WELCOME TO OUR GROUP!
The Hoboken Special Needs Parent Group (HSNPG) is a supportive network for parents and caregivers of special needs children and the professionals who make a difference in our lives and guide us through this wonderful journey!
The HSNPG is intended to be a valuable resource for all members, as together we can network, form relationships, give and receive advice, refer therapists and specialists, develop special needs activities, explore fundraising opportunities, discuss educational concerns, and share our experiences.
The HSNPG was formed by Dena Russell, a mother of twin boys who are both diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. Dena was born and raised in Hoboken, NJ. She was a Case Manager for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Fort Dix, NJ and temporarily relocated to Pennsylvania for this job. Upon her boys' diagnosis before the age of two, Dena quit her job and dedicated her time to helping her boys on a full-time basis. She moved back to Hoboken so she could be near her family and have her boys attend the Special Education program at Wallace Elementary School. Dena has made it her mission to make her hometown of Hoboken a better place for special needs children. Dena was the Special Needs Columnist for Metro Moms and was voted "Hoboken Mom of the Week" by Metro Moms CEO and Shorty Awards Winner Kathy Zucker!! She was also a Special Needs Contributor for Mommy Poppins - NJ. Dena is on the Board of Directors for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.
Sheillah Dallara is a mother of two children who attend Wallace Elementary School. Her youngest is in the PRE-K3 (Mile Square) program, and her oldest is in the PRE-K4 (ABA) program for children with autism. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom, Sheillah worked in the auditing field for over five years. Now, Sheillah is actively engaged in many community organizations serving as the Events Coordinator for the Hoboken family Alliance, a member of the Hoboken Early Childhood Advisory Committee (HECAC), and
Vice-President of the Wallace PTO. She also coordinates all fundraising events for the Wallace ABA program!
Claire Jette is a wife and mother of two young children in the Hoboken public schools, and one of her children has special needs. Before making the decision to stay home to raise her children, Claire pursued a career in education. With a Master's Degree and ABD (All But Dissertation) for a PhD in French Literature, Claire spent three years teaching French at the college level after which she transitioned to teaching at the secondary level for five years. During this time, Claire served several years as the Lead Teacher in the Foreign Language Department, was Advisor to the French National Honor Society, wrote curriculum, spearheaded a program to foster Academic integrity, and taught the prestigious Advanced Placement college level French course. Despite the fact that Claire no longer spends her days in the classroom, she is committed to finding ways to meet the educational needs of all our children. She is an active member of the PTO at Wallace Elementary School and seeks to foster an inclusive sense of community in which all of our children can play an integral role.