I have been involved in the field of advocating for people with developmental disabilities since 2001, when my middle son was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality. In 2003, I had the opportunity to start a parent support group in New Jersey, where we lived at the time. Formerly a practicing attorney, I have served as an educational advocate for families in Middle Tennessee since 2005. I served as Director of the Legal Advocacy Program at The Arc of Davidson County from 2007 through early 2009. There, among other accomplishments, I co-developed the Volunteer Advocacy Program with our intern at the time, Meghan Burke. The VAP now resides within the VKC. Prior to working for The Arc of Davidson County, I served on its Board of Directors for several years.
In 2011, I started a nonrofit, Special Education Advocacy Center, dedicated to advocating for families and students with disabilities in the education context. I have served since 2008 on the Mayor's Advisory Council for Special Education, and had also had the opportunity to work with Mental Disability Rights International, an international disability advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., while our familiy lived in Serbia from early 2009 through the middle of 2010. I was also actively involved in starting a disability awareness committee at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville in the 2006-2007 timeframe.