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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 (2017-2018)


Alexis Casillas, Esq.(CA), Chair
Maureen van Stone, Esq., (MD), Vice Chair
David Jefferson
 (AZ), Treasurer
Mandy Favaloro, Esq. (CA) S

Board Members:

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

Andrew Feinstein, Esq. (CT)
Michael Gilberg, Esq. (NY)
Craig Goodmark, Esq. (GA)
Kimberly Griffie Jackson (FL)
Dana Jonson, Esq. (CT)
Mark S. Kamleiter, Esq. (FL)
Michele Kule Korgood, Esq. (NY)
Jennifer D. Laviano, (CT)
Mark B. Martin, Esq. (MD)
Catherine Merino Reisman (NJ)
Ellen Saideman, Esq. (RI)
Carolina Watts, JD, (CA)
Diane Willcutts, (CT)
Jonathan Zimring, Esq. (GA)

The COPAA Board adopted the following goals in the Strategic Plan for 2016-2020:

GOAL 1:  COPAA has an active community of 2,500 members.
GOAL 2: COPAA is a diverse civil rights organization with a membership reflective of the community we represent.
GOAL 3:  COPAA assures each child eligible for services and supports has an equal opportunity to a quality education.
GOAL 4: COPAA has the capacity to provide direct legal intervention and support on priority issues.
GOAL 5: COPAA is the national authority and resource on educational rights of students with disabilities and their families.

GOAL 6: COPAA has an annual operating budget of >$1,000,000.00.


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