Our highly trained staff is up-to-date on the latest in parent engagement, special education advocacy, and how schools in this state work.  Each Parent Consultant takes part in a rigorous mentoring program designed to share information and develop skills that are essential in helping parents understand how to support their child’s learning.

Staff members at the Parent Information Center are selected for their exceptional skills and expertise related to parent engagement, advocacy, and support.  Parent Consultants participate in regular trainings as related to special education, disabilities issues, general education, and technology.  Our Parent Consultants understand the challenges of parenting, especially parenting children with disabilities, because they, too, are parents.

Meedra Surratte, M.Ed.

Executive Director |

Meedra Surratte, M.Ed. - Executive Director Meedra is a community and education advocate serving students with disabilities and their families at PIC for over 15 years.   Her area of focus lies in education and capacity building, particularly in the areas of special education, family engagement and/or strengthening sustaining partnerships between families and schools.  She is committed to ensuring equity in education, representing the interests of students and families from our most undeserved communities. Meedra holds a B.A. in Organizational Dynamics and a Masters in Special Education.  Meedra also serves as the aRPy Ambassador for Delaware, promoting awareness of evidenced based practices that improve outcomes for infants and toddlers. She represents the needs, concerns and interests of children with disabilities and their families on several statewide councils. Meedra previously served as education contributor to the Arthur J. Turner Jr. Scholarship Foundation, and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)  and an Educational Surrogate Parent for 10 years.  Meedra is the proud parent of 3 girls, and grandparent of a granddaughter born in 2021.

"Through my work, my goal is to encourage, empower, and inform families about the special education process, and the importance of advocacy in education and community, specifically reaching underserved parents of children with disabilities and families with low Income and/or limited resources."

Suzanne Farris

Associate Director | Sussex County/Statewide

Suzanne Farris has been an advocate for children and families for more than 20 years. With a degree in Secondary Education from Salisbury University and extensive graduate coursework in special education, gifted education and educational counseling, Suzanne started her career as a 6th grade teacher and quickly transitioned into an administrative support role before leaving education for the non-profit sector, working primarily with youth serving programs. In addition to her professional career, Suzanne has been a dedicated volunteer, serving as a mentor for both students and families living with exceptionalities and spending five years as a member of the Seaford Board of Education. The experience that most prepared her for work at PIC, however, is her experience as a parent raising four exceptional children of her own. Suzanne has been recognized for her work by the Delaware School Nutrition Association, the President’s Volunteer Service Awards, the Division of State Service Centers, and as Delaware Mother of the Year in 2018. Suzanne currently serves as a parent representative on the Positive Outcomes Charter School Board of Directors and volunteers with several organizations. She currently resides in Bridgeville with her husband David and her two younger children along with their four rescue cats and a very spoiled Leopard Gecko.

Kerry Thompson

Parent Training and Information (PTI) Project Coordinator | Sussex County/Statewide

The PTI program provides information and support for families who have children and youth with disabilities and/or special needs. Kerry oversees our PTI Parent Consultants, who offer superior support to parents reaching out to PIC. Kerry has over 20 years of coordinating, planning, and managing experience. She's originally from the New York/New Jersey area, but has lived in Sussex County since 2016. She enjoys working with families and helping them become their child's best advocate.    

""I'm excited to be working at an organization that offers an array of support and resources for families with education questions or concerns. I look forward to contributing to PIC's success in being the premier source regarding special education information for Delaware families.""

Darne’Jia Scott-Perkins

Early Intervention Parent Consultant | New Castle County

Darne’Jia provides support to families of children birth-8 who receive or may qualify for special education services. She is dedicated to contributing to a parent’s ability to learn and grow in their journey of effective advocacy for their children. Darne’Jia previously worked with adults with disabilities, and was drawn to her current position when her youngest son was diagnosed with multiple birth defects and disabilities. She brings a wealth of personal experience to the process of obtaining services and advocating for children.

Kimyada Maddrey

Intake & Data Specialist | New Castle County

Kimyada joined the PIC staff in November 2018 and coordinates our new intakes and data collection.  Kim has over 10 years experience in customer service and finance and is a  passionate advocate for children.  She is excited to help families advocate and learn about the special education process, as she was when advocating for her daughter.

