(Manhattan and Bronx)
Gene Martin is a retired Army Judge Advocate officer and, currently, is an Administrative Law Judge for a NY State agency. He is enthusiastic about the knowledge and dedication of Parent to Parent of NYS staff and support parents, who provided information, referral and support that helped ease his transition, as the parent of a child with disabilities, out of the military and back to his home State of NY. Since coming back to NY in 2009, Gene has continued to avail himself of the stellar education, training and support that Parent to Parent makes possible, particularly in the area of special education.
Bob lives in New York City and is the father of two children one of whom has a developmental disability. He has been on the board since 2009.
Louise is the parent of four children ranging in age from teenagers to early 20’s. Two of her sons have Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is married and lives in the rural part of New York’s Otsego County.
Susan Platkin has been on the board of Parent to Parent of NYS since spring of 2009. Her daughter’s developmental disabilities have led Susan to become a strong advocate for school and community inclusion. While her daughter was young, Susan was on the LI Steering Committee for Partners in Policymaking, and was active in the movement for inclusive schools as part of Long Island Schools Are for Everyone. She is a founding member of New York Self-Determination Coalition and draws strength and support from many fellow parents. She is happy to continue the cycle as part of Parent to Parent of NYS. Susan is married and lives on Long Island.
As a member of the organization’s Board of Directors since 2005, Ann sees Parent to Parent of NYS as an organization that actively seeks to support the parents and caregivers of people with disabilities. Because of the organization, she believes that parents learn that they are not alone or unique and can find comfort and emotional support from other parents.