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2020 Webinar Presenter's Biographies
 


Jessica Alcantara is a Staff Attorney in the Quality Education and Immigrant Justice programs. Jessica supports Black and Latino communities facing school closures, with the goal of increasing black and Latino students’ access to quality, sustainable community schools. She also works on the intersection of education law and immigration law using her expertise in detention conditions. Jessica joined Advancement Project in 2016 as a Skadden Fellow. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she earned a B.A. in Geography and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, as well as a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. Following her time at Dartmouth she joined the Peace Corps, serving for two years as a Youth Development Volunteer in Azerbaijan. Jessica attended Columbia Law School, where she served as the Submissions Editor of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. While at Columbia, Jessica also served as Admissions Chair of both the Black Law Students Association and the Latino Law Students Association, and was also involved with the Student Public Interest Network. She is an alumna of the Prep for Prep program in New York City, where she has also taught. Prior to law school, she earned a M.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies at Fordham University.


Selene Almazan, Esq., Legal Director. Selene has been a member of COPAA since its inception in 1998. Selene was on the Board of Directors from 2003-2014 and has contributed to COPAA as a volunteer in many substantial ways. Selene is a long time Co-Chair of the Amicus and Conference Committees. She led the Strategic Plan workgroup (2007) and the Litigation Workgroup (2012). As a member of the Board of Directors Selene has been Vice Chair, Chair, Treasurer and Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee since 2005. Selene has also been a trainer for COPAA Conference and webinars for a number of years beginning in 2004. Since becoming COPAA's Legal Director in 2014, Selene continues her work on the Conference Committee and Amicus Committees. As an Amicus member Selene has been involved in nearly every COPAA brief submitted, (and written at least three amicus briefs for COPAA in the 4th, 5th and 9th Circuits) as well as involved in a number of governmental affairs issues: the Reauthorization of 2004; Restraint Seclusion; ESEA (and its precursor NCLB); Charter Schools; Burden of Proof and expert witness fees. Selene, through a private practice, represents families at IEP team meetings, state complaint proceedings, mediations, due process hearings, suspension/expulsion proceedings and federal court proceedings, including matters involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. From 1992-2015 Selene was Co-Executive Director and Director of Advocacy at the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education where she represented families in inclusion cases. Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. She has extensive experience training families, teachers, school administrators, attorneys and advocates on legal issues related to special education law as well as disability discrimination issues.



Maria Blaeuer is an attorney whose practice focuses on education law, with a particular emphasis on special education, disability and disciplinary matters. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Maria is currently Director of Programs and Outreach at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) in the District of Columbia. AJE houses the Parent Training and Information Center for DC. AJE provides training and individual support, including representation, to parents in DC about all aspects of the education decision-making process. She has participating in IEPs meetings as a student, parent, teacher and now, on behalf of students and parents. In addition to representing parents and children in disputes with school systems, she has also provided training to special educators and other professionals in Chicago, IL and Boston, MA on how to use the IDEA’s procedural requirements to build stronger relationships with families, avoid due process and improve student outcomes. She has also participated in the training of court-appointed attorneys in the District of Columbia. Maria is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Howard University School of Law and is currently (very slowly) pursing a master’s degree in public management with a focus on education policy. Her primary interests are improving the post-secondary outcomes of students with high-incidence disabilities and exploring how low and middle income families access IDEA’s dispute resolution resources. Maria is a native of the DC region, and lives near Montgomery County, Maryland’s agricultural preserve with her husband, their three children, and two cats, one dog and too many chickens. She has been unsuccessfully campaigning to add bees to the family menagerie, but remains hopeful.


