Being a parent defines me.
It was from the moment I gazed into my son’s eyes and remains this way today. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. You rise when your child succeeds and fall hard when difficulties emerge. No other role
in life can be exhilarating one moment and devastating the next.
Your heart soars with every positive step and your soul aches
when your child struggles.
A child with academic and creative giftedness, my son found
school and the social world akin to living in another universe. He didn't understand them and they didn’t understand, appreciate or accept him. Family gatherings, outings, and typical childhood experiences were fraught with difficulties. So when his days became overwhelming and the spark in his eyes showed distress, my world shifted from my career to focusing solely on helping him navigate through the world well into young adulthod. Advocacy for him over many years led to having the privilege of doing the same for many hundreds of other children, teens, and young adults.
If your child is struggling, your life is upended in ways that few can understand. But I do. I’ll stand beside you, adding my voice and expertise as you strive to secure what your child needs to succeed in school for this leads to success in life. As the magnet on our refrigerator said, “We will never give up.” And we will not. Ever.
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, The Pennsylvania State University
Advanced special education training: legal, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences, social thinking, behavioral interventions, mental health/mental wellness, at-risk and homeless students
Business expertise: nonprofit management, strategic planning, communications, coaching, work/life integration, diversity & inclusion
"On The Road To College" course developer and instructor with specialty in college essays
Student coaching: executive function, self-advocacy, college preparation/success, securing college accommodations and supports
Speaker, presenter, trainer, facilitator, writer, spokesperson, researcher
Certified: Mental Health First Aid; QPR Institute Suicide Prevention; Child Abuse Mandated Reporter; Overview of Family Homelessness, Understanding Family Homelessness, and Understanding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Volunteer: West Chester University Resource Pantry Advisory Board; Pennies From Kevan Foundation/Homeless For The Holidays; Valley Youth House; Covenant House; KidSave; Chester County Single Mothers Conference; CBS-3 Autism Phone Bank Facilitator
Founder & CEO, Education Navigation
Former: Director, Human Resources Development, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Managing Director, Work/Family Management, Ltd.; Columnist - "Parents Express;" Pennsylvania Autism Taskforce; Host, WBEB-FM (101.1)
Cure Autism Now
WorldatWork Alliance for Work/Life Progress "Rising Star"
Business Philadelphia - "Innovator"
100 People To Watch
Pennsylvania Hospital Hospice Program
Working Mother WorkBeyond Summit & Working Mother Work Life Congress
Education Law Center
Philadelphia School District Special Education Conference
School districts & parent support groups
Human Resources & Employee Assistance conferences
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