Services for Students with Disabilities Personnel

Barbara Jean Fairbairn - Director

E-mail: bjfairba@binghamton.edu

Fairbairn

Jean Fairbairn is responsible for the overall direction of the office in the fulfillment of its mission. She provides direct support to students through counseling, advising, consultation, advocacy and the coordination of appropriate University accommodations, and works with staff throughout the University to ensure effective disability access and enhance educational opportunities. Fairbairn has been director of Binghamton University's Services for Students with Disabilities Office since April 1977. She earned her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University, and is a long-standing member of the international Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She was the first president of the State University of New York's Disability Services Council and continues to be dynamically involved in its professional development and collaboration activities. She and the director of affirmative action monitor University compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dianne Gray - Assistant Director/Learning Disability Specialist

Email: dgray@binghamton.edu 

Dianne
Dianne Gray joined the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in August 2014. She reviews disability documentation to determine and authorize appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities, and works directly with students to coordinate academic accommodations. She also conducts coaching sessions for students focusing on specific learning, organizational and study strategies. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master's degree from The George Washington University, and acquired post-graduate New York State certification in special education. In addition to extensive classroom teaching experience, Gray's professional background includes work as a literacy and reading specialist, national certification in Smart technology, and educational trainer with an emphasis in assistive technology applications. Dianne is dedicated to supporting Binghamton University students as they strive for success and prepare themselves for life beyond college.

Jeremy Pelletier - Assistant to the Director

Email: jpellet@binghamton.edu 

Jeremy Pelletier joined the Services for Students with Disabilities in July 2015. He manages Academic Access Services including working directly with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) registered students to arrange authorized note taker, test scribe or reader services and coordinating appointment, supervision, and payroll for about 100 student assistant positions. Jeremy received his bachelor degree in Political Science from SUNY Oswego in August 2010 and his Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University in May 2012. Jeremy is committed to help facilitate a positive adjustment and integration to the academic community through the coordination of appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities.

Nazely Kurkjian - Adaptive Technology Specialist

Email: kurkjian@binghamton.edu

Nazely Kurkjian

Nazely Kurkjian began her duties assisting the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in spring 2013. She worked as an undergraduate student assistant for the office during her junior and senior years. Nazely received her bachelor degree in Philosophy from Binghamton University in December 2013. Currently, she is responsible for consulting with students, faculty, and staff in regards to alternate format textbook production and adaptive technology. She also collaborates with various campus partners on a variety of accessibility related projects. This Fall, she began graduate school in the College of Community and Public Affairs for Student Affairs Administration. Nazely is committed to promoting equal access to programs, activities, and services at Binghamton University.

Kellie Duff - Secretary

Email: klduff@binghamton.edu

Kellie DuffKellie Duff joined the Services for Students with Disabilities Office during Summer 2015, but has almost 20 years of service to the Binghamton University campus. After graduating from Broome Community College in 1989 with an Associate's Degree in Secretarial Word Processing, she joined the Broome County workforce until she became a permanent part of Binghamton University in 1997 in the Payroll Office as a clerk. Kellie has spent the past 15 years working for the Discovery Program, New Student Programs, TRIO, and the Transfer and Veteran Services Program. While wearing many hats, she has dedicated herself to supporting students during their years at Binghamton, not only academically, but also in trying to make it a "home-away-from-home."

Last Updated: 7/30/15