Andrea Topper is a bi‐lingual and bi‐cultural certified social worker. She began her career while working in New York City at a not‐for‐profit law firm, Lawyers for Children; there she worked with law guardians to represent abused children in foster care. In 1995, Mrs. Topper graduated from the State University of New York in Stony Brook, where she received a Masters of Social Work degree and immediately afterwards received New York State Social Work Certification. In 1997 Mrs. Topper began employment with the Education and Assistance Corporation. EAC is a large non‐profit human service organization that serves over 33,000 people throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City. EAC offers programs including many designed for children in trouble at school, children whose parents are recovering substance abusers, children dealing with sexual abuse and supervised visitation programs for children separated from their parents. All of the programs work to improve the health and emotional well-being of children, families and communities. Mrs. Topper is the mother of two teenage boys, Keith age 19 and Chris age 18, both diagnosed with galactosemia. Mr. and Mrs. Topper, along with their two sons and two puppies reside on Long Island, New York.