Who we are

The Massachusetts Association of Approved Special Education Schools!

What is MAAPS?

MAAPS is your community of out-of-district, approved special education schools - all of which offer a vital service to both public school district and privately placed students. I should know; I was one of them.

Attending one of the MAAPS member schools provided me the appropriate skills I needed to flourish in my education. I never felt more included than when I attended a specialized school. Today, it is my privilege to advocate on behalf of all of the approved special education schools as the Executive Director of MAAPS.

MAAPS represents over 80 approved schools for students with special needs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. MAAPS provides a range of services to its members, including professional development, marketing, diversity initiatives, government relations, external affairs, and peer enterprises. Membership in MAAPS affirms a commitment by our schools to ethical practices, non-discrimination, and extraordinary education.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Becker, Esq.
Executive Director

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Meet the Staff

ELIZABETH DELLO RUSSO BECKER

Elizabeth Dello Russo Becker

Executive Director
781-245-1220 ext 205 ebecker@maaps.org
MARK P. DE CHABERT

Mark P. de Chabert

Chief Operating Officer
781-245-1220 ext 204 mdechabert@maaps.org
JAMES DAIUTE

James Daiute

Director of External Affairs
781-245-1220 ext 209 jdaiute@maaps.org
AMANDA KANE

Amanda Kane

Director of Professional Development and Member Assistance
781-245-1220 ext 208 akane@maaps.org
RENEE SOUSA

Renee Sousa

Administrative Assistant
781-245-1220 ext 201 rsousa@maaps.org

Meet the Board

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President

MICHAEL AMES

RFK Community Alliance

 

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Vice President

STEPHANIE WARD

Justice Resource Institute (JRI)

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Treasurer

SHAUN CUSSON

Hillcrest Educational Centers

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Clerk

KATHLEEN LOVENBURY

Crystal Springs

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Delegate-at-Large

CHRIS HUNT

Professional Center for Child Development

(PCCD)

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Delegate-at-Large

LAWRENCE SAUER

League School of Greater Boston

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Immediate Past President

RITA GARDNER

Melmark, Inc.

Regional Delegates

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Western Region

Western Region

Jill Brewer, Springdale Education Center
Shaun Cusson, Hillcrest Educational Centers
Will Davila, Children's Study Home
Jodi Michalski, White Oak School
No Alternate

CENTRAL REGION

Central Region

Michael Ames, RFK Community Alliance
Karen Bishop, Learning Center for the Deaf
Kerry Ann Goldsmith, Devereux
Brian Doyle, Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction (CABI)
Karen McCarthy, Brandon School
Phill Ekberg, Alternate, Wayside Academy 

BOSTON REGION

Boston Region

Ed Bosso, Perkins School for the Blind
Michael Culhane, Farr Academy
Sarah Folk, Milestones, Inc.
Laura Lajewski, COMPASS, Inc.
Bridget Irish, Cotting School
Jim Prince, Manville School/Judge Baker Children's Center
Wil Fredian, Gifford School
Amy Sousa, Alternate, The Guild School
Gene Takahashi, Alternate, Walker

NORTHEAST REGION

Northeast Region

Mark Carlson, Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf
Rita Gardner, Melmark, Inc
Christian Hunt, Professional Center for Child Development (PCCD)
Joe Cronin, St. Ann's Home
Ryan Plosker, Alternate, New England Academy

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Kathleen Lovenbury, Crystal Springs School
Ivy Medeiros, Stevens Treatment Programs
Gerry Pouliot, Latham Centers, Inc.
Lawrence Sauer, League School of Greater Boston
Stephanie Ward, JRI
Robert Lynch, Alternate, Amego, Inc.