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Current Directors

Dr. Priyanka Yalamanchili
DisABILITY Sports Festival Chair

Priyanka Yalamanchili, Ph.D, CRC

Dr. Yalamanchili is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at CSUSB and the Chair faculty director fot the DisABILITY Sports Festival, California State University- San Bernardino DisABILITY Sports Festival. She teaches courses related to individual and group counseling skills, case management, job placement, and medical and psychosocial aspects of disability. She also supervises practicum and fieldwork for experiences of graduate students, who are training to become Rehabilitation Counselors.

Dr. Yalamanchili's research includes understanding cultural competencies from perspective of clients receiving services from community agencies, and transition of youth with autism to employment and post-secondary education. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, and the Journal of Wisdom in Education. Further, she also works with University Center for Developmental Disabilities at CSUSB, and helps them with curriculum development for the center's Transition Age Youth program.


DisABILITY Sports Festival Marketing Director and Co-Director

Ginger Hartman

Ginger is a CSUSB Alum who received her degree in Marketing and Public Administration.  She currently serves on the American Advertising Federation Board of Directors as well as on the board for Rolling Start. Ginger has received many awards for her work, most recently - Gold, Silver and 2 Bronze ADDY's for her excellent website creation, design work and video creation. Ginger is passionate about helping others learn, achieve and grow and has spent years as a private educator and tutor for children with special needs. In her spare time, Ginger works as a professional Dickens Caroler during the holidays, or is practicing her new skills as a budding magician and cellist.  


Dr. Marissa Congdon
DisABILITY Sports Festival Co-Director

Marissa Congdon, Ph.D

Dr. Congdon received her Ph.D in Special Education from the University of Washington with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Congdon is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral, specializing in the treatment of children with autism and related disorders. Currently, Dr. Congdon is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the California State University, San Bernardino, where she teaches courses on autism to future special education teachers. She has over 15 years of experience working with children with autism and has been involved with the DisABILITY Sports Festival since 2013.


Guillermo Escalante
DisABILITY Sports Festival Co-Director

Guillermo Escalante, DSc, MBA, ATC, CSCS, CISSN

Dr. Escalante is one of the co-directors of the California State University- San Bernardino Sports Disability Festival and is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at CSUSB. He teaches courses in sports nutrition, exercise prescription, fitness business management, and sports medicine. His research and peer reviewed publications are in the fields of sports nutrition, sports medicine, and sports performance. He has also authored over 50 articles in internationally distributed fitness magazines/websites such as MuscleMag International, Muscle & Fitness, and Bodybuilding.com. Dr. Escalante serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and other peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Escalante is also the vice president of Edge Physical Therapy/Personal Training/Wellness Center in Upland (CA) where he works with his team to help clients reach various rehabilitation and sports/fitness goals. Furthermore, Dr. Escalante is a national level bodybuilding competitor through the National Physique Committee. 


Kahadda Poston
DisABILITY Sports Festival Student Co-Director

Kahadda Poston, M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling

I am an alumnus of Cal State San Bernardino, where I receive my Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. Over the past 10 years I have been dedicated to working with children and  adults with disabilities within the United States and overseas. In previous years I assisted with the disability sports festival at CSUB.  Through modern technology and adaptive devices individuals with disabilities can enjoy a healthy physical life.  It is a privilege to be a part of helping individuals with disabilities gain self-awareness and understand; although, they have a disability they can overcome limitations.
 


Shannon Sparks
DisABILITY Sports Festival Co-Director

Shannon Sparks, Ph.D

Dr. Shannon Sparks is an Assistant Professor the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling at California State University, San Bernardino. She obtained her  Ph.D. degree in 2013 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Dr. Sparks has been serving in the field of Special Education for the past 22 years as a teacher, project facilitator, and mentor. She has worked in higher education for over 8 years. Her primary areas of focus are self-determination, choice-making, positive behavior supports, transition, gender and equality, and quality of life.