Board Members

Back row left to right: Miriam Freedman, Mary Bevernick, Diana McDonough
Front row: Leni von Blanckensee, Kate Parnes,  Judith Van Hoorn

Diana McDonough, President

Diana has worked for 30 years as an attorney for pubic school districts.  She has two children, three other children by marriage, and eight grandchildren.  Her special interest is the education of girls.

Kate Parnes, Vice President

Kate has worked as a public school administrator for 35 years.  She has three children.  Her career has focused on quality education for children with disabilities.

Judith Van Hoorn, Secretary

Judy is a retired professor of education, author, and researcher focused on children’s development and diverse cultures. A long-time early childhood educator and peace psychologist, she works with organizations to improve the lives of children and their families. Judy is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Mary Bevernick, Treasurer

Mary is a retired educator with a commitment to education for all. She has focused on providing access to quality educational opportunities for students with special needs as a teacher and administrator for more than thirty years. She has two daughters and four grandsons. In retirement, Mary hopes to continue to support education on a global level.

Leni von Blanckensee, Webmaster

Leni recently retired after 37 years as a teacher, consultant, “school reform coach”, and district administrator. She is married with two daughters and two granddaughters.  She continues to volunteer in schools and work for organizations that support children.

Miriam Freedman

Miriam has worked for and with children in public schools “forever”– first as a teacher, then as a hearing officer and attorney representing Massachusetts school districts, and now as a passionate special education reformer, author, and speaker. She has two children and one granddaughter.