Carolyn is passionate about working to find solutions to the challenges that individuals with disabilities face. She has devoted over ten years serving on the Boards that serve individuals with disabilities including The Kingsbury Center, an educational institution serving individuals with learning disabilities and The River School, where children with hearing loss are educated in an inclusive setting. Carolyn has chaired two strategic planning efforts, a CEO transition and permanent search, and helped draft numerous Board Governance documents. Carolyn has additionally served as Secretary and member of the Executive, Nominating, Finance, and Development Committees of the Boards on which she has sat.
Carolyn is a civil litigator who has spent her career focused in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, medical malpractice, professional liability and financial institutions. She has authored two articles: RTC and FDIC Administrative Subpoenas, The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 11, No. 21, Dec. 13, 1995; The Use of Administrative Subpoenas, Lecturer: Practicing Law Institute: “Defending Bank Directors” October 1995. She has also served for many years as a volunteer at The National Cathedral School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School and the Katherine Thomas School.
Carolyn is presently serving as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Massachusetts General Hospital Aspire Program as well as The River School, on the Board of Trustees of Poise, The Leadership Council of the Youth Transitions Collaborative and on the D.C. Secondary Transitions Community of Practice Working Group.
Carolyn received her B.A. with honors from Colby College, in Philosophy and French, her J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center, and her Certificate of Non-Profit Executive Management from Georgetown University. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and their three daughters.
Brad has devoted himself to improving the lives of persons with disabilities. He served for 10 years on the Board of the Kingsbury Center and for four years as its Chair. He was instrumental in leading the institution through a change of leadership and a strategic planning process. Brad has also served on the Boards of the American Association of Persons with Disabilities and Global Rights.
Brad is a telecommunications policy advocate with extensive experience both in government and private industry. He was appointed Ambassador by former President George H.W. Bush to serve as U.S. Coordinator and Director for International Communications and Information Policy. He has worked in several key policy positions at the Federal Communications Commission, at Coopers & Lybrand, as managing director of the company’s Global Telecom Group, as President of Project OXYGEN Network Ltd., as Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs at ArrayComm, Inc., and as Chief Operating Officer of NY3G Partnership.
Brad received his B.A., from Dartmouth College with honors in Economics and English, and his J.D. from Georgetown University. Brad lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their son.
Diana has been actively engaged with non-profit organizations serving children with learning disabilities and mental health challenges. She has served as an officer on the Board of the Reginald Lourie Center for Infants and Children in Rockville, MD. She also served on the Board of The Kingbsury Center for many years, shepherding the Institution through two changes of leadership.
Diana served a 15-year career with the federal government, employed in the General Accounting Office, (now Government Accountability Office) where she was Director, Income Security Issues with responsibility for agency reviews and audits of federal social security and child welfare programs. She managed staff in both Washington DC and regional offices and oversaw both program evaluation reviews and audits. She also delivered testimony before both House and Senate Committees in the U.S. Congress and advised the Comptroller General and other senior executives managing the agency’s internal human resources management issues.
Diana received her B.A from Mary Washington College with honors in Economics and Political Science. She also received an MBA from George Washington University. Diana lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and their two sons.
Laurie serves as the Director of Program Support, providing critical guidance, support and coaching to our interns as well as our employers, ensuring successful outcomes for both. Laurie is passionate about empowering individuals with ADHD and learning disabilities.
Laurie coaches clients on topics such as time management, organization, prioritization, employment searches, job interview preparedness, workplace relationships and communications, as well as health & wellness. Laurie has an in-depth knowledge of ADHD and the academic, social, emotional and professional challenges that may arise as a result of the disorder. She is accredited in ADHD/Executive Function and Life Coaching and is also an active member of the ADHD education and treatment community. Her memberships include: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Learning Disabilities Association of American (LDA), and Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA). Laurie has also attended numerous academic conferences on the topic of special education and ADHD.
ADHD/Executive Function coaching is a second career for Laurie, who began her professional life as a litigation attorney. While taking a break from the practice of law to raise children, she became interested in special education advocacy, coaching, and the topic of ADHD, as she is the proud parent of a child with ADHD and learning disabilities. Laurie has been involved in the non-profit sector, specifically with educational institutions and serving the homeless community, for over 15 years. She has served as a trustee of The Harbor School in Bethesda, Maryland, and as a member of the Board of Directors, President, Vice-President and now Advisory Board member of The Dwelling Place, Inc., in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Dwelling Place provides transitional housing and comprehensive support services to families experiencing homelessness.
Laurie received her B.A. with honors from Smith College, in Art History, with a minor in Government, and her J.D. with honors from The American University, Washington College of Law, where she was a member of The American University Law Review. Laurie lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and their three children.
