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The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of the Inaugural 2016-2017 NJLEND Cohort



2016-2017 Inaugural NJLEND Fellows: Deepa Srinivasavaradan, BS; Jeannette Mejias; Mason R. Shepherd, MA; Mikala Hanson, PsyM, BCBA; Rachel Patusco, MS, RD, CSP; Ronide P. Noelizaire, BA; Sapna Kakwani, BSN, RN; Spandana Nallapati, MD; Stacey Callahan, BA; and Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Trainee, Aleta Murphy


On May 5, 2017, the inaugural cohort of fellows graduated from The Boggs Center’s New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program. The NJLEND Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium was held at Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, and featured a keynote address from Sue Swenson, MBA, Vice President, Inclusion International and former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education. Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and NJLEND Director, and Christopher J. Haines, DO, MBA, FAAP, FACEP, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Specialized Hospital, welcomed attendees from the Rutgers community, NJ’s state Title V program, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), and other state and community organizations. The highlight of the symposium was the NJLEND Leadership Project Poster Presentation, during which each fellow presented about his/her leadership project conducted throughout their time in the program.

To learn more about the 2016-2017 Inaugural NJLEND Fellows and Faculty Mentors, their experiences throughout the NJLEND year, and the impact of the NJLEND program, please view the NJLEND MCH Leadership Symposium Program and the following video featuring the 2016-2017 cohort: NJLEND Graduation 2016-2017

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