Accessibility Resources & Disability Services Staff
Holly Tedder, Director of the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services
As Director, I oversee the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS), and am primarily responsible for ensuring access for Barnard community members with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In this capacity, I provide oversight and leadership for all disability related access and programming initiatives, including implementing reasonable accommodation plans for students with disabilities, as well as working with human resources for faculty and staff accommodations. I also sit on the Dean's Evaluation Committee, which tracks students of concern or who may be at-risk. In addition, I am available for consultation with students, staff, and faculty regarding individual accommodation plans, and look forward to getting to know the Barnard community.
I’m happy to have joined Barnard as of January 2, 2019. Prior to joining the College, I served as Director of Disability Services and Associate Registrar at The Juilliard School, where I was responsible for providing access for students with disabilities and providing academic advising support for music students. I earned a bachelor's degree in Music (Piano Performance) from Rollins College and a M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I’m originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, but have lived and worked in the greater New York City area for the past decade and absolutely love it here. I currently live in Hoboken, New Jersey with my husband, who is an arts and culture journalist.
In my spare time, I love reading and cooking, and I’ve been getting into yoga and Pilates recently as well. I try to see as many concerts and plays as I can, and I’m always looking for book recommendations.
I also love getting to meet new people, so please feel free to drop by if you’re interested in learning more about Disability Services.
Rebecca Sime Nagasawa, Associate Director
Rebecca Sime Nagasawa joined the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS) as the Associate Director in August of 2019. She previously served as a Learning Specialist at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on Special Education from Arizona State University. She is the CARDS coordinator for Juniors and looks forward to establishing relationships with and providing support for students. She is also available to consult with faculty, staff and the community at large. She spends her free time researching the differences between New York and Chicago style pizza as well as rooting for the Cubs!
Caitlin Hamrin, Accommodations Coordinator
Caitlin Hamrin joined Barnard’s Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services as the Accommodations Coordinator in May 2019. She is a 2012 alumna who has previously worked in academic and educational nonprofit settings, including Girls on the Run, Bernard Zell Day School and Gary Comer Middle School. She holds a Master’s in English from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. She is the CARDS coordinator for sophomores and looks forward to providing the community with support and academic coaching. She is also available to consult with faculty about accommodations, accessible classrooms and universal design learning. In her free time, she runs, reads and takes advantage of all the amazing museums New York has to offer.
Angelene Prendergast, Assistant to the Director
Angelene Prendergast joined the staff of the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester as the assistant to the director. Angelene is a critical part of the CARDS staff. Angelene manages the office schedule, handles all the test proctoring requests at CARDS, assists the director with handling check-in meetings to get class accommodations set up for students for their classes, and is the first point of contact for students who have questions about how to set up services through CARDS.
CARDS staff also includes Graduate Assistants, Student Workers and Test Proctors to help serve students registered with the Center.