A Message from Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed, Founder of the Master IEP Coach Network

WELCOME to the Master IEP Coach Network!
Parents, we know Special Education can often feel overwhelming and stressful, but we're here to help you feel confident and see progress in your child's education!
Below, you'll find Master IEP Coaches who have a love for empowering parents to build special education plans with collaborative strategies. 
If you cannot find a Master IEP Coach in your area (most work nationwide) or with the expertise you are looking for, please email [email protected] 
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a Master IEP Coach, start here.
We can't wait to help you navigate the Special Education system with expertise & extraordinary care!
Jennyl Alley, BA
Union County and surrounding NC-SC Metro Area

Monroe, NC
704-996-5179
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Early childhood intervention provider for 15+ years helping families with developmental questions, concerns, and educational goals to prepare their child for educational and life success. 
I have two nieces- 8yr old ( former 25 week micro- preemie/ had delays/ now above age level) and 5yr old ( full term, no delays). Have worked with special needs population (infancy to elderly) across the United States and internationally. 
Wendy Andersen

402-416-8866
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Although Wendy Andersen is an accomplished author, speaker, coach, and mentor, she is a wife and mother first. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), epilepsy and a few years later autism. 

Wendy’s experience created a deep desire to redefine what normal looks like in her own life, and instilled in her a passion to help others Redefine Normal for themselves. She has a B.S. in Education and a Masters in Exercise Science and is currently pursing a certificate in Autism studies through the University of Kansas. 
Solange Riva Bezeau


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Mom of three beautiful energetic, smart and loving kids. (2 girls and 1 boy). I’m a special needs mom of Autism & ADHD. Helping you navigate IEPs and individualize your child's program to meet their unique needs.
Nicole Boyington, OTD, OTR/L

Milwaukee/Waukesha Wisconsin 
262-226-2050
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I have been an occupational therapist for 18 years and have worked in multiple settings and with various ages. I am a mom of three beautiful children. My oldest daughter (8)has been diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, and asthma. My middle daughter (6)has been diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety. My youngest son (3)has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, developmental delay, abnormal feeding, and behavior disorders.
I have had to advocate for my children in the school system and want to help other parents have a voice in their child’s education. The IEP process can be challenging to navigate, and having support can help make the process easier for the entire team! I am excited to be a Master IEP Coach and help other families in my community. 
Angela West-Brown MALS, CLC.

[email protected]
404-220-9392
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Angela West-Brown is an Individualized Education Program Coach, Consultant, Author, Special needs sibling, wife, mother of four and an Educational Empowerment Speaker.
Her passion for America’s intellectually disabled youth is driven by first-hand experience covered in her book, "Lost and Found" of what happens when effective adult transition planning before high school graduation is not set in place. Lost and Found was written to provide resources, tools, and support to advocate for their loved ones while supporting the entire family in the process. She is driven to provide strategic solutions to parents seeking clarity, less stress and successful completion of IEP Transition goals.
Angela West-Brown has worked in University Financial Aid and Admissions Services, Department of Family and Children's Services and (ABD ) Aged, blind, disabled unit collectively for over 6+ years. She has a Bachelor's in Sociology, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies/English, and a Graduate Certification in Adult Learning. Angela has completed (ICF) International Coach Federation Training. Angela works by day as a Corporate Certified Life Coach, while birthing the dream God gave her to support the special needs community and spread awareness of the importance of a strong transition plan for special needs teens.
Courtney Burnett, SLPA
Arizona
623-745-0330
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Certified speech therapy assistant for over 9 years. I specialize in inclusion solutions, creating strong communication at home and school using a multisensory approach, creating child-centered IEPs and helping parents decrease their stress and anxiety with real everyday solutions.
Laura Corrado
Chicagoland area and Quad Cities area. 

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As a former Special Education teacher turned BCBA, Laura has worked in a variety of settings and positions, as well as with a variety of clients/students. Laura has worked on both sides of the IEP table and is fully in tune with the unique challenges for both parents and educators alike. Each and every one of these experiences have helped Laura to better serve her clients. She is excited to continue serving more families and school teams to better the lives of Special Needs individuals and those that care most about them!
Monica Davidson, Master IEP Coach
Little Rock, Arkansas (and surrounding areas)
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 My direct lived experience with my own family members having multitude of disabilities has given me a passion to help other families through the IEP process.
My areas of expertise: autism/sensory processing, ADD/ADHD, speech delays, and dyslexia.
Theresa DeMarco
Garden City, New York
516-587-2894
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I show Moms and Dads on the Special Education journey and as a valued member of the IEP Team, how to confidently communicate their child’s abilities and unique needs.
Experience: Autism, Transition Planning, Person Centered Thinking, NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential experience, Self-Direction support.
Aaron DeVries

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I am the proud dad of two high school aged children one of which has utilized special education services since early childhood. I am a passionate advocate for inclusion and work with IEP teams to build strength based IEPs that focus on what the student needs to be successful. I have given a TEDx talk about inclusion.
Janet Disotell, M.Ed.

