MEET THE BOARD
OF THE JUMP START CART
Chief EXECUTIVE Officer
Jacqueline, co-founder and originator of The JumpStart Cart, is an occupational therapist with over seventeen years experience working with children and adults with special needs. She obtained her degree from Misericordia University and has dedicated her career to help individuals in the Luzerne County area.
You only need to look as far as Theresa’s niece, Grace, to find what drives her passion for The JumpStart Cart. Grace, diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder with Developmental Delays, reached the end of her formal education, which posed the question, “What is next?” The current opportunities are limited for transition-age individuals. Theresa believes that we need to meet these individuals where they are, concentrate on skills strengths rather than deficits, and provide transferable skills which, with supervision, can produce marketable employment. With a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University, Theresa is a supervisor at the Luzerne County Probation Office. Her altruistic heart takes her beyond these boundaries to many volunteer activities, such as ALS OneHope, The Light Before Christmas, Sensitive Santa and St. Jude’s Church.
￭ DEBORAH POPSON
Deborah is a special education professional who spent over 33 years in the field of public education. During her professional time, she worked directly with students with special needs and their families in securing appropriate services to meet their unique needs through the public education setting. Deb taught in the classroom for much of her career and spent her last 18 years as an administrator running special education departments in school districts and an intermediate unit. She also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Special Education Department at Marywood University. Since her retirement in June 2021, Deb has had the opportunity to dedicate much of her time and apply her knowledge and skills in supporting the growth and development of the Jump Start Cart.
￭ Charlotte Weybrecht
￭ Patricia Lavan
Suzanne Modrovsky is a great addition to The JumpStart Cart board as the parent of a transition-age young adult. She brings a wealth of experience and intuition to the mission of the group. Her insight provides valuable recommendations as we look toward the future of the program. She is employed by Children’s Service Center. She is dedicated to her community, volunteering with St. Jude Parish and ALS One Hope.