Meet Our Elite Organizers

Raquel Dannemueller

Raquel Dannenmueller was born in Conroe, Texas and moved to the Scott County area about 15 years ago.  After graduating from Scott City High School, she attended Southeast Missouri State University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and continued her education at University of Missouri and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Raquel is the Special Needs Coordinator at SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence offering both case management and personal care services for families in the area.  Raquel has worked with persons with disabilities for over 7 years now.  Raquel resides in the Scott County area with her two daughters and husband.

Kelli Hamm

Kelli Hamm is a Cape Girardeau native. She attended Cape Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Human Environmental Studies and a minor degree in Social Work. She resides in Jackson, Missouri with her husband Keith, two children Karson and Kysnleigh. Kelli currently works as the director of Missouri First Steps Early Intervention program in the Southeast region of the state. She also serves on the Health Advisory Committee for East Missouri Action Agency-Head Start and DAEOC-Head Start as well as various Parents as Teachers advisory groups.    

Terry Regenold

Terry Regenold is from Sikeston, Missouri and graduated from Sikeston High School. She received her Bachelor's degree from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. She worked for the Department Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities for 26 years serving families and individuals with developmental disabilities. She currently serves as the Compliance Officer for Blue Sky Community Services in Cape Girardeau serving adults with disabilities helping them achieve goals of independence and employment. She has two daughters and two grandsons. Her grandson Jude has autism and is one of the greatest joys of her life. 

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Belinda Worley

Belinda Worley is a speech pathologist in Dexter, Missouri and the proud owner of Bootheel Pediatric Therapy providing speech therapy to children in the Southeast Missouri area. She serves on the Special Education Advisory Panel in Jefferson City and the Parent Advisory Council in Southeast Missouri. She serves on her local school district's PTO and children ministers at Liberty Hill General Baptist.  She is passionate about promoting autism awareness and her and her family serve with their local Relay for Life of Stoddard County on a yearly basis. Her proudest accomplishment is her daughter Emma Kate Worley.

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Nancy Aguinaga, PH. D.

Nancy Aguinaga has been a Professor at Southeast Missouri State University for the past 10 years. She developed the Autism Certificate Program for teachers and related service providers at Southeast and is very active in current technology integration initiatives for teachers. She also established Camp Connect, an inclusive summer camp for individuals on the autism spectrum and their neuro-typical peers in 2010 and it has been growing every year. Prior to Southeast, she taught at the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Central Florida. She attended and worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for three Summer Institutes, working with educators from around the world introducing UDL. She is a former teacher of high school students with varying exceptionalities, predominately severely emotionally disturbed, and middle school students on the autism spectrum.


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