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 directly at (518) 640-3368 or ldelibero@wildwoodprograms.org. 

PNCR's Team of Special Education Resource Specialists

 

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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 - Sheri joined the PNCR team in January, 2014 with 13 years of Human Resources Management and Training Development and Delivery experience.  She also brings 14 years of experience to the PNCR team, successfully navigating through and advocating in the "world" of special education services and supports. Sheri earned a BS in Organizational Leadership and Learning from the University of Louisville and is currently pursuing her MS in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University.  Sheri is a mom to three boys ages 15, 14, and 9 and relocated with her family 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.

 

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Heather Giorgianni - Heather joined the PROMISE team in May of 2015 in the role of Family Support Specialist, working directly​ with families in the program​​​. She received her Master’s degree in teaching from Quinnipiac University.  Heather brings 8 years of family support work, case management, and case coordination experience with seriously emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled youth between the ages of 5 and 20. Heather has worked throughout the region and brings a vast knowledge of local resources to the PROMISE program.  Heather can be reached at 518-640-3315 or hgiorgianni@wildwoodprograms.org.

 

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Adene Karhan, L.M.S.W. - Adene has been working for the Parent Network of the Capital Region since 2009, focusing on presenting trainings related to mental health and special education needs. She also works as a therapist at Christian Counseling Associates and has been working in the Social Work field for 17 years. Adene has two children, ages 10 and 13. In March of 2014, Adene took on a new role as a Transition Specialist under the PROMISE Grant, a new project endeavor for PNCR. Adene can be reached at 518-640-3331 or adkarhan@wildwoodprograms.org.  

 

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Diane Miller, MS, CCC-SLP - Diane is a licensed speech-language pathologist and NYS permanently certified teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped.  Her early professional experience includes working as a full-time speech-language patholgist in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, before she left to raise her sons, now 16 and 14 years old.  Diane has spent the last 7 years of her career working in different capacities, incuding providing speech improvement services at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, providing private speech therapy services for children, as well as substituting as a speech-language patholgist and classroom teacher in the Shenendehowa Central School District. In September of 2014, Diane took on a new role as PNCR's Outreach Coordinator, a newly created position for the agency.  Diane can be reached at 518-640-3396 or dmiller@wildwoodprograms.org.