Deborah DeScenza, M.Ed.
Founder and Executive Director
Deborah received her B.S. in elementary education from Gordon college in 1978. She earned her M.Ed. in learning disabilities and emotional disturbances from the University of Virginia in 1979. She also completed the coursework towards a doctorate in Special Education Administration during the 1990’s. Deborah spent nearly 20 years teaching, doing educational testing, and consulting prior to founding Farmsteads of New England. She is the mother of a young man with significant developmental disabilities who inspired her vision for a different service option for adults.
We have approximately 75 mentors (direct support staff) who help the individuals we support with their activities of daily living, employment, and recreation. These staff range from 20 – 75 years old with various backgrounds, interests, and education. The variety of staff enables us to match the individuals and mentors according to their interests, preferred activity levels, and personalities.