Dr. Gerald W. Anthony has been in China since 2002, working as an educator and counselor. He has a doctorate degree in counseling, K-12 educational leadership certification, and a wide range of experiences in the areas of CBT, autism, and language.

Gerald brings over 18-years of education and leadership experience to the SENIA-Beijing board. Currently he serves as Chair of SENIA-Beijing and in the past served as the Co-Chair of Membership and Local Liaison for SENIA-Beijing.



Suzanne Robare has been serving the educational community of Beijing since 1992 in various capacities, including local and international schools, in television, and in publishing. She holds two Master’s degrees in Education (Special Ed/EAL and Teacher Training) with post graduate studies in linguistics, Reading Recovery, and Educational Leadership. Her doctoral studies as an Educational Psychologist were derailed by COVID but she will be continuing to work towards a PhD with a focus on Reading and Literacy.


Media Chair

Juliane Karlsson has worked over 20 years in education. Her passion for developing better strategies to promote inclusive environments crosses both public and private spaces. She has a degree in education and masters in socio-psychology.

As a teacher, she collaborated in the creation of public policies for schools, courses for child counsellors across the Amazon, and also acts as special needs professional. Her book narrates the children perspective of participation at school. Nowadays, she is the media coordinator of the SENIA-Beijing and is the editor of its newsletter.


Membership Chair

Dominique serves as a middle school Learning Support Teacher at the International School Beijing. She has served students in roles as Special Education teacher, Middle School Math & Science Teacher, Middle School Dean, and Learning Support Coordinator in the USA, Nigeria, and China. She serves as a NEASC accreditation visitor and is completing her tenure as an Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) Advisory Council member. She is a proponent of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) and bringing much-needed awareness to the importance of creating a positive disability identity rooted in Disability culture.

Dominique holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, an M.Ed. and licensure in Special Education, an M.SE and licensure in Educational Diagnostics, and is completing a Special Education Director licensure. She enjoys learning new knowledge and skills to support and advocate for members of the Disabled community. As the parent of a Disabled youth, her work is personal.


Event Chair

Janice Bareng-Pineda is a Learning Support teacher/coordinator at Harrow School Beijing for eight years up to the present. Even before she joined Harrow, she had supported students with special needs. She believes that all students, with different abilities or background, should be included in a nurturing and understanding learning environment.

She graduated with AB English (Language and Literature) then she garnered education units for a teaching license, certified in Special Education and PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, UK.


Marketing Chair

Stephenie Lee is a learning specialist with over ten years of experience serving students with ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, and language processing disorders in North America and Asia-Pacific. Trained in programs such as PRT, iLs, Orton-Gillingham, and Lindamood Bell, Stephenie is also the founder of Beacon Learning, a Beijing-based organization that provides customized sensory motor, cognitive processing, and executive functioning interventions to students to help them thrive in academic and social settings.


External Expertise Chair

James Rupasinha is an educational and child psychologist, who is continually inspired by the patience and dedication he observes in his teaching and counselling colleagues. His background is with the British government, evaluating schools‘ provision for under-achieving students and those with high-level safeguarding needs. In and out of China since 2007, James has been with Harrow Beijing since 2016 and he has over a decade’s worth of experience in building capacity and resilience within Chinese and British schools.


School Representative Coordinator

Stacy Lee is a learning specialist with over 7 years of experience serving individuals and families with differentiated needs across North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, and the co-founder of Beacon Learning, a Beijing-based organization that provides customized sensory-motor, cognitive processing, and executive functioning interventions to students to help them thrive in academic and social settings.

As the School Representative Coordinator of SENIA-Beijing, Stacy hopes to nurture a more vibrant, inclusive community that creates safe, growth-oriented spaces for schools, practitioners, family members, and the community to better share resources, best practices, and stories of success!