MovingMindsForward Foundation
A
501(c)(3)organization

 

MovingMindsForward Foundation
 Professional Board Members

 

 

 

 

 Michelle Mahabirsingh, Esq--Founder, Executive Director is a special education legal consultant and a Public Service Fellow for the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. Michelle holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland and received her Juris Doctorate (JD) in law from Fordham Law School. She is certified to practice law in both New York & New Jersey. Prior to founding MMFF, Michelle was an Acquisition-Finance Attorney for the Manhattan Law Firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. She has also interned for the US Attorney's Office (Eastern District) and the NYSE.


Michelle sits on Children’s Specialized Hospital’s, Family Advisory Council, chairs a district wide Special Education Advisory Committee and is a certified SPAN resource parent. She has also served as a ProBono Legal Affiliate for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice.

Most Recently, Michelle has presented for large companies such as Roche Pharmaceuticals, Children's Specialized Hospital and Johnson & Johnson.  In March & June 2012, Michelle testified before Senator Ruiz and the Senate Education Committee, on behalf of several large special needs organizations such as The Arc & ASAH, on the topic of teacher evaluations and how to best ensure special education excellence is included in Senator Ruiz’s TeachNJ proposal.  In addition, Michelle has attended World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations, as a guest of the Bangladesh Embassy (the organizers of the first Global Conference on Autism, 2010).

 Stacey Pitts, Assistant Director, is a certified Teacher of the Handicapped. She currently works as a Developmental Interventionist ervicing children under age three and their families in Early Intervention. Prior to workning in Early Intervention, she provided services to children in their homes, schools and center based facilities. During her 13 years of working in the field, Stacey has worked with over 200 children with special needs and their families. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and Felician College.

 

 

 Renay Zamloot is a professional Education Advocate for children and young adults (ages 3-21) with disabilities and has been assisting families in securing appropriate educational services since 1995. She participates in hundreds of meetings per year including: IEP Meetings, Mediation Conferences, 504 Conferences, Manifestation Determination Meetings and other related meetings. She, herself, is the parent of children with disabilities who continue to receive special education and related services. Ms. Zamloot has been trained and certified by the New Jersey Department of Human Services as a Surrogate Educational Parent and she regularly participates in national and statewide conferences, workshops and other training programs to remain current on legislative changes and trends in education. She is a member of the NJ Coalition for Special Education Funding Reform, NJ Special Education Practitioners’ Group and Council of Parent Attorneys of Advocates

 

 Eva O’Malley is the Founder and Coordinator of Monmouth-Ocean CHADD and a CHADD National Membership and Affiliate Services Committee member. When she decided to bring CHADD to central NJ in 2008, she trained with CHADD to become a Certified Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD instructor and attended all National and Regional Conferences to become better educated and qualified to facilitate a chapter for the organization. Having a son with ADHD/LD/CAPD was the motivation to get involved with CHADD and start helping families. Being diagnosed at age 44 with ADHD/LD/CAPD, was the validation to do more. Monmouth-Ocean CHADD is the 2010 Winner of CHADD's "Affiliate of the Year" Award and a presenter at CHADD National Conference's Volunteer Training. Eva is a inspiring advocate for families and a leader in her community. She reaches out to parents who are looking for answers to some very tough questions about raising their children with ADHD. She has won several awards for her volunteerism and she is always willing to go out of her way to help.

 

Jamil Brown has served families and students with autism spectrum disorders since 1999. He successfully coordinated the inclusion-based preschool and pre-kindergarten programs at Walden Early Childhood Center of the Emory Autism Center. In 2004, Mr. Brown returned to New Jersey and served as a consultant to private families, agencies and school districts. In 2006, Hybridge Learning Group was created. Mr. Brown has implemented effective behavior management strategies for individuals with developmental disabilities ranging from toddlers through late adulthood. He has provided presentations and workshops to both parents and educators on various topics ranging from preliminary play skills to advanced social skills. Jamil Brown holds a B.A in psychology from Emory University and a M.A. in Psychology as well.

