IMPACT Board of Directors
Elizabeth (Beth) Yancy Bostic is the Board President. Beth has over 15 years of experience as a Special Education Advocate, serving Massachusetts and New Hampshire families and as well as those relocating to Massachusetts from other states. As a parent of children with special needs, she understands the often daunting task of securing and coordinating appropriate academic, medical, functional and recreational supports and services.
Beth was a Project Manager for a training and consulting organization before starting her own advocacy practice as a Special Needs Advocate more than 15 years ago. She was trained as a Special Education Advocate/Parent Consultant through the Federation for Children with Special Needs and is a frequently requested trainer for their workshops. She regularly participates in workshops, conferences and continuing education programs to support her commitment to being current on special education laws and advisories as well as the latest educational innovations and best practices for her clients. She is also a certified as a John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker.
Beth is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMASS Medical School where she is studied Disability and Healthcare Policy, and completed her MBA at Suffolk University. She is the past President of SPaN (Special Needs Advocacy Network), a network of special needs advocates in Massachusetts, as well as a member of the IMPACT: Ability Steering Committee, COPAA (Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates) and P.I.C.K. (Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus). She was previously a member of the ArcMass Board and the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
Having studied abroad, worked in the diversity and inclusion field for over 20 years, and partnered with local community based organizations, she has a particular passion and affinity for meeting the needs of under-served and culturally and linguistically diverse families.
Janice Philpot is the Board Vice President. holds a BA in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University, a Masters in Special Education from Lesley College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Leadership from Harvard University. Janice’s career is an amalgamation of learning, teaching, and leading people and organizations in the fields of public and higher education, leadership, adult education and workforce development. All towards a common understanding of the “dignity of work”.
Nancy Lee is the Board Clerk. Nancy believes that we all have an opportunity to make meaningful change and lasting positive impacts to our communities, no matter how big or small. Together, we can make a difference.
Nancy is a graduate of IMPACT’s self-defence classes and was so inspired by IMPACT’s work and the courage of fellow students, she co-founded the Char Scholarship Fund in 2007. Since its inception, the Char Scholarship has been used to enable women, teens and children to attend intensive classes as well as community-based courses. The Char Scholarship is IMPACT’s longest running and largest dedicated scholarship fund.
Nancy is a committed 20+ year Walker, personally fundraising over $210k for the Walk to Conquer Cancer, (since its inception in 2003) benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the Top 5 cancer research centres in the world. Nancy also volunteers as a Meals on Wheels driver, delivering hot meals to seniors in her community.
For her day job, Nancy is a results-focused, Project Management Leader managing complex technology programs that have significant IT and operational components across a project portfolio of over $70M. She has built teams based on collaboration, commitment, trust and continuous improvement by making the work environment a safe place for candid discussions and the free flow of ideas and concerns. Nancy has built strong relationships among cross-functional project teams and stakeholders, ensuring alignment for success project delivery and benefit outcomes.
Jorge Ledesma is a JD candidate at Yale Law School. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University. Born in Colombia and raised by a single mother, he studies the particular role of disability in low-income communities of color with a focus on policing and mass incarceration. In 2019, Jorge earned Harvard’s John Palfrey Prize as “the most distinguished scholar in the senior class who is the recipient of a stipendiary scholarship.” He spent his postgraduate years as a Special Assistant in the Suffolk County (Greater Boston) District Attorney’s Office, leading an accessibility-based policy project and developing community engagement initiatives. He completed an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Keith Jones is an African-American activist, entrepreneur, and father living with cerebral palsy. Keith advocates for quality independent living for persons with disabilities. He also strives for equal access to housing, education, and voting rights – for all. In addition to his human rights work, Keith is the founder of SoulTouchin’ Experiences and has earned an Emmy award for his song “Rising Phoenix,” a documentary about the Paralympic Games.
Yuki Nishizawa, a mother of two amazing children, is a teacher with 20 years of experience working with students who are neurodivergent/differently abled. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Lesley university, currently serving as a Transition Specialist at Brookline High School. Yuki finds joy in enhancing the lives of those who require special assistance, while bringing pedagogical approaches in her classroom and beyond. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, where a pathway for employment for people with disabilities exists, Yuki maintains high expectations for each and every student she encounters and advocates to build more inclusive communities.