carolyn jeppsen
Carolyn Jeppsen

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.

brad holmes
Brad Holmes
Co-Founder/Chair of the Board

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.

diana eisenstat
Diana Eisenstat
Co-Founder/Director of Outreach

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.

Laurie Thomas
Laurie Thomas
Director of Program Support
ADHD/Executive Function Coach

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.

shauna simon
Shauna Simon
Yoga Instructor

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 caldwell
Raymond Caldwell
Drama Instructor

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 churm
Monica Churm
Speech-Language Pathologist

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 Sheffield
Emily Sheffield
Program Associate

Emily started with us in June 2017 as a full-time Program Associate. She provides support for the coordination and management of the BroadFutures programs and serves as a mentor. Emily is dedicated to the goal of providing equal opportunities and solutions to accessibility barriers faced by individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Emily graduated in May 2017 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. with honors in biology, a second major 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 also served as a 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 Weidanz
Alexa Weidanz
Program Associate

Alexa joined BroadFutures as a Program Associate in September 2017 after serving as a mentor in our Summer 2017 Program. 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. with honors 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 Koskella
Program Assistant

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 carey
Thomas Carey
Web Master and Graphics Advisor

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.