Who We Are
Sylvia Pelletier, Sally Weiss and Erika Downie
Sally is a graduate of Partner's In Health Leadership Program and serves as a Council Member. She is the Mom of Alex and
Elizabeth. Alex was diagnosed with a malformation of the brain at seven months old. Sally's interests include Education,
Early Supports & Services and Legislative issues. She has a BSC, in Sociology from the University of Kingston, Surrey,
England. Sally manages our facebook group, welcoming new members and keeping it running smoothly. She also works on our
Family to Family Networks project and has become our in house videographer, by default! The trainings on our website are
all thanks to Sally.
Martha-Jean and Terry have worked side by side since 1992 with a shared vision of helping parents like
themselves navigate the maze of services their children have needed. Along with other parent leaders they
assisted with the creation of Family Voices National and began NH Family Voices in 1996.
Martha-Jean has been involved in disability issues since the mid 70's. After being a stay home mom for 15 yrs,
she worked as the Supportive Parent Coordinator for NH Parent To Parent and Parent and Consultant for
Special Medical Services before becoming Co-Director of NH Family Voices. She is a step, birth, and adoptive
parent of 12 children, five of whom have special health care needs and disabilities and two with mental health
Sylvia attended Rivier College, majoring in special education and elementary education. The diagnosis of two of her children with cancer shifted
her career focus to family support, health care policy and improving the capacity of systems to respond to the needs of individuals and families. In
addition to answering information and referral calls and maintaining the lending library in the NH Family Voices office, Sylvia works with families
and providers around the topics of family engagement and medical home. She currently serves as the Project Coordinator on the FACETS of
Epilepsy Care in NH grant.
Karin is the Youth Transition Facilitator for NH Family Voices and facilitates the YEAH (youth educating adults about healthcare)
Council, our council for youth with special healthcare needs. YEAH Council works with issues surrounding healthcare transition and the
transition to adulthood when living with a special healthcare need. Karin is support to the Council as they create materials, present on
panel, offer workshops and have an active Facebook page. Karin has a BS in Sociology/ Anthropology with a Concentration in Human
Services and a Certification in ASL and Deaf Studies from Northeastern University. Karin is a homeschool mom to 3 wonderful
Kristin brings many talents to her work. Kristin received her bachelor’s degree in English from Western State College of
Colorado. She taught English as a Second Language to adult learners for several years before staying home to raise her
two children. Her prior work history in non-profits--and her passion for them--led her to NHFV.
Terry has worked for the Parent Information Center for 21 years, initially providing trainings on early childhood issues, special education and parent
professional collaboration before becoming Co-Director of NH Family Voices. Terry is a graduate of Springfield College, has served as adjunct
faculty at UNH Manchester and is Regional Coordinator of Family Voices National. Terry and her husband are the parents of four children. Her son
Kenny has multiple disabilities.
|NH Family Voices is uniquely able to help other families because we are family members who have personal experience
negotiating the maze of services and programs for children and youth with special needs. NHFV staff understand the issues
families face and can help families make informed decisions.
Joshua is a young man exploring his talents and his preferences in the job market. He has taken on the his
responsibilities with efficiency and brings the young adult perspective into the NH Family Voices office.
Erika is an Outreach Coordinator at NH Family Voices. She has been paying close attention to the new health laws and all the changes happening in
health insurance in our state and federally. Erika is becoming our “expert” on the Affordable Care Act. She earned a Bachelors degree in
Psychology from the University of Maine and a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University of New England. In
2010 she graduated from the Institute on Disabilities Leadership Series. Erika founded Spectrum 46 in 2008 to support the parents and
educators of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is the parent of two wonderful boys who love Star Wars and Legos.
Nicole has been a member of the YEAH Council since its inception. Nicole was recently hired as the Youth Coordinator for the FACETS of
Epilepsy Care in NH Project. Nicole brings the youth perspective to the table, whether working locally, or nationally, to improve care for
individuals with epilepsy.