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State Interagency Coordinating Council

The Maryland State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) is established in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C). The mission of the SICC is to advise and assist the lead agency (Maryland State Department of Education) in administering, promoting, planning, coordinating, and improving the early childhood intervention and education system of services.

Click here for SICC Bylaws.

Membership: The SICC is comprised of stakeholders in Maryland's early intervention and education system of services for children ages birth to five. Membership includes parents of children with disabilities, service providers, personnel preparation staff from local universities, state agency administrators, and Sate legislators.

SICC Members (As of 1/28/2014)


1 - Parent - Ms. Curtisha Hopkins (Anne Arundel County)

2 - Parent - Ms. Miji Kim (Howard County)

3 - Parent - Ms. Karen Larenas, Vice Chair (Howard County)

4 - Parent - Abila Tazanu-Legall, M.D. (Prince George's County)


5 - Provider - Brenda Hussey-Gardner, Ph.D., Chair (University of Maryland, School of Medicine) 

6 - Provider - Ms. Karen Mull (Maryland Family Network)

7 - Provider - Ms. Mary Leppert (Kennedy Krieger Institute)

8 - Provider - Ms. Natasha Fields (Montgomery County)


9 - State Legislator - The Honorable Guy Guzzone (Maryland House of Delegates)


10 - Personnel Preparation - Ms. Erin Stauder, M.S., CCC/SLP (Loyola College in Maryland)

11 - Personnel Preparation - Amy Sargent, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education)


12 - State Partner - Ms. Marcella E. Franczkowski, M.S., (MSDE, Early Intervention Services/Preschool Special Education, Birth Through 5)

13 - State Partner - Ms. Margaret "Mike" Berman (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Medicaid Programs)

14 - State Partner - Ms. Laura Barbee-Matthews (Prince George’s County Head Start)

15 - State Partner - Ms. Elizabeth Kelley (MSDE, Child Care Office)

16 - State Partner - Ms. Nancy Egan, Esq. (Maryland Insurance Administration)

17 - State Partner - Mr. John McGinnis (MSDE, Homeless Education)

18 - State Partner - Ms. Shannon McRae (DHR, Foster Care)

19 - State Partner - Deborah Badawi, M.D. (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs)

20 - State Partner - Mr. George Failla, Esq. (Governor's Office for Children)

21 - Ex-Officio Member - Ms. Rachel London, Esq. (Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council)

Meetings: The SICC will hold four General Meetings and one SICC/LICC joint meeting during the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. General meetings provide SICC membership, families, partners, and concerned citizens the opportunity to provide comment regarding Maryland's system of early intervention and preschool special education services. General meetings are also an opportunity for members and other interested parties to participate, in person, in the work of the Council.

All meetings are open to the public.

Requests for special accommodation, including interpreter and translator services, must be recevied at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled meeting to allow enough time to secure a service provider. For meeting information or to request special accommodations, contact the MSDE, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services at 410-767-0261 or toll free in Maryland at 1-800-535-0182.

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 1-4 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Thursday, December 5,2013, 1-4 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 1-4 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1-4 pm, JHU Center for Technology in Education, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Thursday, June 5, 2014, ANNUAL JOINT LICC/SICC MEETING, 12-4 pm, Location To Be Determined

SICC Meeting Minutes:


Contact Information
Donna Riley, Branch Chief
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0249
Fax:  410-333-8165


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