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COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

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
familyvoicesnj@aol.com

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
malizo@spannj.org

Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Executive Director
Autism New Jersey
500 Horizon Drive, Suite 530
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-588-8200 ext 42
sbuchanan@autismnj.org

Susan Colacello
Parent member
Education and Program Outreach Director
Special Olympics New Jersey
1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-896-8000
scc@sonj.org

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
732-613-0400
njcie@njcie.net

Beth Kelley
Lead Person/Principal
Riverbank Charter School of Excellence
1300 Hornberger Avenue
Roebling, New Jersey 08554
(609) 499-4321
kelley@riverbank.charter.k12.nj.us

Deborah Lynam
Parent member
Director, Parent Community Engagement
Learning Ally
20 Roszel Road
Princeton NJ 08054
(609) 243-5867
dlynam@learningally.org

Melanie McGackin - Co-chair
Parent member
Coordinator of Training and Education
Family Support Center of New Jersey
2516 Route 35 North
Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
(732) 528-8080
melanie.mcgackin@fscnj.org

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

Dr. Peggy OReilly
Coordinator of Special Education Programs
Education Division
Bloomfield College
467 Franklin Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
973-748-9000 x 1521
margaret_oreilly@bloomfield.edu

Leslie Rubinstein
Parent member
President
Learning Disabilities Association of NJ (LDANJ)
614 Cranbury Road, Unit 6268
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-645-2738
info@ldanj.org

Dr. Tekelah Sherrod
Director of Student Services
East Windsor Regional School District
25A Leshin Lane
Hightstown, New Jersey 08520
609-443-7717 Ext.2014
tsherrod@ewrsd.k12.nj.us

Fred Tchang
Director, Assistive Technology Services          
Advancing Opportunities
1005 Whitehead Road Extension, Suite 1A
Ewing  NJ  08638
888-322-1918
FTchang@advopps.org

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

RESOURCE REPRESENTATIVES

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

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
Nancy.Mimm@doh.state.nj.us

Susan Avny
Child Study Team Coordinator
Juvenile Justice Commission
1001 Spruce St.; P.O. Box 107
Trenton, NJ  08625-0107
(609) 943-3132
Susan.avny@jjc.nj.gov

Robert E. Paige
Chief, Program Development
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
1 John Fitch Plaza, PO Box 398
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-777-4930