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Current Center News

Winter 2017

 

Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Appointed to State Rehabilitation Council


Margaret GilbrideMargaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Instructor of Pediatrics and Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was recently appointed by Governor Christie to the State Rehabilitation Council.

 

Established by the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the State Rehabilitation Council advises and works in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

 

 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD Honored with AUCD Distinguished Achievement Award

Deborah SpitalnikDeborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director and Professor of Pediatrics of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was honored with the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Dr. Spitalnik was recognized for her leadership, service, and dedication to people with disabilities and their families. The award was presented at the AUCD annual conference on December 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

 

 


 President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Meets in Washington

 

PCPID photo Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director and Professor of Pediatrics of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, joined fellow members of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) for a meeting in Washington, DC. The mission of the PCPID is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of Intellectual Disabilities. The meeting was held from November 30  - December 1, 2016 to plan for the Committee’s 2017 report to the President.  Also in attendance were Maria Town, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Liz Weintraub, PCPID member, Advocacy Specialist at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and former Boggs Center Consumer Advisory Council member.

 

 

The Boggs Center Welcomes Jessica Mayfield, MEd

Jessica MayfieldJessica Mayfield recently joined The Boggs Center as a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Based Instruction (CBI) Project. She provides training and technical assistance regarding best practices in implementation, management, and sustainability of CBI. Jessica earned her Masters degree in Special Education with an emphasis on severe disabilities and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey. Jessica is a certified supervisor, teacher of students with disabilities, and elementary school teacher.  Prior to employment at The Boggs Center, she worked as an educator of individuals with multiple disabilities ranging from early elementary to high school. Jessica has a vast amount of experience and interest in development and application of programming for individuals with a wide range of abilities, emphasizing on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

 

The Boggs Center Welcomes Somerlee Monaghan, MS

Somerlee MonaghanSomerlee Monaghan, MS, is a Training and Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Monaghan provides project training and assistance on the Person Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition (PCAST) project, working closely with schools, students, and families. Ms. Monaghan is certified in Person Centered Thinking and Person Centered Facilitation in Schools by the Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. Prior to joining the Boggs Center, Ms. Monaghan worked as a speech and language pathologist for more than 14 years. She is a passionate proponent of the development of critical communication, self-advocacy, and self-determination skills. Ms. Monaghan is certified in the area of augmentative and alternative communication by Stockton University as well as customized employment by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators. Ms. Monaghan is a founding member of the Transition Coordinators’ Network of South Jersey, which serves as a community of practice to unite people with disabilities and those who support and care about them. She was the recipient of the 2016 APSE Educator of the Year award. Ms. Monaghan received a Bachelor of Science degree from Stockton University and a Master of Science degree from LaSalle University in the area of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.


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