Madvocator was founded by Charisse N. Montgomery, M.A., M.Ed., GPAC, the mom of a child with a complex medical condition and special education needs. She is an author, educator, patient advocate, and special education advocate whose personal and professional mission is to help families build advocacy skills.
In addition to a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy, for which her research was focused on empowering parents of medically fragile children, Charisse has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, with thesis research on critical thinking, communication, and providing care for medically fragile children. She also has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and was an English / Language Arts teacher. She serves as president of the Patient and Family Partnership Council at Rainbow Babies & Children’s, where she is also on the Board and the safety committee.
Charisse is also the author of the Super Safe Kids book series, books that engage children and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home. She writes for publications and organizations involving health care and educational advocacy as well as patient engagement. She is the first lay member of the editorial board for Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Association of Pediatrics. Read more about Charisse’s awards and publications
You have to be a little mad to change the world.