Discipline: Family Trainee
In 2003, I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. After college, I worked as a case manager for children with behavioral challenges, and I assisted families in accessing resources that supported the family as a whole. In 2004, my son was born with Down Syndrome and several accompanying medical needs. I put my career on hold and entered the world of disability and medical intervention. Since my son’s birth, I have continued to feel a desire to serve families, but I now have a more defined niche—to serve families who are affected by disability. I have served in a number of volunteer roles as well as paid positions to support the families in my local area. From 2011-2015, I co-founded and operated a community program that provided inclusive opportunities for individuals with special needs. During the years of operation, we served more than 175 children and their families. I am currently working part-time as a Parent Support Navigator for Maine Parent Federation. I have been attending IEP meetings with clients, prepping them for medical appointments, and interpreting reports/recommendations from psychologists and other clinical professionals who work with my clients. I am excited to be a part of the LEND Program and to continue working to enhance the quality of life for those in my community.