Simone Chriss joined Southern Legal Counsel in August of 2016 after graduating from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received her J.D. with honors in May 2016. Simone is the Director of the organizations Transgender Rights Initiative, developed by SLC to fill a gap in access to justice by systemically providing legal name change and identification document amendment assistance to the transgender community statewide. She conducts transgender cultural competency trainings statewide and nationally, and presents transgender name change and ID document workshops throughout Florida. She utilizes policy advocacy, impact litigation, and community education/training to bring about systemic reform in the areas of special education, LGBT rights, child welfare, and implementing trauma-informed services. Simone focuses primarily on childhood trauma and LGBT advocacy, and has presented at numerous statewide and national conferences on these two topics, including at the 2019 and 2018 Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates (COPAA), the 2019 and 2017 Guardian ad Litem Disabilities Conference, the 2019 Mazonni Transgender Wellness Conference, the 2018 Equal Justice Conference (EJC), and the 2017 National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA), among others. She has published two articles, one titled "After Obergefell v. Hodges: the Continuing Battle Over Equal Rights for Sexual Minorities in the United States" and the other titled "The Case for Trauma-Informed, Gender-Specific Prevention & Early Intervention Programming in Reducing Female Juvenile Delinquency in Florida." Simone is a member of The Florida Bar, and the bars of the U.S. Middle and Northern District Courts of Florida. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar, and serves as Chair of the section's Children's Rights Committee. Simone was appointed to The Florida Bar's standing committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Further, she serves as an Attorney ad Litem for the Eighth Judicial Circuit's registry for dependent children with special needs.


Matt Cohen is a private attorney with 35 years experience representing children and adults with disabilities and has represented thousands of students in disputes with public schools and higher education institutions in Illinois and other states. He is a founding board member of COPAA (and currently serves on the COPAA board) and has served as the chair of the Illinois Attorney General’s Committee on Special Education for over 25 years, as well as serving on many other not-for-profit boards. Matt has conducted hundreds of trainings for parents, advocates and educators throughout the United States. He is the author of “A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Advocates and Clinicians Need to Know” and has authored many articles on special education and mental health law.


Brad Dembs is from Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2009 and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2012. Brad’s passion for disability rights, and special education in particular, comes from his experience working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities in various contexts over the past two decades. Prior to joining MCA, Brad spent five years working as a Staff Attorney for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc., where he focused on special education law. His duties included representing families of children with disabilities in all stages of disputes with their school districts, from advocating at IEP meetings, Section 504 Plan meetings and disciplinary hearings to filing Due Process complaints and subsequent appeals. Brad also has experience arguing cases in federal district court and in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his free time, Brad enjoys kayaking, cooking, basketball, and playing with his Australian Cattle Dog. Brad is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan.



Chelsea Dunn joined Southern Legal Counsel as a Staff Attorney in July 2018. She is the director of the Healthy Kids Medical-Legal Partnership, seeking to resolve the health-harming legal needs of some of Florida's underserved children. She also contributes to SLC's efforts to prevent discrimination against vulnerable populations. Chelsea came to SLC from the Child and Family Law Division of Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts Public Defender's office, where she worked as a Supervising Staff Attorney, representing indigent parents and children in dependency cases. During her seven years with CPCS, Chelsea was frequent presenter in a number of trainings, including trainings to certify Massachusetts' practitioners in dependency and termination of parental rights cases. She co-authored a model memorandum distributed to child welfare practitioners statewide regarding the Department of Children and Families (DCF) provision of services under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an update on the Privilege and Confidentiality chapter of the Massachusetts Child Welfare Practice Manual, as well as two letter commentaries on new DCF regulations related to family assessments and service planning. Chelsea is a member of The Florida Bar, as well as a member of both the Massachusetts and Virginia State Bars. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2009, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the Nina R. Kestin Service Award for contributions to the school, community, and legal profession. She served as an editor for the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, in which she had two comments published. After graduating from law school, she spent two years clerking for Senior Justice Harry L. Carrico of the Virginia Supreme Court. Chelsea received a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Sociology at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.


Stacey Eunnae re-joined AJE in 2018. She has over 5 years of legal experience assisting families with children with special needs in special education and school discipline matters. In her role as a Senior Staff Attorney, she is responsible for representing students in disciplinary matters and related special education matters, and providing know your rights training to help build parents’ capacity to self-advocate. Ms. Eunnae began her career with AJE as a law student volunteer in 2013. In 2015, Ms. Eunnae pursued her LLM with a concentration in clinical instruction, systems change and special education law in the Juvenile Special Education Clinic at the David A. Clarke School of Law. She returned to AJE in March 2018 bringing additional experiences and knowledge to serving families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women Studies from the College of William and Mary, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown School of Law and a Masters of Laws from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.


