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22 11, 2016

Joseph M. Fein, Esq., Senior Affiliated Attorney


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.

Joseph M. Fein, Esq., Senior Affiliated Attorney 2018-02-23T00:28:58+00:00
22 11, 2016

Adriane Gavronsky, Esq.


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.

Adriane Gavronsky, Esq. 2016-12-22T23:15:21+00:00
22 11, 2016

Arthur Luger


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.

Arthur Luger 2016-12-24T20:18:42+00:00
22 11, 2016

Louis Chi


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.

Louis Chi 2016-12-26T18:30:31+00:00
22 11, 2016

Annie DeLeon


Annie DeLeon is a certified paralegal with years of experience in special education and dealing with the NYCDOE. Annie works with both the Business Office Team and the Settlement Team. Annie holds a certificate as a Paralegal and an Associates Degree in Human Services. With Annie’s help, we have improved the efficiency of our hearing and settlement processes. As Annie will gladly tell you, her greatest achievement has been the birth of her beautiful daughter Julia in December 2015.

Annie DeLeon 2016-12-26T18:27:25+00:00
22 11, 2016

Melissa Machado


Melissa Machado in the anchor of the Business Office Team. She works closely with Art, SLA’s Business Manager, offering administrative assistance at every turn. Melissa can be relied on to offer support whenever and wherever it is needed.

Before coming to SLA, Melissa worked for the DOE’s Impartial Hearing Office for 10 years as a Senior Case Manager. Her work included helping parents who were going through the hearing process without an attorney. The insight into the process that Melissa provided often resulted in a better outcome for these families.

Now Melissa uses her skills in helping families at SLA. Her dedication to helping our clients is an essential part of what makes SLA work.

Melissa Machado 2017-01-25T16:43:59+00:00
22 11, 2016

Tom Feola, Parent Representative


Tom Feola worked for over 20 years for the Department of Education as a school social worker where he coordinated the school guidance team and the school peer mediation program. Tom counseled students with special needs on the high school level and is NYS certified. He also has over 10 years experience working as a caseworker at the Veterans Administration Drug Treament program and was coordinator of the VA Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program.

Tom Feola, Parent Representative 2016-11-22T21:27:43+00:00
22 11, 2016

Ina Miles, Parent Representative


Ina Miles holds a B.A in Early Childhood Education, an M.S. in both Early Childhood and Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education. She is New York State certified in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. Ina taught in the New York City school system for twenty-two years, sixteen of them teaching children with special needs. She is a Special Education docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is an active member of AHA – the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association.

As a parent of a child with special needs, Ina is very familiar with the CSE process and understands how difficult and confusing it can be. With her experience and expertise, Ina guides parents through the CSE process helping them get the services required to meet their child’s individual special needs.

Ina Miles, Parent Representative 2016-11-22T21:25:48+00:00
22 11, 2016

Elizabeth Scheer, Parent Representative


Elizabeth has a B.S. in Special Education from the University Of Cincinnati and an M.A. in Deaf Education from New York University. She has 35 years of experience teaching children and adults with special needs. She worked with high school age and adult clients with physical and cognitive disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy of NYC for 5 years; at St. Joseph’s School For The Deaf with elementary school students, utilizing total communication (speaking and signing) skills to implement lessons; and then at the NYC Board of Education, working as a special education teacher for 28 years.

Elizabeth taught in the following special education programs:

  • The Bronx Center For Multiply Handicapped Students, where she learned to adapt equipment, position students, and work on range of motion exercises to promote students optimum performance while working on classroom tasks
  • P.S. 89, in self contained 12:1:1 K, 1st, and 2nd grade classes teaching students with mild cognitive disabilities, speech and language impairments, and emotional disabilities
  • P.S.176 a school for students with Autism, working with middle school age students, developing lessons and activities to increase receptive and expressive language skills and social skills.

Elizabeth has always tried to engage and inform the parents of her students. She believes that parents are an important part of the educational planning team and are essential to implementing a comprehensive program.

Elizabeth Scheer, Parent Representative 2016-11-22T21:24:56+00:00
22 11, 2016

Adrienne Schorr, Parent Representative


Adrienne Schorr received a B.A. in Fine Arts and Secondary Education from Lehman College, C.U.N.Y. and an M.A. in Special Education with a focus on physical and multiple disabilities from Columbia University, Teachers College to fulfill her desire to teach art in a more therapeutic/rehabilitative setting.

Adrienne began teaching art at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City’s Brooklyn Teenage and Adult program and subsequently taught in the New York City public schools for 10 years. Her experience in New York City included teaching art to multiply disabled students 5 – 21 years of age and middle school students with a wide range of learning and emotional disabilities and speech and language impairments. She taught art in the Poughkeepsie City School District for the next 20 years. This experience included elementary school for 5 years and then high school. Throughout her years of teaching the “general population” Adrienne specialized in and advocated for those students with special needs who were mainstreamed into her art classes; working closely with their teachers, families and support professionals, and often attending CSE meetings. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she acted as Advisor and Advocate of the Gay/Straight Alliance at Poughkeepsie High School.

Adrienne was an adjunct lecturer at both Queens College and Lehman College, teaching a graduate course “Visual Arts for Students With Learning Problems”. She held summer positions teaching art to incarcerated youth, mentoring teenage gifted girls, and has given private art lessons to an autistic teenager. One of the highlights of Adrienne’s teaching career was the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience in Japan when she participated in a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program in 2003. She is excited to now use her extensive experiences as an educator to advocate for students with special needs as part of SLA’s team.

Adrienne Schorr, Parent Representative 2016-12-22T23:09:16+00:00