Phoenix, AZ area (specializing in the west valley)
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IEP Advocate with over 13 years of teaching experience in both self-contained and inclusion classrooms. I help parents understand the IEP process; I also provide guidance to help resolve IEP issues in a peaceful manner. 

Lisa Eisenberg, LMSW
Located in Central Florida but no geographic restrictions - will travel.

407-454-7801
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Lisa is a licensed Social Worker, originally from New York City but currently lives in Central Florida with her husband and two daughters. 

She has served as clinical and operations leader with over 25 years of progressive experience with an established non-profit and nationally acclaimed health system. Her expertise is working with individuals with special needs and their families. Her first job was with the NYC Board of Education where she found her passion in supporting students with special needs. 

During the day, Lisa helps families navigate the diagnostic and evaluation process of obtaining 504 Plans and IEP's for their loved one and participating in IEP meetings on their behalf.
In the evening, between shuffling her daughters to extracurricular activities, she is often providing consultations and follow up calls to inquiries for assistance. As a parent of a child who has received Special Education services for more than 10 years, Lisa understands the positive impact which can occur when teams work together to best meet each student’s needs and maximize their potential. In addition to working with families, Lisa also works with daycares, pre-schools, case workers, public schools and clinicians to collaborate in order to best meet each individual’s respective needs.
Catherine Evans
Master IEP Mentoring and Consulting 

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My name is Catherine Evans. I live in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Washington State. I am a wife of 23 years and a mother of two amazing kids, a son who is 20 and attending college, and a 15 year old daughter who has down syndrome. I can't tell you enough how much our daughter has taught us and continues to teach us. I used to get stressed out at IEP meetings, always getting denied when I asked for services. I came out of IEP meetings upset and overwhelmed. Her IEP contained goals that weren't meaningful and I thought I couldn't have my say in establishing those goals. Not any more. I have had 15 years of personal experience and have mentored under Catherine Whitcher M.Ed. On the board of P2P for over 2 years.  The best part, I can help you even though we may live in different states. Let's put real goals down on your child's IEP that matter for their future. It's never too early or too late to start.
Berny Garcia

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Mom of two beautiful energetic, smart and loving boys. Special needs mama. Helping you navigate IEPs and individualize your child's program to meet their unique needs.
Shelley Kenow
(314) 541-2181
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Shelley is a certified special education teacher with 20+ years experience working with children who learn differently. She has had the privilege of working with children who have qualified for an IEP under all the categories. She is passionate about helping families and school districts work together to improve the education of children with special needs
Jessica Ann Kong, RBT
 
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Jessica Ann Kong is a Registered Behavior Technician and Special Needs Mom and Sibling focused on Early Intervention and living in Wasilla, Alaska. 

Jessica is an advocate for inclusion with 6 years of IEP experience through school districts in Florida, Colorado and Alaska.
Nicolette Lesniak, Ed.S
NWI and South Chicagoland Area
219-230-6409



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I love sharing my knowledge with others and making sure all children, no matter their economic status, is prepared for employment, further education, and independent living. What puts a smile on my face every day is when students make the connection between school and life and begin self-advocating for themselves so they can reach their goals.
It is no more I do not know; ...it is I learn best by. . . I need this to be successful, because . . 
I am a certified special education teacher and educational specialist with over 12 years’ experience working in the Chicagoland area. I have consulted with teachers and families throughout Chicago and NWI to build student’s voices and self-advocacy skills.
Melissa Lopez
Rio Rancho, NM

