PIC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, educators and community leaders who represent the broad range of families and professionals that PIC serves across the state.  As stewards of the organization, the Governing Board guides PIC in the fulfillment of its mission and ensures that PIC has the necessary resources to deliver the services and support to parents statewide.

The PIC Governing Board meets regularly.  In between meetings, board members engage in committee work around strategic planning, policy, and fund and board development. PIC board members, many of whom have benefitted from PIC’s services are dedicated and loyal supporters of the organization.  If you are interested in joining the PIC board, kindly contact Tika Hartsock, Board Chair at thartsock@picofdel.org.

Tika Hartsock

President | Executive Committee

Tika Hartsock is a consultant, advocate, and educator who currently works for the Delaware Autism Program. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science: Pre-Law and Masters degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a concentration in community development and youth leadership. Additionally, Tika holds a Master’s degree in Education and School Leadership certification. In 2018, she completed Delaware's Partners in Policymaking Program. Currently, she sits on the Building Bridges Council for the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism, Special Education Strategic Plan Advisory Council and is an appointed member of the Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens. When she isn't advocating, Tika enjoys creating new adventures with her son who is on the autism spectrum. Her passion for advocacy in education is driven by her philosophy to support ALL students with being the best versions of themselves as possible.
 

Joan Y. French

Secretary |

As a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware and a former teacher and administrator in special education in Delaware public schools, Ms. French has been directly involved in student programs and services.  She continues to work with parents, faculty and students to help all students achieve their potential through her doctoral program and affiliation with PIC. She collaborated with PIC to develop the Parent Resource Centers that were established at McVey Elementary and Kirk Middle Schools. Ms. French holds a Bachelors in Special Education and a Masters in Elementary Education. She looks forward to completing her doctoral program in May 2019. Ms. French is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, International Reading Association, and ASCD/Educational Leadership. In addition to her work with PIC, she tutors international students in English at the University of Delaware.

"PIC has heard the call and met the needs of thousands of families throughout Delaware. Their advocacy for children and support for families has been the heart and soul of best practices for students with learning challenges."

Bill Doolittle

Treasurer | Finance Committee

Bill is a well-respected policy advocate. He joins the board with decades of experience as a specialist in the areas of special education; inclusion; restraint and seclusion; education funding; assessment systems including alternate assessment; individualized instruction; school choice; and ESEA IDEA and ADA 504. Bill is also highly experienced as a board leader. He is currently the Youth and Children Committee Chair for the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizen, Co-chair of Delaware Special Education Parent Council Workgroup, and Co-Chair Delaware Special Education Strategic Plan Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a member of the Delaware Legislative Task Force on the IEP process improvement; Delaware SSIP Advisory Council, ESSA Measures Workgroup; WEIC District/Charter Collaboration Committee; Regulation 925 (IDEA eligibility) and 925 Autism Review Stakeholder Groups; Delaware DPAS Advisory Council;  Delaware Academic Framework Workgroup;Delaware Functional Curriculum Committee; Delaware Autism strategic Plan Workgroup; and the Red Clay School District, Financial Review Committee, Bullying Prevention Committee, and Inclusion committee. Prior board service includes  Vice Chair and founding member of Family Support and Healthcare Alliance of Delaware; Vice President of Delaware State Parent Advisory Council; and member of Delaware Board of Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers. Additionally, Bill has presented numerous topics for National PTA and is a facilitator for Delaware Aspergers Support and Advocacy Group. Bill has a background in chemical engineering and currently works in the construction field. He and his wife share to teenage boys. Their eldest son is on the autism spectrum and attends the University of Delaware.

Ian Baker

Board Member |

Ian A. Baker was born in Wilmington to Frances E Baker and Desmond E Baker. He attended the defunct Christ our King and received a full ride scholarship to Salesianum HS where he played football, basketball, and track. He then got a partial academic scholarship and partial athletic scholarship to play football at Hampton University in Hampton Virginia. After receiving his bachelor degree, he had the dilemma of a trade. So he entered the restaurant school @ Walnut Hill College. Receiving an Associates in Culinary Arts. Thru is matriculation he was offered a position to teach and has been doing so for 6 years. Chef Baker, as he is known to his students has cooked all over the world and the US. He is married to Tay Y. Baker and the parents to son Bryce and identical twin girls Somry and Sage. In his free time, Ian likes to cook, fix up the house, and travel. His dream job is to be a restaurateur.

Lemuel Miller

Board Member |

Lemuel Miller is a lifelong resident of Wilmington, DE. He is a graduate of Wilmington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. He is the proud father of a 12-year-old son who is quite the athlete. Lemuel seeks to provide students with the therapeutic supports they need to be successful inside of school and out. In addition to school counseling, he also serves as a mentor to young men in the community. He has also worked in the area of suicide prevention for over 10 years. Additionally, Lemuel sits on the Board of Director of Kuumba Academy Charter School. When he is not helping others in some capacity he enjoys traveling the world.

Jackeline Saez-Rosario

Board Member |

My name is Jackeline Saez-Rosario and I am currently employed as a paralegal in the Disabilities Law Program at Community Legal Aid. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science with a concentration in law and political theory and minors in legal studies, women studies and disabilities studies from the University of Delaware. As an undergraduate student, I studied and researched the barriers that parents of children with special needs faced especially non-English speaking families and presented my work and recommendations for closing these gaps at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference. With my research, I have been able to assist in creating cultural competency training and help organizations add cultural competency training to their recruitment process. When I am not in the office I am usually either at an outreach/community event or involved in one of the various committees I sit on including, the Delaware Victims Right Disability Sub-Committee, Access Wilmington, Employment First Oversight Commission and Family SHADE.

Rebecca Rothweiler

Board Member |

Rebecca Orth Rothweiler has a professional background in Environmental Science and Outreach. She is a mother to a son and daughter. Rebecca has utilized PIC resources to better advocate for her daughter on the autism spectrum. She recently completed Partners in Policy Making and is looking forward to furthering her advocacy for children and families through PIC.

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