Carmen Barton is a bilingual (Spanish) paralegal and office manager of the White Plains, NY, office. Carmen graduated from the College of Mt. St. Vincent with a degree in finance. Carmen is available to assist our Spanish-speaking families navigate the very complex world of special education. Carmen supports our attorneys and staff at speaking engagements, meetings and community events reaching out to the Spanish-speaking communities by translating our presentations and reference information. Carmen is also responsible for all aspects of office management in the White Plains office. She is the proud mother of three children and is very active in the community including volunteering with many nonprofit organizations.
Theresa Ciemniecki is a senior litigation paralegal in the White Plains office who has a background in both civil and criminal law. She has a great interest in special education advocacy and has four years of experience as a special education paralegal. Prior to working in special education, she was the head paralegal of the Criminal Court Bureau at the Office of the Bronx District Attorney. At the district attorney’s office, Theresa managed nine other paralegals in preparing assistant district attorneys for hearings and trial. She also second sat attorneys at trial.
Originally from Texas, Theresa graduated from San Antonio College with a degree in Criminal Justice and moved to New York to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in forensic psychology. She also is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. While living in Texas, Theresa worked as a teaching assistant in a cooperative learning class providing support for first- and second-grade special education students. Theresa also comes from a family of educators. Her mother and eldest sister were teachers and she also has a sister who studies public school systems in large metropolitan areas including Chicago and New York City. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband.
Amanda Ford is a paralegal in the White Plains office. She provides support for our clients, attorneys and paralegals and is our technology legal assistant. Each day she is motivated by the opportunity to assist people and experience new and interesting challenges. She is also our firm development coordinator assisting with most of the marketing ventures, In addition to spending time with family and friends, Amanda also spends her time volunteering for her community.
Amanda plans to pursue a degree in law and is currently enrolled in college while working full time.