Friends of Different Learners is proud of the many volunteers who lend enthusiastic support, strong leadership, and heartfelt advocacy to our organization and community.  Countless hours and boundless energy allow our many annual projects like the Appreciation Awards, Camp & Resource Fair, Disability Awareness Workshop, and LINKS to continue to flourish.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee serves as the administrative unit of Friends.


Jessica LaRose

Vice President

Hilde Swain


Carrie Chapie


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Past President

Catherine Henne-Lewandowski

Committee Chairs

Building Reps & LINKS

Kathy Sinclair-Pearson

Camp & Resource Fair

Disability Awareness Workshop
Denise Moore


Kristy Barrett

Social Media
Diana Moak

District Organizations Representatives

Diana Moak              

Oakland PAC

Audra Bartholomew

PTSA Council
Peggy Branch

Denise Moore

Building Representatives

Berkshire Middle School

Catherine Henne-Lewandowski


Beverly Elementary

Rachel Farabee

Bingham Farms Elementary

Tami White


BCS (Covington)

Barb Crowley


BPS Early Childhood Center (Midvale)

Catherine Henne-Lewandowski


Derby Middle School

Kathy Sinclair-Pearson


Greenfield Elementary

Jessica LaRose


Groves High School

Maureen George


Harlan Elementary

Melissa Baldwin


Pembroke Elementary

Jocelyn Cook


Pierce Elementary

Trish Olevnik


Post High School (Annex)

Catherine Henne-Lewandowski


Quarton Elementary

Carrie Chapie


Seaholm High School

Anna Leslie


West Maple Elementary

Melissa Vander Laan

 Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee consists of past presidents and executive committee members selected annually by the current Executive Committee to serve in an advisory capacity.

Peggy Branch
Terri McCardell
Diana Moak

Denise Moore

Susan Nanry

Suzanne O'Leary

Karen Selby
Kathy Sinclair-Pearson       Debby Suris
Cheri Taunt
Cindy Trotta
Aryn Zwierzchowski