MHAPD Board of Directors:
Dr. Moujalli Hourani, President
Patricia Miller, Vice President
Ronald M. Watkins, Jr., CPA
Karen Super, Secretary
Peter Blechman, EdD, BCBA
Cheryl Rifenburgh has been with the office as an Ongoing Service Coordinator since 2013. She is a life-long resident of Dutchess County, and is a busy mom of two daughters. She is a graduate of Marist College with a degree in Psychology and is also a Licensed Practical Nurse. She takes her role as OSC seriously, as she has been through the Early Intervention Program with her youngest daughter, and understands the need for parents to feel supported throughout the process. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Sarah Peacock has been an Ongoing Service Coordinator at Hand in Hand since 2009. A former preschool and elementary school teacher, Sarah has worked with children with learning, developmental, and medical disabilities in both professional and volunteer capacities for over 30 years. A native of Washington DC, she is the mother of two grown children, and has a BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire. In her spare time she loves kayaking, hiking with her dogs, gardening, reading, and volunteering as a counselor at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp for children with chronic and terminal illness.
I have a Masters Degree in Instructional Management and Curriculum from Western Ct. State University in Danbury, Ct. I am a certified Special Ed. teacher from Nursery to 12th grade. I am also a certified Elementary Teacher. I have worked in the school district (Valley Central) and have provided Early Intervention Special Ed. services for over 15 years. I was a teacher in a Special Ed. Classroom for preschoolers for 9 years (Abilities First). In addition to the above, I have worked in the foster care program providing B2H services to children of many different ages. I am married and the mother of 3 young adults. I am currently providing special education services and ongoing service coordination through Hand to Hand at MHAPD.
As a new staff member at MHAPD I bring my 9 years of experience in the Human Services Field.I studied Psychology at SUNY Cortland and since graduation have worked closely with people with Developmental Disabilities. As a Medicaid Service Coordinator I enjoy helping people with Disabilities gain access to all of the services they need in order to live healthy and satisfying lives. I enjoy working closely with individuals and their families and building long lasting relationships. In my personal life I am a busy Mom of 3 young children and enjoy spending time with my family.
Samantha Irvine MS CCC/SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist with 20 years experience working in the field of communication disorders, providing evaluation and treatment to children and adults and their families. Samantha, originally from Toronto, Canada, has worked at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in the Geriatric Rehabilitation program in the role of professional practice leader. In addition, Samantha was a SLP team member in the Communication and Writing Aids Clinic at the Bloorview Kidís Rehab Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. Providing speech and language therapy to preschool children is a passion of Samanthaís. She promotes and supports language development through play based therapy. Samantha is certified to teach the Hanen Communication program It Takes Two To Talk. The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together. Samantha is excited to work with families in the Hudson Valley, which she now calls her home.