The Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens office is located at:

George V. Massey Station
   516 West Loockerman Street
   Dover, Delaware 19904
302-739-4553
302-739-6126

Feel free to Email Us if you have any questions.

Our Staff

Wendy S. Strauss 

Executive Director

For over thirty years, Wendy Strauss has worked with people in a helping profession. Her interest in working with and helping people led her to obtain her Associate’s Degree in Human Services and she graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Wendy enjoys working for and with individuals with disabilities and young children the most.

Previously, Wendy worked for the Polytech Adult Education program as a Certified Parent Educator and Program Coordinator and for the Delaware Guidance Services’  “Act Now” program as a Crisis Therapist.  She has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor as well as a counselor for children with mental health needs.  Wendy also worked in the Adult Probation and Parole Department in the work referral and work release programs.

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Kathie P. Cherry 

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

Kathie Cherry is the wife of a retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, mother of three adult children and grandmother to one grandchild. Two of her three children are on the Autism Spectrum, a factor that has directed Kathie’s life since the early 1980’s.  The family moved to Delaware in 1997 so their son could attend the John S. Charlton School, which is the Kent County center for the statewide Delaware Autism Program.

Before moving to Delaware, Kathie began her foray into advocacy by starting a parent support group in her community for families of children with disabilities called “People Who Care”.  She was later employed by the New Mexico Autism Program as a Parent Liaison for three counties and by the Arc of New Mexico as a Parent Coordinator and grassroots advocate. 

Her need to learn led her to the Partners in Policymaking advocacy training program in 1995 and to the same program in Delaware in 2000.  Kathie worked for the Client Assistance Program for three years before joining the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC) in November of 2000. 

Having taken college classes for a number of years in a number of locations around the Country, she finally graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College in Dover in 2009 with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services. 

Kathie continues to be an active member of Autism Delaware and the Arc of Delaware and is able to provide information on disability issues to the community through her work with the GACEC.

Sybil Baker 

Administrative Coordinator

Sybil Baker is a native Delawarean, mother of two, and passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities. She believes that every person should be afforded the same rights and opportunities in life, regardless of disability. She believes that having high expectations for individuals with disabilities encourages growth and independence. Sybil raised her son, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, to be a self-advocate, to make sure his needs were met and that his voice was heard. She advocates for autonomy and independence for individuals with disabilities. Sybil earned an AAS in Human Services from Delaware Technical and Community College and a BS in Psychology from Wilmington University. She lives in Townsend with her husband Shane.

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