About Our Board

Board of Directors

CIR's Board of Directors reflects the diversity and community concerns of the statewide training and technical assistance constituents that the organization proudly serves. Although the Board of Directors is small in number and drawn from the relatively homogenous population in Sonoma County, its members are diverse in ethnic background, religious affiliation, sexual orientation and gender. The Board continues to grow and strives to recruit members that reflect the broad diversity of the statewide demographic of human service providers.


Connie Silva-Broussard, Board President

Ms. Silva-Broussard has many years of experience and expertise in the field of human services, including project coordination and direction, direct service and non-profit administration. She currently is the Technical Assistance Systems Coordinator for the State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project at the Napa County Office of Education. She has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Resource, Inc., directing training and technical assistance projects focused on addressing child sexual abuse and child abduction. Ms. Silva- Broussard has also provided and directed therapeutic and educational services for residential and outpatient at-risk children and their families.


Lynne Vaughan, Vice-President

Ms. Vaughan has been a member of the Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees since 1999 and a Member of the Rainbow Child Care Board of Directors since 2004. She has provided consulting for PACT, Inc. an inter-racial adoption service provider for five years. Since 2000, Ms. Vaughan has written grants pro bono for the Continentals of Omega Boys and Girls Club, which serves nearly 100% low-income minority children in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Linda Blong, Ph.D, Treasurer

Dr. Blong served as a Project Director for ten years at California Institute on Human Services at Sonoma State University prior to CIR's incorporation as a 501(c)(3) organization. She has worked in the field of human services, supporting children with disabilities since 1992. A strong advocate and community leader in the field of children with disabilities, Linda has served on the Board of Directors of the United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay since 2002 and is currently serving as President. She has also served as a member of the Youth and Family Practice Network of the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability/Youth, as the President of the Indiana Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children, and as member of the Indiana Family Support Council by appointment of then Governor Evan Bayh.


Anne Kuschner, Board Member

Ms. Kuschner currently serves as the Project Director of the Desired Results Access Project, a special project of the Napa County Office of Education. The Desired Results Access Project is funded through the Special Education Division, California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a system of child and family outcomes for young children with disabilities. Her background in early childhood special education includes providing technical support and training in areas of inclusion, assessment, program evaluation and working with families. She has extensive experience in both statewide and national training in developmentally appropriate inclusive practices and has co-authored and co-edited publications disseminated throughout California and nationally. She is currently completing a post-graduate certificate program in infant parent mental health.


Mary Grady, Board Member

Mary Grady holds a Master's Degree in English from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate in Editing from the University of Chicago. She was publications manager for the California Institute on Human Services at Sonoma State University and is now editor and publication specialist for California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (the CalSTAT Project), producing The Special EDge newsletter for the California Department of Education's Special Education Division. Ms. Grady also works with the California Advisory Commission on Special Education to write and develop their annual report.


Susan Stewart, Board Member

Dr. Stewart owns Guided Meetings, a business that blends online learning and collaboration, group facilitation, and visual recording. She is the recent past treasurer of the national ToP Network board and continues to serve as a member-at-large. Prior to establishing Guided Meetings, Susan was the Director of Curriculum and Training for SpecialQuest, a multi-year national training program jointly funded by the Office of Head Start and the Hilton Foundation. Her educational background is rooted in early childhood education and young children with disabilities.