As a parent of an adult son who has Down Syndrome, Rosalie Edes has been a well-known advocate for high quality community-based person-centered services for more than 30 years. She was instrumental in developing the EI Family Rights Program, the EI Parent Leadership program, the Family TIES parent-to-parent network and oversaw the statewide care coordination system for children with special health care needs.
Eileen Berger has worked as a disability and student services administrator in higher education for 28 years and as a speech, language and hearing specialist in K-12 education. Eileen consults with families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. She has directed disability services in Bunker Hill Community College, Salem State University and for 18 years at Harvard University GSE as administrator in Student Affairs and Access and Disability Services.
Kim began her career working with men and women with developmental disabilities in various organizations that provided independent living supports and residential services. Over the years, she formed strong relationships with other professionals in the field and developed a sound knowledge of resources and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Ellen Heald is currently a principal at the Northshore Education Consortium Transitions Programs of SOAR and Embark which are located on the campus of Salem State University. The SOAR and Embark programs assist to implement transition services to special education students ages 18-22 with transition services.
Karen is the parent of an adult son with severe autism, so she has been through the system herself and has experience with it, both professionally and personally.