The caring, qualified staff at the Center for Students with DisABILITIES is committed to helping students with disabilities succeed at the University of Houston.
Cheryl Amoruso has served as the Director of the Center for Students with DisABILITIES since February 1999.
Prior to joining the University of Houston, Cheryl was the Education & Training Director at the Mental Health Association (MHA). In this position, she was responsible for educating the community about mental health issues, supervising Information and Referral Services, developing the Self-Help Clearinghouse, and staffing numerous committees and advisory groups.
Prior to her employment at MHA, Cheryl's previous professional experience involved more than 10 years of program administration and service provision working with people who have a variety of disabilities, primarily mental illness, brain injuries, and substance abuse disorders. Cheryl has developed and coordinated several programs in educational, vocational, inpatient, and rehabilitative settings.
Cheryl graduated from the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University.
In addition to her professional experience, Cheryl has served on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees. She is a past president for the Brain Injury Association of Texas and founder and past president of the Texas Brain Injury Network. She previously served on the Houston Commission on Disabilities and served as president of the Houston Community College System's Human Service Technology Advisory Board. She has received several state and local awards for outstanding service and dedication.
Crystle McDonald-Hutchinson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from St. Mary’s of Redford high school. She attended Texas Southern University the first years of her college education, transferred to the University of Houston-Downtown campus where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Her educational inspiration carried her to earn a Master’s of Business Administration at Our Lady of the Lake University, and earned an MBA with a certification in Health Care Management. Crystle held a state certification from the Board of Evaluators for Interpreters and used that platform to work with deaf and hard of hearing children in the school district. She received a certificate in Special Education and English as a Second Language. Crystle has worked in education for nineteen years in different capacities. She has worked as a case manager for Early Childhood Intervention for the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, a case manager for the Bread of Life Homeless Shelter, and has been the Director of Rainbow Academy for McGee Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
Crystle has served as the Director of the Deaf ministry at McGee Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She has also served as the membership chairperson for the Greater Houston Interpreters for the Deaf, and currently volunteers as an interpreter for church services.
Crystle has been working at the Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with DisABILITIES since September, 2013.
Patricia joined the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) in September 2013. Before joining the CSD staff, she served as the Program Manager and Graduate Program Coordinator for the University of Houston's Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Prior to her career in the University of Houston system, Patricia earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Mississippi. She also holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.
Patricia's professional experiences center on mental healthcare. She has had the opportunity to work with various populations through several internship/practicum opportunities over a span of five years. Many of the populations included adults/children with special needs, foreign nationals, and young adults. She gained experience through work primarily with the DeSoto County School District, North Mississippi Regional Center (NMRC), The Baddour Center, Region IV Mental Health Agency, and the University of Mississippi Psychological Services Clinic.
In addition to her interpersonal work with students, Patricia facilitated psycho-social adjustment groups for individuals from diverse international cultural backgrounds as well as psycho-educational cross-cultural training workshops for students on the University of Mississippi campus. Moreover, her professional development experiences include attendance at the American Psychological Association's Advanced Training Institute on Research Methods with Diverse Racial & Ethnic Groups, QPR Suicide Prevention Certification, and The ARC Professional Training.
Interpreter Services Coordinator
Therese was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and earned a BA degree in Business Communications from Indiana University before moving to Miami, Florida where she lived for many years. In 2007 she relocated with her family to Houston and worked as an administrative coordinator at Texas Children's Hospital for several years before joining the staff at the CSD.
Microsystems Analyst I
Michael Henry has been with the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) since November of 1993. He was initially hired as an Office Assistant II.
With his most recent upgrade, he is now the Microsystems Analyst I for the department. Michael manages the day-to-day activities of CSD computers, as well as the adaptive computer hub. He provides ongoing adaptive software training to students who have a wide variety of disabilities. Michael has attained many Certificates in the field of technology and hopes to continue his knowledge in other areas.
Prior to joining the University of Houston, Michael served as a warehouse supervisor for 12 years with a major firm in the Houston area. Michael is a native Houstonian, and a graduate of Worthing Sr. High. He has attended Houston Community College, Houston Bible Institute, and the University of Houston.
Barbara Lenart joined the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) in October 1991. She manages the daily operation of the department and provides administrative assistance to the Director and Assistant Director.
Ms. Lenart supervises the administration of exams the provision of accommodations for the students.
Prior to joining the CSD, Ms. Lenart worked part-time for Counseling and Testing services in the testing lab and the National Testing program on the weekends.
I joined the Center for Students with DisABILITIES in August 2008 as Secretary II. Although I am new to the CSD, I am no stranger to the University of Houston System.
Before coming to work here I worked at the University of Houston-Downtown campus for 11 years in the W.I. Dykes Library. I started as work-study in the Administrative Office of the Library. Later I became Library Assistant III for the Circulation Department. While employed there I worked and went to school in Business Administrative Management, on a path towards a bachelor's degree at the University of Houston-Downtown. I earned two associate degrees – an AAS in Business Administration, and an AA in Management at Houston Community College, Main Campus.
I look forward to many years with the Center for Students with DisABILITIES! I am so elated to be here and glad to be a part of the CSD family!