Governing Council

Governing Council of the New York State Special Education Task Force

The New York State Special Education Task Force is governed by a Governing Council comprised of representatives from regional task forces, advocacy organizations, schools, school organizations, government-funded parent centers, educational systems, service providers, and State government.

Governing Council Members 

Jennifer Monthie, Esq.
Legal Director
Disability Rights New York

Michele Jones, Esq.
School Attorney
Capital Region BOCES

Ruthanne Fennelly
Advocate & Parent

Rensselaer County System of Care 

Julie Keegan, Esq.
PADD Program Director
Disability Rights New York

Darlene King
Director of Pupil Services
Saratoga Springs City School District

Tara Moffett, Esq.
School Attorney
Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C.

 Jenny Hutkowski
Director of Parent Training & Info.
The Advocacy Center

 Steve Oill

Family Peer Advocate
Northern Rivers Family of Services

Sue Ruff

Southern Tier Special Education Task Force Representative

Parent & Advocate
Southern Tier Independence Center

Jessica Baumann

Co-Chair of Lower Hudson

SETF, Putnam Independent Living Services

Renee Brenner

Co-Chair of Mid-Hudson SETF

Mary Compo

Co-Chair of Northern Tier Task Force


Jessica Greenstein

 Co-Chair of Mid-Hudson SETF


Mike Lively

 Co-Chair of Northern Tier SETF

Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES

Julie Passman Esq.,

Co-Chair of Lower Hudson SETF,

Julie Passman, Attorney at Law

Dianne Pennings

 Co-Chair of Central NY SETF

 Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York

Shari Rosato

 Co-Chair of Capital District SETF

 Schalmont Central Schools

Christen Smith, Esq.,

Co-Chair of Capital District SETF

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

Katherine Teasdale-Edwards

 Co-Chair of Central New York SETF, Syracuse City School District