About Us


Linda R. Lavin

Linda is the founder and owner of Taconic Educational Placement.  A parent herself, she found herself raising a son who collected various diagnoses, a virtual alphabet soup, throughout his childhood and young adult years.  During his youth she sought the “best fit” environments to support his growth and education many times over as his needs shifted and as the intricacies of the clinical picture emerged.  Complexity of situations and diagnoses is familiar and nonplussing for Linda.

Through her work in the field of occupational therapy, primarily in educational settings, it became a natural extension for her to share her knowledge and provide guidance and support to other parents both as a part of her professional role and as an independent advocate and adviser for families. 

In 2008 she pursued training through the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association (IECA), the industry's lead organization, fulfilling requirements to become a full Professional Member in 2013.  She continues to frequently visit and collaborate with schools and therapeutic programs across the United States.

Linda has been a frequent presenter in the field of occupational therapy as well as a speaker to disability groups.  She volunteers her time, experience, and dedication to the support of families seeking self-directed support services through the NYS OPWDD.


  • Independent Educational Consultant’s Association
  • New York State Partners in Policymaking
  • Asperger's Association of New England
  • Taconic Autism Advisory and Resource Council
  • Parent To Parent Volunteer
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • New York State Occupational Therapy Association



Kimberly Appenauer

Kim is the part-time Office Manager for Taconic Educational Placement and Taconic Occupational Therapy. Her experience working with children and teens of varying backgrounds with and without challenges enables her to bring compassion and patience to her role.Her calm and friendly manner helps to ease angst and smooth the waters for families. Kim’s quiet efficiency is appreciated by referring professionals and service providers alike.