Admin
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Diego "Woody" Rodriguez
General Counsel

Sr. Specialist:
Cindy Valentin
(407) 317-3200
x2002972

  • School Board Relations
  • Inter-Governmental Relations
  • Litigation Management
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Jared A. Brooks,
Staff Attorney
EEO/Equity Officer
Title IX Coordinator

Paralegal:
Doranda Jacques
(407) 317-3200
x2002928

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (EEO) and Equity Officer
  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Student Discipline matters
  • Oversees Legal Services Internship Program
  • OCPS District Police Matters
Headshot of Vivian Cocotas

Vivian Cocotas
Staff Attorney
Ethics Compliance Officer

Paralegal:
Joanne Montalvo
(407) 317-3200
x2002031

  • 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
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Eileen D. Fernandez
Associate General Counsel

Paralegal:
Joanne Montalvo
(407) 317-3200
x2002031

  • Legislative and Congressional Affairs
  • School Board Policies
  • Compliance with DOE Regulations
  • Public Records and FERPA
 Headshot of Laura Kelly Laura Kelly
Staff Attorney

Paralegal:
Sandra Roopwah
(407) 317-3700
x2025034
  • Real Estate Development 
  • Facility Use Management 
  • Construction, Land Use and Zoning Matters
Head Shot of Sarah Kopesky, Staff Attorney
Sarah Kopesky
Staff Attorney


Paralegal:
Doranda Jacques
(407) 317-3200
x2002928


    • Student Custody and Enrollment matters
    • Student Discipline matters
    • Truancy
    • Assist with School Board policy drafting and revisions
  •  Head shot of Sarah Koren, Staff Attorney Sarah Koren
    Staff Attorney

    Paralegal:
    Carolyn Schieferstine
    (407) 317-3200
    x2002964

    • 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
     Head shot of John Palmerini, Associate General Counsel

    John Palmerini
    Associate General Counsel

    Sr. Specialist:
    Cindy Valentin
    (407) 317-3200
    x2002972

    • 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)
     Head shot of Michael Graf, ADA Manager

    Michael D. Graf
    Administrator
    ADA Compliance Officer

    Paralegal:
    Doranda Jacques
    (407) 317-3200
    x2002928

    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Officer
    • ADA Accessible Design Guidelines (ADAAG)
    • EEO Investigator (Disability/FMLA Claims)
    • Reasonable Accommodation Requests
    • ASL Interpreter Requests
    • Facility Modifications
    • Assistive Technology Specialist
    • Website Accessibility

    Sarah Koren
    Staff Attorney

    Paralegal:
    Carolyn Schieferstine
    (407) 317-3200
    x2002964

    • 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