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22 11, 2016

Desiree Keane, Educational Advocate

2016-12-22T21:25:56+00:00

Desiree Keane came to SLA with 15 years of experience teaching students with a vast range of special needs. She earned Master’s Degrees in Both Special and General Education and holds a Specialized Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been a Graduate Professor at Manhattanville College, preparing future special education teachers with IDEA laws and the most current teaching methodologies.

Desiree’s philosophy is to empower parents with the ability to make sound decisions regarding their child’s education. her commitment to advocacy is also personally driven, as she had advocated for family members and dear friends who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Speech and Language Impairments. She is sensitive to parents’ concerns and committed to ensuring the most proper placements and support services.

As a teacher, Desiree had years of experience writing IEP’s, attending CSE meetings, and working closely with school psychologists, speech & language/occupational therapists and many other support services. She is familiar with modified curriculum, alternative assessments, testing accommodations and appropriate placements. Desiree supports the importance of deadlines and proper documentation and joins Susan luger Associates with your child’s education and best interests in mind.

22 11, 2016

Lois Siegler, Educational Advocate

2016-12-26T18:36:16+00:00

Prior to joining Susan Luger Associates, Lois was employed as a special education advocate in New York City. During this time Lois accompanied parents to CSE meetings. She has accompanied parents to visit and evaluate CSE recommended programs. Lois has assisted parents through the special education process.She was always available to answer parent questions and address their concerns.

Lois worked for the NYC Department of Education for over thirty years. She taught middle school students enrolled in general education and special education classes. Lois became an education evaluator in various schools in District 2 in Manhattan. She assessed students in public and private school in order to determine their educational needs.

The last five years of Lois’s career at the Department of Education were as a special education teacher on the special assessment team at the Committee on Special Education. She worked with a multi- disciplinary team of clinicians, parents and private school personnel in order to create IEP’s and make educationally appropriate recommendations for students with special needs.

Lois earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the State University College at New Paltz and a Masters of Science degree at Richmond College. She is New York State certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. Lois is excited to bring her years of experience helping parents through the special education process in order to obtain appropriate educational services for their children to the team of Susan Luger Associates.

22 11, 2016

Jeanne Stone, Educational Advocate

2016-11-22T22:57:48+00:00

Jeanne Stone has been advocating for children for over twenty-five years. As a licensed school psychologist and speech pathologist, she has provided services for students in both public and private school settings, conducted numerous evaluations and worked with all age students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

She has received extensive New York State training in the CSE process and is a recognized leader in conducting and chairing meetings as well as other related special education services. Her goal has been and remains, “Always working to do what is best for children and their special needs. We need to ensure a level playing field for all students.” Jeanne has attended years of special education law conferences and seminars, has presented on a variety of special education topics and has consulted on a number of difficult of cases where she was instrumental in collaborative decision making.

Jeanne has established and directed early childhood centers with a variety of special needs students, she has created collaborative settings for children with autism, she has served in public school settings as a district chairperson, coordinating services between regular and special education, which when combined with her speech and psychological background offers parents and children a complete range of special services.

“I want to spend this time in my career insuring that children receive the best possible services they are entitled to, so they can fulfill their potential.” Jeanne is excited to be part of Susan Luger Associates, dedicated to these same goals.

22 11, 2016

Melissa Brown, Esq.

2016-12-22T23:45:48+00:00

Melissa Brown, a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College, received her law degree from Rutgers Law School. Melissa has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. She specializes in education law and has been affiliated with Susan Luger Associates since 2007.

She has extensive litigation experience and has represented clients in numerous proceedings against the NYC Department of Education and other school districts in New York State.

Melissa is multilingual, speaking Spanish and French fluently.

22 11, 2016

Kimberly Coleman Tavares, Esq.

2016-12-22T23:14:34+00:00

Kimberly graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, with a B.A. in English and a concentration in French. She obtained her J.D. from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing law for over 11 years.

She is admitted to practice in the States of CA and NY. Kimberly has appeared and litigated cases before the CA Workers Compensation Board; NY State Workers Compensation Board; Los Angeles County Superior Court, NY Supreme Court and the Third Department Appellate Division.

Her commitment to the equality of education for all children led to her practice of Special Education Law. As a consummate professional and seasoned litigator, Kimberly is committed to assisting parents in their struggle to obtain access to a quality education for their children.

22 11, 2016

Deborah Ezbitski, Esq.

2017-01-16T17:47:55+00:00

Deborah began her legal career over 25 years ago as a trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society in New York City. She was also the Division’s Director of Training and Staff Development.

Both her professional interest in learning and her personal experience with special education brought her back to the practice of law and to representing parents of children with special needs.

22 11, 2016

Joseph M. Fein, Esq.

2017-01-15T02:24:05+00:00

Joseph M. Fein is a 1994 graduate of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His extensive experience as a litigator began as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County and later on as Deputy General Counsel for New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.

In 2004, Joseph opened his own legal practice focused on special education advocacy and litigation. As the father of a special needs child, Joseph understands the unique challenges facing our parents. Joseph is fluent in Hebrew.

You can visit Joseph’s website at www.educationalesq. com.

22 11, 2016

Adriane Gavronsky, Esq.

2016-12-22T23:15:21+00:00

Adriane Gavronsky, Esq. is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School. Adriane has over twenty-five years of litigation experience. She aggressively litigates on behalf of children with special needs and their families to secure appropriate educational placements and services. Adriane tirelessly represents her clients in Impartial Hearings against the Department of Education to obtain reimbursement and direct tuition to private schools and successfully negotiates settlements.

Adriane has represented children in custody and visitation proceedings, has prosecuted and defended youth in criminal proceedings and has worked to provide psycho dynamic counseling for families with special needs children. Adriane has extensive litigation experience defending the City of New York in high exposure jury trial cases including medical malpractice, premises, personal injury and police actions.  Adriane is bilingual in French and Spanish.

22 11, 2016

Arthur Luger

2016-12-24T20:18:42+00:00

Arthur Luger is SLA’s Business Manager. While it is true he got his job through nepotism, there have been no regrets about hiring him.

After obtaining a Ph.D. In Physics, Art worked for many years as a consultant on Wall Street, specializing in Risk Management. In 2007, he thought it might be a good time to retire and take it easy. His wife (Executive Director Susan Luger) had a better idea. In need of a business manager for SLA, Susan realized she knew the perfect candidate. And the rest is history.

Art is an essential member of the SLA Team. With his skills in project management, he has done a masterful job of organizing the business side of SLA. He and his business office team keep everything humming on the third floor so the advocates on the second floor can better serve our clients.

22 11, 2016

Louis Chi

2016-12-26T18:30:31+00:00

Louis Chi has been the Impartial Hearing Manager at SLA since 2009. In addition to serving as Impartial Hearing Coordinator, Louis is now actively assisting Art with tasks relating to client reimbursements. Louis is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.