 

Gilda D. Gallaro, MS OTR/L is recognized for her all embracing work in treating processing disorders. She has a great understanding for treating the neurological foundational causes for sensory processing problems. Her integrative, brain-balanced approach to treatment and extensive training of parents has contributed to her success with children with disabilities. Gilda graducated from Kean University with a BA in Psychology. She received a BS in Health Sciences and a MS in Occupational Therapy from Touro College. Gilda holds an advanced clinical certification in Sensory Integration and is certificed to adminster the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). She holds a certification in Yoga for the Special Child, ABT-The Listening Program, ILS - Integrated Listenting Systems, Interactive Metronome and Handwriting without Tears. She is well versed in ABA and Floortime, as well a s multitute of auditory, and vestibular, based therapies.

 

Dawn Albert, CPA is a Principal at Dorfman Mizrach & Thaler, LLP, an accounting and consulting firm. With over 25 years of experience in the accounting profession, she has accumulated a wide array of experience, ranging from regional public accounting practice to private manufacturing, and internal audit. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to her professional career, Dawn is the mother of three children classified for special education and has been actively advocating for her children and others for over 15 years.

Kush Shukla received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Shukla studied international law in Mexico at Universidad de Panamericana and Universidad de Guanajuato. Additionally, while in law school, Mr. Shukla was a recipient of the prestigious Archibald R. Murray Public Service award and the Leitner Fellowship. Mr. Shukla was also a member of the Fordham International Law Journal.

Mr. Shukla is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the New Jersey Association for Justice.

 

 

MovingMindsForward Foundation
Parent Advisory Board Members

Parents are the heart and soul of MovingMindsForward Foundation!

Evelyn Delgado has worked for over 14 years advocating for the autistic community. In April 2008, she received a Mayor's citation "Volunteer Recognition Award" April 2008. She is proud to have joined Moving Minds Foundation in July, 2010. This is an organization concerned with the issues of special education and the special needs community. Its members consist of concerned parents dedicated in helping each other by sharing information and becoming an instrument of change. It educates its members about disabiltiy rights, legislative issues, IEP issues and more... It also assists members by providing them the tools needed to develop leadership skills and advocated for their children. Evelyn is an active member of many organizations including POAC, is the Coordinator for Special Olympics- Middlesex County and is the facilitator for Monday Morning Network- Middlesex County

 

DenisePflaumer-Capici, MFT is the mother of twins born in 2005, one diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Denise has been actively learning to navigate the systems of doctors, schools and professionals working with children within the ASD. Much of what she learned came through the connections she made with Moving Minds Forward Foundation and its members and she’s so thankful to the guidance and support she’s received, she hopes to pay it forward in supporting other parents.

 

Keilani Abdullah, MA, has served as a Member of the Board of Moving Minds Forward Foundation since 2010. She brings over a decade of experience in program coordination, youth program development and as an educator. Also, she is the co-chair of CARES Council, the community advisory board for mid-NJ Early Intervention services. Keilani's inspiration to serve comes from her own 7 year son with ASD, and the children and families sharing the same journey that are finding success everyday.

Kwame W. Asante was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He came to the United
States at the age of twelve and lived with his parents and two younger siblings. He grew up in Newark where he attended Blessed Sacrament and Science High School respectively.
Mr. Asante is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Africana Studies. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Cambridge College and is currently a doctoral candidate at Seton Hall University. He has been in the field of education for nearly twenty-two years and enjoys being a part of the educational development of young scholars. He is currently a principal of a middle school with approximately 500 students.

Patricia Juliano is a Management Consultant in New Business Development and Project Management. Industries include: Telecom, Financial and Mortgage, IT, Media and Medical Industries. Patricia provides Sales and New Business Development and maintains an extensive network of associates, including in the Medical Field: Podiatrists, and Chiropractors, Finance: including Hedge Fund contacts, Private Equity Groups acquiring new technologies, Commercial Funding, and buyers and sellers in commodities markets. Working as project manager within new business development on interactive technologies and IT deployments, Patricia has successfully accomplished many projects within AT&T, IBM and Lucent Technologies.

 

Monica Brown is the mom of two amazing kids with autism placing no limits on their potential.