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Who We Are

Dr. Leslie Strasser Congrove



Dr. Leslie Strasser Congrove (formerly Dr. Leslie Strasser Murdock) is the Owner of ELM LLC. Dr. Strasser Congrove represents organizations, children, and families looking to obtain necessary school services.  She is the Education Liaison for Clark County's Department of Family Services (DFS) and Truancy Prevention Outreach Program (TPOP) where she ensures education rights and services for children in foster care and children who are struggling with school related issues.  Dr. Strasser Congrove is also the Educational Specialist for the JFSA Center for Assessment and Educational Services where she works with a team of specialists to provide children and families educational and community support and schools with school psychology services. Dr. Strasser Congrove is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) where she teaches education advocacy and law courses. She consults for and works with several agencies including the Nevada Department of Education, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the City of Las Vegas, the Clark County School District, and UNLV's School of Medicine's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.  Dr. Strasser Congrove was a Senior Fellow to the Guinn Center for Public Priorities for many years and is a member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas Class.  Before opening ELM, she worked for several years at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in the Special Education Program and at UNLV’s Kids Court School.   Dr. Strasser Congrove obtained a PhD in Educational Psychology and a JD in Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Masters of Arts in Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology and Elementary Teaching Certification from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Prior to moving to Las Vegas, she was an elementary school teacher and the Director of Education of the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle, WA.  Her areas of specialty include Special Education Advocacy, Education Law, Effective Parent School Communication, Behavioral Support for Struggling Students, Inclusionary Practices, and Understanding Disciplinary Proceedings. Dr. Strasser Congrove has 4 children who all have different learning styles, all have unique talents, and all are in different types of schools that work best for them.  When she isn't working, Dr. Strasser Congrove enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 children, and extended family, doing yoga, walking, and hanging out with her cat.  



Marti Ford 
Family/Child Advocate 


For more than 25 years, Marti Ford has been a tireless advocate for her son and many other children who have disabilities. She was the founding president of the Northwest Region Community Educational Advisory Board, she serves on the Award Selection Committee for Nevada Partnership for Inclusive Education and she is the co-author of Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures (My ADD Journal), published by the American Psychological Association’s Magination Press. Marti was presented with the first ever Founder’s Award from The National Inclusion Project and she won the Volunteer Surrogate Award from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada for her work with foster children. ELM LLC is excited to have Ms. Ford as our family/child advocate. She has worked closely with Dr. Murdock for many years.




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