Holly is married with two children, she and her family live in upstate NY Saratoga County.
Tina Beauparlant is a Program Assistant and Educational Advocacy Specialist with the Capital District office of Parent to Parent of NYS.
As Technology Support Specialist, Sandra Bigelow helps Parent to Parent of NYS best utilize modern technology to carry out its mission. Sandy began her career with Parent to Parent in December 2000 and served as a regional coordinator for ten years. Prior to working for Parent to Parent, Sandy created a newsletter for families raising prematurely born children which she published for five years. Sandy began learning about personal computers and using the internet while publishing the newsletter and quickly learned she had a natural ability for working with technology.
My name is Kerbanoo D'Rozario, my husband and I are the proud parents of a 23 year old son and an 18 year old daughter. I would like to share my experience of what brought me here today to be a part of Parent to Parent.
Mary Beth resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Bill, son, Will and daughter, Allison.
I live on Staten Island with my husband, Vinny, and our 11-year-old twins, Jack and Brigid.
What does a real life look and sound like for a young family?
Mary Jo Hebert is the Upstate Program Assistant for Parent to Parent of New York State, where she educates families across the state about the features and benefits of Medicaid Service Coordination and their rights under the program.
Jacquelyn Israel is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to three grandchildren. She lives on Staten Island surrounded by her family. Her family is overcoming challenges with learning disabilities and they are learning from life. Understanding and recognizing that not everyone learns the same has given her family the ability to have more patience with each other. They give themselves a break when doing something that might be hard and have learned to laugh themselves.
Michele Juda has been appointed Executive Director of Parent to Parent of NYS effective January 1, 2014. Employed by Parent to Parent of NYS since 2008, she was initially responsible for directing the work of the Family to Family Health Information Center prior to assuming the role of Director of Programs in 2013. As Executive Director Michele will be responsible for all program and operational functions, ensuring Parent to Parent of NYS is able to fulfill its mission of building a supportive network of families, reducing isolation and empowering those who care for people with developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs to navigate and influence service systems and make informed decisions.
Hello, my name is Sharon Marrella and I wanted to share a little about myself.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and still live there.
Our daughter, Sarah was born in 1985 with Cri-du-chat Syndrome also known as 5p-.
Tanja Peters is the Housing Coordinator and the WNY Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent of NYS. She has 20 years of experience working in all types of certified residential sites for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). She is a mother of two and her daughter has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tanja has a Bachelor in Business Administration, is a Graduate of Partners in Policymaking and is in the 2013/14 Family Scholar Program through the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).
My husband, John, and I have been married for twelve years. We are the proud parents of the best 6 year old twins in the world, Joseph and Samantha.
Valerie Reid is a Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent at the Long Island office located in Hauppauge, NY. Before joining the staff at Parent to Parent, her involvement in the disability and special needs community began several years ago, with the birth of her son.
Anne Marie Cellante is the new Regional Coordinator of Parent to Parent of NYS Hudson Valley Office at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). Anne Marie works part-time as the Regional Coordinator for the Hudson Valley office which covers Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties.
My name is Valerie Stammelman and I have two children ages 17 and 15.
Lara is delighted to be working for Parent to Parent of NYS after years of being involved in P2P training programs and benefitting from the knowledge of the team. Her role is Family to Family Coordinator for outreach and assistance related to the Healthcare Information Center.
Lara and her husband, a retired Navy officer, have spent time in Virginia, Washington State and recently moved back to New York State where they originated. Lara’s family is now happy to call the Capital Region home. She has two children, one a step-daughter who just graduated from college, and a son who is in elementary school.