Meet the PNCR Team

PNCR Program Director 

 

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Liz De Libero, M.Ed. Liz is a graduate of East Carolina University where she received her under graduate degree in Special Education.  She went on to get her master's degree in Literacy from SUNY Cortland and is certified as an Elementary Education Teacher, Reading Teacher and Special Education Teacher.  Liz has worked for 30 years as an educator supporting individuals with disabilities and their families.  She began her career as a Special Education Teacher in the Ithaca City School District in Ithaca, NY where she worked with children with emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities and specific learning disabilities.  She has spent the last 19 years at Wildwood Programs as an Educational Consultant and Behavioral Specialist working with school districts and families of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.  She is a coauthor of a classroom curriculum guide for teaching children about disabilities titled, "I Wish I Could Fly Like a Bird:  A Guide for Classroom Use".  Currently Liz serves as the Program Director for PNCR and has been operating in this capacity since PNCR's inception in 2009.  Liz can be contacted at (518) 640-3368 or ldelibero@wildwoodprograms.org. 

PNCR's Team of Education Resource Specialists

 

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 Jay Arnold, M.Ed. - Jay is a graduate of Siena College and the College of St. Rose and holds a permanent certification in Special Education K-12. Jay worked as a Community Coordinating Teacher and Special Education Transition Coordinator for the CSD of Albany for 20 years, working closely with students and their families to assist them with the transition process (planning and preparing for learning and life after high school). In 2010, Jay received the CSD of Albany Founders Day Honorary Life Award for being an "Outstanding Advocate for Children and Families." He also designed and implemented the Albany Schools - Sage College Experience Program for students with special needs. This program received the 2014 Transition Program of the Year award from the NYS Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Jay retired from teaching in June 2016 and joined the PNCR team on a part time basis in February 2018. To contact Jay directly please email jarnold@wildwoodprograms.org or call 518-640-3396.

 

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Bonnie Bailey, M.Ed. - Bonnie's career in Special Education spans 35 years and she holds certifications both as a Special Education Teacher, N-6 and as NYS School Administrator/Supervisor.  She began her career as a Teacher's Assistant in an integrated preschool setting at the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center and later earned her teaching degree while working with children who were deaf, blind, multiply disabled.  Bonnie's breadth of experience in special education includes assisting students and families in a variety of settings including home-based services, center based programming, as well as assisting families and school districts with transition of children from preschool to school age special education services.  Bonnie spent the last 12 years of her career as an Elementary Special Education Administrator for K-5 in a local school district.  Bonnie joined the PNCR team in November, 2013 and can be contacted directly at 518-640-3490 or bleblancbailey@wildwoodprograms.org

 

photo-71.JPGMary Fornabia, L.C.S.W.- Mary is a social worker who has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families for over 25 years. Her professional experiences include working in pre-school education, a children's residential program and adult residential programs. Mary's work at Wildwood Programs began in Family Support Services and in 2009 she joined the PNCR team.  As a parent of a child with Autism/Learning Disabilities, Mary has successfully navigated the special education system and has assisted many other families in their journey to do the same. Mary can be reached at 518-640-3390 or mfornabia@wildwoodprograms.org.

 

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Sheri Gaylord, M.S. NPM - Sheri joined the PNCR team in January, 2014 with just over 13 years of Human Resources Management and Training Development and Delivery experience. She also brings 16 years of experience to the PNCR team, successfully navigating through and advocating in the "world" of special education and community based services and supports. Sheri earned a BS in Organizational Leadership and Learning from the University of Louisville and an MS in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University. In May 2018, Sheri completed certification through Mental Health First Aid, USA.  Sheri is a mom to three boys ages 18, 16, and 12. She and her family relocated to the Capital Region from Kentucky in 2007. Two of her children receive special education supports and services including one child who is impacted by the challenges of Autism. Sheri can be reached at (518) 640-3333 or sgaylord@wildwoodprograms.org.