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Gary

Gary Lewis  CEO

Gary

Gary was a co-author of the original FileMaker Pro version of SpEd Forms in 1995. He is the primary consultant for due process, chairs the Forms Committee and assumed the role of CEO in July, 2013.

Education

Gary has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from UW-Eau Claire, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Stout, completed a School Psychology licensure program at UW-Eau Claire, and earned a Doctorate in Special Education Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

Professional Experience

Gary worked as a high school counselor in Eau Claire, WI, a K-8 counselor in Thorp, WI and a secondary counselor in Osceola, WI. He then served as a school psychologist for the Hiawatha Valley Special Education Coop in Winona, MN and with the Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools in Heidelberg, Germany. After completing his doctorate, Gary served as Supervisor of School Psychology and Social Work Services for the Western Hills Area Education Agency in Sioux City, Iowa. In January, 1989, Gary returned to Minnesota as the Director of River Bend Education District in New Ulm. In 2003 Gary began serving as Director of Student Services with Northfield Public Schools until he retired from public education in December, 2013. He served as an adjunct faculty at Hamline University from 2009 to 2013, teaching a graduate course entitled “Legal Issues In Special Education.”

Gary served on the Board of Directors of MN Council for Exceptional Children (MN CEC) for six years and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) in various capacities for nineteen years. He was presented the MASE Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and served as MASE President in 2003-04.

Gary has presented at numerous state, regional and national conferences, published several articles on issues related to special education, and continues to consult with and provide inservice training to school districts. He served as a Peer Monitor with the MN Dept. of Education for 15 years and chaired the Third Party Leadership Committee that established MA billing for health-related IEP services in Minnesota.

Personal Notes

Gary grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and is a die hard Packer fan. Gary and his wife, Rosemarie, have three adult children. Outside of work, Gary enjoys reading, bicycling, photography, and plays guitar regularly at church.

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