PEAC’s Annual Meeting
with The Patricia J. Creegan Award Presentation
May 20, 2017, 9:30 -1pm
The Cast Iron Building
718 Arch St. 6N Philadelphia, PA 19106
Speaker, Lisa Lightner
Each year PEAC’s Annual Meeting are open to all that would like to attend. Keynote speaker Lisa Lightner and The Patricia J. Creegan Award presentation are highlights of the meeting. RSVP is not necessary, but it’s always great to know who is coming.
(photo, Lisa Lightner and son)
Keynote Speaker, Lisa Lightner
Lisa Lightner is an award-winning special needs blogger, advocate and lobbyist. She lives in Chester County with her family. Her blog offers IEP advice for parents and reaches thousands of parents nationally. Locally, she has worked for the Arc of Chester County and has volunteered with PEAC. She has lobbied with and for groups like The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, the United Nations Foundation and other internationally known groups.
Get Informed! Get involved!
Changes are happening regarding education so rapidly in these tumultuous times! How can you stay informed, sift through and decipher the most pressing information, and get involved to make your voice heard? Lisa Lightner has been advocating and lobbying since she was in college and educating for 6 years. She is active at the local, state, and federal levels and will teach us how to stay in the know. Come learn about being an effective advocate!
The Patricia J. Creegan Award
Nomination Deadline Extended to May 3, 2017
Our Award’s Namesake
pictured left to right: Diane Perry, Melissa Murphy, Amy McCann, Erin Kurpiel, Lily Yazno-Bartle
2012 Award Winner
Dr. Brian Berry, Ph D
2013 Award Winner
Pictured left to right: Liliana Yazno-Bartle, Dr. Brian Berry, Diane Perry
The Patricia J. Creegan Award is given annually in honor of the life and work of its namesake, a founding member of Pennsylvania’s Education for All Coalition. Patricia J. Creegan, M.S.W., was a passionate advocate for the true inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life as well as an educator, family member, and friend. “Trish” lived her life helping others as well as teaching people to help others, but sadly her life was cut short in 2009 after a valiant fight against cancer. PEAC established the Creegan Award to encourage the continuation of her work. The Award is given annually to an education professional (teacher, administrator, university professor, related service personnel, etc.) who demonstrates outstanding commitment to inclusive education.The winner of the Creegan Award receives a certificate, an honorarium, and a one year PEAC membership. The award ceremony is held at PEAC’s Annual Membership Meeting.
Past Creegan Award winners:
- 2016 Amy McCann, Friends School Haverford
- 2015 Jerry G. Petroff, Ph.D, The College of New Jersey
- 2014 Jessica Miller, Manheim Township School District
- 2013 Dr. Brian Berry, Ph.D, Holy Family University
- 2012 Meredith Adams, Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
- 2011: Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Arcadia University
- 2010: Leah M. Kostelac, Washington Heights Elementary School, West Shore School District