FMPTIC Board of Directors

  • Anita Balgopal Champaign, IL
  • Dr. Meghan Burke Urbana, IL
  • Brock Bush  Urbana, IL
  • Kellie O Leary Call, Vice President  Polo, IL
  • Emily Chetty  Williamsville, IL
  • Audrey Haney, President  Mackinaw, IL
  • Stephanie Julien - Morton, IL
  • Lauren McClain, Secretary/Treasurer  Olney, IL
  • Vaibhav Shah - Peoria, IL
  • Melanie Stith  Belleville, IL

This questionnaire is for individuals who have expressed an interest in participating as a member of the Family Matters Board of Directors.  Please answer each question in the space provided and return the questionnaire by email or mail to:

 Debbie Einhorn
Family Matters PTIC
1901 S. 4th St. Suite 209
Effingham, IL 62401

 The Nominating Committee will review the completed questionnaires of all potential applicants and will contact you by phone to discuss possible Board member positions.  Board candidates will be selected according to federal requirements for Board composition of parent training and information centers, to fulfill demographic needs including geographical locations, parent representation of disability types, representation of age ranges, gender, and diversity, related professional interests, and volunteer experiences.

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All Family Matters staff are Board Certified Educational Advocates. Board certification requires the completion of 12 courses of study and six hours of examinations on regulatory and special education principles. BCEAs are required to acquire obtain a minimum of 50 continuing educational hours every five years.

Debbie Einhorn, M.Ed., BCEA

Executive Director
1-866-436-7842, x8016

Deb Einhorn has been advocating for students with disabilities since1990. Her educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Special, Secondary, and Elementary Education.

Past experience teaching students with disabilities from pre-school through high school ages provides Deb with the educator's perspective during Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Her experiences as the Director of the Family Support program provides insight on family and student perspectives at IEP meetings, while additional experience supporting adults with disabilities also provides Deb with a familiarity of the issues of transition planning and self-advocacy.

Deb promotes the wisdom and values of parents while representing their children with disabilities during advocacy for the most appropriate and most inclusive services in schools.

Nancy Mader, BCEA

Project Coordinator
1-866-436-7842, x8015

Nancy Mader is the Project Coordinator for the Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center. Her educational background includes an emphasis in Business Management and Accounting and an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. Nancy is responsible for recording statistical data, assisting with preparations for trainings, budget monitoring, and maintenance of the program's database.

Nancy began her employment with Community Support Systems in 1989 as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the new Family Matters Family Support Program. Nancy has coordinated the PTIC project since 2002.

Chasidy Manship, ADCJ, BCEA

Clerical Support
1-866-436-7842, x3516

Chasidy is the Clerical Support for the Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center. She began her employment in January 2014.  Chasidy has an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice.

Chasidy is responsible for collecting and storing curriculum materials for web access by FMPTIC trainers, producing training flyers, compiling handout materials, and maintaining the project database.  Chasidy manages the online library and website uploads. 

Karrie Potter, BCEA

Information Specialist
1-866-436-7842, x2968

Karrie is employed as an Information Specialist at Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center. She began her employment in July 2005.

Karrie is the mother of a child who has been through the Early Intervention Program, Early Childhood Program, and receives Special Education services. She is knowledgeable in navigating different sides of the surgical and medical diagnostic fields due to her child's lengthy medical history. She is a source of support to parents who are navigating the same fields. She draws upon her own experiences when helping parents with each and every one of their concerns.

Abbi Mars, AA

Information Specialist
1-866-463-7842, x3519

Abbi is employed as an Information Specialist at Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center. She began her employment in July 2020.

Abbi is a recent graduate from Ohio Christian University majoring in Human Services and Religious studies. She is the mother of four children and lives in rural Shelby county. Abbi’s oldest child was diagnosed with  severe autism at age two. and at age 17 is currently attending the Hope School in Springfield Illinois. She is no stranger to advocating for services for children. She spends most of her time volunteering with different organization and promoting inclusion for special needs children within those organizations.

FMPTIC Trainers

Rose is a parent of two adults with significant disabilities and wonderful abilities.  She works as Family Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions 1 and 3; and is also a licensed massage therapist.  She has a Bachelor degree in Child Development, but 38 years of on the job training, which is much more valuable.  She is also the President of Illinois Advocates for the Deafblind, and works collaboratively with the Arc of Illinois on the Family to Family Health Education and Information Center as a consultant.

Megan Mutti, MA, CT, LCCE

Megan is an experienced advocate and parent of a young adult with a developmental disability.  Her experience on the Supportive Counseling Team at Children’s Hospital of Illinois included patient and family-centered care and advocacy for families parenting children with complex healthcare needs.  She is a Ligas Family Advocate for the Arc Ligas Family Advocate Program.  Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Family Studies and her Master’s Degree is in Human Development and Family Studies.  She conducts parent trainings for Family Matters in the central region of Illinois.