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PACER is a Minnesota nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and a national parent center that provides information, training, and assistance to parents of children and young adults with all disabilities; physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, and health. Its mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families. Eighteen Minnesota disability organizations are part of the PACER coalition.


Paula Goldberg

Leading PACER Center is Paula F. Goldberg, the Executive Director. Paula co-founded PACER in 1976. PACER opened its first office in August 1978.

PACER maintains several boards and committees that support the mission and activities. The majority of board and committee members are parents of children with disabilities. The boards include the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board, the Friends of PACER Advisory Board, the Marketing Advisory Board, and the National Business Advisory Board.

PACER Board of Directors 2016-17

  • Alison Bakken, Board Secretary
  • Jeff Betchwars
  • Paul Bridges
  • Kofi Bruce
  • Jeanette Frederickson
  • Kathy Graves
  • John Guthmann
  • Seamus Hyland
  • Dan Levinson, Board Treasurer
  • Ronald Lezama
  • Ruth Lowenthal
  • Paul Luehr
  • Don McNeil
  • Corinne Niska
  • Mark O’Leary
  • Shannan Paul
  • Tammy Pust, Board Vice President
  • Karen Reynolds
  • Ken Rosenblum
  • Sara Sagedahl
  • Beth Simermeyer
  • Dorothy Slegman
  • Matthew Woods, President