Michael J. Eig, Esq., the founder and owner of the firm, Michael J. Eig and Associates, has been practicing special education law and advocacy in the metropolitan D.C. area since 1975. His educational background includes degrees in cultural anthropology and education from Brandeis University (1970), a Masters in Education and Social Policy from Harvard University (1972), and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1975). A former public school teacher, Mr. Eig has combined his interest and training in education with a commitment to special education law, and advocated on behalf of disabled children and their families for the past thirty-eight years. He has served as counsel and/or amicus in special education cases before federal courts, including the Supreme Court. He was counsel in Schaffer v. Weast, before the Supreme Court, class counsel in the landmark Mills v. D.C. Board of Education, amicus in Smith v. Robinson and North v. D.C., and served as plaintiffs' counsel in Doyle v. Arlington School Board. He has participated in countless IEP meetings and Due Process Hearings since the 1970s and has lectured and written extensively in the area of special education law, including authoring the current article on Education of the Disabled in the Dictionary of American History.


Andy Feinstein has represented children with disabilities and their families pursuing appropriate educational programs for the past twenty years, first in Hartford with David C. Shaw, from 2008 to 2015, as a solo practitioner in Mystic, Connecticut, and, since July 1, 2015, as the owner of Feinstein Education Law Group, LLC. He serves as co-chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the preeminent national special education advocacy organization and an adjunct professor of special education law at Central Connecticut State University. Attorney Feinstein graduated from Wesleyan University in 1972 and the New York University School of Law in 1975. He completed the Senior Manager in Government Program at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, in 1983. He has served as a professional staff member of the House Committee on Armed Services and Chief Counsel of the House Civil Service Subcommittee. Formerly, he chaired United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Hartford and served on the Board of Community Health Charities of Connecticut for many years. Andy lives in Mystic with his wife Liz Bochain and their grandson Jacob.


Jennifer Engel Fisher, M.S., is the Associate Director of Weinfeld Education Group, LLC. Jennifer earned her B.S. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her M.S. in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught in both self-contained and inclusion settings in Howard County Public Schools, Maryland. Jennifer served a variety of student populations including students with AD/HD, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, and those with an Emotional Disturbance diagnosis. Additionally, Jennifer co-created the Learning Resource Program at the Lowell School in Washington, DC. She consulted with teachers to support students with a wide variety of special needs as well as the gifted population. Her expertise in a variety of methodologies, including Orton-Gillingham, Project Read, and Fundations, allow her the broad knowledge needed to work with a variety of populations. As the Associate Director, Jennifer serves as an educational consultant for students in elementary through high school, conducting observation, reviewing records, and attending school meetings. She is also responsible for the Advocacy division of WEG, which involves ongoing training of other advocates. Additionally, Jennifer leads the School Selection divisions of WEG. She regularly consults with schools and parents, providing them with training on effective instructional strategies and methodologies. Jennifer is a current Board Member of KEEN, Greater DC. Past Board positions include: Board President of Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER), Academic Excellence Chair on the Board of Creative Minds International Public Charter School in DC, and Board Member of the International Dyslexia Association, Maryland Branch. Jennifer has co-authored two books; Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties. Jennifer is also a contributing author of School Success for Kids with ADHD.


Louis H. Geigerman has been a professional advocate since 1995 when he founded National ARD/IEP Advocates. Louis has logged over 1250 hours in IEP and Section 504 meetings and over 400 hours in mediations and resolution sessions. He is a charter member of the Council of Parents, Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA). In 1995, he underwent training conducted by the Texas Association of Section 504 Coordinators and Hearing officers and received certification as a Section 504 hearing officer. He has spoken to a variety of groups regarding special education services including The ARC of Houston, The Texas State Autism Conference, COPAA, The Learning Disability Association of Fort Bend County, ASPIE of Houston, Future Horizons, The Houston Young Lawyers Association and The Northwest Houston Chapter of the Autism Society of America. In the summer of 2007, he was featured in a chapter on advocacy in the book by Scott Teal, "Defending and Parenting Children Who Learn Differently: Lessons from Edison's Mother" by Praeger Publishing. In 2014 he co-founded a lecture series entitled the Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture Series through the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in memory of his deceased son to address the vocational needs of high functioning individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is frequently requested to provide expert testimony in federal court regarding harassment of students protected under Section 504, IDEA, Title IX and Title VI. In 2015, he assisted in the successful effort in passing legislation in the Texas Legislature to mandate the installation of surveillance cameras in self-contained, special needs classrooms. In July 2015, he began hosting a weekly radio show entitled "The Special Ed/Section 504 Radio Hour". He is the proud parent of Benjamin that passed away in July 2011 and Kayla who is currently employed by a major software company.


