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Special Education State Advisory Council

The Maryland Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC) is established in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part B). The mission of the SESAC is to advise and assist the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services in administering, promoting, planning, coordinating, and improving the delivery of special education and related services to assure that all children with disabilities, three through 21 years of age, and their families have access to appropriate education and related services.

Click here for SESAC Bylaws.

Membership: The SESAC membership conforms to the requirements of federal and State regulations. The majority of the members shall be individuals with disabilities or parents of students, ages birth through 21, with disabilities.

SESAC Members (As of April 1, 2016)

Parent - Kelly Meissner, SESAC Chair (Parents' Place of Maryland)

Parent – Rhonda Creecy, Co-Chair (Harford County) Resigned March 2016

Parent – Kathleen Barazotto (Frederick County)

Parent – Leanne Carmona (Anne Arundel County)

Parent - Yvonne Hu Cotto (Howard County)

Parent – Martha Goodman (Baltimore County)

Parent – Marjorie Guldar (Carroll County)

Parent – Dawn Koplos (Anne Arundel County)

Parent – Neal Lichter (Baltimore County)

Parent – Carol Strootman (Queen Anne’s County)

Parent – Sarah Wayland (Prince George’s County)

Agency Staff – Carmen Brown (Maryland State Department of Education, MSDE)

Agency/ Provider - Michelle Stewart (DORS)

Agency/Provider - Jamie Stoner (ARC of Maryland)

Agency/Provider - Angela Smith (DHR)

Agency/Provider – Brian Fausel (SEED School)

Agency/Provider – Dori Flynn (Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities, MANSEF)

Agency/Provider – Kathy Kaufman (Carroll County)

Agency/Provider – Rachel London, Esq., (Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council)

Agency/Provider – Valerie Ashton-Thomas (Homeless Education and Neglected & Delinquent Specialist)

Agency/Provider – Maura Taylor (Maryland State Education Association, MSEA) (DESIGNEE)

Agency/Provider – Ty Blackwell (Department of Juvenile Services)​


Meetings:
SESAC general meetings are open to the public. Special needs requests, including interpreter and translator services, should be requested at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled meeting to allow adequate time to secure a service provider. For meeting information or to request special accommodations, contact the SESAC staff liaison at MSDE: 410-767-7197


SESAC Meeting Schedule
  March 2016 - June 2016

GENERAL MEETINGS: The SESAC will hold monthly general meetings during the period. General meetings provide SESAC members, families, partners, and concerned citizens the opportunity to participate, in person, in the work of the Committee. All general meetings are open to the public.

March 21, 2016/ 10 am – 1 pm
JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

April 11, 2016/ 10 am – 1 pm
JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

May 16, 2016/ 10 am – 1 pm
JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

June 14, 2016/ 10 am – 1 pm
JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

SESAC Meeting Minutes


Contact Information

Carmen A. Brown, LCSWC, Branch Chief, Interagency Collaboration Branch
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21117
Phone: 410-767-7197
Email: carmen.brown1@maryland.gov

 

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