Interim Director, G.E.A.R. Parent Network
Cindy Seekins, CPSP
Phone: (207) 223-9993 (local) or 1-800-264-9224
Cindy began her affiliation with the G.E.A.R. Parent Network in 1988 and later became a volunteer parent facilitating the Bangor support group for eight years. Employed with G.E.A.R in 2002, she enthusiastically continued her work to educate service providers of the many challenges that families face in raising a child with disabilities. Cindy is the Program Manager, information technology and quality improvement manager. She also designed and manages the Network’s database and program training curriculum. Cindy has actively worked over the past 20 years with providers, legislators, federal and state officials to improve Maine’s system of care. In April of 2008, the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers selected Cindy as the recipient for the NASW “2007 Public Citizen of the Year” award recognizing her “outstanding work, passion, motivation and inspiration, along with her dedication and commitment to working with agencies to bridge the gaps that sometimes exists between providers and families.” Also in 2008 was awarded the “Great Team Who Rock” award “who through extraordinary effort and leadership created change so youth at risk could complete their education” from Keeping Maine’s Children Connected Program.
Cindy’s other passion has been to educate families on the effects of toxic exposures both in our environment and in products/food children use/consume in order to help eliminate those exposures and the resulting disabilities. Cindy is a member of the Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO). She is trained in Trauma Informed Care, the Parenting With Dignity® program, which is a parent-education organization and in Hi-Fidelity Wraparound Curriculum. Cindy’s past professional work background have been in Administration, Human Resources and Mental Health licensing & Quality Assurance for several local social services agencies. Cindy and her husband are proud parents of four adult sons and nine grandchildren.