Judith Gran, Esq., has presented the Year in Review for the Court of Appeals for COPAA each year, starting with the very first COPAA Conference. Since her graduation from Temple Law School in 1983, Attorney Gran has represented children and adults with disabilities in fifteen states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Gran has brought a number of class action and system change lawsuits designed to improve special education and community services and secure the right of persons with disabilities to inclusion and full participation in schools and communities. Many of her cases have resulted in the closure of state institutions and the creation of high-quality community services for former institutional residents. These cases include the landmark class action case, Halderman v. Pennhurst, in which Ms. Gran served as lead counsel for the Arc of Pennsylvania during the last twelve years of implementation. As a result, Ms. Gran played a major role in improving community services for individuals with disabilities nationwide. Prior to joining Reisman Carolla Gran LLC, she worked for 25 years at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, the last 11 years as Director of its Disability Law Project. Ms. Gran is also one of the founding members of COPAA and a former Board Chair.


Elizabeth Hooper works as a special education advocate and educational consultant at Matt Cohen and Associates in Chicago. Previously, Elizabeth has served as an educational advocate and tutor for families with students with disabilities in the Western suburbs. Prior to that, she had over 10 years experience as a special education teacher, including experience with inclusive programming, behavior intervention support, and ESL. She received certifications in California for Moderate to Severe and ESL and has an LBS I certification from the Illinois State Board of Education. Elizabeth has a Masters Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



As policy advisor, Laura Kaloi provides strategic policy, advocacy, partnership-building, and communications expertise to COPAA. Laura is a partner with Stride Policy Solutions and is a recognized leader in the education, disability, parent advocacy and civil rights communities. She interfaces with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies on behalf of COPAA, advocating for children and families so they have every opportunity to learn, thrive, attain an education and achieve independence. Prior to becoming a consultant, Laura led the public affairs teams for nonprofit advocacy organizations including the National Center for Learning Disabilities, American Health Quality Association and HealthInsight (now Comagine). She worked in the U.S. Congress early in her career as a legislative assistant to the late U.S. Congressman, James V. Hansen. As a parent of a young adult with dyslexia and dysgraphia, she currently serves as an advisor to the National Center on Educational Outcomes National Technical Assistance Center on Participation in and Performance on State and Districtwide Assessments. Laura is also a Board member with Brigham Young University’s Romney Institute, Marriott School of Business. Laura holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and masters in public administration from Brigham Young University.


Sondra Kaplan, LCSW has been privileged to have the opportunity as a clinical social worker to help individuals and their families create more fulfilling lives through reaching their potentials. She is a well-respected national and international public and media speaker and instructor. Sondra has enjoyed teaching professionals and volunteers in educational, legal, law enforcement, medical, mental health, social work, and public health in academic, clinical, and community settings through her lively presentations on a wide variety of topics. Her major clinical interests have included helping children, adolescents and adults through grief and loss, effective treatment for people of all ages with anxiety disorders, sexuality through the life span, psychotherapy and social skills for children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. She created an original program for parents and their children going through loss and grief from divorce, and taught parenting seminars for over 20 years. She is a former psychotherapist for the C.L.A.S.S. (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services) Clinic, at University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston. Presently, she is private practice. She is proud to be the first recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. In her passion for social justice she has been an activist and spokesperson for those who seek equal rights and individual liberties, including those who have been abused, living with mental illness or neurological differences, and others who have long been silenced and marginalized.


Mr. Mark Martin represents individuals and families throughout Maryland and has many years of experience in litigating special education, juvenile delinquency, criminal and civil rights cases. Before entering private practice, Mr. Martin was the litigation director of the Public Justice Center, a non-profit organization in Baltimore, Maryland, where he managed and litigated class action and other high impact cases involving children's rights and civil rights. Prior to that, The Legal Aid Society of New York employed him as a criminal defense attorney where he represented indigent defendants in New York City. Mr. Martin has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland (UCP). Annually, Mr. Martin helps lead a program at the national conference for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) in advanced litigation for attorneys who represent families in special education proceedings. Mr. Martin is a past Chair of the COPAA Board of Directors. He regularly presents throughout Maryland on issues related to special education law, student rights pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and student discipline issues.


