Learn More About Lanterman’s Service Provider Advisory Committee and Attend Monthly SPAC Meetings

Dear Lanterman Service Provider,

The purpose of this letter is to invite you to join us at the monthly meetings held by Lanterman Regional Center’s Service Provider Advisory Committee (SPAC). Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SPAC provides input and feedback to the regional center on policy, procedures and budget issues that may affect how services are provided to regional center clients and their families. Attending SPAC meetings also gives you the opportunity to get up to date information on what is happening in our community. Topics may include legislative, advocacy and budget updates, as well as quality assurance and training opportunities. It is also an opportunity to hear from other service providers and discuss common issues.

SPAC meets at a different location each month to give us the opportunity to see a variety of programs. We encourage non-SPAC members to consider hosting one of our meetings. The Committee is comprised of providers representing the geography of the Lanterman catchment area, as well as the various services provided to regional center clients. This enables us to stay at the forefront of what might be happening in those arenas if advocacy efforts are necessary or to further educate the community about the different and innovative programs offered in the Lanterman community.

The following members have been appointed to SPAC by the Lanterman Board of Directors:
Kelly White, Villa Esperanza Services, Pasadena – 626.449.2919, x.112
Residential, ILS, day/work programs, early intervention, senior day services

Isis McDonald, AbilityFirst, Pasadena/Los Angeles – 626.639.1737
Day/work services

Emily Lloyd, ECF, Los Angeles – 310.834.8049
Day services, vocational training

Oscar Carvajal, Optima Family Services, Foothill/Los Angeles – 818.844.3376
Early intervention

Shelby Forn, Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy, Los Angeles – 323.333.2915
Early intervention

Traci Jones-Martinez, Glendale Adventist Play to Learn Center, Glendale – 323.255.1134
Early intervention

Sandy Doughty, GAR Services, Glendale – 818.242.2434
Residential, work programs, senior services

Bill Murphy, FVO Solutions, Pasadena – 626.449.0218
Work services

Kimberly West-Isaac, Montana Vista, Pasadena – 626.398.8519
Residential services

Members are appointed to a two-year term, with five members appointed each year. Members may serve a maximum of 10 years. The SPAC chair also sits on the Lanterman Regional Center Board of Directors.

SPAC currently has one vacancy.

Following are the dates and locations of our 2013 meetings:

  • March 6 ~ Easter Seals, Glendale
  • April 3  ~ Villa Esperanza Services, Pasadena
  • May 1  ~ GAMC/Play to Learn Center, Glendale
  • June 5  ~ FVO Solutions, Pasadena
  • July 3  ~ no meeting
  • August 7 ~ TBD **
  • September 4 ~ Annual provider community meeting at Lanterman
  • October 2 ~ AbiltyFirst, Pasadena
  • November 6 ~ Annual Appreciation Breakfast, Brookside Country Club, Pasadena
  • December 4 ~ TBD **

** Please contact Karen Ingram at 213.252.5694 or kingram@lanterman.org if you are interested in hosting this meeting.

Additional information about the SPAC meeting sites mentioned above is availale on the SPAC page on the Lanterman Web site at www.lanterman.org/spac.

On behalf of the Lanterman Regional Center provider community and SPAC, we encourage you to attend these very informative meetings. We want to hear from you as to how we can make them more informational, or if there are specific topics or educational training that you or your staff could benefit from.

Please feel free to call any SPAC member listed above to find out more or if you have questions. You may also contact Karen Ingram, Lanterman's Director of Community Services, at 213.252.5694 or kingram@lanterman.org.

Thanks again for all of the support you provide to our community.


Kelly White, MA, LMFT, SPAC Chair

Karen Ingram, MA, Director of Community Services