Building Leaders Through Policy Partners

Congratulations to the Policy Partners Class of 2022!  The 2021-2022 Policy Partners program took place virtually over the span of seven months and brought people together from all across our state to learn more about the legislative process, how to speak to legislators with confidence, the history of disability in our state, and allowed mentees and mentors to take an in-depth look at policy issues that impact people with disabilities and their loved ones in today’s world. 

Throughout the program, each participant was paired with an experienced leader and was part of targeted training sessions led by experienced local and national presenters on topics related to community organizing, relationship building, persuasion, communication, and framing an issue. 

We would like to congratulate this year’s graduates: Amy Girouard, Danielle Karcz, Gina Cox, Debbie Conlon, and Janemarie Tolson. We look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish in the future!

Program Director Jennifer Bertrand said, “It has been a pleasure and honor to support their leadership development,” about this year’s class. She added, “This group of leaders have emerged from the program armed with the knowledge, skill, and confidence to partner with policymakers and inform policy making to help craft a better future for people with disabilities.” 

We would also like to thank the group of mentors who have a wealth of knowledge and were eager to share their personal stories and experiences. Thank you Cathy Spinney, Mick Natoli, Regan Burke, and Samantha Baskin!

As we congratulate the Class of 2022,  we look ahead to the next group of future leaders who will begin their journey through Policy Partners in September. Applications and nominations are currently being accepted for the 2023 session. If you are interested in learning more, nominating someone, or applying yourself, email Jennifer Bertrand at and provide the following information: name, email, address, phone number, and explain why you/the person you are nominating would be a good candidate for Policy Partners. 

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