Lisa Faranda, PhD is a tireless education advocate for children, their families and caregivers served by The Arc. Initially joining The Arc as a fee-for-service education advocate, Lisa shortly thereafter became a volunteer in the same role as a volunteer. She could no longer bear to have families of children with disabilities pay fees in order to obtain the services they needed, and are entitled to for their education. Lisa has been an educator for more than 30 years and is certified by the National Education Advocacy Institute. Her work is informed by her own experience as a parent of children with learning and emotional challenges. She has learned a lot from her children, her students, along with her clients and their parents, and seeks to provide a clear path for action and genuine opportunity for growth. Lisa also serves on the Right To Education Task Force, coordinates advocacy clinics and works as a contracted Transition Project Coordinator for The Arc.