PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2016-2017
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of parents who reflect the cultural make-up of ASD’s student population. The PAC meets five times yearly to advise the school on educational matters. Meetings for the 2016- 2017 academic year are September 12, November 14, January 9, March 13, and May 8. All meetings are at 6:00PM in the Family Education Services Room in the Gallaudet Clerc Education Center.
Purpose of PAC:
1) To advise the school on the educational matters;
2) To provide assistance to the school in securing regional, state, community and parent support;
3) To assist the school in developing and implementing beneficial programs for parents and families;
4) To assist the school in fulfilling its mission; and
5) To assist parents through involvement in their child's education by promoting networking.
(Brittany- High School)
My name is Eileen Kleis. I live in Southwick, MA with my husband Ken and my daughter Brittany. Britany is 17 years old and has been fortunate enough to attend ASD since she was 3 years old. As a family, we love to spend our summers camping and boating in Otis, MA. During the winter, we long for our summer getaway. We are excited and looking forward to a wonderful new school year.
140 Whitney Street
Hartford, CT 06105
My name is Pamela Tonello. I live in Hartford, CT with my husband Dave, son Jack and dog Sammy. Jack is 15 years old and in the 8th grade. This is his second year at ASD and loves his classes, classmates, playing on the soccer and basketball teams, going to Camp Isola Bella and being in drama club. As a family, we enjoy travelling and exploring new places. We love being part of the ASD family and participating in all of the great events offered throughout the year.
(Andrew Parent – Middle School)
My name is Tara Parent. I live in Canton, CT and have two boys. My oldest is hearing and my youngest is deaf. He has attended ASD for the last 8 years. Both my boys were born in Idaho. I am originally from CT and my husband, James, the boys and I moved back 9 years ago. I work for a veterinary hospital in West Hartford. I'm excited to be more involved in ASD and my sons education. ASD has provided Andrew with an array of opportunities and I look forward to many more.
(Nikita – High School, Dylan – Middle School, Hayden – Elementary)
My name is Carey Mallach and I am originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I met my wife, Victoria Bumbala-Mallach (ASD Class of '95) at NTID. We moved to Bridgeport in 1998. I have 4 children; 3 are deaf and one is hearing. Nikita (14), ASD student; Dylan (13), ASD Student; Amelia (11), Bridgeport Public Schools; Hayden (8), ASD Student.
I recently joined PAC last year. It is wonderful be be more involved with ASD students and families. It is great to have good, supportive, parents to help improve our children's educational lives. I hope I can influence even more parents to get involved with PAC!
(Luke – Middle School)
I am a wife and mom of 2 boys. My 12 year old son, Luke was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 8. My 9 year old son, Owen has a diagnosis of ADD. It has been a long journey for my family to get to ASD, but, we have arrived.
I decided to join PAC to be involved in Luke's educational career, connect to other families and learn about ASD and how they are shaping their program to meet the future needs of our children.
I am a 2014 graduate of CT Partners and Policymaking. I have been actively involved at the legislative level by introducing bills to protect the Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and increase hearing screenings in CT. I am an active member of state boards, councils and committees.
My family loves the outdoors and traveling. I love to cook and garden. I am committed to providing information and support to Deaf and Hard of Hearing families to become more knowledgable and powerful community members.