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Meet the SPAN Staff

We Live What We Do!

SPAN’s staff members don’t just work here—about 70% of our employees first received support for their children through SPAN workshops, trainings, conferences, and other events before coming to work with us. Many started as SPAN Resource Parent (SRP) volunteers before becoming part- or full-time employees. So when families call on SPAN for help, they can know they are working with people who not only care, but who have “been there” and have the desire to help others as they were once helped themselves.

Diana Autin

Executive Director

Diana is an attorney who has used her legal knowledge to help train and support parents and parent leaders as advocates for their children and families as they navigate the education, health, mental health, child welfare, and other systems. Diana brings the voices of parents, families, and communities to the table on a number of state and national advisory committees on health and education. Diana is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School and studied economic development and management/ organizational leadership at Columbia University as a Revson Fellow. Diana has participated in several national leadership programs including serving as an Advocacy Institute Senior Leadership Fellow. She is the adoptive mother of four children, from diverse cultures, and also a proud grandmother. A Cajun and Native American, Diana is deeply committed to cultural reciprocity and language access.

Danielle Green

Chief Operating Officer
Danielle joins the SPAN team as the Chief Operations Officer. With over 20 years of comprehensive experience in operations and logistics, her passion is in helping organizations fulfill their mission by balancing thought partnership and strategic vision. Danielle received an M.S. in Business and Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a B.A. in Music from William Paterson University. She is currently pursuing her Psy.D in Leadership Psychology at William James College. In her spare time, Danielle shares a variety of creative pursuits with her daughter in New Jersey.

Management Team

Carolyn Hayer

Carolyn Hayer

Senior Program Director of National and Regional Projects

Carolyn Hayer has been working in the field of advocacy for over thirty years. As the parent of an adult with autism who has successfully navigated the challenges of transition to adulthood, she brings both her personal and professional experience to her work.  Carolyn also serves as Director of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). As the CPIR Director, Carolyn and her team work to provide information and products to build capacity of close to 100 Parent Centers across the country who assist and serve families of youth with disabilities. In her various roles at SPAN, Carolyn conducts presentations at the local, state and national levels on topics related to health and education advocacy, family-professional partnerships, and family and youth leadership development. She previously served as Co-Director of multiple projects supporting parent centers to address issues from reaching and supporting underserved families to non-profit management to building capacity to reach, serve, and grow leadership skills of diverse youth and young adults with disabilities.

Carolyn also volunteers at all levels- from local leadership to national advocacy.  She has served in leadership roles with the PTA, multiple education foundations, her local school board, NJ State Special Education Advisory Council, Disability Rights NJ Board of Directors, Arc of NJ Governmental Affairs Committee, and as a Governor appointee to the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and the NJ State Rehabilitation Council.  Carolyn is a recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Nu Chapter Community Service Recognition Award, the Arc of Bergen & Passaic Professional of the Year Award and the Hackensack Education Foundation Distinguished Citizen Award. 

Peg Kinsell

Peg Kinsell

Director of SPAN Public Policy

Peg Kinsell is the Policy Director at SPAN Parent Advocacy Network working on both state and federal issues. She also provides technical assistance for NEPACT the regional and CPIR the national parent technical assistance centers on juvenile justice as well as military connected students. As a USAF veteran and former military spouse Ms. Kinsell has a special expertise working with military families. She is the director of the Military Family Support 360 Project at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst which supports military connected children and youth with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs throughout New Jersey.

Ms. Kinsell is a member of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and in that role chairs the subcommittee on children and youth. Additionally, she sits on multiple, national regional and state committees and task forces.

 

Jeanne McMahon

Jeanne McMahon

Senior Program Director, State Projects

Jeanne McMahon joined SPAN in 2016 and serves as Senior Director of State and Local programs where she oversees human service, maternal child health, education and child welfare and advocacy related-projects as well as SPAN’s COVID-19 vaccine promotion initiatives, parent engagement, improving birth outcomes/preventing birth defects and developmental disabilities activities. Jeanne also represents SPAN on state-level task forces, committees, and workgroups. Prior to joining SPAN, Jeanne served as the Deputy Director of the Early Intervention Service Coordination (EISC) at Public Health Solutions (PHS), where she oversaw Early Intervention Service Coordination across the five boroughs of New York City. Prior to joining PHS, Jeanne served as the National Program Director at the What to Expect Foundation, where she directed the national expansion of a prenatal health literacy program. Jeanne also spent a decade directing programs at Hudson Perinatal Consortium in New Jersey.  Jeanne holds a Bachelors of Arts from City University of New York at Hunter College and a Masters in Public Health from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. 

