The Boggs Center Welcomes Yaa Keene, MPH
Yaa Keene recently joined The Boggs Center as the Program and Data Coordinator for the New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program (NJLEND). She is responsible for providing overall program and data coordination and analysis to the NJLEND program. Yaa earned her Master of Public Health degree from the Rutgers School of Public Health with a focus on Health Systems and Policy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Africana Studies from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Before coming to work at The Boggs Center, Yaa worked as a Department Secretary with the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania Health System administrative department. Prior to that, Yaa worked with Kelsch Associates in Westville New Jersey, providing an individualized approach to day-to-day care for adults with developmental disabilities.
The Boggs Center Welcomes Bethany Chase, LSW
Bethany Chase recently joined The Boggs Center as a Training and Consultation Specialist for the
Employment and Transition projects. Bethany provides training, consultation, and technical assistance
regarding best practices in Supported Employment and Transition to Adulthood.
Prior to her work at The Boggs Center, Bethany spent over a decade as Chair of
the Transition Department at the Cooke Center for Learning and Development,
based in New York City. In this capacity, Bethany assisted hundreds of students
with developmental disabilities and their families as they charted paths towards
independent, meaningful, and purposeful lives of their choosing.
Bethany received her master’s
degree from Columbia School of Social Work with a focus on Health, Mental
Health, and Disabilities. She earned her bachelor’s Degree in Music, with a
major in Music Therapy, from Berklee College of Music.
New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Now Accepting Applications
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities was awarded funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities to coordinate New Jersey Partners in Policymaking.
New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members. The goal of program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.
Participants selected for the program will learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts through a series of educational leadership development sessions held one weekend per month, beginning in November of this year and ending next June.
The Boggs Center is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members interested in participating. Visit the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking page on The Boggs Center's website to learn more about the program and how to apply. Applications must be received by September 9, 2016, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 30.
The Boggs Center Receives $2.2M Grant for Student Training in Autism and Related Disabilities
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program grant totaling $2.2 million over five years from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center, said the NJLEND will “enable The Boggs Center to improve the lives of New Jersey’s children, young adults, and their families living with Autism, through interdisciplinary clinical leadership training to develop the next generation of health leaders and advocates.” Read more