Amanda is a passionate and experienced Vocational Counselor and non-profit administrator who believes strongly in the benefits of a diverse workforce. She is excited to bring her wealth of knowledge in disability employment to BroadFutures. Prior to joining BroadFutures, Amanda served as Program Coordinator at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), where she helped to launch a state-of-the-art employment program that focused on integrative, competitive employment for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Within the first two years of her tenure, job placement rose by 450% and record numbers of individuals were placed in full-time employment. During her time with JSSA, Amanda was also responsible for overseeing the Developmental Disability Administration program and launching the Pre-Employment Transition Services program. Additionally, Amanda provided one-on-one career exploration, career counseling and placement for individuals with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prior to her employment with JSSA, Amanda worked at The Outcomes Service at The Treatment and Learning Centers, providing job development, placement, coaching and case management to individuals with disabilities.
Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a D.C. area native, enjoys traveling the world with her family, and speaks Spanish.
Shauna Simon is the founder of Simon Says Yoga. Shauna discovered Yoga at age 17 in a search for self discovery and an experience. She lived in a Yoga community (ashram) for over 20 years, traveling to India several times, truly integrating the practice of yoga into her everyday life. Shauna is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, eRYT (approved to teach other teachers) and has certifications in Sivananda Yoga and YogaFit, as well as Certificates from Kid’s Yoga, Calming Kids Yoga, Budding Yogis and the Asheville School of Yoga.
Shauna has been delivering the stress reduction portion of our curriculum through yoga for the past two years. She is deeply committed to our mission, the young people we serve, and ensuring that yoga is accessible to all. She brings an expertise and compassion to her work with BroadFutures, that makes her work with us invaluable and a favorite part of the curriculum. Shauna received her B.A. from George Mason University and her Master’s in Music Education through George Mason and Trinity College.
Raymond O. Caldwell holds an MFA in acting with a focus in community outreach and developing new work from The Ohio State University and a BFA in acting from the University of Florida. He currently is the resident-director and a full-time Acting/Performance lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University.
Raymond has toured nationally and internationally and worked with playwrights and artists from around the world including Ntozake Shange, Edward Albee, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Sally Oswald. Caldwell received the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship in Community Engagement in 2009 and the following season joined the Arena Stage staff where he worked for 6 years as both an administrator and artist. As an artist/director/divisor he has developed work with various schools & organizations throughout the US. In 2012 & 2013 he traveled to India to create devised theater with diverse groups in Kolkata, Patna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad. He has also developed work in Ukraine, Greece, Germany, and the UK.
Monica is a Maryland State Board Certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years experience working with children and young adults of all ages. She delivers the communications curriculum, educating our interns on a variety of communication issues in the workplace including nonverbal and verbal communication skills, self-advocacy and perspective taking.
Monica has attended a multitude of continuing education trainings in a variety of areas, and is passionate about continuing to learn new and unique ways to teach communication skills. Her current memberships include: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), where she has received several Award for Continuing Education (ACE) recognitions for completing 70 continuing education hours within 3 years, and Maryland Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA).
Monica graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology from Syracuse University. She received her M.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband and son.
Emily started with us in early June as a full time Program Associate. She will be providing support for the coordination and management of the BroadFutures programs. Emily is also serving as a mentor this summer. Emily is dedicated to the goal of providing equal opportunities and solutions to accessibility barriers faced by individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Emily is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in biology, B.A. in African, African American, and Diaspora studies, and a minor in chemistry. Her work experience includes time spent as a teaching assistant at UNC in organic chemistry II, as well as numerous African Studies courses. Emily has also served as peer mentor for the Carolina Covenant scholarship program for three years. Her long-term goals include plans to pursue graduate degrees in public health and medical anthropology with a particular interest in working with diasporic communities. Emily is originally from North Carolina and is currently residing in Virginia.
Alexa is excited to join BroadFutures as a Program Associate. She is passionate about helping individuals with disabilities recognize their potential in all aspects of their lives, including the workplace. She has previously worked at the HelpLine at The National Alliance on Mental Health for people with mental health conditions where she assisted callers in gaining access to mental health resources. She has also contributed to a Sensation and Perception research psychology laboratory during her undergraduate studies. Alexa received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the George Washington University. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Alexa is looking forward to pursuing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology in the near future. She is originally from New Jersey and is currently residing in Washington, DC.
Meaghan is passionate about promoting the awareness and importance of learning disabilities in the workplace as well as the classroom. With a history of working with children and young adults with learning disabilities, she believes strongly that all individuals have the ability to achieve their goals. Meaghan is a psychology student pursuing her B.A. at American University, where she is also a human rights advocate, a relay for life sponsor, and a Sigma Kappa collegiate member. Her long-term goals include becoming an occupational therapist with a focus on helping young adults improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills to increase their self-esteem and overall sense of accomplishment. Meaghan is originally from Fall River, Massachusetts, and is currently residing in Washington, DC.
Thomas has designed and built websites for multiple organizations, including Bay Area Microfluidics Network, Serengetee, Meals on Wheels of Bennington County, Fostering Change for Children, and Noosphere Marketing. Thomas has served as CTO of Serengetee, as a Mechanical Engineering Intern at Medtronic Diabetes, and as a Research Engineer at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Thomas received his B.S. in Engineering and Biology from Harvey Mudd College. He is a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, and he lives in Berkeley, California.