Christina Hearne, MPA
Director of Access and Accommodations Resource Center
Christina Hearne is a proud native of Gary, IN who has been a part of the Valparaiso University community for the last eight years. Her time at the institution began in August 2011, as a student in Valparaiso University’s Social Work Department. During this time she served in various roles as a student leader. Upon obtaining her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Valpo in 2015, Christina worked as a caregiver for adults with disabilities in LaPorte, IN and then a Community Outreach Specialist focusing on Gary’s homeless population before returning to Valpo in September 2016 as Coordinator of the Disability Support Services office. In November of 2018, Christina became the Director of the Access and Accommodations Resource Center (formerly known as Disability Support Services). As Director of the Access and Accommodations Resource, Christina is responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities are provided equitable access to education and collegiate life here at Valpo. Christina is also adjunct faculty in the Valparaiso University Social Work Department; she teaches SOCW 260 Diverse Populations: Human Rights & Justice. Beyond her role as director and recently acquired adjunct faculty member Christina serves in numerous capacities on campus including CIVC, Black Student Organization advisor, and Welcome Project contributor. In terms of professional organizations, she is a member of the national Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), IN- AHEAD, and the National Association of Social workers.
Christina lives by the saying, “ I am because, we are.” Throughout her undergraduate, graduate, and current career she has pushed for inclusion and equitable access to resources for all people in the hope that our society will learn to truly value diversity. When Christina is not at work, she serves as a youth leader in her local church. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring nature.
Donelle Henderlong, M.A.
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Coordinator of the Access and Accommodations Resource Center
Donelle Henderlong has been in the Disability Services field for 5 years. Prior to coming to Valparaiso University, Donelle was the Access Coordinator for the Disability Access Center at Purdue University Northwest in Westville, Indiana. She received two degrees from Ball State University: A Bachelors of Arts in English Studies and a Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. While completing her Masters, Donelle served as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Disability Services. She has also held positions in Housing and Residence Life at Ball State University and is a former ACUHO-I intern for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In terms of professional organizations, Donelle has been a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and is current acting Secretary of the Indiana chapter.
Recognitions for Donelle include: Top 5 Finalist- 2017 Up and Coming Influential Woman of the Year (Northwest Indiana Women’s Association); 2013 Max Adamson Outstanding Student Award winner (Office of Disability Services, Ball State University); and 2011 Fehribach Award Winner (Office of Disability Services; Ball State University)
What brought Donelle to this work is her gratitude to those who assisted her in making her college experience equitable and her passion for social justice. Donelle has been lucky enough to lobby on Capitol Hill twice to advocate to local and state legislators for complex rehabilitative technology. As Coordinator for the AARC, Donelle is able to assist in creating an equitable environment for the students, faculty, and staff in the Valpo community while advocating for all types of issues that make up the individual.