Stephanie Carr has numerous years experience in education having taught high school general education and co-taught classes for 9 years in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, a teacher's certification in Secondary Education- Social Studies, and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Stephanie has spent the last 12 years raising three children, all with various disabilities, and is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia-Howard County. Stephanie brings a combination of knowledge in general and special education, dyslexia, teaching practices, and advocacy to SECAC in hopes of improving the outcomes for children with special needs in Howard County.
Mai Kapuao`ihilani Mei-Lin Hall was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii. As a former educator in preschool, K-6, a mentor for Kamehameha Schools, and as a program manager, data analyst and grant writer for non-profits, Mai brings a diverse perspective to the field of early learning as an educator for over 13 years. She currently works for The Parents' Place of Maryland as their Early Childhood Specialist. Mai received both her B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.
Mai is a powerful advocate for her children’s special needs in the public educational system. Together with a team of service providers, therapists, psychologists, life coaches, and clergy, they are making strides ensuring her children are safe, loved, and fruitful in life. She has a 15 year old daughter and 6 year old son, both of whom are on the spectrum, but are very different kids!
Wendy Balda is originally from IL and moved to Howard County 4 years ago. Her background includes Corporate Meeting Planning, Marketing, and Capital Campaign Fund Raising/Grant writing and she received her B.A. degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Wendy has been involved with SECAC since moving here and has participated in various committees, including strategic planning and policies. Last year, Wendy accepted a 3 year position to serve on the SESAC (Special Education State Board as Co-Vice President. She is currently working at home, as mother to Jackson, a 14 year-old with Williams Syndrome. Her older son, Lucas, 18 is attending College at Penn State University.
Wendy's motto in special education is, "Problems become opportunities when the right people join together." She looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the SECAC board and work together to continue improving Special Education services for our community.
A Florida Institute of Technology graduate (class of ’01) Beth Stolte has lived in Howard County for over a decade. Beth is a Systems Engineering contractor for NASA Goddard and has been working there for 15 years. She has two sons who attend school in HCPSS, one who has been diagnosed with dysarthria, dysgraphia and motor planning issues. She has experience as a parent from Infants and Toddlers, RECC and the elementary school level, particularly in related services and their providers. It was from the stress of initially having to navigate the IEP process and concerns regarding services being removed from HCPSS that lead her to SECAC. Through the experience of getting great support for her son (who has a fantastic group of providers) Beth realized she had something to share with other parents/ guardians who may have not found the success they were looking for.
Camille Cranson is serving her second term as SECAC member at large. Camille is the proud parent of three girls , two who have already graduated from Howard County Schools. One of her daughters has severe mental illness and received Special Education for her emotional disability. Camille holds a master's degree in Special Education and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Special Education Leadership. As a member of The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, Camille actively advocates for families with educational concerns. Over the past 15 years, Camille has served as a teacher and/or administrator in special education programs from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Her depth of experience as both a certified regular and special education teacher, a special education district administrator in a large urban district, and a diagnostician make her uniquely qualified to make educationally appropriate recommendations on behalf of families in Howard County.
Lori served as SECAC Chair from 2017-2019. She is a Master's prepared Registered Nurse and the mother of three. Lori's youngest child is in a local adaptive life skills program. She is a consultant for nonpublic schools and facilities across the nation. Lori has written articles for Wrightslaw, NFPA and blog articles regarding Emergency and Evacuation Planning for students with disabilities and was the brain child for HB 1061 in MD that has now become law to ensure that students, staff and visitors with disabilities will not be left behind at the time of an emergency and will be evacuated with their peers. Lori is a Board member of the Arc MD and is currently completing her COPAA SEAT practicum with a special education attorney in Maryland.