If you live in the 94 county area of Illinois served by our program and would like to be considered as a potential Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center Board member, please email Debbie Einhorn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Board is required to have a majority of parents of children with disabilities ages birth to 26. As openings on the Board arise, we will seek members who are broadly representative of the population we serve.
1-866-436-7842, Ext. 116
Deb Einhorn has been advocating for students with disabilities since1990. Her educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Special, Secondary, and Elementary Education.
Past experience teaching students with disabilities from pre-school through high school ages provides Deb with the educator's perspective during Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Her experiences as the Director of the Family Support program provides insight on family and student perspectives at IEP meetings, while additional experience supporting adults with disabilities also provides Deb with a familiarity of the issues of transition planning and self-advocacy.
Deb promotes the wisdom and values of parents while representing their children with disabilities during advocacy for the most appropriate and most inclusive services in schools.
1-866-436-7842, Ext. 110
Nancy Mader is the Project Coordinator for the Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center. Her educational background includes an emphasis in Business Management and Accounting and an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. Nancy is responsible for recording statistical data, assisting with preparations for trainings, budget monitoring, and maintenance of the program's database.
Nancy began her employment with ARC-CSS in 1989 as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the new Family Matters Family Support Program. Nancy has coordinated the PTIC project since 2002.
1-866-436-7842, Ext. 107
Chasidy is the Clerical Support for the Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center. She began her employment in January 2014. Chasidy has an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice.
Chasidy is responsible for collecting and storing curriculum materials for web access by FMTPC trainers, producing training flyers, compiling handout materials, and maintaining the project database. Chasidy manages the online library and website uploads.
1-866-436-7842 Ext. 108
Karrie is employed as an Information Specialist at Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center. She began her employment in July 2005.
Karrie is the mother of a child who has been through the Early Intervention Program, Early Childhood Program, and receives Special Education services. She is knowledgeable in navigating different sides of the surgical and medical diagnostic fields due to her child's lengthy medical history. She is a source of support to parents who are navigating the same fields. She draws upon her own experiences when helping parents with each and every one of their concerns.
1-866-436-7842 Ext. 105
Patty started working at Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center in 2012 as an information specialist. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Education.
She is the mother of three children, two of whom have Individualized Education Programs, and who receive Special Education services. Before becoming a mother, Patty taught high school English in Chicago's inner city. As a former teacher, she understands the school system and the difficulties that face educators. As a parent, she is aware of the challenges that parents encounter when ensuring that their children are receiving the best services available.
Rhonda Best, BA
Rhonda received her Bachelor’s Degree from Rockford College and is currently a Lead Education Advisor for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She is a member of the Education Access Project Leadership team. She developed the curriculum for foster parents on educational advocacy. Rhonda conducts parent trainings for Family Matters in the northern region of Illinois. Rhonda is the parent of an adult daughter with a developmental disability.
Mary Beth Goff, MA
Mary Beth is a foster parent and parent of children with special needs. She teaches in the Cairo School District and serves as a member of the district’s Response to Intervention Team. She is the district’s Positive Behavior Intervention System Coach. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Education and in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Mary Beth provides trainings for Family Matters in the southern region of the state.
Megan Mutti, MA, CT, LCCE
Megan offers immediate and long-term counseling support and advocacy to families parenting children with life-limiting, chronic, or terminal medical conditions at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. She provides comprehensive educational programming for families on understanding infant and child development. She has counseled families and adolescents at an outpatient clinic in Bloomington in the past. She is the parent of a daughter with developmental disabilities. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Family Studies and her Masters Degree is in Human Development and Family Studies. She conducts parent trainings for Family Matters in the central region of Illinois.