Sarah lives in Santa Rosa, California and is a mother to three daughters ages seventeen, fourteen and nine. Before becoming a parent Sarah worked as a teacher and a family outreach worker with Head Start. She has an Associate Degree in early childhood development. Even with this work background and the experience of having two children behind her, she felt completely overwhelmed with the decisions in front of her when her third daughter Ella was born with special needs. Nine years later, Ella is thriving and brings joy to all around her. Sarah continues to learn how to advocate for Ella and learns new lessons from Ella everyday. Sarah has found the help and training she has received at Matrix invaluable. She is excited to give back as a board member and help keep these services available to others.