You may find our experience typical given the world today, but I am astounded by the fast pace which we must maintain to keep our advocacy effective! This fast pace cannot be successfully maintained without a strong professional team, for which I’m extremely grateful.
We work collaboratively with chapters, partner agencies and many families and volunteers – but staff are needed for consistent coordination, support, and communication.
The past two weeks alone are testament to the fast pace we maintain.
Beginning with April 7, we focused on:
- a trip to the nation’s capital for Medicaid and Social Security and other much needed federal policies
- stage 2 of our state budget advocacy
- our last regional state of the state presentation
- preparations for the April 30 hearing on Nicky’s/Dana’s Law (Registry)
- a stakeholders’ meeting on the workforce
- MassHealth’s newest managed care program
- and a new legislative committee on employment
Those pictured above comprise most of the education or policy related team: Maura Sullivan, Charlie Fiske, Robbie Rubet (graduate Social Work intern), Katerina Daley, Ellen Taverna, Kerry Mahoney, and Herb Cabral – with me holding the selfie frame. Most who are pictured are part-time! They, along with four others, help to keep the crossfire at a minimum and collaboration/communication at a maximum.
All for the outcomes that move our mission forward!
Leo V. Sarkissian
PS. You can find three sets of our outcomes here: