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.
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.
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.
April Stark is Susan Luger Associates’ Administrative Assistant and is the first staff member that clients meet and with interact with.
April knows how important it is to provide support to parents in their efforts to identify and secure appropriate educational programs and services for their children. She also believes it is paramount that parents and their children be treated as individuals, and not just as case numbers.
April has taught, worked, and volunteered in school environments here in the United States and in Madagascar with students ranging from the preschool age to adult learners, to most recently being Domestic Engineer and also taking care of her daughter, who is now in school full-time. She enjoys being organized and helping others stay organized.
April holds a BA in Spanish from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
Danny Brown is the newest member to our office. Danny has previously held a position of Student Billing Coordinator at one of New York’s top private schools for children with learning disabilities. Danny has great communication and interpersonal skills that will be of great value to us and our families.
Danny is a father to a 9 year old princess and loves going on adventures with her to find different treats and treasures that go around her food allergies. He is also an outstanding baker of allergy friendly goods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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