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First Annual

In 2021, Values Into Action NJ, Camden Partnership for Children, Partnership for Children of Essex, Monmouth Cares and Ocean Partnership for Children came together to bring New Jersey the First Annual NJ I/DD Youth Transition Conference to the I/DD community.

Special THANK YOU to Clarke Mayer, Founder of Academe, for creation of the 2021 NJ YTC promotional video!

The 1st Annual NJ Youth Transition Conference featured Keynote presentations by

Paul Aronsohn, New Jersey's statewide Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

Christine Norbut Beyer,  Commissioner at NJ Department of Children & Families

Julia Barugel, Parent Advocate

The 1st Annual NJ Youth Transition Conference featured presenters included...

Jennifer Joyce
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)​


Nkechi Okoli
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Michael Bower
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ)

Bill Freeman
New Jersey Dept. of Education (NJDOE)


​Marian Frattarola-Saulino
Values Into Action (VIA)​

Amy N. Jedele
Values Into Action (VIA)​


Christina Rappisi
Values Into Action (VIA)

Amy Watts
NJ Association of People Supporting Employment (NJAPSE)

Stefanie Rinaldi
NJ Association of People Supporting Employment (NJAPSE)

Brooks Sanders
NJ Association of People Supporting Employment (NJAPSE)

April DiPietro
Camden County Partnership for Children (CCPC)

Sean Benoit
Community Health Law Project (CHLP)

Frank Latham
NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD)

Dawn Monaco
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

Johan Mora-Valverde 
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

Jeannine Brinkley
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

Kathryn "Katie" Colhoun
Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC)

Andrea Jimenez
NJ Work Incentives Network Support (NJWINS)

Ursula Baker
Division of Disability Services (DDS)

Rebecca "Becky" Thomas
The Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS)

Toni Scott
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)

Jill Summers-Phillips
John F. Kennedy School

LaPrice Weatherington
Newark Board of Education, OSE

Michael Steinbruck
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

Jerisa Maseko
The Arc of New Jersey

Melody Bundy
NJ Travel Independence Program (NJTIP)

Louis Hoffman
​NJ Travel Independence Program (NJTIP)​

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