Advisory Council

Big News!

Our very own Amanda Benoit and Paige Emerson are self-advocates and proud representatives of the Supported Decision-making Pilot Project, a joint initiative of Nonotuck and the Center for Public Representation. Amanda is a participant and Paige is a Board member and community ambassador.
In 2015, both women co-presented their experiences with the SDM project at the annual conference for the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (
This year, we sent 2 videos to the conference so attendees could learn more about their stories. The videos were well received, and Amanda and Paige are now ready to share with our supporters and Facebook community.

The Pilot Project is backed by its own support network – an Advisory Council made up of individuals with disabilities, parents of individuals with disabilities, judges, medical professionals, social service providers, attorneys, and advocates. Some have family members with disabilities, and two currently serve as guardians to individuals with disabilities. The Council meets about three times a year and offers advice and guidance to the Project.

Council members include:

Alison Barkoff, attorney, The Bazelon Center

Fred Bona, parent of an individual with a disability

Nickie Chandler, nurse and guardian to an individual with a disability

Paige Emerson, Stop & Shop employee

The Hon. Kristin Booth Glen (retired), New York Surrogate Court

Alison Hillman, program manager, Disability Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Johnathan Jenkins, Guido’s employee and pilot participant

Michael Moloney, CEO, Horace Mann Educational Associates

The Hon. Gail Perlman (retired), Hampshire County Family and Probate Court

Pixie Plummer, M.D., Baystate Health Services

Leo Sarkissian, executive director, The Arc of Massachusetts

Karen Talley, attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services