Meet our Leaders

Disciplined, strategic and visionary. Munroe-Meyer Institute leadership continuously strives to be the most knowledgeable within their specialty about disability services and programs, the most proactive, the most forward-thinking, the most compassionate.

Their combined unique skill-sets ensures MMI's research, education, outreach and patient care rank among the best. Together, their experiences and no-nonsense, can-do approach means a better outcome for people with disability in Nebraska.


Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD

Amy S. Nordness, PhD, CCC-SLP

Matthew Stelzer, MBA

Joanne Johnson

Leadership Council


External Support

Additionally, the Munroe-Meyer Institute is guided by the direction of individuals serving on boards and councils.

Munroe-Meyer Institute follows the four pillars of UNMC's mission.


Keith Allen, PhD, BCBA-D


Melonie Welsh, MS


Jennifer Blackford, PhD

Patient Care

Amy S. Nordness, PhD, CCC-SLP

Jolene Johnson, MS, EdS, EdD

Education and Child Development

  • Jolene Johnson, MS, EdS, EdD  |  bio
    Department Director
Omar Abdul-Rahman, MD, FACMG

Genetic Medicine

  • Omar Abdul-Rahman, MD  |  bio
    Department Director
Courtney P. Burnette, PhD

integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Courtney P. Burnette, PhD  |  bio
    Department Director
  • Regina Carroll, PhD, BCBA-D  |  bio
    Department Director (Interim)
    Associate Director
Gail L. Svagera, OTR/L, ATP

Occupational Therapy

  • Gail L. Svagera, OTR/L, ATP  |  bio
    Department Director (Interim)
Amy Drayton, PhD

Pediatric Feeding Disorders

  • Amy Drayton, PhD  |  bio
    Department Director
  • Bethany Hansen, PhD, BCBA-D  |  bio
    Associate Director
Sandra L. Willett, PT, PhD, PCS

Physical Therapy

  • Sandra L. Willett, PT, PhD, PCS  |  bio
    Department Director
Keith Allen, PhD, BCBA-D


  • Keith D. Allen, PhD, BCBA-D | bio
    Department Director
Nicole Giron, MPH, HTR

Recreational Therapy

  • Nicole Giron, MPH, HTR, CTRS  |  bio
    Department Director
  • Carly De Bruin, MPA, CTRS  |  bio
    Assistant Director
Amanda N. Zangrillo, PsyD, BCBA-D

Severe Behavior

  • Amanda N. Zangrillo, PsyD, BCBA-D  |  bio
    Department Director
  • Tara Fahmie, BCBA-D  |  bio
    Associate Director
Amy S. Nordness, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathology

  • Amy S. Nordness, PhD, CCC-SLP  |  bio
    Department Director

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