Saturday, April 17, 2021
6:00 PM Pacific
Puget Sound LPA is very proud to present this webinar designed to empower parents and guardians to effectively advocate for their LP child. This Zoom webinar is open to all Parents of Little People.
Nancy has been married 35 years and is a LP mother of 2 grown children. She has 38 years of teaching experience behind her of grades K-8 and special ed. One of the first teachers in her district to integrate students with IEPs into the general education setting in a co-teaching situation. Served on committees with parents of special needs children, advocating their children's rights to receive access to equal education opportunities. She's always been a strong voice in speaking up for people of short stature. Currently Nancy serves the Puget Sound Chapter as board Secretary.
Chelsea has four children: three average height, and one with Diastrophic Dysplasia. She works in the legislative branch of the federal government and is earning a law degree at the University of Washington. She is a fierce advocate for children’s civil rights in public education and wants to empower students and parents with information and resources so they can be confident their rights are being upheld. Chelsea currently serves the Puget Sound Chapter in the Advocacy and Community Outreach officer position.
Lori Guevara has been practicing civil litigation law for more than 20 years. She currently works at the Seattle firm of Goldberg & Jones and she also serves as a guardian ad litem for children in need. She has three adult children and three grandchildren. Her youngest grandchild has SEDc.
Colleen Gioffreda, lover of all things to do with dwarfism, is lucky enough to work as the Clinical Operations Program Administrator for the Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias at Johns Hopkins. She has a long (rather tenuous) job description, but her job duties basically include talking to a lot of people about how cool dwarfism is. And emails. Lots and lots of emails.
In her LPA life, Colleen is LPA’s National Adoption Coordinator and is a co-chair of the conference management committee. She is also a member of the Medical Advisory Board, and coordinates the medical portion of the national conferences.
Colleen and her family live in Maryland, and have been experiencing pandemic life mostly in pajama pants. She has four children, all with achondroplasia, who are moderately embarrassed by her on a weekly basis. The two dogs, however, seem to be big fans.
Samantha (she/her) lives in Winnipeg, Canada with her husband, teenage son and two dogs. She along with her son, was born with achondroplasia and spends a great deal of her personal time advocating for Little People. Samantha works in the field of Human Resources and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Disability Studies.
Weekly, she moderates a Zoom call titled Where’s the Wine for AH parents raising LPs. Sam also serves on the LPA National Advocacy Committee.
PUGET SOUND CHAPTER HOST
Deana has served the Puget Sound Chapter of LPA for 7 years. She is currently serving her second term as Chapter President. Deana's passion for LPA advocacy was born the same day Ayden, her 14 year old LP grandson came into the world.
Deana serves on the LPA National Advocacy Committee and was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington State Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
Deana resides in Bothell, Washington with her husband of 40 years, grandson Ayden, maltipoo pup Molly Malone and 6 chickens.
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