Free Consultations with Parent Resource Center Professionals

Meet our staff members

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Free and Confidential Consultations

The Parent Resource Center offers free, confidential consultations by videoconference and phone for families and FCPS staff. 

Our professionals have extensive knowledge, training, and experience. We can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns. We are able to draw upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

We can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. 

Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

Meet Our Professionals

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Manager

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham is the manager of the Parent Resource Center.  She has worked in public education for 38 years, gaining experience in special education, school administration, and family engagement. As a seasoned FCPS administrator, she is passionate about empowering families, educators, students, and community members in their advocacy for children. 

Areas of interest:  twice-exceptional (2E) students and programming; secondary education; post-secondary options and planning; special education; emotional and learning disabilities; social-emotional wellness; behavior management; autism; FCPS IEP development and processes; and FCPS and community resources.

Lisa Milman, Specialist

Lisa Milman is a specialist at the Parent Resource Center. She has 28 years of experience in FCPS as an administrator and teacher.  She is passionate about helping parents advocate for their children. She strives to make FCPS transparent so all students can have equal access to opportunities offered by FCPS. 

Areas of Interest: autism; emotional disabilities; early childhood transition; FCPS continuum of special education services; FCPS systems and structures; and inclusive and accessible activities.

Erika Deem, Liaison

Erika Deem brings the perspective of a social worker to the Parent Resource Center team.  She has experience working in a variety of community organizations, serving in teaching and counseling roles for youth, young adults, and families.  She is passionate about empowering our families and educators with resources and tools to manage any stage or challenge they may be facing.  

Areas of Interest: general parenting; social-emotional skills; digital citizenship; organization systems; and military resources.

Sadé Noel, Liaison

Sadé Noel is a liaison at the Parent Resource Center.   Her background is in child development and mental health. She has experience working with diverse populations including Deaf/Hard of Hearing, legally blind, ID/DD, and military-connected families.  She is passionate about empowering families and educators to advocate for the success of their students.  Additionally, Sadé is fluent in ASL. 

Areas of Interest: General parenting, military resources, Deafness, child development, equity, intellectual disabilities, and sibling resources.

Amal Elsayed, Liaison

Amal has worked as Family Liaison and Arabic Interpreter in FCPS for almost 4 years. As an immigrant herself, she is interested in helping immigrant families understand FCPS as well as helping families be actively engaged with their children's education and the community.  Additionally, Amal is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. 

Areas of interest: general parenting, social and emotional skills, special education, and community resources.

Rita Berlin, Program Assistant

As the program assistant at the Parent Resource Center, Rita Berlin shares her extensive knowledge of our resources and library materials. She also directs callers or visitors to other Center staff members as appropriate. She has spent the majority of her career in FCPS, gaining experiences that help her provide outstanding customer service to our families, community members, and FCPS division-wide staff.  

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