Welcome to the Federation’s Newest Board Members
The Federation’s Board of Directors is made up of a majority of parents and also business leaders in the community who are passionate about children with special needs. We are pleased to welcome the following new members to our Board:
Susan Arndt is a parent and advocate for her son, Zachary. She is involved in the special needs community volunteering as an officer for her town’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council. At her son’s school she is a Corporator, committee member for some of their fundraising projects and was an officer of the Parent Advisory Group. She is the Committee Chairperson for the Federation’s annual Gala. Susan has taken many Federation trainings, including the Parent Consultant Training Institute in 2011, is trained as a Special Education Surrogate Parent, and has testified on Special Education issues at the State House. Susan’s professional background is in interior design and home staging.
Philomena Asante, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission, the city’s public health agency. Trained at the Harvard School of Public Health and at the Children’s Hospital Boston, Dr. Asante transitioned back into public health in 2014 after years of private pediatric practice. She is part of the Community Advisory Board at the Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Asante has a child with ADHD and a sister with moderate developmental delay. Her passion lies in supporting immigrant families with Children with Special Health Care Needs.
Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a disability rights advocate, public speaker and the mother of three children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome. She was the Allen Crocker Fellow with the Mass Developmental Disabilities Council and is currently the co-chair of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Advisory Committee, a family faculty member of Boston Children’s Hospital Institute for Professional Ethics, a family faculty member for The Arc of MA Operation House Call and a consultant with The Institute for Community Inclusion (UMass) and The Institute on Disability (UNH).
Teresita Ramos, Esquire, is an attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute specializing in civil rights, language access, and education. She has served on the Wellesley School Committee, is the Co-Chair of the MA Department of Education’s Special Education Advisory Committee, and was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to the Board of Registration of Social Workers of the Commonwealth of MA. She is the mother of two girls, one of whom has autism.
Leo Rotman, CFP, is the founder of River Financial Group, LLC and specializes in working with families that have children with disabilities. He lives in Sudbury, MA with his two boys- Jakob and Noah, one of whom has autism. He is the founder of Metro West United Sports, a non-profit program that runs unified sports for children with disabilities. When not working or volunteering, Leo enjoys spending time with his boys, traveling the world and Cross Fit.