Tina Andrews

Project Coordinator | NCC/Statewide

Christina previously worked here as a program coordinator for the PIRC grant. She worked with schools increasing parent engagement, taught workshops, facilitated Family Friendly Walkthroughs and learned so much about education, parental engagement and working with families of kids with unique needs. After her time with PIC, Tina went back to school and got a Masters in Special Education with an autism certification. She worked for 5 years in schools in Delaware and Maryland as a classroom teacher and as a special educator. Tina is coming back to PIC, in this role as a parent consultant, with this additional education, experience, and passion. Tina's hope is that she is able to partner with families to help them find resources and supports to improve their child’s educational experiences and, ultimately, improve their lives. Tina will be working on initiatives throughout the state but her primary focus will be on Sussex County. She grew up in Sussex County and graduated from Sussex Central High School. She also worked in nonprofits there for many years building relationships and coaching young people at the beginning of their careers. Tina is excited to work with many of the people that she grew up with and went to school with as they are now teachers, administrators, and parents in Sussex County. An important focus of Tina's in the next few months, is to increase PICs visibility in Sussex County so that more families and children can benefit from our services. When Tina is not at work, she is living an awesome life with her 5 children and menagerie of animals. Tina's children also are unique individuals with special needs and as their parent she is an ardent advocate for their needs as well.

"“My goal is to ensure families of children with special needs have access to the information, programs, and support they need to make informed decisions about their children’s education. There is nothing more anxiety producing than facing the unique challenges of being a parent of a child with special needs and not knowing how to get the resources you need for that child. I am so glad to be a part of PIC and be able to be a community connector for our families.”"

Mary Andrews

Data & Communications Specialist | NCC/Statewide

Mary is a Sussex County Native who started her career as a Public Ally in 2002, where she completed 1700 hours of community service with a non profit in Sussex County.  She then moved on as a Program Coordinator at Interfaith Mission where she developed and ran an after school program. When she is not working she is spending time with her fabulous daughter and family.

"" Growing up as a child with a disability, I saw the obstacles my mother faced to ensure I had the tools succeed in school. I want to make sure every parent has the tools to advocate for their children as my mother did for me." "

Paula Broody

Statewide Bi-lingual Parent Consultant | New Castle County Office

Paula provides information and resources for families of children with disabilities, meeting personally with parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and conducting workshops in Spanish on topics related to special education and effective advocacy.

"I know firsthand the challenges that families have to face having a child with a disability. One of my two sons has autism and I know that it’s not only a challenge emotionally and physically but it can also provide an extra challenge socially and with parents and families in the community who may not be as educated or understanding of having a child with a disability."

"I am passionate in this field and I will not stop until all families feel heard and helped. I also want children with disabilities to be challenged and have all of their needs and gifts met."

Kathie Herel

Educational Surrogate Program Coordinator | New Castle County Office

Kathie ensures that eligible children in Delaware’s foster care system are appointed a trained and knowledgeable Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP) who acts as the foster child’s parent in the special education process. She delivers training, consultation and support to foster parents, community volunteers, educators and professionals regarding parental rights and special education regulations, as well as working closely with state agencies and school districts to ensure effective implementation of the program on behalf of foster children. Kathie holds a B.S., in Recreation & Park Administration, University of Delaware, M.S. in Management, Wilmington University.

"Children in foster care experience numerous challenges due to life altering and traumatic events. They deserve to have knowledgeable advocates ready to support them in school. Through my work, I hope to positively influence educational outcomes for children in foster care."

Arielle Morris

Family Resource Specialist - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI | NCC/Statewide

Arielle supports families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, by offering education, information, and guidance. Originally trained in graphic design, her passion shifted focus when her profoundly deaf daughter was born in 2015. Her daughter's diagnosis led to Arielle's involvement in the deaf and hard of hearing community as she continued to be an advocate for her child. Arielle is a trained parent guide for Delaware Hands & Voices and has a great familiarity with early intervention services in the state of Delaware due to her daughter’s participation in several of them.

