Maryalice Fegeley is a Regional Coordinator in the Staten Island office of Parent to Parent of NYS. Prior to her work with Parent to Parent – where she started in November 2009 – Maryalice worked in New York City in various fields, including a non-profit organization, an advertising agency and a financial services organization. Maryalice is currently a co-chair of the Staten Island Developmental Disability Council’s Education Committee and is on the Executive Board of the SIDDC.
Maryalice became involved in the disability community on Staten Island after her then 4-year-old son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. She and her husband were blind-sided by the diagnosis and, over the upcoming months (and years), Maryalice immersed herself in the world of therapies and counseling, and quickly learned the challenges facing a parent who has a child with special needs, as well as the uphill battles they must fight – sometimes on a daily basis -- in the best interests of their children. The one thing that helped Maryalice the most were the moms she met along the way. She learned where to go for everything from social skills programs to dentists for children with special needs. It is this knowledge that she now shares with the families who reach out to Parent to Parent.
In her time at Parent to Parent, Maryalice has worked hard to offer support and comfort to families of children with developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs. She understands that when parents are at their lowest point, getting a compassionate, understanding voice on the other end of the phone can sometimes make all the difference. Maryalice partners with other organizations to co-host a parent training series, as well as other informative workshops. In addition, she presents an Education Records Organizer workshop.
Maryalice resides on Staten Island with her husband and their 14-year-old twins, who are in their freshman year of high school. Her daughter, who is a fantastic writer, is a fan of the NY Giants and the NY Mets and enjoys going to games with her father. Maryalice’s son is a Boy Scout who has his eye on becoming an Eagle Scout and who loves all things technological. In the summer, Maryalice and her family enjoy spending time at her family’s home in upstate New York.