Executive Board for 2020-2021
(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.
Vice President: Taya Dunn Johnson
Taya Dunn Johnson is a published author, blogger, speaker, workshop facilitator, advocate and panelist. She has been the Producer and Director of the Listen to Your Mother Baltimore show since 2013, and has served as the Diversity and Inclusion Consultant for the entire National project since 2014. Diagnosed with ASD at the age of 2, Taya’s son Marcus is the center of her world. Marcus was 3 1/2 when his father passed away in 2012. Upon her late husband’s death, Taya and Marcus moved to Baltimore City.
Treasurer: Thairen Greene
Thairen D. Greene was raised in St. Croix US Virgin Islands and migrated
to the contiguous United States in 1991. Thairen is a graduate of
Spelman College and Towson University with respective degrees in
mathematics and mathematics education. She is a doting mother of three
teenagers, two of whom have autism. Thairen’s relentless support and
dedication to their education has afforded her a front row seat to every
IEP meeting and academic achievement for her children.
First as a member, then as a volunteer and now a board member, Thairen
has proudly been active with the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake
for over 10 years. Categorizing her time with ASBC as honored service,
she continues to strive to inform and welcome every family that she
encounters into a space of acceptance within the world of autism. Her
desire to feel both supported and included, when engaging in community
activities with her children, has been her engine on this journey of
inclusion for families of individuals with autism.
Secretary: Kathy Flannery, MEd
Kathy Flannery, MEd, is the Regional Director of Sheppard Pratt Schools, Northern Region. With more than 20 years of special education experience, Kathy has served at Sheppard Pratt as a teacher, curriculum instruction, and assessment coordinator, and an Assistant Principal. Throughout her tenure, she spent 17 years working with students, ranging from ages 3-21, diagnosed with autism. Kathy has experience developing instructional and behavioral programming for all age and grade levels, and has sound knowledge of evidence-based practices for teaching individuals with autism to gain skills. She earned her bachelor of science in elementary education and a master of education in reading education from Towson University, Towson, MD. She holds certification from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in both elementary and special education. Kathy is currently a board member for the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) in addition to the ASBC board.
At-Large Board Members
(elected for 2-year terms)
Board Member: Christina Ralls
Christina is the Director of Workforce Development and Social Enterprise at Art with a Heart in Baltimore. She is an educator, organizer, and multi-media artist. Ralls received a BA in Visual Arts (Imaging and Digital Arts Track) and a minor in Art History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a MA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is active in the community and has been running our free art classes for teens and adults.
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: Ketia Stokes
Ketia Stokes is Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning and Wellness for the Baltimore City Public Schools. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and is a previous Fellow of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In 2013 Ketia was named Baltimore City Teacher of the Year. She 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 is an amazing advocate and is ever-ready to help with the work of the board.
Board Member: John A. Barnes
John is the father of four children, three sons, and one daughter. John’s introduction to the world of autism began in 2015 with the diagnosis of his youngest son. John and his family have enjoyed the ASBC’s activities, meetings, and gatherings over the years, and he looks forward to future enrichment experiences for our group. John is excited about being a resource and support for other fathers with children on the spectrum. John works as an Industrial Hygienist for the City of Baltimore.
Honorary Board Member: Andy Parsley
Andy has supported people on the autism spectrum since 1990, in community residential settings, supported employment, as a special education teacher, and as the principal of St. Elizabeth School. He currently is Director of Education at Sheppard Pratt. 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.
ASBC Members Serving on Non-Board Positions:
Adult Autism Resource Group— Linda Pearl serves as leader 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
Web Master: Christina Ralls
Librarian: Howard Quinn