Dr. Josie Badger Dr. Josie Badger CRC received her Bachelors in Disability Law and Advocacy from Geneva College, Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Doctorate in Healthcare Ethics from Duquesne University. Josie established J Badger Consulting Inc to provide expert advise and consulting services. She is the Co-Director of the RAISE Center. Through her consulting business she also works as the Youth Development Director at the PEAL Center and is the Campaign Manager for the #IWantToWork Campaign. In 2012, Dr. Badger was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America. Previously, at the national level, she worked with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as an author for the book Launching into Adulthood and she served as president and vice president of the National Youth Leadership Network. On the state level, Josie was a founding member and president of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) and the Children’s Hospital Advisory Network for Guidance and Empowerment (CHANGE). Josie was a contributing author of two youth transition toolkits, has lead over 200 trainings, and developed  a 200 page toolkit to support youth leadership.
 Peg Kinsell Peg Kinsell currently serves as the Director of Public Policy for the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network where she works on both state and federal legislation that impacts children with the greatest need due to disability; special healthcare needs; poverty; discrimination based on race, sex, immigrant or homeless status; involvement in foster care, child welfare or juvenile justice systems; geographic location or other special circumstances. Ms Kinsell serves on numerous state and national committees and coalitions related to mental health, child welfare, poverty and education. She has presented at statewide, regional and national conferences on the issues of public policy advocacy, juvenile justice and restraint and seclusion as it pertains to students with disabilities. Ms Kinsell is a member of APRAIS the leading national coalition fighting to abolish their use in schools. Peg is also a member of TASH’s Human Rights Committee. The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities Education Task Force, NJ Anti-Poverty Network, Time To Care Coalition along with many other statewide taskforces and workgroups. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Boggs Family Member Advocate Award and named one of Burlington County’s “People Making a Difference”. Additionally Ms Kinsell has a special expertise working with military families of children with disabilities and directs the Military Family Support 360 Project at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. She is the proud mother of three young adults with a variety of talents and abilities. [pulled from http://conference.tash.org/speakers/peg-kinsell/}
 Debra Jennings Debra Jennings Debra leads SPAN’s national efforts promoting the capacities of the approximately 100 Parent Training & Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers assisting families with children with disabilities in each state, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Palau. These projects provide Parent Centers with the information and materials that support their individual parent advocacy efforts and systemic improvement activities across disabilities and across age spans from birth to 26. Debra’s experience as an advocate and leader includes organizing and supporting grassroots parent advocacy organizations and efforts around general and special education issues. She joined SPAN in 1997 to lead its “Parents Engaged in Public Policy Project.” On several state and national advisory committees, Debra is committed to ensuring that the voices of parents/families and communities are not left out of discussions of policies and practices impacting children and families. Debra is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Economics and has completed coursework in business, finance, public administration and non-profit management at the Kellogg School of Management and Seton Hall University Center for Public Service. Debra’s eclectic professional experience prior to joining SPAN in 1997 includes construction, economic development, finance and constituent affairs. Debra also served on a local school board. She is the mom and first advocate of two daughters, one of whom received special education services and the other who participated in Title I Basic Skills. Both are college graduates. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a middle school administrator.
Jessica Wilson Jessica Wilson is the Director of Communication & Dissemination at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network. She has a diverse background in publishing as a copy editor, proofreader, and production editor for several industries including elementary education, map-making, and Photonics as well as for death care trade magazines; in addition, she did international marketing and recruitment as well as web management for a university ESL program. A certified teacher for Language Arts and Adult Education, Jessica was an ESL instructor for university students and business professionals before joining SPAN. Her favorite creation was a literature course she developed for her university ESL students based on Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon, Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” and the movie Gattaca that questioned society’s perceptions of intellectual disability and intelligence, Multiple Intelligences, equality, and the quandary of eugenics. Certified for “Intercultural Communication” and “Diversity and Inclusion,” she has presented on several topics, including professional development for immersion language teachers studying languages in immersion settings, business writing seminars, best practices in social media, and much more. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Delaware, studied Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, and earned her MA in Literature from Rutgers–Newark. She loves reading and film and is an avid traveler who has studied many languages though perfected none. Jessica’s greatest pleasure in life is her gorgeous son, who breaks stereotypes of Down syndrome left and right and steals a piece of the heart of everyone he meets as he whirls past on his way to his next adventure.