Executive Board for 2015-2016 (elected for 1-year terms)
President: Debbie Page
Debbie is a wife and the mother of two children. Her introduction to autism began in 2005, when her youngest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. In 2006, she joined the board of directors of the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake. She currently works for Baltimore County Public Schools in the Office of Special Education. As her journey continues she is inspired daily by the people she meets within the autism community and is passionate about helping individuals and families affected by autism.
Vice-President: Andy Parsley
Andy has supported people on the autism spectrum since 1990, in community residential settings, supported employment, as a special education teacher, and currently as the principal of St. Elizabeth School, which serves students with special needs from the central Maryland region, grade 1 to age 21. Serving on the board since 2011 has been a motivating and fulfilling experience for him. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters..
Past-President: David Savick
David served for three years as Co-President. He teaches at Randallstown High School, is a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and competes in triathlons and endurance races where he helps raise funds for the autism society. He and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of four children ranging in age from 10 to 20. They have a son, Noah, who is on the autism spectrum.
Treasurer: Jennifer Phillips
Following a career in Public Relations and Marketing, Jennifer enjoys staying at home to care for her two children; the oldest of whom, Graham, is on the autism spectrum. She has studied professional writing at Towson University’s graduate school and maintains an active interest in both writing and literature. A member since 2011, Jennifer assists with the ASBC’s newsletter by editing the calendar section.
Secretary: Stacy Israel
Stacy is the former Special Needs Director at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore where she oversaw 12 year round programs and 3 summer programs. In addition, she was instrumental in building the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance, one of Baltimore’s most comprehensive online resource programs with an in-person touch. Stacy has a personal connection to the special needs community – she grew up in a family with multiple siblings with disabilities. She states that although this situation presents many challenges, it has positively influenced every area of her life. She has developed a deep level of compassion as well as a drive to advocate for and love individuals of all abilities. Stacy has brought her unique perspective to the ASBC and generously shares her passion and knowledge. This is Stacy’s first year serving as an officer on the board.
At-Large Board Members
Board Member: Pete Roth
Pete received his introduction to the world of autism when his daughter was diagnosed in March of 2007. He is a practicing restorative dentist in Harford County where he has served the Harford/Cecil Dental Society in multiple capacities including president. His belief that all parents of children on the spectrum are connected is what drives him to help families find the resources necessary to move them forward.
Board Member: Paul Rouhana
Paul is a practicing attorney with offices in Towson and Western Maryland. He and his wife have an almost seven year old son who was diagnosed with ASD in early 2011. Paul is actively involved in the autism community, in part because he knows his involvement will benefit his son in both the short term and the long term. He also feels his service on the board allows him to express his gratitude for what the community has provided to him and his family in the form of support, guidance, and a feeling of belonging.
Board Member: P.J. Shafer
P.J. is a financial planner and attorney, and, together with his wife Helen, is responsible for opening the Shafer Center for Early Intervention. In addition to his duties for ASBC, he currently serves as Chair of the Baltimore County Special Education Citizens Advisory Council. P.J. and his wife Helen are the proud parents of two – their 12 1/2 year-old son has ASD.
Board Member: Ketia Stokes
A special educator of eight years in Baltimore City Schools, Ketia holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. Currently, she is the lead instructor for Green Street Academy’s specialized program for students along the Autism Spectrum. In this role, she is able to serve not only special education students, but also to deliver wrap-around services to families including connecting them to larger support systems like ASBC and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Ketia has a sister on the spectrum so is able to offer the unique perspective of being a sibling as well as an educator.
Board Member: Mike Thomas
Mike is the first individual on the spectrum to serve on the board of the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake. He works for the Baltimore County Public Schools and also for the League for People with Disabilities. He is an amazing advocate and is ever-ready to help with the work of the board.
ASBC Members Serving on Non-Board Positions:
Adult Autism Resource Group— Ellen Feifarek and Linda Pearl serve as Co-leaders of this working task force to address the needs of transitioning youth and adults with ASD by working to improve services through increasing the quality, quantity and range of options available to adults with ASD and their families.
Baltimore County Public Schools/ASBC partnership: Debbie Page, Partnership Director.
Newsletter Editor: Mary Ellen Curtis and Jenny Phillips, calendar editor
Web Master: David Savick
Librarian: Michelle Landrum