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.
Anne Marie Cellante is the Regional Coordinator of Parent to Parent of NYS Hudson Valley Office at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). Anne Marie works part-time and covers Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties.
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 Fadelici is a Regional Coordinator and Medicaid Service Coordination Family Educator in the New York City office of Parent to Parent of NYS. She covers all five Boroughs and travels to speak to large and small groups. Mary Beth enjoys meeting and talking with people and feels comfortable in most situations. Without even realizing it, Mary Beth first began advocating for her own children at school and then for her nephews. Working for Parent to Parent of NYS has allowed Mary Beth to advocate and educate people in a way she had never imagined. Mary Beth feels that the best part of her job is not just having the correct information for a family, but to watch that family grow and discover their own advocacy skills.
Mary Beth and her husband live in Brooklyn where they have raised two children. She is most proud of her children as they are strong, independent and kind people, each employed and living on their own.
Maryalice Fegeley is a Regional Coordinator in the Staten Island office of Parent to Parent of NYS. Prior to her work with Parent to Parent – where she started in November 2009 – Maryalice worked in New York City in various fields, including a non-profit organization, an advertising agency and a financial services organization. Maryalice is currently a co-chair of the Staten Island Developmental Disability Council’s Education Committee and is on the Executive Board of the SIDDC.
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.
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).
Valerie Colavecchio 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. Valerie's son was born with a visual impairment and rare genetic disorder called Galactosemia. Having a child with special needs motivated Valerie to become involved with helping other parents in similar situations. Prior to working for Parent to Parent, Valerie’s career included corporate recruiting. Years of corporate networking and recruiting have helped Valerie effectively reach out to the special needs community on Long Island. Connecting parents with other parents is very important to Valerie, which is why The Parent to Parent Matching Program is something Valerie is passionate about. Valerie feels that matching parents with other parents helps everyone realize they are not alone. The disability or special need may be different but as parents, the experiences and journeys tend to be similar. In addition to working for Parent to Parent, Valerie is on the board for The Miracle League of Long Island, is on the council for her local SEPTA, a Parent Member for her school district and actively involved with her local township to ensure programs are created for special needs children.
Valerie Sutter Stammelman, mother of two children ages 21 and 19, is a Regional Coordinator for the Long Island office of Parent to Parent of NYS. Valerie attended Ithaca College and holds a Master’s degree in Education from New York University. She attended the Institute of Special Education at the William and Mary Law School and has Life Coach training. Caring for the caregiver and life balance is a passion of Valerie’s and she feels it is a very important aspect for parents of children with special needs. Navigating systems, supporting parents and advocating for families of people with special needs is Valerie’s expertise.
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.