Steve is also Research Assistant at the
University of Oregon's CATE
where he works on their Opal Online Project.
Steve was born in Louisiana in 1951.
grew up in the small town of Greenwood. Steve credits his
grandmother and his aunt for inspiring his love for
says that he learned to read by finding graves in old cemeteries
them. He attended college at Louisiana State University.
he moved to Oregon and began researching the history of his
Steve has worked in the mental health field
for over twenty five years. In that time he has worked
with many people who were "downsized" from out of state
mental hospitals. He has worked with many different groups
of people helping them to overcome their disabling conditions
and have better lives. Opal Whiteley who was locked
away for almost 50 years was the type of person he could have
the hospital - with support. Steve created the
Opal Whiteley Memorial in Cottage Grove, Oregon which has
hundreds of people about mental health issues. After working for
with people who have Schizophrenia he began serving people with
and Aspergers Syndrome. This led to a new understanding of Opal
possibly being misdiagnosed. You can read his article
He is also a Courtesy Research Assistant
University of Oregon's Center for Advanced Technology in
(CATE). He collects historical research and photographs on
Whiteley for their project Opal Online. CATE is dedicated to helping students
using modern technology and ways of teaching. It is a mission
Steve is also deeply committed to.