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Brooke has been involved with the disability community since the birth of her second child in 2010. She contributed to the development of the New Parent Support Group for the Trisomy 21 Program at CHOP in 2011, and has served as a parent support member of Parent-to-Parent of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburg while earning a BA in History and Philosophy of Science, as well as a BS in Psychology, she received a BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2005. She worked as a project manager at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Behavioral Medicine and Oncology Department before beginning her nursing career. Brooke has participated as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner for over 12 years, tailoring her clinical practices to focus on the integration of the medical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of her patients. She is currently employed at the Abramson Cancer Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
In September of 2017, Brooke began the next phase of her advocacy work by pursuing her doctoral degree. She is presently a second year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania where she is focusing her research on health disparities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Shortly after the birth of their second child, Brooke and her husband, Jon, designed a community space that fosters diverse and inclusive programs to support successful community and social inclusion for individuals of ALL AGES and ALL ABILITIES! The goal at Great Expectations, Inc. is to provide each community member the opportunity to live and experience social and community involvement in an enjoyable, enriching and inclusive way.
Brooke is committed to serving the most vulnerable members of the disability community, specifically, those with limited to no resources or support. She strives to eliminate the stigma.