(505) 930-1221
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Melissa is a mom to 3 wonderful children who have all at some point in their journey received special education services as a means to access their education. Melissa has experience with both 504 plans and IEPs. Melissa was inspired by her children and other special needs families to become an IEP coach and began helping families navigate the process. Melissa’s journey into the special needs world began about 8 years ago when her eldest son was diagnosed with a severe speech impairment. A few years later, Melissa gave birth to her third child who was diagnosed with Down syndrome and also autism spectrum disorder. Having participated in many IEP meetings over the last 8 years, Melissa knew that her child’s access to education would depend on how much knowledge she could acquire about the process, so Melissa started learning as much as she could and never looked back. Melissa has a passion for helping others and is looking forward sharing the knowledge she had gained over the years with as many families as she can.
Wanda Malone
Aurora, IL
630-803-8471
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I’m a special needs mom of a 15 year old son with ASD, ADHD and Pandas. 
My services are available in Spanish. 
10+ years of direct experience, guiding families thru the IEP/504 process. I specialize in the following areas but not limited to: social skills, executive functioning, inclusion, and reading.
Tracey McEntyre
940-536-3312
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I’m a special needs mom to a 13 yr old son with ASD and ADHD. I work with newly diagnosed families with children 3-9yrs. I help build knowledge and confidence in how your child's IEP works and know exactly what you need to advocate the best to ensure your child's success in school.
Larina Pierce
Pierce IEP Consulting

Davidson, NC
(980) 231-0378
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Larina Pierce, M.A., J.D., is the founder of Pierce IEP Consulting. She has an extensive background in communications, law, and educational consulting. Larina is also the proud mother of Camille, a spunky young lady with Down syndrome, and Nora, her younger sister. Larina and Brian, married for 12 years, live in Davidson and enjoy life in a college town.

In the past decade, Larina has successfully advocated on behalf of her daughter and has actively supported many other students in the exceptional students programs in the greater Charlotte community. Larina’s consulting work highlights her attention to detail, patience, strategic thinking, and genuine compassion for families navigating the world of special education.
Diana Prowitt
SEAdvocacy, LLC

(724)350-0625
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Diana is the mom of 3 boys, the youngest with ASD, ADHD and Tourettes. After weathering a stormy start in the sea of IEPs and SpEd, Diana knew she wanted to help other families avoid the same troubles and became a trained IEP Coach and founded Special Education Advocacy LLC.

"My goal as your IEP Coach is to guide you through the process, inspire you to take action for your child and to empower you for continued success." - Diana, SEAdvocacyLLC
BreAnn Robinson
Auesome Achievers, LLC

Atlanta, Ga

(678) 597-8792
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Master IEP Coach & Consultant, Mentor Advocate and Education Coach who offers IEP advocacy services for all parents that have a child with special needs. Not only do I service special needs children, I also educate, empower and enlighten all families on navigating the school system. I truly believe that advocating for your child can be empowering, educational and enlightening. So allow me to steer you in the right direction to become more engaged and a leader in your IEP meeting and your child’s education.
Kim Saavedra

630-965-3410 
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Like many families across the nations, our family is on the Autism Journey. Our personal experiences through Therapies, Education, Special Diet, Bio-Medical, and Resources, thus far are leading our family on the path to recovery.  It is through my personal experiences in raising my boys and being an advocate for them in the education system as well as their voice when they didn’t have a voice for themselves that has awakened a natural fire in me to help other families on their journeys.
Nicole Schlechter 
Nicole Schlechter Advocacy

Pingree Grove, IL
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After over 10 years advocating for my son and working in education, I decided to alter direction. Now, I share my passion by helping educate other parents. My goal to to empower parents and help bridge the gap to create a more cohesive and collaborative IEP team with the best outcome for your child.
Lisa Shaw
Mosaic Haven LLC
515-988-7692
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Special needs mom with 15+ years of experience helping parents and IEP teams to create child-centered IEPs specializing in inclusion, behavior interventions, functional life skill goals including executive functioning.
Kim Wilson Stoeffler

Indianapolis, Indiana
317-902-9486
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Special needs mom to an amazing ambitious 14 year old daughter. She is on the autism spectrum. She was finally diagnosed at 9 years old. She has sensory processing disorder ODD, ADHD, and auditory processing disorder. My life's mission is advocating for my family and yours!
Nicole M. Struse

714-858-3694
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Helping guide and support parents through the special education process, while empowering them to be their child’s hero is what fuels my passion. I’m an Autism Mom, Advocate, Founder & President of a 501(c)(3) Autism-related charity organization, and former Special Education Instructional Assistant. I have walked in your shoes and understand your concerns on both a personal and professional level.
Alli Wiley

614-329-8055
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13 years of experience working with special needs children and their families, surrogate special ed parent for foster children in Ohio.

Mom of two amazing boys one with his own set of extraordinary needs! Love seeing the success of a well written IEP put into action!
Gina Young
Orange County, CA 
949-500-0195
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I’ve been teaching elementary school at a private school in OC for several years. Through the years, I have worked with many students who have learning disabilities. These students have consistently inspired me to learn more about what I can do to help them thrive and enjoy school. I am a Master IEP coach, ready to help students, families, and teachers. Helping teams and families create IEPs that help students succeed is my goal. I would love to hear from you!
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