Michael J. Cuddy, Jr., is a special education attorney with the Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC, in Auburn. He is a graduate of Le Moyne College, Carnegie-Mellon University, and SUNY Buffalo. Prior to commencing the practice of special education law, he worked as a teacher and school district administrator.
Michelle lives in Monroe County with her husband and their children. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities and looks forward to her service on the Parent to Parent of NYS Board of Directors.
Jim resides in Binghamton with his wife and daughter and works in Albany as an attorney. His teenaged daughter is a gifted singer who was diagnosed with PDD, NOS when she was 18 months old. Jim is a support parent and Partners in Policymaking graduate who believes that Parent to Parent is unique in how it connects and supports parents and family members of those with developmental disabilities.
Lizette Hernandez is a mother of three and advocate for her children with disabilities, a daughter who struggles with Dyslexia and a son who is living with Autism. Born and raised in the Bronx, Lizette has a desire to serve her community and give back. The Bronx is by far one of the most underserved boroughs in New York, and Lizette is always looking for opportunities to offer more services for children with Autism.
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.
Lisa Quinones-Fontanez is a secretary by day, writer by night and mom round the clock. When Lisa's son, Norrin, was diagnosed with autism in May 2008, she found herself in a world she did not understand. In 2010, Lisa founded the award-winning blog, Autism Wonderland, which chronicled the first years after her son's autism diagnosis.
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.
Elizabeth Smithmeyer joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She is a retired teacher who has continued her work with people with developmental disabilities, their families, and those who teach and work with them. As a family member of two children with developmental disabilities, Liz respects the important service Parent to Parent provides in supporting families, as well as their ongoing work in information and advocacy.