Director, G.E.A.R. Parent Network

Cindy Seekins, CPSP
Phone: (207) 223-9993 (local) or 1-800-264-9224
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Cindy began her affiliation with G.E.A.R. Parent Network in 1988 and later became a volunteer parent facilitating the Bangor parent support group for eight years. Employed with G.E.A.R in 2002, she enthusiastically has continued her work to educate providers of the many challenges that families face in raising a child with disabilities. She also designed and manages the Network’s database and program training curriculum. Cindy has actively worked over the past 25 years with providers, legislators, and federal and state officials to improve Maine’s service 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.”

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® and Nurturing Parent programs, both which are parent-education curriculums; Hi-Fidelity Wraparound Curriculum through Vroom Vandenberg; and the Restorative Practices Model through the International Institute of Restorative Practices. Additionally, Cindy is nationally credentialed as a Certified Parent Support Provider.

Cindy’s past professional work background has been in administration, human resources and mental health licensing and quality assurance for several local social services agencies. Cindy and her husband have four adult sons and nine grandchildren.