRC’s staff as a Support Technician for the Assistive Technology Lab in 2008. He quickly transitioned to an IT Leadership position in University Testing Services. Austin then rejoined the DRC as Information Technology Manager in 2011. In his current position, Austin oversees all technology in the DRC including network connectivity, data security, staff workstations, student loaner equipment, and IT staff. He has in-depth experience with information systems. Prior to his career at UGA, Austin worked for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, one of the largest media companies in the world.

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Senior Test Administration Specialist
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Jimmy Lim joined the DRC’s staff in February 2016 as a Student Proctor and currently works in Accommodated Testing as a Senior Test Administration Specialist. Jimmy supports students registered with the DRC by providing testing accommodations and proctoring exams. He also works closely with faculty and staff and supervises student workers in the Accommodated Testing Office. Jimmy graduated from the University of Georgia, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English while also minoring in Film Studies.

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Front Desk Specialist
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Tammie Martin joined the DRC’s staff as a Front Desk Assistant in 2014. Tammie now serves as Front Desk Specialist which is the DRC’s initial point of contact. She communicates with students, parents, professors, and members of the community via telephone and in person whenever they contact the DRC. She also assists the DRC’s staff with maintaining student records. Before joining the DRC, Tammie worked in UGA’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Prior to her career at UGA, Tammie worked 10 years for the Clarke County School District.

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Assistive Technology Specialist
Work Phone: 706-542-8719
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Budget Specialist
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Eileen Moore joined the DRC’s staff as an Administrative Assistant in 2001. Currently, Eileen serves as the DRC’s Budget Specialist. She coordinates notetaker sign-up and payment, handles purchasing and payment processing, assists with monitoring departmental accounts, and prepares budget reports. Additionally, Eileen processes deposits and payments, including scholarships, through the DRC’s Foundation accounts.

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Captioning and C-Print Assistant
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719
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Senior Accommodated Testing Coordinator
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

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Tori Whitaker joined the DRC’s staff in 2014 as a Senior Proctor in the Accommodated Testing Office. After several promotions, she now serves as the Senior Accommodated Testing & Alternative Text Coordinator. In this role, Tori administers approved testing services for students with disabilities, communicates with faculty regarding testing, and supervises the Accommodated Testing Office’s student and clerical workers. She also oversees the Alternative Text unit, which produces print materials in alternative formats. Before joining the DRC’s staff, Tori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 2014.

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Sign Language Interpreter
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

Biographical Info

Katie Wilson joined the DRC’s staff as a Sign Language Interpreter in 2011. Katie works with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in a variety of situations including the classroom. She has experience interpreting in K-12 schools and postsecondary settings. Before joining the DRC, Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama and an Associate’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Front Range Community College. She also holds a National Interpreter Certification and an Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment Certification.

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