Ashley Salte joined the Children’s Rights Society’s Project SPEAK in 2014, where she handles matters relating to Education Law and Advocacy.  She was previously employed at Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde as an Associate from 2006-2007.  Ms. Salte served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx from 2004 to 2006, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable Margaret Mary McVeigh in the Superior Court of New Jersey from 2003 to 2004.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Albany, and a J.S. from Seton Hall University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in the states of New York and New Jersey.

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Joan Romanyschyn joined Project SPEAK in August of 2015. She is a recently retired Special Education teacher, with twenty-seven years experience as both a Speech Language teacher and Special Education teacher in several Orange County, NY school districts, as well as experience in private preschool and residential settings. She is familiar with all aspects of the special education process, and has taught students in grades K-12.  Joan received a B.A. in Speech Pathology and  M.Ed. in Special Education from William Paterson University of New Jersey, and has completed post graduate work in school administration, child development and academic areas.

Valarie Rittendale joined Project Speak in May of 2015.  She is a recently retired English teacher for the Tuxedo Union Free School District where she taught grades 7-12 for the past 30 years.  She has professional and personal experience with all aspects of special education including CSE/CPSE, inclusion classrooms, special education services, IEPs and Section 504 plans along with extensive training and knowledge of autism spectrum disorders.  She holds a B.A. & M.A. from SUNY Cortland, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY.




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