Miriam A. Rollin, J.D., directs the national Education Civil Rights Alliance, convened by the National Center for Youth Law. Established in November 2017, the Alliance brings together over 70 national, state and local organizations committed to protecting the education rights of marginalized children and youth. Rollin has been seeking improvements in law, policies and practices affecting marginalized children, youth and families for over three and a half decades. Prior to ECRA, Rollin served for 16 years in leadership positions for the Council for a Strong America, a national non-profit that promotes evidence-based policies and approaches at the national, state, and local levels that impact marginalized young people. Rollin is an attorney, and has practiced in DC, MD and NY in juvenile, family violence, and child abuse cases. She received her bachelor's degree from Yale University, and her law degree from Catholic University of America.


Ellen Saideman, Esq., has practiced special education mainly in four states: Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. She is also admitted to five federal district courts, six federal circuit courts, and the Supreme Court. She has written many briefs and motions, including numerous amicus briefs for COPAA. On the topic of IEEs, she wrote an amicus curiae brief for the National Disability Rights Network, the National Federation of the Blind, and the National Coalition of the Deaf in a Fifth Circuit case, Seth B. v. Orleans Parish School Board, 810 F.3d 961 (5th Cir. 2016), which resulted in reversal of the district court's decision to deny public funding of an IEE. She spent more than twelve years teaching legal writing at Roger Williams University School of Law, and she has also provided training in legal writing to attorneys and advocates at COPAA and also at NDRN. She has presented at COPAA's annual conference on several occasions. In 2000, for her legal work in Florida, including litigation that achieved dramatic expansion and reform of the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver for individuals with developmental disabilities, she received Florida ARC's Marvin Finkel Memorial Advocacy Award and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council's Outstanding Mentor/Advocate Award.


Michele Scavongelli, Esq., joined the EdLaw Project as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen, LLP in September 2012, and has continued on as a staff attorney until the present. Michele has successfully represented over two hundred families in the past seven years in both school discipline and special education matters, prevailing at Administrative Law hearings, in Superior Court and in state complaints. She has built a pro bono panel for The EdLaw Project and has trained hundreds of delinquency, child welfare, firm, and in-house counsel, as well as parent and community groups in special education advocacy and school discipline rights. She is also the Deputy Director of the Youth Advocacy Foundation (YAF), a 501(c)(3) organization attached to the state public defender office whose mission is to shut down the school-to-prison pipeline by ensuring that all court-involved kids have access to expert education advocacy. Michele graduated Northeastern University School of Law in 2012. During law school, Ms. Scavongelli was a recipient of a Rappaport Fellowship at the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate and a recipient of a Hennessey Fellowship at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. She interned at the Lowell Juvenile Court as well as at the law firm of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP with a particular focus on special education law. Ms. Scavongelli also assisted victims of domestic violence at the Dorchester and Roxbury Municipal Courts and at Boston Medical Center and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and as a Special Education Surrogate Parent. Prior to attending law school she spent 29 years as an executive in the life insurance industry. She is on the board of Bottom Line, an organization that is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. She earned her S.B. in Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979.


Jodi Siegel has been an attorney with Southern Legal Counsel, a non-profit public interest law firm, since 1985, and became its Executive Director in July 2004. A predominant portion of her responsibilities at SLC is in representing individuals with disabilities in a variety of forums. She has litigated class and individual actions involving federal constitutional and statutory actions under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Federal Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Federal Rehabilitation Act. She also has presented extensively to various groups on special education and other issues. She litigated a statewide declaratory action under the Florida Constitution alleging that Florida is not providing a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools. Jodi is an Adjunct Professor for Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center where she teaches a Masters Level program in Special Education Law. She has been the Director of SLC's Education Advocacy Project since 1999, which is funded by The Florida Bar Foundation to provide state support and train, support, mentor and co-counsel legal service/aid lawyers and advocates to increase and improve special education advocacy. She is a past Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Board of Director, including Past Chair and Past Treasurer. She coordinated the 2003 and 2004 national conferences for COPAA, and continues to assist with conference planning. She is a Past Chair of The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section. Jodi is a member of The Florida Bar, the U.S. Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She received her B.A. in 1982 from New College (Honors College of University of South Florida), Sarasota, Florida; and a J.D. in 1985 from the University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida. She was the Senior Research Editor for one semester and Senior Student Works Editor for two semesters with the University of Florida Law Review.


