Parent Educator   Community Liaison   Educational Advocate

Summary of qualifications

  • Interfaced with educators, medical providers, and administration in the public, therapeutic and residential settings
  • Represented, advocated for, and trained parents to meet their child’s educational needs across settings
  • Drafted concrete, measurable IEP or Transition Goals
  • Presented to conferences and small groups using PowerPoint and other visual media
  • Taught as an assistant to the special needs population at the preschool, elementary and middle school levels
  • Homeschooled a child on the autism spectrum with intellectual, behavioral and mental health challenges
  • Provided life-skills training for an adolescent with special needs
  • Began a parent support and education group and resource newsletter
  • Collaborated as a community member on the INC (Local 708 mental health tax funding board)
  • Contributed as a member of the Emerging Issues Committee of the Association of Maternal & Child Health programs (AMCHP) in Washington, DC regarding disability issues
  • Educated family/caregivers for the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Implemented changes as a founding member of a pediatric Quality Improvement Team for medically complex children and families
  • Served as a board member at the state level for the American Academy of Pediatrics to oversee progress of a grant to create a program for better care coordination for medically complex children


  • Wrightslaw training series ’12
  • Bachelors of 3/D Studio Art, Northern Illinois University ‘03
  • Visions for Tomorrow (’05) and Basics (’10) training, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Educational Surrogacy training, ‘98
  • Associates in Education, College of DuPage, ‘94