SPHARC Announces New Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

December 10, 2012

AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Bolden Pitre, currently Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs for New Jersey's Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, will join the association as Senior Program Manager for CYSHCN. Jennifer Bolden Pitre, MA, JD is an attorney, Parent Leader, and the Mother of CYSHCN. Jennifer previously worked as Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network's (SPAN) State Implementation Grant for CYSCHN (D70) from 2009-2012 and Director of the State Implementation ASD/DD grant from 2010-2012. From 2008-2011, Jennifer worked as a SPAN Family Resource Specialist providing information and support to parents and professionals regarding education and family-centered care.

After law school, Jennifer worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Louisiana. In 2000, she served as Assistant Director of the NJ Division on Civil Rights, Bureau of Prevention and moved from there to litigation as a Deputy Attorney General, representing the NJ Department of Labor until 2007, where she received a Notable Commendation for Outstanding Representation of the Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Jennifer was an AMCHP Family Scholar in 2010-2011, selected as a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia CHOP LEND Fellow in 2011, earned a certificate in Public Health Leadership from the MCH Public Health Leadership Institute in 2012, and currently serves on the Board of Family Voices and as an AMCHP Family Scholar Mentor. At AMCHP, Jennifer will oversee the work of SPHARC, Act Early Activities, and overall programming for CYSHCN. Jennifer's predecessor, Treeby Brown, will continue to stay involved with CAAI activities through her new role as Associate Director for Child and Adolescent Health at AMCHP.