""I know firsthand how important a support system can be after a child's hearing loss diagnosis. I know the value of it, and the impact it has on our children's growth and prosperity.""

Jennifer Aaron

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Jennifer Aaron is a Family to Family program consultant. Her role is to work with families who are seeking assistance in identifying available services related to special healthcare needs. Jenn has a professional history in mortgage banking, and has received Provisional Certification as a Family Support Provider. She enjoys vacationing with her family, swimming, and football. 

Teshia Tull

Delaware Public Education Ombudsperson Program- Intake Coordinator | New Castle County

Teshia has10 years’ experience working with families of individuals with autism, special needs, and intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD). Her focus has been the empowerment of each person to lead a life as independent as possible. In order to assist in this outcome, Teshia previously held a role that provided her the opportunity to inspire and support individuals in becoming self-sufficient through the achievement of one small goal at a time. As Intake Coordinator with the DPEOP, she will continue to support families and individuals in finding solutions to barriers that may keep them from obtaining educational and personal development.

"“ I believe in the saying ‘Every child is one caring adult away from being a success story’ - Josh Shipp. So, it is my personal mission to become the adult I needed when I was a child. I will do this by placing people first and being the bridge for them on their journey from one road to another.”"

Tara Jones

Delaware Public Education Ombudsperson Program- Family Resource Specialist | New Castle County

Tara joined the PIC staff in May 2022 as a Family Resource Specialist for the Delaware Public Education Ombudsperson Program. She has over 15 years’ experience supporting and advocating for students as a Case Worker within the school system. Tara holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware, and a Paralegal Studies certificate from Widener University Delaware Law School. She currently resides in New Castle County with her daughter and their beloved dog, Monkey.

Rashueen Williams

Delaware Public Education Ombudsperson Program- Family Resource Specialist | New Castle County

Sheen is a Family Resource Specialist advocating for students and their families at PIC. He brings more than 10 years of work experience with youth and families, focused on advocating for needs in educational settings as well as in the wider community. Sheen is committed to being a voice for those who often cannot speak for themselves, and helping students and families gain access to information and resources that promote practical and realistic growth. He is especially passionate about supporting students and families from underserved communities who often suffer the consequences of systemic injustices. Sheen holds a B.A. in Human Services, and his passion for his work is only surpassed by his passion for his family, including his wife of twelve years and two daughters he describes as his loving balls of energy.

"“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others”. In Sheen’s words, “My desire is to achieve positive and sustainable change in the lives of youth and their families. A lot of what the kids I work with/for are experiencing, I experienced growing up in a similar urban area. Changing the lives of young people and their families now, leads to the new leaders in our future”."

Mindy Cox

Human Resources Manager | New Castle County Office

Mindy has provided administrative support to PIC staff throughout the state for 11 years, she also manages the PIC database of more than 15,000 people. She’s a Delaware native who graduated from public high school in New Castle County, and Salisbury University in Maryland. Mindy and her husband raised their children in New Castle County, where they attended traditional public schools K-12. Mindy is a former Delaware PTA board member, and also served in leadership roles on multiple volunteer boards and committees related to quality parent engagement. She will always consider being a mom her most important and rewarding role in life.

""I’ve been a passionate volunteer and advocate for high quality public education in Delaware for many years. I feel very fortunate to have worked for more than a decade at PIC, an organization that truly makes a difference for thousands of families annually who seek support in reference to their child’s education and/or special health care needs.”"

Andrea Jones

Administrative Assistant | New Castle County

Andrea provides administrative support for PICA graduate of Monmouth University in New Jersey, shes an administrative professional with more than 20 years experience in office management, customer service, and program administration. Andrea's career background is diverse, having worked previously in healthcare, construction, and social services.

""I am excited to work for an organization that can make a difference in children and families by providing them with the tools to advocate for themselves and their loved ones. Creating an opportunity for families to have their voices heard, and assisting in providing options to make changes to better their children's lives.""

Jin Whan Kang

Clerical Assistant | New Castle County Office

Jin Whan provides clerical support services as part of Chimes Delaware Community Employment Program.

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