IDEAL – About Us

What is IDEAL?

Meet Our Staff

Spenser Norris is the Academic Inclusion Advisor at IDEAL as well as a Community Services Specialist at the Center for Leadership in Disability. She recently graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. Spenser received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. Before returning to Atlanta to pursue her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Spenser worked as a Special Education teacher, focused specifically on students and families on the Autism Spectrum. Spenser’s professional interests include disability law and advocacy, family dynamics and counseling, as well as assistive technology, sexual health, and inclusive post-secondary education.

Hannah Dycus is an IDEAL Graduate Research Assistant. She is currently a second-year student in the School Psychology M.Ed/Ed.S program at Georgia State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. Her professional interests include inclusive post-secondary education, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and counseling. Outside of school, Hannah enjoys painting and creating digital art.

Jade Nicole McDonald is a local artist and musician in the greater Atlanta area. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Georgia State University in 2015, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Film, Video, and Digital Imaging with a concentration in production.

Phil Foster is an IDEAL Graduate Research Assistant currently working on his M.A. in Film Production. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Appalachian State University and moved to Atlanta, GA to continue his education and pursue a career in the film industry. His professional interests include cinematography, screenwriting and directing. Phil is helping the IDEAL program with multi-media content on a variety of social media platforms.

Andrew Roach is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services in the College of Education & Human Development.



Niklas Vollmer is an interdisciplinary artist and mediamaker who teaches film/video production and directs GSU’s Peripheral Visions, a new media research “hive” that employs innovative technological strategies to connect students, faculty and community collaborators on local, regional and global scales. His research and teaching interests include: experimental, avant-garde, and nonfiction theory and practice; community-based and subject participatory mediamaking; the essay film; video art; personal narrative and diary films; domestic ethnography, home movies and the representation of family; performance of masculinity; and the environmental documentary.

Mackenzie Suttles, Graduate Research Assistant




Ramatu Muhammad


Pictures from 2018 Capitol