I was born and raised in New York State and graduated from the State University in New York. After teaching for a few years on Long Island and Connecticut, our first of three daughters, Kim, was born. She had severe multiple disabilities so I dedicated my time advocating for services for her (PTA, SEAC, Respite Advisory Committee, Concerned Citizens for Special People, Biznet, Citizens Monitoring Program, Arc, Niche, Section 8 Resident Advisory Board and now the Virginia Microboard Association).
For 20 years, my focus was on public education and then, when Kim reached 22 – the more challenging aspects, services, transportation, entitlements and eventually housing. Seven years ago, thinking “out of the box”, I decided to see if a corporate entity (in this case Kim’s microboard) could secure a home with funding from VHDA. The microboard has been a valuable Circle of Support for Kim as well as a resource for us, her family and Guardians, to sort out issues as they arise. I see VMA as a valuable resource for families with young children looking for support networks, individuals or families thinking about the concept of microboards, as well as those already having microboards. Parents helping parents is a powerful and very useful tool. VMA is a collective effort by many families so should be a valuable resource for all. In my “spare” time, I enjoy gardening, theater, crafts, genealogy and traveling.