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COPAA's mission, activities, and finances are overseen by a Board of Directors. Members of the COPAA Board are charged with the governance of the nonprofit organization, ensuring that COPAA abides by ethical and legal standards, while helping to make our vision a reality. Being a COPAA Board member is a good way to impact the work of COPAA and the special education advocacy community, and is a source of great personal satisfaction.

COPAA Board of Directors (2016-2017)


Michele Kule-Korgood, Esq., Chair (NY)
Vacant, Vice-Chair
Cynthia Daniels-Hall (NC), Treasurer

Maureen van Stone, Esq., Secretary, (MD)

Board Members:

Missy Alexander (MD)
David Beinke (TX)
Alexis Casillas, Esq.(CA)
Matthew Cohen, Esq, (IL)
Eileen Crumm (CA)

Mandy Favaloro, Esq. (CA)
Andrew Feinstein, Esq. (CT)
Michael Gilberg, Esq. (NY)
Franklin J. Hickman, Esq. (OH)

Dana Jonson, Esq., (CT)
Mark S. Kamleiter, Esq. (FL)
Jennifer D. Laviano, (CT)
Mark B. Martin, Esq. Immediate Past Chair, (MD)
Catherine Merino Reisman (NJ)
Carolina Watts, JD, (CA)
Diane Willcutts, (CT)
Jonathan Zimring, Esq. (GA)

The COPAA Board adopted the following goals in the Strategic Plan for 2012-2017

GOAL 1: Increase Membership to 2000
GOAL 2: Increase Revenue to $500,000 per year
GOAL 3: COPAA is the leading National Information Dissemination Network on Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities and Their Families.
GOAL 4: Protect Civil Rights and Promote Excellence in Education for Students with Disabilities
GOAL 5: Assure each child eligible for services and supports has equal access to a quality education


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