Dr. McNeal is new president of Martin County nonprofit CER

Dr. Sandra J. McNeal, Ed.D. has been named the new president of the board of directors of Children’s Emergency Resources, Inc. (CER), a local nonprofit dedicated to serving Martin County children in need of medical care.

Since 1979, Children’s Emergency Resources (CER), has been providing medical exams and assessments, prescription medications, dental services, optical exams and glasses, special requests and crisis intervention to low socio-economic status children and youth in Martin County.

CER is dedicated to helping children of Martin County only (Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, Indiantown, Hobe Sound and Palm City). Through the networking initiative with every health assistant in every school in Martin County, Children’s Emergency Resources, Inc., keeps up to date on community needs.

This agency, funded in part by United Way, has been on the forefront of interagency collaborations to offset, defray and supplant expenses when needed and to assist other agencies in need of support.

McNeal added, “We have no offices and only small professional fees are paid from time to time. All of our board members are volunteers. Almost every dollar goes to the children in need of medicine, glasses, dental work, etc.”

Professionally, McNeal is recognized for contributions in the fields of education and business. Her focus areas are: special education, training and coaching, early childhood program design, planning and parent support.

She provided technical assistance to Martin County Schools for ten years while serving with The Florida Department of Education. In addition to fifteen years in the classroom in four different states, Dr. McNeal has served as an undergraduate and graduate level professor at three Florida Universities, student teacher Supervisor in Hartford, Connecticut, and Research consultant in the British Infant School Model. McNeal attended Michigan State University where she graduated cum laude and was also named Miss Michigan State University.

Her corporate experience and business background is varied. She created three successful companies, including LifeSpheres, specializing in five educational domains. She is director of educational programs and NeuroFeedback at The Center for Brain Training, Palm Beach County; she is an internationally certified Professional Coach and Mentor/Fowler-Wainwright; and, a licensed Florida real estate associate, certified property manager and corporate relocation specialist.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Children’s Emergency Resources, Dr. McNeal is a member of the Board of Directors of Hope Center for Autism Charter School (Martin County). Other volunteer work includes The Junior League of the Palm Beaches, Kappa Alpha Theta Community Support, Disabled Vets Sponsor, and Wounded Warriors Member and Sponsor.

For more information on Children’s Emergency Resources and to help Martin County children, call 772-223-0979.

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