Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC)

The Maryland Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC) is established in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B. The mission of the SESAC is to advise and assist the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) in administering, promoting, planning, coordinating, and improving the delivery of special education and related services to assure that all children with disabilities, three through 21 years of age, and their families have access to appropriate education and related services.


SESAC membership conforms to the requirements of federal and State regulations. The majority of the members shall be individuals with disabilities or parents of students, ages birth through 21, with disabilities.

  1. Parent-Co-Chair - Leanne Carmona (Anne Arundel County)

  2. Parent-Co-Chair - Pamela Talley (Prince George’s County)

  3. Parent-Co-Vice Chair - Wendy Balda (Howard County)

  4. Parent-Co-Vice Chair - Marjorie Guldan (Carroll County)

  5. Parent-Co-Vice Chair - Marlene Powell (Washington County)

  6. Parent- Joyce Abbott (Carroll County)

  7. Parent- Vittoria Aiello (Montgomery County)

  8. Parent- Kathleen Barazotto (Frederick County)

  9. Parent- Sheila Billups (Baltimore City)

  10. Parent- Samantha Carter, Military/Family (Anne Arundel County) 

  11. Parent- Tyese Dillard (Montgomery County)

  12. Parent- Martha Goodman (Baltimore City)

  13. Parent- Elisa Hartman (Baltimore County)

  14. Parent- Neal Lichter, Parent/Agency (Baltimore County/Pathfinders for Autism)

  15. Parent- LaShonda Scott (Calvert County)

  16. Parent- Karleen Spitulnik (Baltimore County/Decoding Dyslexia Maryland)

  17. Parent- Jennifer Brekke-Miles (Baltimore County)

  18. Agency- Prakash Anthony (Department of Juvenile Services)

  19. Agency- Sarah Farr (Cecil County Public Schools)

  20. Agency- Brian Fausel (SEED School)

  21. Agency- Dorie Flynn (Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities)

  22. Agency- Gaston Gamez (Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Bilingual Outreach)

  23. Agency- Rachel London, Esq. (Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council)

  24. Agency- Peaches Wilson (Department of Human Services)

  25. Agency- Jill Pierce (Division of Rehabilitation Services)

  26. Agency- Miguel Reyes (Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulations)

  27. Agency- Rene Averitt-Salzone (The Parents’ Place of Maryland)

  28. Agency- Jamie Stoner (The ARC Northern Chesapeake Region, Inc.)

  29. Agency- Rachel Stoyanov (Maryland Coalition of Families)

  30. Agency- Maura Taylor (Maryland State Education Association), Designee

  31. Agency- Valerie Ashton-Thomas (Homeless Education Services, MSDE)

Ex-Officio- Kathy Kaufman (Carroll County Public Schools)

SESAC Staff- Carmen Brown (Division of Early Intervention/Special Education)


SESAC general meetings are open to the public. Special needs requests, including interpreter and translator services, should be requested at least two (2) weeks prior to a scheduled meeting to allow adequate time to secure a service provider. For meeting information or to request special accommodations, contact the SESAC staff in the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services at 410-767-7197. Please note, the SESAC meeting schedule is subject to change.



Contact Information

Carmen A. Brown, LCSWC
Chief, Interagency Collaboration Branch
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services
Maryland State Department of Education
Phone: 410-767-7197
Email: carmen.brown1@maryland.gov