I began my professional life in the financial services sector, quickly rising to the executive level. In the process I gained extensive expertise in facilitative leadership, strategic planning, data analysis, and negotiation; skills that are invaluable in the world of special education advocacy. I entered the world of special education more than 25 years ago, advocating for my own children. Over time my volunteer advocacy efforts expanded to help family, friends, and eventually children who were wards of the state as a Special Education Surrogate Parent. I have received a plethora of training in special education, civil rights, and negotiating from a wide variety of places including, but not limited to the William and Mary Law Institute for Special Education (ISEA), the Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) program offered by COPAA.org, mediator training via The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Training, The Suffolk University Advanced Legal Studies Program, and Parent Consultant Training from the Federation for Children with Special Needs. And, I have completed the COPAA, Advanced Advocacy Certification program and held positions as a board member and leader both with SPaN and with my local SEPAC. My ultimate goal is to empower individuals and organizations to become their own best advocates. I believe that if the special education system worked as designed, special education advocates would not be needed. I dream of the day this vision is a reality.
Advocate Tip of the Day, provides coaching, mentoring, education, and support to families and professionals across Massachusetts. Families can utilize as little, or as much, support as they require without a long-term commitment or high upfront costs. The goal is to enable you to have the tools and knowledge you required to become your child's best advocate. Yes - my aim is to work myself out of a job! Please visit www.AdvocateTipofTheDay.com to learn more about my credentials, pricing, and testimonials, or follow my Facebook page to get a flavor of my skills and knowledge.
120 Minute Consultations via Zoom Available
Offering Sliding Scale Fees : Yes
Offers Mentoring : Yes
Languages : English
Advocacy Certification(s) : COPPA: SEAT, WILLIAM & MARY: ISEA, FCSN: PTIC, WRIGHTSLAW: VARIOUS, OTHER, COPPA: ADVANCED ADVOCACY
Professional Other (licensing/degrees/programs) : Alternative Resolution Dispute, Harvard Business School/Executive Education/Negotiation
Board Term : President 2021-2023, Vice President of Membership 2019-2021, Membership Secretary 2008-2009
Region : ALL
Advocacy Network, Inc.
177 Huntington Ave Ste 1703,
PMB 52476, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Email: [email protected]