Current Board Members:
- Marra Piazza Brass, President (New College of Florida)
- Craig Levins, President-Elect (Broward College)
- Ashley Gorion, Treasurer (University of Central Florida)
- Mary Hoffman, Secretary (State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota)
Meet the Board:
Marra Piazza Brass, President
Marra Piazza Brass earned a Master of Science in School Counseling from Syracuse University and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Studies from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She has spent over a decade working as a counselor in college admission and financial aid programs. In addition, she has extensive experience in secondary education as a high school counselor and Director of Guidance.
In 2015, Marra joined Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and served as the Director who created the Office of Accessibility on campus. Marra worked with students promoting access and accommodations in a variety of areas, including academic, housing, meal plans, and emotional support animals. As of September 2020, Marra transitioned to the Student Disability Services Office as an Associate Director at New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida. She now works with the New College community to help promote access.
Marra is a member of the Florida Association on Higher Education and Disability (FL-AHEAD) where she is currently serving on the board as the President. Marra is also an active member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). Marra enjoys spending time with her friends and family on the water, hiking, tie-dying, her cats Lucy and Charlie, and visiting Little Libraries including her own.
Craig Levins, President-Elect
Craig Levins earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University, a Bachelor of Arts form Elmira College, and a Certificate of Advanced Assistive Technology Applications from California State University at Northridge. Craig has over 20 years of higher education experience within the accessibility field and as an adjunct professor of Psychology.
Craig joined Broward College in 2017 where he currently holds the role of Associate Vice President for Institutional Accessibility & ADA Coordinator. In this role oversees the Accessibility Resources, Electronic Information Technology, Assistive Technology, and college transition programs for neurodiverse individuals. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for the department of psychology. He has been instrumental in driving a culture change of inclusion and equity for individuals with disabilities at Broward College and to date has brought in $1,000,000 in grant monies to fund inclusive programs for neurodiverse individuals. Prior to his arrival in Florida, Craig worked within the State University of New York System since 1998. While in New York, he served on the executive board of the NY AHEAD affiliate and served on multiple committees and consortiums throughout the state during his tenure. Craig has been an active member of FL-AHEAD since 2017 and AHEAD since 2000. He is also a founding member of the Florida State EIT Consortium, where he continues to serve in the government relations and policy/procedure committee.
Mary Hoffman, Secretary
Mary Hoffman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Finance from the University of Tampa. She worked for 23 years in the corporate sector, specifically within the banking industry before transitioning to higher education in 2014. As the Accommodation and Assistive Technology Specialist at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Mary provides individualized and specialized support services to students with disabilities at three campus locations through the provision of information, training, and technical services. She is responsible for the installation, maintenance, and training on a variety of computer software and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to text-to-speech, speech-to-text, screen readers, magnification, and other software designed to provide students access to learning and education, thus promoting increased independence for students with disabilities. She assists the Disability Coordinator with the provision of alternate format print materials for individuals with visual and print disabilities.
Mary works collaboratively with faculty and information technology services staff to ensure access to classroom and on-line learning, for students with hearing, vision, and print disabilities. With a substantial increase in courses offered online due to Covid-19, Mary has acted as an instructor for SCF’s eCert Course, providing guidance, resources, and information to instructors as they transitioned into an online course delivery method. Mary maintains an enthusiastic approach to student learning, promoting the use of technology and campus resources for students with disabilities. She actively promotes universal design with faculty, administration, and staff across campuses in order to improve learning opportunities for all students and encourage faculty to consider the needs of individual students with disabilities who may be in their classrooms. Mary was a first-time speaker at the 2019 ATIA Conference where she presented with Dave Tucker, CEO of Sonocent Ltd. on the differences between traditional notetaking methods and the use of technology.