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State law (NJSA 18A:46-2), provides that the Commissioner of Education shall appoint and work with a council of no more than fifteen members.  The members of the Council work in collaboration with the director of the Office of Special Education Programs. In addition, there are several resource representatives from various state agencies. Appointments to the council are made in accordance with guidelines established in P.L. 94-142 and the reauthorized IDEA amendments. Members are appointed for a minimum of two-year terms that can be renewed for a maximum of three terms. Each appointment to the council must be confirmed by the State Board of Education.

Lauren Agoratus
Parent member
Coordinator, Family Voices
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
35 Halsey Street, Newark
New Jersey 07102
1-800-654-7726, ext. 110

Myriam Alizo
Parent member
Project Assistant, Center for Parent Information and Resources @ SPAN
Bilingual Parent Group Specialist, START Project

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
35 Halsey Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(201) 960-7159

Susan Colacello
Parent member
Education and Program Outreach Director
Special Olympics New Jersey
1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Mary Ann Comparetto
Parent member
Director of Parent Programs
New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE)
9 Auer Court, Suite H
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816

Barbara Gantwerk
Coordinator of Special Projects
New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association/Foundation for Educational Administration
12 Centre Drive
Monroe Township, New Jersey 08831

Beth Kelley
Lead Person/Principal
Riverbank Charter School of Excellence
1300 Hornberger Avenue
Roebling, New Jersey 08554
(609) 499-4321

Deborah Lynam - Co-chair
Parent member

Melanie McGackin
Parent member
Coordinator of Training and Education
Family Support Center of New Jersey
2516 Route 35 North
Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
(732) 528-8080

Magaly Milton
Parent member
Educational Consultant
MJM Consulting
42 Blevins Avenue
Middletown, NJ 07748
(732) 533-5070

Dr. Peggy OReilly
Bloomfield College

Leslie Rubinstein
Parent member
Learning Disabilities Association of NJ (LDANJ)
614 Cranbury Road, Unit 6268
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Dr. Tekelah Sherrod
Director of Student Services
East Windsor Regional School District
25A Leshin Lane
Hightstown, New Jersey 08520
609-443-7717 Ext.2014

Amy Smith
Information Director
Autism New Jersey
500 Horizon Drive, Suite 530
Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Fred Tchang
Director, Assistive Technology Services          
Advancing Opportunities
1005 Whitehead Road Extension, Suite 1A
Ewing  NJ  08638

Dr. Dorothy Van Horn - Chair
Executive Director/Superintendent
Brookfield Schools
1009 Berlin Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
856-795-8228, ext 229


Tracy Nowlin
Director, Office of Education
New Jersey Department of Children and Families
PO Box 710
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0710
(609) 588-4579

Nancy Mimm, RN, MSN
Public Health Consultant

New Jersey Department of Health
Family Centered Care Services
PO Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625-0364
Phone: 609-777-7778; Fax: 609-292-3580

Robert E. Paige
Chief, Program Development
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
1 John Fitch Plaza, PO Box 398
Trenton, NJ 08625

Dr. Alan Kotzen
Education Program Specialist
New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission
1001 Spruce Street, PO Box 107
Trenton, NJ 08625

Daniel B. Frye, J.D.
Executive Director
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
153 Halsey Street
PO Box 47017
Newark, NJ  07101
(973) 648-2324 (Office)
(973) 648-7364 (Fax)