Title: Development Executive
Company: Massachusetts Advocate for Children
Location: North Grafton, Massachusetts, United States
Sandra Copman, EdD, Coordinator at Massachusetts Advocate for Children, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in development.
The development executive of more than 40 years, Dr. Copman is distinguished for her expertise in service work via the mediums of therapy, advocacy and planning. Since 2019, she has served as a coordinator for the Massachusetts Advocates for Children’s Boston Special Education Transition for Career Network and also lectures at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Cambridge College. Prior to these roles, Dr. Copman was the director of institutional advancement for the Boston Day and Evening Academy in 2018 and a major gifts officer for Shriners Hospitals for Children from 2017 to 2018. She had also served the Urban College of Boston as director of special projects from 2015 to 2017 and interim academic dean from 2008 to 2009, as well as a strategic development officer at Triangle Inc. for four years. Dr. Copman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 and a Master of Arts in expressive and art therapy from Lesley College in 1981. In 1990, she achieved a Master of Education in intensive special needs from Simmons College and also holds a Doctor of Education in special education from Boston University.
From her involvement in social justice causes in the early years of her career, Dr. Copman was compelled to positively change the state of programs dealing with mental illness, and she took action by fundraising and designing programs for the Boston area. Notably, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Young American Award in 1997 from the University of Kentucky. Between 1979 and 1990, she had been an art therapist and crisis interventional counselor for the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Place Runaway House, Inc. and Beaverbrook STEP, Inc. Dr. Copman joined the Boston Public Schools in 1989 as a teacher, moving up to program developer, development director and transition specialist in high schools from 1989 to 2008. In addition to her professional roles, Dr. Copman is the founder and sole proprietor of Copman Educational Consulting Services and “And Then There Was Glass.” She is also involved with Employment Now, Women in Development and the Compliance Mentor Group Advisory Board, among others. To attest to her legacy, Dr. Copman can also be found in the 21st edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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