Brianna Joseph is pursuing a Ed.D in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests include physical fitness for adults with intellectual disabilities, adaptive fitness, school-to-work transition services for adults with disabilities, and disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in ESE. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Masters in ESE from Florida Atlantic University. She is the advocacy representative for the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) at her university. She is also the Social Media Coordinator of the Holmes Scholars Program. She has co-authored multiple publications and presented over 15 presentations at international, national, and regional conferences. She has created and implemented four professional development programs in public schools within her state, taught and supervised undergraduate preservice teachers, and is the project supervisor for a 1.2 million funded special education grant by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). In addition to receiving the Provost Fellowship and the Presidential Fellowship scholarships, Brianna is the College of Education 2017 Parliament Owls Talon Award Ambassador.
Kalynn Hall Pistorio is pursuing an EdD in Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests include kindergarten readiness skills, literacy based behavioral interventions, developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education and a Master of Science in Leadership (Educational and Human Services) at Nova Southeastern University. She taught in the public school system teaching elementary students with intellectual disabilities for four years and prior to that she taught in private preschools working with children who were six weeks old through voluntary prekindergarten. As a research assistant Kalynn has had 5 co-authored manuscripts accepted for publication and over 20 presentations that have been accepted at various regional, national, and international conferences. She has served as the president of the FAU College of Education Student Achievement Council, co-chaired the College of Education Fall Research Symposium, been the vice-president of Kappa Delta Pi- Rho Omega, and is currently the elected research coordinator for the Holmes National Board. In addition to being a Holmes Scholar, Kalynn receives funding under an OSEP grant entitled Mentor-Lead; she has received also received travel grants from the FAU-COE, research funding through a TAFT grant, and was the recipient of the Nora Elizabeth Temple Family Scholarship.