Lindsey Snider is the Chief Operating Officer of Proven Behavior Solutions. She has more than 20 years of professional experience working with children; 13 years of that with young children & adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD.) An expert in ABA, Lindsey has worked for various private and not-for-profit organizations providing direct ABA services and supervising teams of therapists in Florida, Nevada, Massachusetts, and overseas in the United Kingdom. She holds a Massachusetts state license as an Applied Behavior Analyst and meets the BACB Standards for Supervision Requirements to supervise BCaBAs, RBTs, and BCBA Exam Candidates. Lindsey has served as the keynote speaker for the Autism Insurance Resource Center's annual Insurance Update event, delivering an address on Improving Provider Quality to a large audience of ABA providers from across Massachusetts. She is also the author of the popular blog post for Exceptional Lives, Ask these 10 questions when searching for a quality ABA provider, which has become a go-to parent resource for Boston Children's Hospital, the AIRC, and other organizations. Lindsey received her BS from Texas A&M University and her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism from Sage College. In addition, she has received a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from the William & Mary Law School.



Marcy J.K. Tiffany graduated from UCLA Law School in 1977, where she was Order of the Coif, and an editor of the UCLA Law Review and also received a M.A. in Economics from UCLA in 1978. She clerked for the Hon. Marianna Pfaelzer, USDC, Central District, California and for the Hon. Abner Mikva, USCA, D.C. Circuit. Ms. Tiffany has served in a variety of government positions, including the Federal Trade Commission, United States Trustee's Office and as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She has practiced law at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, in Los Angeles, and at Hughes, Hubbard and Reed, in Washington D.C., and also served as General Counsel of Hughes Electronics. She has had an extensive federal court litigation practice, including arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Indiana Federation of Dentists, 476 U.S. 447 (1986). Ms. Tiffany began practicing special education law in 2001, and was a founding partner of Wyner & Tiffany in 2003, which specialized exclusively in representing students with educational disabilities. In 2006, Ms. Tiffany was awarded the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award in the area of civil rights. In 2011, Ms. Ms. Tiffany formed Tiffany Law Group, P.C. where she continues to focus on special education cases as a solo practitioner. Ms. Tiffany was recently selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for the 13th time.


Ashley VanCleef is not only an experienced education law attorney but also an Orton Gillingham trained, certified special educator. She has served students with disabilities as special education teacher, school and state level administrator, and school attorney. Prior to forming Law for Parents, Ashley's experience as a special education attorney included working for the Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C., staff attorney for Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) in Maryland, as well as Supervisor and 504 Coordinator for the MCPS Resolution and Compliance Unit. While in MCPS, Ms. VanCleef instituted informal, collaborative solutions to assist families and school system staff to resolve concerns through the least adversarial means focusing on win-win resolutions. As an attorney for parents, she continues to find dynamic approaches to resolving concerns with student-focused outcomes. Ashley VanCleef, Esq. Ms. VanCleef's experience also includes serving as a resource teacher for middle schools, nonpublic schools, and compliance in Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. She provided training for special educators on instructional frameworks and interventions, administration of the Woodcock Johnson educational assessment, writing/conducting individualized education programs (IEPs), and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Additionally, she worked as a case manager for students placed in nonpublic settings and served as a member of the Central Educational Placement Team (CEPT). Prior to moving to Maryland, Ms. VanCleef worked for the state departments of education in both Texas and Oklahoma. Her many duties included compliance monitoring of school districts, technical assistance for families to access the dispute resolution options of IDEA, state complaint investigations, and providing statewide training on special education requirements. Ms. VanCleef works with multiple groups to provide professional learning on federal and state education requirements. Ms. VanCleef is a former adjunct faculty member of Morgan State University where she taught Legal Aspects of Educational Administration and has been a guest lecturer for other colleges. Ms. VanCleef is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Frederick County Bar Association, International Dyslexia Association, and National Association of the Deaf Advocacy Section.



Richard Weinfeld directs Weinfeld Education Group, LLC, a group of over 25 educational consultants, located in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. In addition to directing the work of the company, Mr. Weinfeld provides direct special education consultation. Weinfeld Education Group’s mission is to have children reach their unique potential. We have assisted thousands of families in the Special Education Process and school locating services. WEG believes that when a positive collaboration exists between the parent and the school, amazing outcomes can occur for the child.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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