I'm dedicated to learning everything I can about issues related to inclusion, safe and supportive schools, reducing the use of restraint and seclusion, special education and special education law. I'm devoted to helping students and their families work towards successful outcomes.
Just recently, I've been honored to be elected to become Co-Chair to the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC).
MDDC is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and public and governmental agencies which promotes and advocates for equal opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to participate in every aspect of community life.
The Council has a vision that all people are included, supported, and valued in communities that offer them opportunities to participate and succeed as they choose. I'm super excited to work with this amazing and committed group of people.
MY ROAD TO ADVOCACY
Born in Baltimore, MD and as the oldest of 4, I grew-up in NJ, CT, Upstate NY and on the upper west side of NYC. My experience with disabilities began in my childhood, growing up with a sister with cerebral palsy.
After graduating from Walden High School in NYC and then from the Commercial Art Institute of Pittsburgh with an Associate’s Degree in 1982, I worked from
1983 to 1991 at various Advertising Agencies in NYC as a Print Production Manager.
In 1991, I settled in Maine and
continued my career as a Print Production Manager. In 1996, I worked with my husband Jeff, as a Real Estate Assistant. In 2001, we adopted our daughter, now 17 in 11th grade and then our son, now 14 in 8th grade.
Working collaboratively towards successful outcomes
After experiencing many challenges as a parent of a child with developmental disabilities, I was inspired to follow a new career path in education advocacy.