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

RITA GARDNER

Melmark, Inc.

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Vice President

SHAUN CUSSON

Hillcrest Educational Centers

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Treasurer

MICHAEL AMES

Dr. Franklin Perkins, RFK Children's Action Corps

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Clerk

STEPHANIE WARD

Justice Resource Institute (JRI)

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Delegate-at-Large

KATHLEEN LOVENBURY

Crystal Springs

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Delegate-at-Large

CHRIS HUNT

Professional Center for Child Development (PCCD)

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Immediate Past President

DAVE MANZO

Cotting School

Regional Delegates

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Western Region

Western Region

Jill Brewer, Springdale Education Center
Shaun Cusson, Hillcrest
David Drake, White Oak
Alternate Pending

CENTRAL REGION

Central Region

Michael Ames, Dr. Franklin Perkins/RFK Children's Action Corps
Karen Bishop, Learning Center for the Deaf
Kerry Ann Goldsmith, Devereux
Phill Ekberg, Wayside Academy
Karen McCarthy, Brandon School
Brian Doyle, Alternate CABI

BOSTON REGION

Boston Region

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

NORTHEAST REGION

Northeast Region

Mark Carlson, CCC/Beverly School for the Deaf
Rita Gardner, Melmark, Inc
Christian Hunt, PCCD
Joe Cronin, St. Ann's Home
Ryan Plokser, Alternate New England Academy

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Kathleen Lovenbury, Crystal Springs School
Anne McManus, Latham Centers, Inc.
Michael Cancilliere, Meeting Street
Lawrence Sauer, League School
Stephanie Ward, JRI
Ivy Medeiros, Alternate Stevens