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Mary-Beth Landy is the Training and Support Specialist for the Recruitment, Training, and Support Center (RTSC), a Project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, training and supporting Special Education Surrogate Parents. She has served as a Family and Educational Advocate for almost ten years. She has been worked as the Call center Coordinator for the Federation’s Call Center, assisting families and professional by educating, informing, and empowering them in Special Education rights and services, including the federal and state laws. Mary-Beth has run her own educational advocacy agency, specializing in mental health issues. She has been a trainer and facilitator for National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI Mass), as well as a Family Partner for Riverside Community Care, where she worked with families of children with mental health issues.  Mary-Beth is the parent of two children adopted through the Department of Children and Families.  Contact:  mlandy@fcsn.org (617) 399-8341

Ivone Rego is the Project Associate at RTSC. She is the mother of two rambunctious kiddos, a dog-lover; baby-whisperer, yoga enthusiast, avid filmmaker and amateur Portuguese culinarian. After decades of working in the film industry, Ivone’s focus shifted upon receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder for her son. Like many others, this became the catalyst that pushed her to become a better informed parent; and now Special Education Consultant and Advocate. Ivone completed trainings at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA); Mass Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) – Advocacy Bootcamp and Family Leadership Series; Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – Regional Leadership Series; The Federation for Children with Special Needs – PTI and RTSC; as well as Cultural Diversity, Trauma and Social-Emotional IEP development, Mandated Reporting, Human Rights and more. She is currently completing her degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Contact: irego@fcsn.org (617) 399-8342

Eileen Sandberg is the Training and Support Specialist for the Recruitment, Training, and Support Center (RTSC) as well as the Pathways for Parents Coordinator.  She has five children with special needs, and has worked in a volunteer capacity for many years, including four years as the chairperson for the Newton SEPAC.  Eileen has an MBA degree and a PhD in Health Policy, and previously worked at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Tufts Medical Center as a health economics researcher.  Like many FCSN employees, she came to know the world of special needs through her children, and switched careers to use that expertise. Contact: esandberg@fcsn.org (617) 399-8312

Renee Williams is the Project Director at RTSC. She was previously an Outreach and Recruitment Specialist at RTSC, recruiting and training volunteers in Eastern Massachusetts. Renee has worked as a Special Education Advocate/Consultant since completing the Parent Consultant Training Institute in 2005. She held the position of President of the Special Needs Advocacy Network for four years and was also an appointed Special Education Surrogate Parent. Renee is the proud mother of four children including a son on the autism spectrum.  Contact: rwilliams@fcsn.org (617) 399-8311

Jean Willoughby is the Outreach and Recruitment Specialist at RTSC, recruiting and training Special Education Surrogate Parent volunteers in the Eastern Massachusetts region.  She is a former Chair and current member of the North Andover Parent Advisory Council. She is a trained Special Education Advocate/ Parent Consultant and has a background in Sales and Marketing. She is also the mother of three teenagers, one of which has disabilities.  Contact: jwilloughby@fcsn.org (617) 399-8369