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Meet the Staff

Meet the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Team:

SAS staff provide services to ensure that all WNE  activities and programs are accessible. Through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff, we promote self-advocacy, self-determination, and support to enhance opportunities for academic success. We seek to create a campus environment where students are viewed on the basis of ability and limit access barriers. Our team consists of highly trained individuals who are dedicated to supporting students and removing the perceived stigma associated with diagnosed disabilities.

General SAS Contact Information:
Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Phone: 413-782-1258 (SAS main number)
Fax: 413-782-1575
Email: accessibility@wne.edu
Herman Hall, Suite 105
*Staff bio’s listed in alphabetical order

Maxine Lomax:
Max Lomax joined the Office of Student Accessibility Services in February 2021. As the Accessibility Specialist in the SAS office, Max supports a number of students with a variety of needs. Holding a master of social work from Temple University, she has served as an academic coach for foster care youth, a mentor for students with disabilities, and a counsellor for grieving children. Additionally, Max has chaired committees designed to promote accessibility for and inclusivity of disabled persons. Max notes her lived-experience as a person with a disability as a passion for accessibility advocacy and motivation to fight for all marginalized groups. In partnership with SAS, faculty, staff, and students, Max hopes to make Western New England University even more accessible and inclusive for all current and future Golden Bears.

In her free time Max enjoys listening to podcasts, baking, and doing yoga. When able to, she explores new cities and visits family in her home state of New Jersey. Max identifies most with turtles, as her spirit animal because similar to all of us who take the time to catch our baring’s on unfamiliar territory, turtles tread slowly on land, but perform best in their element.

Contact Information for Max:
Maxine (Max) Lomax
Accessibility Specialist
Phone: 413-782-1258 (SAS main number)
Fax: 413-782-1575
Email: Maxine.Lomax@wne.edu
Herman Hall, Suite 105
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tynisha Henderson-Mitchell  joined the Office of Student Accessibility Services in June 2020. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from American International College. Tynisha is currently a doctoral candidate. Tynisha is a strong advocate for disability rights and marginalized populations, most recently she was the director of Student Accommodations and Support Services at Elms College for five years, where she created policy, developed programming, and worked tirelessly to ensure students maintained equal access to all facets of their education. 

Tynisha is a life-long resident of western Massachusetts and currently serves on the board of Western Mass Training Consortium and organization dedicated to community–based approaches to meet the needs of people with disabilities.  Tynisha enjoys building community, working as a collaborative campus partner, and supporting students.  As the Director of Student Accessibility Services, her focus is ensuring equal access for all students, serving as a collaborative campus partner, and  providing support and  leadership for the SAS  office.

Tynisha  is passionate about supporting student self-advocacy and cultivating student growth as well as promoting accessibility for the WNE community. In her free time, Tynisha enjoys spending time with her family, which includes two daughters, reading for pleasure not research, going to museums, and watching Star Wars.

Contact Information for Tynisha:
Tynisha Henderson-Mitchell
Director, Student Accessibility Services
Phone: 413-782-1258 (SAS main number)
Fax: 413-782-1575
Email: Tynisha.Henderson@wne.edu
Herman Hall, Suite 105
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers