SPEDWatch - Special Education Activism

Board of Directors


Katherine Martin, J.D.


Kathy received her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School, and she holds a B.A. in Political Science from Keene State College. She completed the Certificate Program for Women in Politics and Government at Boston College (now part of the UMass Boston McCormack Institute) where she received the Outstanding Alumna Award for Community Service. A member of the Mass Bar, Kathy has worked as a Compliance Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for the past 24 years and also served as the Commission’s liaison to the statewide council on disabilities for 5 years. She also recently launched a private practice: Exceptional Kids Advocacy. She is President of the Chicopee Public Schools Sped Pac and is a volunteer with the Western Massachusetts Special Olympics. She lives with her son Zachary, and their dog Corduroy, in Chicopee. 


Marion King


Marion King is the mother of two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.  She has been a SPEDWatch member from its inception in 2006. Her contributions to our efforts include organizing demonstrations, speaking with Governor Deval Patrick at public events, providing support and information to our members via our listserv, and tirelessly spreading the word about our organization and its purpose through her routine daily contacts and occasional speaking engagements.  Marion is a full time single mom and long term part time college student working towards her bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in women's and gender studies.  She has many years of experience in book keeping and an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, which she was drawn to because of her multitude of experiences with violations of special education laws and regulations.  She credits the family support she has received as critical to her ability to make the contributions she has and to fully participate in our mission.  She lives with her children in Foxborough, MA.

George Teixeira

George is a Tyco software and hardware applications engineer with over 27 years of experience in the customer service environment. He is also the Chairperson for the Hudson Public Schools Special Education PAC. He resides in Hudson with his wife and their 16 year old triplets, two of whom have special needs (autism and auditory processing disorder).

Ronald C. Zullo, CPA/MST

Ron holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and an M.S. degree in Taxation, both from Bentley University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Massachusetts. Ron runs his own accounting practice as a sole practitioner specializing in tax consulting and business advisory services. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Graduate Tax program at Northeastern University. Ron resides in Norfolk with his wife and two children, one of whom has Asperger Syndrome.


Michael DiPronio, P.E.


Mike is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with over 20 years of experience in the valve industry.   He recieved his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and his Master of Business Administration from Bentley University.  He has one daughter with a speech and language learning disability.  He lives in Natick with his wife and daughter.


Ellen Chambers, MBA
Ellen is the Founder of SPEDWatch. She has practiced as a professional special education advocate since Since 1997. She has worked for the Boston law firm of Margolis & Bloom, Boston’s Disability Law Center, the Arc, a neuropsychological testing firm, and in private practice. She has appeared on television, radio, and in print, providing commentary on special education rights and the pervasive nature of school district noncompliance with special education law. She met with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to brief him on these issues, and presents on these topics to groups throughout Massachusetts. She is a recipient of the national Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates’ Diane Lipton Award for Outstanding Educational Advocacy on Behalf of Children with Disabilities, and the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice Award. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Lowell and graduated with honors from Bentley College’s M.B.A. Program. She resides in Pepperell, Massachusetts with her husband and their daughter who has high functioning autism.


Pat MacNeil


Pat is a mother of two adult children, one of whom has disabilities.  She has been an advocate for her son and others for the past 17 years.  She has served a number of terms as the Stoughton PAC president. She is on the town’s disability commission. Pat is an active member of the Massachusetts Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She teaches groups about FASD.  Pat currently works as an Emergency Services Family Partner helping families while in crisis. She joined SPEDWatch very early on. She resides in Stoughton with her husband and son.