Elaine’s passion, dedication and drive for assisting families with children with disabilities stems from being a mother of a child with a disability. As a mother she advocated for her son’s education; as a result he was the first inclusion student in Schenectady High School. Some of her achievements include launching the Challenger Division Baseball League in Schenectady County and serving as PTSO President for five years at Schenectady High School. During this time she started a college application scholarship fund. She designed the Summer Adventure day camp program in conjunction with the City Mission to reduce educational regression for at risk students. Elaine was awarded “Parent of the Year” award by Mrs. Cuomo for assisting in finding the funds for after school programs at Living Resources and assisting in finding models for the Medicaid Waiver Program. Elaine also designed and developed a support group in conjunction with OPWDD and Family and Child Services named “Parents as Peers.” Working with Schenectady County Community College Elaine paved the way for parents to earn a college credit upon completion of this program. “Parents as Peers” was so successful it was implemented in other agencies and today it is still an active and viable resource being utilized for the many agencies. Elaine has worked for Schenectady City School District for 17 years as the Tutoring Coordinator.
She is a lifelong resident of Schenectady with her husband Don and her son Donnie. Elaine finds it a pleasure to serve on a board that has always been near and dear to her heart. She thinks it is a privilege and honor to give back to a community and district that has given so much to her and her family.