Executive Board for 2018-2019
(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.
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: Thairen Greene
As the mother of three children, two of whom are on different ends of the spectrum, Thairen has been a continual voice for her now 12 year old twins. While utilizing her voice on her children’s behalf she found that she also has a voice for others who have not yet found theirs. She has been a member of ASBC for seven years and she is a mathematician by trade. With both a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics and mathematics education, Thairen is also a teacher, tutor and mentor. She currently is on the faculty of Stevenson University.
Secretary: 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.
At-Large Board Members
Board Member: Colin Meeks
Colin Meeks works with special needs families through his company, Maryland Financial Advocates. His planning practice has brought him in contact with many families in the autism community and he enjoys helping them map out their futures. He is involved with ASBC because of the support it provides families through their extensive network of resources and activities. Colin lives in northern Baltimore County with his wife Jennifer and sons Connor and Henry.
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 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.
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: 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.
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: Colin Meeks