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Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

What is the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)?

The purpose of a Special Education Advisory Council is to build full, equal and equitable partnerships between families, the school District and community partners, on a council that gives advisory opinions to the Board of Education on matters pertaining to the education and safety of students with disabilities.

Please note that general membership is open to any interested GPS parent or guardian of a child with a disability, previously known to have a disability, or suspected of having a disability, under the IDEA or Section 504, or who is currently eligible to receive Special Education or 504 accommodations and services, from ages 3-21, and who are both residents of the Town of Greenwich.

If you would like to be part of the Greenwich SEAC's general membership, please complete this short form to add your email to the distribution list. For the purpose of confidentiality, the GPS does not share the email addresses of families receiving special education services with the Greenwich SEAC. Therefore, all Greenwich SEAC mailings will be distributed by the Superintendent on behalf of the Greenwich SEAC. 

SEAC’s Executive Functions and Working Memory Workshops The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) and Office of Special Education and Student Supports held a two-part workshop that featured Dr. Lydia Soifer, who discussed executive functions and working memory. For those that missed it, or would like to review it again, please follow the links below for the printed presentations. For further details contact:

  • May 23 (Executive Functions): handout
  • June 14 (Working Memory): handout

SEAC Lottery - December 15, 2021

SEAC Members

Below are the current members of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). These voting members were selected at random from a list of interested applicants. Members represent a broad range of perspectives.


  • Naomi Nava, Preschool Parent
  • Robin Baldwin, Elementary School Parent
  • Patricia Minicozzi, Elementary School Parent
  • Leah Thornton, Middle School Parent
  • Jennifer Kutai, Middle School Parent
  • Andrea Cosby, Middle School Parent
  • Genice Mark, High School Parent
  • Kathy Walker, High School Parent
  • Don McGuire, High School Parent
  • Katie Bistrian, High School Parent
  • Bruce MacLennan, Community Member
  • Abby Anders, General Education Teacher, GPS
  • Danielle Jacobs, General Education Teacher, GPS
  • Virginia Plath-Kelly, Special Education Teacher, GPS
  • Beth Forger, Special Education Teacher, GPS
  • Erin Montague, Guidance Counselor, GPS
  • Jennifer Donat, Literary Specialist, GPS
  • Lindsey Eisenstein, Administration, GPS
  • Audra O'Donovan, Vice Chair
  • Caroline Lerum, Vice Chair
  • Dawn Zimmerman, Chair
  • Kimberley O’Donnell, Alternate Parent
  • Daria Prestone, Alternate Parent
  • Jennifer Dunn, Alternate Teacher
  • Courtney Powers, Alternate Teacher

Non-Voting Contributing Members:

  • Dr. Toni Jones, Superintendent, Greenwich Public Schools
  • Dr. Stacey Heiligenthaler, Interim Chief Officer of Special Education and Student Supports, Greenwich Public Schools
  • Karen Hirsh, Greenwich Board of Education
  • Karen Kowalski, Greenwich Board of Education
  • Michael-Joseph Mercanti-Anthony, Greenwich Board of Education
  • Jennifer Lussier, CPAC Consultant
  • Lynne Rule, CPAC Consultant 

SEAC Meetings

Video: Collaborative and Proactive Solutions - Moving from Power and Control to Collaboration and Problem Solving

SEAC Video