2014-2015 IPSN PTA Board
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Penny Boyle - President
My daughter, Sophie, is a junior at Metea Valley HS. Sophie was born in Sweden and we moved to Naperville in 2003 when Sophie started kindergarten. Sophie has been diagnosed with Receptive & Expressive language disorder, ADD, Auditory-processing disorder and anxiety. I grew up in Sweden and my husband, Mike, is from the Southside of Chicago. I work full-time at Centrad Healthcare LLC here in Naperville.
“IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD” When it comes to kids with special needs I believe that quote is true. I have come to realize that almost everything I know about resources for my daughter I have received from friends, acquaintances and strangers with disabled family members.
My goal as IPSN PTA President is to gather and share resources, about school and community, which will help families, caregivers and students. I have a great team and I’m confident we will have a great year.
Julie Parker - 1st Vice President
My name is Julie Parker. I have two children who have special needs. One was diagnosed with high functioning autism and the other was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental delay not otherwise specified). Having gone through all the therapies (OT, PT, speech, social development, ABA, vision, psychological…) with my first one really helped prepare me to better address the issues faced by my second child. Through my experiences helping my own children, I can help others navigate the waters of the Special Needs Ocean.
During the 2014-2015 school year, my oldest will be a sophomore at Waubonsie and my youngest will be in the fourth grade. As they age, their issues morph from year to year. I hope in my position as First Vice President of the IPSNPTA to be able to support the organization so we don’t lose it as a resource for families dealing with special needs. Having the challenges we face on a regular basis with our children can leave us, as parents, feeling very isolated. I am also a single mom, so that isolation is even more keenly felt in my situation. For the wellbeing of the caretakers, it is imperative that we have peer support and resources when we need them.
In addition to serving on the SNPTA, I was the past President of the PTA for Fry Elementary. I also facilitate the Naperville Parents of Children with Asperger’s Support Group. I also participate in the District 204 2E (twice exceptional) support group, the Meetup Autism is Medical group, and the TACA Meetup group. Workwise, I am a Collaborative Divorce attorney. I help people navigate their divorce outside of the court system, in a kinder, gentler, team approach that emphasizes the best interests of the family.
Kathy Panagopoulos - 2nd Vice President
I have two young boys and live with my family in Naperville, a place I've called home for the past seven years. During this time, my oldest son has been diagnosed and re-diagnosed a few times, based on tests, observations, and evaluations. His quirkiness currently places him on the Autistic Spectrum, but as many parents know, labels are just one part of any treatment. This is the first time I've served on a PTA board, and feel grateful to give back in a meaningful way to a community that has helped my husband and me in both big and small ways to help our son.
In my previous life, I lived in Chicago and spent more than 10 years in corporate public relations.
Shobha Kumarapuram - Treasurer
I am a stay at home mom with 2 wonderful kids. My son is 12 years and is on the autism spectrum. My daughter is a typically developing 6 years old. I have a background in Electrical engineering and MBA and worked in the Telecomm industry before the world of autism took me by storm. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Special Education to enhance my knowledge to educate children with special needs.
I have been in and out of the PTA for a couple of years. This year I intend to increase my working knowledge of PTA by taking up the "money person" post, as I would call a Treasurer. I am very excited at this opportunity to be part of this new wonderful team. I hope to meet more people, share experiences and gain understanding as to ways and means support our children. I look forward to the coming year.
Nanette Cote Recording - Secretary
While I am originally from Rhode Island, the Midwest has felt like home to me for half of my life. In 1995, I relocated to Aurora, Illinois to work as a speech-language assistant in an elementary and middle school settings. I continued my work in the same district throughout graduate school and in 1998, I received my MA in Communication Disorders at Northern Illinois University. My practicums and clinical studies were completed in New England; however, several years later, I returned to live in the "Windy City" while working for a traveling clinical agency. After finishing my work commitment, I trekked back to Massachusetts and married my husband, Chris, then had our son, Drake.
In 2011, my husband's company relocated us to Naperville and I couldn't be happier with the opportunities that this area provides for our now eight-year-old son and my speech career! By 2012, I launched my private practice, Naperville Therapediatrics out of my home office. That same year, my speech-language blog: speech2me.blogspot.com was recognized as one of the top 100 blogs of the year.
After having settled in both at home and work, I wanted to be sure to stay connected and current on the needs of children in my home district. When I saw that there were openings on the special needs PTA board, I thought that a position on this board would be the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about our school district and help make a difference for families. I hope to provide more educational opportunities about resources available in our district for children with special needs by proactively being part of a team that organizes professional presentations. I look forward to a successful year with a dynamic team!
Trudy Sanchez - Corresponding Secretary
My daughter, Carly, is in Kindergarten at Owen Elementary. Our home school is Gombert.
I joined the IPSN PTA board in hopes to meet and collaborate with other parents and caregivers with special needs children. My goal is to use my association with IPSN PTA to bring special needs awareness to my local community, as well as, gain their support in providing resources to our members. Having a special needs child brings unique challenges to life that many people do not understand. I find myself having to frequently explain things to people who have never experienced special needs parenting or care giving. Having a caregiver support group along with community support and resources is crucial to our special needs community. What better way to do that than through a group where everyone has similar wants and needs.
I look forward to advocating with you and for you.