ATTN: Although Mass PIRC is no longer funded as of 9/30/2012,
its works will continue as part of the Massachusetts Center
for Family and Community Engagement
at the Federation.
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Elaine Arsenault, Technical Assistance and Outreach Specialist, provides technical assistance, information and resources to school districts, community organizations and families in Western Massachusetts. Elaine has worked for many years as a parent leader, educator, advocate and peer mediation trainer in both public school and community based settings. Elaine and her family have lived in western Massachusetts for over 10 years and have been actively engaged in many community programs and events. 413-367-3042 earsenault@fcsn.org

Roxanne Hoke-Chandler, Statewide Education & Outreach Specialist, conducts workshops for families and educators on parents’ rights and options and on promoting parental involvement in their children’s education. Roxanne provides a wide range of educational and resource information as requested. Roxanne has a strong interest in hard to reach and underserved populations which led her to take the Parent Advocacy Course at the Federation in 2001. She is also the proud mother of two children who are educated through the public schools. 617-399-8343 chandler@fcsn.org

Margaret O'Hare, PIRC Director, ensures that all project goals, objectives, and activities are completed in a timely fashion. She is also responsible for supporting associated early childhood parent education programs with technical assistance and resources. As a pediatric physical therapist and special educator, Peggie has over 30 years of experience in providing direct services to young children and their families, administering state and national grants, and educating adults as adjunct college instructor and frequent workshop presenter. 617-399-8344 mcohare@fcsn.org

Gavin Pond, PIRC Services Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating PIRC staff for workshops, presentations and resource fairs as well as providing resources to families, communities, organizations and schools. He also maintains the database and supports the development of PIRC publications and materials through research and editorial support. Gavin is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University who wrote his senior essay on the history of education reform movements in Connecticut. 617-399-8342 gpond@fcsn.org