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, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services 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.

SESAC Bylaws

SESAC Members (School Year 2020-2021)

Co-Chair - Parent - Leanne Carmona (Anne Arundel County)
Co-Chair - Parent - Pamela Talley (Prince George’s County)
Co-Vice Chair - Parent - Wendy Balda (Howard County)
Co-Vice Chair - Parent - Marjorie Guldan (Carroll County)
Parent - Vittoria Aiello (Montgomery County)
Parent - Kathleen Barazotto (Frederick County)
Parent - Sheila Billups (Baltimore City)
Parent - Jennifer Brekke-Miles (Baltimore County)
Parent - Tyese Dillard (Montgomery County)
Parent - Martha Goodman (Baltimore City) 
Parent - Dawn Greenberg (Baltimore County)
Parent/Military - James L. Hammersla III (Anne Arundel County)
Parent – Chiara Jaffe (Montgomery County)
Parent/Agency - Neal Lichter (Baltimore County/Pathfinders for Autism)
Parent - LaShonda Scott (Calvert County)
Parent - Karleen Spitulnik (Baltimore County/Decoding Dyslexia Maryland)
Parent/Agency - Rachel Stoyanov (Talbot County/Maryland Coalition of Families)
Parent - Tiffany Williams (Baltimore County)
Agency - Prakash Anthony (Department of Juvenile Services)
Agency - Rene Averitt-Sanzone (The Parents’ Place of Maryland)
Agency - Emily Dow, PhD (Maryland Higher Education Commission)
Agency - Sarah Farr (Cecil County Public Schools)
Agency - Brian Fausel (SEED School)
Agency - Dorie Flynn (Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities)
Agency - Katharine Lander (Maryland Department of Labor)
Agency - Christian Miele, Esq. (Maryland Department of Disabilities)
Agency - Rachel London, Esq. (Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council)
Agency - Jill Pierce-Hill (Division of Rehabilitation Services/ Department of Disabilities)
Agency - Sue Rattman (The ARC Northern Chesapeake Region, Inc.)
Agency - Melissa Surgeon (Title I-Program Improvement & Family Support, MSDE)
Agency - Maura Taylor (Maryland State Education Association)
Agency - Peaches Wilson (Maryland Department of Human Services)
Ex-Officio: Kathy Kaufman (Parent/Carroll County)

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

SESAC Meetings

The SESAC general meetings are open to the public. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made at least two (2) weeks in advance of a scheduled meeting. For meeting information or to make a request for reasonable accommodation, please call the SESAC staff in the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services at 410-767-7197.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings scheduled through 2020 will be conducted entirely via videoconference. SESAC members and presenters will participate via a predetermined meeting link (please see the SESAC Meeting Schedule 2020-2021 below). Members of the public will be able to hear the content of the meetings in real-time. The public comment portion of the meeting will occur after welcome and introductions and requires prior registration. SESAC encourages the public to submit public comments in writing to carmen.brown1@maryland.gov and this information will be distributed to SESAC members.

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule Subject to change. Revised 5/17/2021

Meeting Agendas 

Meeting Minutes


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