With her extensive education, professional background and experience raising two Kingsway students of her own, Board Member Stephanie Pratico has had a major influence on our organization. Stephanie is the loving mother of two children with Down Syndrome and complex medical needs. In addition, she is guardian of her 70-year-old aunt with autism. Led by personal experience, she has been an avid advocate for over 20 years, consistently working to improve healthcare and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Stephanie was recently appointed Chairperson for the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is a graduate fellow of the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She manages the Trisomy 21 Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which supports 1,200 families of individuals with Down Syndrome. She is also a former member of the Hamilton Township Board of Education. In 2008, she was recognized for her accomplishments in the special needs and healthcare communities when she received the “Young Professional of the Year” award from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton. Stephanie joined the Kingsway Learning Center Board of Directors in 2014 as a Parent Representative, and currently is a member of the Development Committee.
Stephanie’s oldest son John is now 23 and graduated from Kingsway in 2015. Her daughter Sara is currently enrolled in the Kingsway High School CBI program at Moorestown and will graduate in 2020. Stephanie saw first-hand how Kingsway staff prepared her son for a life after graduation and expects the same for her daughter Sara. As an active Board Member for the past three years, Stephanie sees a bright future for Kingsway. “I think it is amazing how much Kingsway has grown over the past 50 years. I believe it is because of the courage and foresight of parents and Board Members that brought their dream to fruition.”