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Jennie comes from a large family and is very used to being at the hub of activity, which makes her a perfect fit for SLA’s busy office. When she’s not at the Office, you’ll find her either in the park with a good book or pursuing her passion for illustration and graphic design by doing commissioned work for various publications.
While not a native New Yorker, Jennifer has thoroughly enjoyed transitioning from suburban life to the faster pace of the city. She currently lives in Manhattan with her wonderful husband and one timid, but very sweet, cat.
Fredericka Bashir, holds an AB from the University of Michigan Honors College, a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fredericka is admitted to practice law by the New York State Bar and is admitted to the Federal Bar of the Eastern District of New York.
A former Kings County Assistant District Attorney and Borough Director of the Children’s Law Center, Fredericka has over twenty-five (25) years of experience as a civil and criminal litigator in New York Family, Criminal, Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Fredericka is currently owner and principal of the Law Firm of Fredericka P. Bashir, Esq. where she specializes in representing adults and children in complex custody and child welfare litigation including infant death, “shaken baby,” Munchausen syndrome, sex trafficking and domestic and international parental kidnapping cases.
Fredericka is a member of the Screening Committee for the Appellate Division Second Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children’s Assigned Counsel Panel and Board Treasurer and Director of Finance and Development of Brooklyn Legal Services.
A zealous advocate with a direct “no nonsense” approach, Fredericka is regarded by her clients as a champion of client’s rights and by her colleagues and the judiciary as a formidable and unrelenting adversary.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.