Newsline Volume 32, Number 4

New Addition to the Federation Staff

Please join us in welcoming Linda Surprenant to the Parent Training and Information center (PTI) team! She is now the Information Specialist in Western Massachusetts. Linda is a registered nurse with a 22-year-old daughter with complex health care needs and significant developmental disabilities who has successfully transitioned from special education. Linda completed the Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI) in 2001 and has been a very active volunteer for the Federation. She has hosted the Western Massachusetts PCTI for many years, volunteered at the Federation's annual conference, and supports the Parent Consultant Network monthly meetings. In addition, Linda is an excellent trainer who has done an outstanding job presenting many Federation workshops.

Linda's previous work experience includes conducting orientation trainings for new nurses in an Intensive Care Unit, and acting as a presenter/trainer for Closing the Gap (a conference for augmentative communication, assistive technology, etc). Linda is an active member of the Holyoke/Chicopee Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) and the Complaint Resolution Team (CRT) for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). As an active volunteer in her daughter's local school district, she focused on educating students about disabilities. Linda also served as the president of her Parent Advisory Council (PAC) for 10 years. Welcome Linda!