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Tammy Dodge, ONE SEPTA Treasurer

Tammy Dodge was born and lives in Lockport with her husband Rich and two children, Liddy and Trey. She has a sister with special needs and was introduced to special education at an early point in life. In addition, she has a high school age son with Asperger's, and several school age family members participating in Special Education. Tammy has attended many trainings and workshops focused on special education and is a Parent Network of WNY Parent Leader. In addition to her work with ONESEPTA, Tammy serves as the Lockport Council and Lockport High School PTSA Presidents, and is an Associate Director for the Niagara Region PTA. In her professional career, Tammy is the Manager of the Lockport Schools Federal Credit Union.

Tammy's son has worked diligently to acclimate to his high school settings and is quite successful in his studies. He has been participating in programs and therapies from age 2 and continues to do so. He is active in Boy Scouts, Chess, and school clubs and serves as the Niagara Region PTA Youth Representative. His "homework" has always been to work on his social skills and he understands it is a constant work in progress. As he is transitioning to adulthood, he hopes to become a stand up comedian in the evening and a High School History Teacher during the day until he makes it big with his comedy!

Tammy has worked closely with the Lockport City School District to find new solutions and best practices to meet not only her son's needs but also others within the school district. She has assisted in finding new resources for the district to assist all students in Special Education, and has collaborated on district wide events geared towards Special Education.
Tammy, along with Laura and a core group worked to begin ONESEPTA with the hopes of bringing education, support, collaboration and networking to her own area. She found many of the trainings and workshops needed for her special education for her son were outside of the area and less accessible to our region. As past President of ONESEPTA, her hopes is that ONESEPTA continues for years to come offering opportunities for caregivers and professionals in our area.