Executive Board for 2022-2023
(elected for 1-year terms)
Co-President: Thairen Greene
Thairen D. Greene was born and raised in the Caribbean and migrated to the contiguous United States to pursue her undergraduate college degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Towson University. She is a proud mother of three, two of whom are Autistic. She has been an active voluntary board member of the Autism Society of America – Baltimore Chesapeake for 12 years. Thairen has worked as a mathematics educator in the Baltimore area for over 22 years. She is also a published author, mentor and tutor.
Co-President: 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.
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.
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.
Treasurer: Mary Ellen Curtis
Mary Ellen has served on the ASBC Board of Directors and held every office over a period of 11+ years. She has resumed her treasurer duties after completing 9 years as ASBC’s first Administrative Assistant. Her 26 year old daughter on the spectrum was diagnosed at the age of three.
At-Large Board Members
(elected for 2-year terms)
Immediate Past 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.
Board Member: James Orman
James was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved with his husband and dogs to Baltimore in 2013. He has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Indiana University and has a passion for social justice and equity. James received his diagnosis late in life and aims to use his unique position to facilitate sharing and growth within the community, while fostering acceptance and understanding outside of it. He co-hosts the Autistic Adult group held each Thursday and welcomes any and all newcomers to join a safe space to experience other members of the community.
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 supporting 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: 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.
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.
Honorary 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 and is able to offer the unique perspective of being a sibling as well as an educator.
ASBC Members Serving on Non-Board Positions:
Baltimore County Public Schools/ASBC partnership: Debbie Page, Partnership Director.
Administrative Assistant: Devan Southerland
Web Master: Christina Ralls
Librarian: Howard Quinn