Mid-Hudson Task Force

About the Mid-Hudson Task Force

The Mid-Hudson Task Force is committed to improving educational access and outcomes for students with disabilities through a collaborative regional and statewide network of stakeholders representing a variety of perspectives in addressing the special education needs of students in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan Counties, as well as New York State.

Get On Our List...

The Mid-Hudson Special Education Task Force has an online mail list to share information about upcoming events and to allow  Executive Council members to share information with other Task Force participants . In an effort to avoid overwhelming your inbox, use of the mail list is limited to notifications of task force events and cannot be used for other purposes.  To join the Mid-Hudson mail list, subscribe here and choose “Mid.Hudson.Special.Ed.Task.Force” on the dropdown menu.  You will then receive an email request to confirm your subscription by following the link provided in the email.  It's as easy as that!  

You may also subscribe to any or all of the other regional special ed task force lists, but you will need to do so one at a time.

Upcoming Events

Mid-Hudson Task Force Executive Council


Renée Falanga-Brenner
Resource Center for Accessible Living Parent & Transition Coordinator

Jessica Greenstein


Laura Walzer
Ulster County Department of Social Services Children/Family Services
Parent, Advocate, & Social Worker/Supervisor
Foster Care Unit

Council Members

Laurie Gallagher
The ARC of Mid-Hudson
School to Work Coordinator

Joyce M. Hawk
Westchester Institute for Human Development
Community Support Network
Community and Family Educator

Shakia Henderson
Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.

Karen Lynch
Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc.
Parent & Advocate

Nancy Nowak
Disability Rights New York
PADD Advocate

Heather O’Donnell, M.S.Ed, Ed.M
Owner, New Paltz Multisensory
Parent, Advocate and Certified Dyslexia Practitioner

Jennifer O'Neill-Brennan
Taconic Resource for Independence Inc.
Parent & Special Education Advocate

Catherine Reep
Onteora Central School District
Teacher of the Deaf

Scott Rice
Pawling Central School District
Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Mary Jo Whatley, Esq.
Sussman & Watkins, Esqs.

Maureen Winter

Susan Wolman 
Putnam Independent Living Services
Educational Advocate