Newsline Volume 33, Number 3

Federation Staff Comings and Goings

Laura YellickLaura Yellick has been hired as the new Director of Training for the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). Laura is the proud mother of an 18 year old daughter with an intellectual disability and a 10 month old infant. She holds a B.A. in Religion from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. degree from Western New England College School of Law. Laura has worked as an attorney with a small private practice firm. Laura completed the FCSN Parent Consultant Training Course three years ago and has been working with families as an advocate and FCSN workshop presenter ever since. "I am proud to join the Federation staff and look forward to working with such a distinguished and passionate group to accomplish great things!"

Sarah StevensonSarah Stevenson is our new Communications Coordinator. This is a new position for the Federation which focuses on using technology and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and others to ensure the Federation is accessible to anyone interested. Sarah's background includes experience in database, IT, web-based management and graphic design. Previously she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at the MA Adoption Resource Exchange. Sarah additionally brings knowledge, experience and skills in the area of fundraising, including grant writing, event planning, communications and social media.

Emily GaudetteEmily Gaudette has been appointed as the Project Coordinator for the Recruitment, Training and Support Center (RTSC) at the Federation. This project supports the needs of Special Education Surrogate Parent volunteers who volunteer to fill the parent role for students with special needs in state care and custody. Emily recently moved to Boston from New Mexico. She brings many outstanding computer and organizational skills to her new position. Emily is also a gifted writer, winning many awards in college.