Roy Maynard

Roy Maynard

Director of Finance

Roy Maynard has 30 years’ experience as an Auditor, Financial Consultant Analysis, Tax Professional and Accountant. He specialize in assisting companies save thousands of dollars on their accounting systems, either by introducing a new cost efficient accounting system or by reducing their accounting overhead cost, which in turn enables management to concentrate more of their resources on their income generating activities. He started working in the Financial and Accounting field during his first and second year of college, at which time he was hired by a CPA firm to do audits and bookkeeping, The hands on experience he received, while attending college and still in his early years proved to be very valuable, it allowed him to better understand the theory of accounting, while doing the practical. He was approved and qualified, by the state of New York, and NASBA, in 2011 to sit for the CPA Exam.  Roy currently oversees the accounting and financial matters for the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network for the past 24 years and 6 months.

 

Support Team

Evann Hardy

Intake Coordinator

Ivor Knight

Fiscal Manager

Maria Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

Joyce Sykes

Office Assistant

Family Resource Specialists

Lauren Agoratus

Family Voices NJ Coordinator/Regional Family-to-Family (F2F) Coordinator

Heroina Beras

Spanish Language 
Family Resource Specialist Hudson County
Warmline Statewide 

Mita Bhattacharya

Multilingual Family Resource Specialist, Family  WRAP: Atlantic,  Burlington, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean Counties (Trilingual Hindi and Bengali)

Wendy Broadbent

Family Resource Specialist-Bergen County
Warmline Statewide

Brenda L. Figueroa

Director, Family to Family Health Information Center/Parent to Parent of NJ (Bilingual-Spanish)

Donna Milanowycz

Family Resource Specialist-Ocean County
Warmline Statewide

Patricia Paraskevacos

Warmline Statewide

Kim Rivers

Family Resource Specialist
Warmline Statewide

Erin Seigh

Transition Coordinator

Tara Syzmanek

Family Resource Specialist
Cape May, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren Counties

Henry Tejada

Bilingual Spanish
Family Resource Specialist
Warmline Statewide

Paulina Vargas

Family Resource Specialist
Bilingual Spanish
Family Wrap: Counties –
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union, Camden and Salem Counties

Cathy Waldron Balto

Family Resource Specialist – Monmouth
Warmline Statewide

Open Position

Family Resource Specialist
Autism Medical Home-Hackensack University Medical Center

Health & Family Support

Kasey Dudley

Project Director, Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools

Nicole Pratt

Senior Trainer, Empowering Women Project Director; Diverse Parent Engagement & TA Specialist

Rachel Ruel

Co-Director /Supervisor, Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County

Early Childhood & Education

Including Special Education and Bilingual Education

Pam Aasen

Project Director, 
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

Myriam Alizo

Resource & Product Coordinator

Josie Badger

Co-Director,
National RAISE Center

Kathy Demarco

Early Childhood Inclusion Coordinator-Middle

Maria Docherty

Director of Individual Assistance

Monique Dujue

Parent Group Specialist-Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Somerset, Warren

Debbie Esposito

Co-Director of START-EPSD–Camden, Gloucester, Salem

Jeannette Mejias

Director, Special Education Volunteer Advocates (SEVA)
Bilingual Trainer

Dawn Monaco

Project Director, REAL Transition Partners

Fanny Ochoa

Parent Group Specialist-Bergen, Essex, Sussex

Erin Seigh

Transition Coordinator

Deepa Srinivasavaradan

Early Childhood Screening Initiatives

Michele Tyler

Parent Group Specialist & Literacy Coordinator

Communications

Tom Franklin

Strategic Communications Director

Melanie McLaurin

Website Content Manager

Advocacy and Empowerment

Debra Jennings

Intersectionality | Race and Disability | Family Engagement and Empowerment

Meet Our Board Members

OFFICERS


 

John Morel, CPCU, ARM

Board President

Senior Vice President, Life Sciences Casualty Placement
Marsh USA, Inc.

John Pennett

Board Vice President

Partner
EisnerAmper LLP

Dara Baldwin

Board Treasurer

Director of Public Policy, Center for Disability Rights

Nancy Romanyshyn

Board Secretary

Director, Talent & Rewards (HR)
Willis, Towers, Watson

BOARD MEMBERS


 

Diana Autin

Executive Director
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

Kaleena Katea Berryman

Director, Abbott Leadership Institute
Rutgers University–Newark

Barbara Glazewski

Former Professor
Kean University
Former Coordinator
Graduate Speech Pathology Program

Nekia Lewis

Program Manager, Global Health and Wellness Strategy
Verizon

Libby Stone-Sterling

Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation,
Maine Department of Labor