Diagnosed with a learning disability in the 3rd grade, LeDerick Horne defies any and all labels. He’s a dynamic spoken-word poet. A tireless advocate for all people with disabilities. An inspiring motivational speaker. A bridge-builder between learners and leaders across the U.S. and around the word. LeDerick uses his gift for spoken-word poetry as the gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, self-determination and hope for people with disabilities.
From 2003 to 2012, LeDerick served as the Founding Board Chair of Eye to Eye, the only national nonprofit mentoring program for students labeled with LD/ADHD, and continues to serve on the board today. He is on the advisory board for The National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center, and he is a Senior Consultant for The Center for School Climate and Learning.
In 2016, he and co-author Margo Vreeburg Izzo, PhD, The Ohio State University, released the book Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success — the definitive compendium on transition support for students with LD / ADHD and other hidden disabilities — published by Brookes Publishing Co.
Benjamin W. Cabezas, ’12
Juris Doctorate Candidate, New England Law
Benjamin W. Cabezas is currently a first year Juris Doctorate Candidate at New England Law | Boston. He is a Research Assistant for the Center for International Law and Policy as well as a Campus Out Reach Co-Chair for Boston Bar Association and Student Representative for the Barbri Group. Benjamin graduated from Landmark College in 2012 with his Associate of Arts degree in Business Management, going on to American International College where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Business in 2014, graduating with honors. Before attending law school, Benjamin worked extensively in the restaurant industry holding many positions including several in a multi-unit supervisory capacity.
Jennifer Cuadra, ’12
Summer Program Manager, Wediko Children’s Services
A Massachusetts native and proud dyslexic, Jennifer attended Landmark College from 2007 – 2009 graduating summa cum laude in General Studies. At LC Jennifer was the vice president of the SGA, co-president of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter and served as an RA of Aiken Hall, along with countless other leadership roles on campus. After leaving the College, Jennifer earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Educational Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Jennifer gained years of operational and human resource experience working for local nonprofit Citizen Schools and teaching in both public and private schools in Boston, Massachusetts, where she taught students with moderate to severe learning differences. In her current role as Program Manager for Wediko Children's Services flag-shift program, Camp Wediko, she employs her passion for equity and access in the field of mental health. She is currently completing her MSW at Boston College School of Social Work. Jennifer finds joy in singing, kayaking, and spending time with her wife, Natalia, and their rescue pup, Joey. Favorite book: Thank you Mr.Falker by Patricia Polacco
Andrew Garcia, ’11
Talent Acquisition Lead, New Balance Athletic Shoe
Andrew Garcia is a 2011 graduate of Landmark College with an A.A. in Liberal Studies, and is currently a Talent Acquisition Lead for New Balance Athletic Shoe in Brighton, Massachusetts. In his role, Andrew is partnering with hiring teams across the organization to help identify strong talent for the company, wherever it may exist and in whatever form. Aside from daily sourcing and recruiting, Andrew is working with leaders within Footwear Design, Information Technology, and HR to develop a Next-Gen approach to talent strategy. Over the years, and throughout his education and employment, Andrew has struggled with ADHD and executive functioning but continues to educate himself and others around him about the unique challenges and advantages to working with neurodivergent employees and individuals.
Jessica Rancourt, ’04
Admissions Coordinator, Pathways Academy, McLean Hospital
Jessica D. Rancourt is the admissions coordinator for Pathways Academy at McLean Hospital. She has devoted her career to working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, and/or mental health needs in both therapeutic and academic settings.
Ms. Rancourt works extensively with families and school districts to bring in students that are having difficulties within the public school setting and require the therapeutic, supportive setting that Pathways Academy provides.
Theodora van Roijen, ’00
Assistive Technology Specialist, Lesley University
Read this news story about Theodora, who received the first Landmark College Alumni Service Award in 2017.