Council for Exceptional Children - Ashland University Chapter

Autism Walk CEC Group Picture

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), student organization at Ashland University, supports the mission of the international professional organization the Council for Exceptional Children, which is dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.



Contact CEC at:


Student holding an Autism puzzle piece.

President: Emily Nagy

Emily is a senior Intervention Specialist major at Ashland University. This year is her second year at Ashland after transferring from Lorain County Community College last fall. As well as being this year’s president of The Council for Exceptional Children, Emily is also involved in Campus Activities board as their secretary this coming year and an active member in AU's Women's Chorus. The Council for Exceptional Children affects so many members of not only the student body, but the community around Ashland and Emily is so happy to be a part of an organization that is so closely related with her major and helps so many people.

Male Student.

Vice President: C. J. Schneider

Hi! My name is C.J. Schneider and I am the Vice President of Council for Exceptional Children. I am a junior Integrated Social Studies major here at AU. Other things I'm involved with here at AU include the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Young Democrats, and the Teacher Network. CEC is important to me because I like being in an environment to help make a difference in a student's education.


 Female Student.

 Secretary: Alison Rohner

My name is Alison Rohner, and I am the CEC secretary for the 2016-2017 school year. I am an Early Childhood Education Major with a 4-5 Grade Endorsement. I am a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, and a mentor at Ashland's Taft Elementary. I want to be able to further learn about children's disabilities, and encourage many other students at Ashland to join CEC to learn the same.


Female student outside with plants around her.

Treasurer: Liz Kidd

I am an Integrated Math Education major with minors in Spanish and Religion. On campus, I am involved with the AU Tennis Team, Math Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Council for Exceptional Children. My hope for CEC is that it will raise awareness about individuals with disabilities and help people understand how to guide these individuals so that they succeed in educational systems.

Female student.

Marketing Chair: Lia Downs

Hello! My name is Lia Downs, and I am the Marketing chair for The Council of Exceptional Children for the 2016-2017 school year. I am an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist/Early Childhood Major with a 4-5 Grade Endorsement. I am a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a mentor in the ACCESS program and also a mentor at Ashland’s Taft Elementary. I believe that The Council for Exceptional Children is important because it will increase any future educator’s knowledge about individuals with disabilities and it will also increase the awareness throughout the whole student population.


Picture of Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis has been the CEC faculty advisor for the past six years. She is a faculty member in the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners.