Family Support Advisory Council
We are the Family Support Advisory Council for One Sky Community Services (“The Council”). The primary purpose of the Council is to provide a forum for One Sky families to make their concerns, needs and preferences known to policy makers, service providers and the community.
The Council is made up of local family members and select One Sky staff. We work collaboratively to better represent individuals and families served by One Sky throughout most of Rockingham County.
The Council is reaching out to all One Sky clients in the hope that you will join us in articulating and voicing those concerns, needs and preferences. Listed below are the Council members. If you know one of them, please reach out to them and let them know you are interested in joining our efforts. If we all work together, we have a larger voice.
One of the many other functions that the Family Support Advisory Council provides is special funding opportunities not covered through insurance or other funding sources. We recognize that One Sky clients may require specialized programs and activities to meet their needs (such as therapeutic horseback riding, adaptive ballet, swimming lessons, guitar lessons, music therapy, gymnastics, assistive technology and special summer camps). That is why we established this funding source to provide extra support so your family can thrive. Ask your service coordinator about the list of items and if you qualify for funding in order to submit a request to our Council (for up to $500 per year).
Join us and let your voice be heard!
Here is how you can get in contact with us:
We have a new Facebook page: “One Sky Family Support Advisory Council Parent Group”
You can go to it and ask questions and get more involved. It is a good way to let us know how we can serve you better. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2057083347859875/
Other ways to reach out to us:
Phone: Call Sheena Farmer, One Sky Family Services Manager, 603-436-6111 x.138
Email: [email protected]
Danielle Karcz lives is Raymond with her husband and two school aged children. Her youngest, Peyton, is in elementary school and has Cri Du Chat Syndrome. Danielle is a part time substitute for the school and has served on the FSAC for two years. She loves meeting families and making connections. Connect with Danielle at [email protected]
Cathy Wahl has served on the Family Support Advisory Council for the past two years. She lives in Hampton with her husband, Peter, and 14 year old twin sons Ethan and Trevor. Cathy enjoys helping other families connect to resources and likes to share whatever knowledge she has. Cathy is always interested in gaining knowledge, learning about more resources, and she completed both the NH Leadership Series and the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND). She works as a family support service coordinator at Community Crossroads in Atkinson, which is the area agency for Region 10. You can connect with Cathy at [email protected]
Mike and Viki Gayhardt are from Deerfield, NH and have two adult children who have accessed services from One Sky for nearly 25 years. Viki has served in an autism family support capacity in NH for many of those years and now has turned her attention to adult disability issues. Mike is an automotive service technician and the owner of Reliant Auto Repair in Londonderry. Both Viki and Mike completed the NH Parent Leadership Series back in the 1990’s. Viki can be reached by email at: [email protected], and Mike at [email protected].
Kona Johnson has served on the FSAC for two years. She lives in the Seacoast area with her 5 year old daughter and 11 year old son who is medically complex and experiences disabilities. She loves being outdoors and enjoys activities in which her entire family can participate.
Ann Sanok lives in Exeter and is the parent of an adult autistic son. She teaches Business Law at Southern New Hampshire University and is interested in adult disability issues, such as day programming and housing options.