Naomi Brickel directs the Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center and has overseen the implementation of capacity-building transition initiatives aimed at post-secondary education, employment, and self-determination for students with disabilities. She has played an active role in New York State policy development in all of these areas and is appointed to the NYSED’s Commissioner’s Advisory Panel. Naomi was a co-author of a NYSED Training curriculum, and also served as a Parent Transition Advocate for the Model Transition Program in the City School District of New Rochelle, where she provided intensive outreach and support to students ages 18-21, and their families, to assist in the difficult transition from school services to adult services. She was also an active Parent Member, participating in hundreds of CSE and CPSE meetings over years. Naomi is the mother of six children and has navigated the special education process successfully for four of them in New Rochelle where she lives and currently serves on the Board of Education.