Son Park McBride, Program Development and Grants
Son Park McBride manages the Program Advisory Committee of the National Youth Transitions Center. She also provides overall support to the Youth Transitions Collaborative. She assumed her current position as The HSC Foundation’s Director of Grants and Network Development in 1998. In this position, she contributes to The HSC Health Care System’s overall plans, strategies and goals by managing the National Youth Transitions Initiative’s grants program. Additionally, she has lead responsibility for the Foundation’s Life Enrichment Awards Program. Son joined The HSC Health Care System in 1995, contracting for and servicing the provider network for Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (HSCSN). She then assisted HSCSN in program development and facilitated business developments and strategies with new markets and external clients. Prior to joining the System, she held positions in contracting, provider servicing, marketing and enrollment with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, now known as CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield. She served on the Board of Directors for the Disability Funders Network from 2002 to 2007 and chaired its William Diaz Impact Award Program and served on its Executive Committee. She is actively involved with Special Olympics DC and has serves on its Summer Games Management Team since 2002. Son received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.
Jessica Queener, Ed.D., Manager
Jessica Queener manages the communications and outreach for the Youth Transitions Collaborative and the National Youth Transitions Center. Dr. Queener’s role is to assist in the programmatic activities of the Collaborative and Transitions Center. Prior to her role, she was the Project Director Research Associate of The George Washington University’s HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Queener is a recent graduate of the doctoral Special Education and Neuroscience Excellence program at The George Washington University. She concentrated her research in the area of transition related to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Dr. Queener began her career as the self-determination coordinator at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, T.N. She has earned a M.A. in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University and a B.A. from The University of Tennessee.