Meet the Board

 In their own words…

Elissa Milto, President

“I am excited to be involved with SEPAC, working with families and the school district to improve the lives of students with disabilities and their families. I believe there is power in families working together to make change. As President, I hope that I will be able to help parents feel confident that their children’s experiences in school will help them obtain the skills they need to live a full life, and to help strengthen relationships between families and the school district. For my own child, I want him to be happy, be able to have a job that he enjoys, and to have close personal connections. I hope that through working with other parents in SEPAC, we can all work toward those things for our children.”

“My background is in education and social work. I taught high school students with special needs. Before that, I worked with children and adults with disabilities to help them live better lives and access resources that would help them participate more fully in their communities. Although my current job does not focus specifically on children with special needs, I am part of an engineering department at a local university and focus on ways that all students in K-12 can participate as equal members of the classroom when in engaged in hands-on, engineering design projects. I also participate in research looking at how children with autism can improve social skills while engineering in groups.”

“Of course, even more important to me than my work, is my own children. I am so proud of what they have accomplished and how hard they work.”

 

Julie Cotton, Vice President

Julie has been on the Board as Vice President for about two years now. When we told her it was time to give us something for the “Meet the Board” section of the website, she said: “Just grab whatever’s on my work website” (She works at Faces Brewing Co. in Malden). So here you go:

“Like Ma with the meatloaf, we never know what she’s doing back there, but she’s got her hands in everything.” We can say the same about here here at the SEPAC: whether it’s parenting, advocating, communicating with the district, attending committee meetings, or taking copious notes at our Open Meetings, Julie is a force, through and through.

 

Jennifer Young, Secretary

“’m excited to join the SEPAC’s Executive Board this year. While I’ve attended meetings in the past, I’m happy to be able to volunteer more of my free time and give back to the organization that has provided me with so much help and support over the years.”

“My role as Secretary will include capturing meeting minutes, creating a new online email database, sending out monthly SEPAC emails, and working with the team to increase our family engagement within the Woburn school community.”

“Aside from typing meeting minutes, attending IEP meetings, and advocating for my daughter, I work in corporate marketing for MassGeneral Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism and the MGH Aspire Program.”

 

Adam Chapman, Treasurer

“I’ve been involved with the SEPAC for close to ten years now: first as a volunteer, then as the de facto webmaster, and finally as coordinator of our annual College Fair (the last Wednesday of every March; save the date). Naturally, the next progression was to join the executive board.”

“While my title is Treasurer, my role still encompasses the website, social media platforms, and events for the SEPAC. We all do a lot here, because there’s a lot to do. As my colleagues have said so well, our goal is to provide a resource for families of students with disabilities and differences, to work with the district toward better communication and organization, and to build community in an inclusive and positive way.”

“Along with my SEPAC responsibilities, I juggle my job in broadcasting, advocating for my teenage son, and caring for my daughter along side their amazing mom. I try to get outdoors as much as possible, too: snowboarding in the winter, swimming in the summer, and hiking in the spring and fall.”