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Amy Envall
General Counsel

Cindy Valentin
(407) 317-3200

  • School Board Relations
  • Inter-Governmental Relations
  • Litigation Management

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Keshara Cowans
Staff Attorney
EEO/Equity/Title IX Officer

Kirsten Cuthbert
(407) 317-3200

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (EEO) and Equity Officer
  • Title IX Officer
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Oversees Legal Services Internship Program
  • OCPS District Police Matters

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Vivian Cocotas
Associate General Counsel 
Ethics Compliance Officer

Joanne Montalvo
(407) 317-3200

  • Lobbying & Ethics (Ethics Compliance Officer)
  • Contracts (review, negotiate, disputes for Procurement, HR, ESE)
  • Annual financial disclosure
  • Fundraising, marketing, and revenue generating concerns
  • Philanthropic matters and OCPS Foundation support
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Procurement
  • Public records requests & FERPA matters

Jad M. Brewer
Staff Attorney

Executive Assistant:
Tamara Andrews
(407) 317-3700
  • Real Estate Development
  • Facility Use Management
  • Construction, Land Use and Zoning Matters

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Sarah Kopesky
Staff Attorney

Joanne Montalvo
(407) 317-3200

  • Student Custody and Enrollment
  • Student Discipline
  • Advisor to the District Threat Assessment Team
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Truancy
  • Rezoning

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Sarah Koren
Staff Attorney

Kirsten Cuthbert
(407) 317-3200

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Office for Civil Rights (student) matters
  • Department of Education ESE State Complaint Matters
  • Student Discipline Matters (for IDEA and Section 504 Eligible Students)
  • ESE Charter School matters
  • ESE Legal Support in areas including but not limited to: McKay Scholarship, Testing, Behavior Support, Restraint/Seclusion, Accommodations, and Transition

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John Palmerini
Deputy General Counsel

Cindy Valentin
(407) 317-3200

  • FHSAA and athletics issues (student eligibility issues; releases for participation in athletics)
  • Magnet Programs
  • School Choice (mostly charter schools approval, denial, and appeals)
  • Employee and human relations Issues
  • Employee benefits and retirement services
  • Labor relations
  • Workers Compensation
  • Procurement (prosecute bid protests)

Jay Cardinali
ADA Compliance Officer


  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Officer
  • ADA Accessible Design Guidelines (ADAAG) for ADA Building Code Compliance
  • EEO Investigator
  • Reasonable Accommodation Requests
  • ASL Interpreter Requests & Compliance
  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Website Accessibility Compliance