Kendra has devoted her career to advocating for children and their families. She supports families to gain an understanding of their child’s unique abilities and needs. Kendra is dedicated to assist children with special needs gain appropriate individualized programming to best meet their unique needs. There is a focus on working comprehensively with the multidisciplinary team to ensure that parents are meaningful partners. Kendra has experience addressing a range of needs and disabilities, including gifted support, ADHD/ADD, autism, emotional and mental health, and learning differences.
Kendra has a variety of educational and career experiences. She began her career working with families and their children exposed to abuse and neglect. She then earned her Master in Social Work degree from Marywood University. While gaining her Master’s degree, Kendra was able to work providing empowerment-based counseling services to crime victims and their families, and to work with hospital patients needing assistance with mental health and substance use issues. After receiving her degree, Kendra went on to advocate for children through her work in a Children’s Advocacy Center.
From there, Kendra earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Delaware. For her dissertation, A Qualitative Exploration of Middle Childhood Sibling Relationship Quality Within the Context of Intimate Partner Violence, she researched and interviewed mothers and their child siblings in domestic violence shelters. Kendra has ten years of experience educating college students regarding the physical, social, and cognitive development of individuals through their lifetime; the issues surrounding families and children at risk; how families interact within their communities; and family and child policy. She has collaborated on published manuscripts in the areas of adolescent coping and young adult alcohol use; leadership perspectives of those providing supports and services to people with disabilities; and the importance of sensory functioning. Her conference presentations include topics such as children and intimate partner violence; intimate partner violence during criminal case processing; the intergenerational transmission of child abuse; new teacher coping actions and sources of support; and teacher, parent, and child perceptions of social and emotional development.
For two years, Kendra participated in the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) 1.0 and 2.0. SEAT 2.0 was a year-long course-based training along with a practice experience for those involved with special education advocacy.
Kendra enjoys spending time at the shore with her husband, Kevin, and their two children. She is an active member in her community, volunteering when needed for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and son’s Boy Scout Troop, and volunteering in a parent leadership position in both of her children’s schools. Kendra often volunteers with her children in the community at school and church events.