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12 01, 2017

Jessenia Ortiz

Jessenia comes to us with a background in early childhood. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Manhattan College. She has also studied Multicultural Education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and the City College of New York. She has taught various subjects across grades K-6 and she has also coached other educators on testing strategies and differentiated instruction. She has a dedication to childhood development and a new found interest in special needs children.

She is a mother to twin girls, and very familiar with parental roles in the Committee on Special Education both in upstate New York and New York City. She comes to SLA with a passion for advocacy and for empowering children with special needs. She hopes to continue her education in advocacy in the near future.

22 12, 2016

Danielle Caminiti, Parent Representative

Danielle Caminiti has joined SLA’s advocacy team. Having a child with special needs, she understands the EI, CPSE and CSE process and can appreciate how difficult and confusing navigating the system can be for a parent. With both her professional and personal experience, Danielle empathetically guides parents through the CSE process helping them get the services their children need and deserve.

Danielle is also an attorney with a JD from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining SLA, she has had both civil and criminal trial experience. As a senior associate at a medical malpractice defense firm, Danielle was involved in many cases involving birth injury, global developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive deficits, and seizure disorders. She has vast knowledge of the services such infants and children receive and the quality medical and therapist experts who provide them.

23 11, 2016

Kate Vasquez

Kate Vasquez is an important member of the Settlements Team.  As the mother of twin boys, she understands the school process very well.  Kate has a background in the medical field with strength in the patient relations department.

Since joining SLA’s Settlement  Team, she has developed many ways to make the process more efficient, ensuring that parents receive their payments as soon as possible. Additionally, Kate speaks fluent Spanish.

23 11, 2016

Bonnie Lam

Bonnie returns to SLA after becoming a recent mother to an awesome 3 year old boy. She graduated with an English B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and is a professional people pleaser. She works closely with our Impartial Hearing Manager and provides support to our administration staff as well.  When she’s not talking your head off, you can spot her hanging in Queens sipping on bubble tea and stuffing her face with the latest food trend.  In that order. Bonnie is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

23 11, 2016

Anny Lyan

Anny joined the SLA family in 2014 and is currently an Administrator for the Advocacy team. She is responsible for scheduling parent advocates to accompany clients to CSE Reviews and school site visits as well as managing other administrative and clerical tasks. She has a M.S.ed in Childhood Math and Science from Hunter College and has 10 plus years of teaching experience including teaching students with special needs. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, therefore, she often acts as a liaison between the SLA team and potential/current Chinese clients.

23 11, 2016

Erica Wellington

Erica Wellington-London has joined Melissa and Annie in the Business Office.  She will be handling many tasks related to Impartial Hearings and serving as a back-up to Louis. Before joining SLA, Erica was our peerless case manager at the Impartial Hearing Office of the DOE.  Their loss is certainly our gain.

23 11, 2016

Kelly Cahill, Esq.

23 11, 2016

Ann Miller, Educational Advocate

Ann Miller joined Susan Luger Associates in August, 2015. She received her MS/Ed. at Yeshiva University and did post graduate work in testing and evaluation at Columbia University.

Ann spent 26 years at the Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan as a teacher, the Assistant Director, a Co-Director of the Lower School, and a Co-Director of Admissions Applications.

She also spent 9 years teaching special education in the New York City Public Schools. Ann holds her New State License in both elementary education and special education and was honored to be listed in the 2004 edition of “Who’s Who of American Teachers”

Her own personal history led to Ann’s passion for attempting to create a sense of fairness for special needs children and their families. Her desire to equalize the playing field continually fuels her work. “As identification of children with learning issues continues to grow, so does the need to ensure that every child gets the education he/she needs to flourish. It is vital that this goal be met, therefore the support of families with special needs children is an on-going mission.”

22 11, 2016

Fredda Clark, Educational Advocate

Fredda Clark worked for the New York City Department of Education for over thirty years in several capacities, including as a special education teacher and a member of the school-based support team (the IEP team).  She administered education evaluations, arranged and attended IEP meetings.

Fredda also worked at the Region 9 Committee on Special Education as a special education teacher on the review team, a special education instructional support specialist, and a school district representative for impartial hearings.  Additionally, she coordinated the impartial hearing activities for the region.

Fredda is certified as a Level I Wilson reading teacher and is trained in the Orton Gillingham technique and DIR/Floortime.  In addition to her special education teaching credentials, she holds a certificate as a School District Administrator.

Her decades of experience in the school system, combined with her years of working with families at Susan Luger Associates, make Fredda highly qualified and very eager to advocate for parents facing the challenges of securing the most appropriate services for their child.

22 11, 2016

Rhoda Geller, Educational Advocate

As a member of Susan Luger Associates, Rhoda Geller brings over 17 years of special education advocacy experience to the table. Rhoda has focused her career on establishing partnerships with families while providing them with the knowledge and comfort level needed throughout the special education process.

Rhoda’s educational background and training as a math teacher, experience as a math tutor, for both special and general education students, and her training in the Wilson Reading Program, all bring an added dimension to her ability to support our families. Having run her own college counseling business, Rhoda has a clear understanding as to what students need to do while in junior and senior high school as well as during their college years.

Whether accompanying parents to CSE Meetings or advising families on the next steps of a case, Rhoda’s unique combination of skills provides parents with the support and guidance they need. We are pleased that in addition to handling New York cases, Rhoda is part of our New Jersey cohort that handles cases in New Jersey.

Rhoda has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Brooklyn College and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Education, from Richmond College.