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PACER Center

Champions for Children with Disabilities

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PACER is a Minnesota nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and a national parent center that provides information, training, and assistance to parents of children and young adults with all disabilities; physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, and health. Its mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families. Eighteen Minnesota disability organizations are part of the PACER coalition.


Paula Goldberg

Leading PACER Center is Paula F. Goldberg, the Executive Director. Paula co-founded PACER in 1976. PACER opened its first office in August 1978. She is also co-director for the National Center of the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers.

PACER maintains several boards and committees that support the mission and activities. The majority of board and committee members are parents of children with disabilities. The boards include the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board, the Friends of PACER Advisory Board, the Marketing Advisory Board, and the National Business Advisory Board.

PACER Board of Directors

  • Alison Bakken, Board Vice-President
  • Jeff Betchwars
  • Kate Bretscher-Salter
  • Jessica Broyles, Board Treasurer
  • Noel Colón
  • Chris Dall
  • Suzanne Downs
  • Kathy Graves
  • John Guthmann
  • Ginny Hopper
  • Gwen Hopper
  • Dan Levinson, Board Secretary
  • Paul Luehr, Board President
  • Jessica Mattson
  • Don McNeil
  • Sarah Meek
  • Jackie Olson
  • Shannan Paul
  • Tammy Pust
  • Karen Reynolds
  • Ken Rosenblum
  • Dorothy Slegman
  • John Valente

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