Board, Staff, and Advisors

Board of Directors

JaLynn Prince, Chairman

JaLynn Prince is Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Madison House Autism Foundation (MHAF), one of the first and only organizations in this country working exclusively on the issues facing adults on the autism spectrum. In that role, she works on nationwide topics of housing, employment, education, awareness, medical services, safety, concerns involving individuals on the spectrum, and matters confronting family members dealing with autism. In 2014, the foundation was gifted a 400-acre farm in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is serving as an inclusive place for workforce development, respite, therapeutic riding, agricultural involvement and, eventually, housing for adults on the autism spectrum.


 

Dr. James E. Smith, Vice Chairman

James E. Smith (Jim) is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Westat, an employee-owned research and professional services corporation. For more than 50 years Westat has performed a broad range of research studies in health, education, social policy, transportation, and other topics for agencies of the Federal government, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations. Jim has served on the Westat management team for over 30 years leading projects, information technologies, and business initiatives. For over a decade he has served on Westat’s Board and in top executive positions in the company.


 

Mark A. Dickson, Treasurer

Mark Dickson is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. He currently practices as a CPA and investment advisor. He is the Managing Director of Tyndale Investments LLC. For 19 years he managed corporate finance in the U.S. for TAG Group (Holdings) S.A. a diversified international company based in Geneva, Switzerland. As chief U.S. financial officer, Mr. Dickson directed significant asset liquidation and acquisition transactions.


 

Barbara Ebel

Barbara Ebel is currently the Regional Labor Exchange Administrator for the Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties America Job Centers, Maryland. She has over twelve years of exceptional organization management and over 19 years of State service with a demonstrated effectiveness in directing and managing Workforce Development programs. Previously, Barbara was the Assistant Director for the Migrant Program in Michigan. In this position, she helped to create educational programs to help improve the well-being and advancement opportunities of migrant families.


 

Russ Moorehead

Russ Moorehead is the former Senior Vice President of Global Digital Operations and Strategy for the Estée Lauder Companies. He was responsible for developing and implementing the global roadmap for mobile and e-commerce as well as expanding the digital marketing capabilities across its portfolio of over thirty of the most recognized brands in the beauty industry. In addition to driving strong sales growth in the online channel, Russ has enjoyed the privilege of being a part of leveraging digital to raise awareness of the Companies’ many philanthropic initiatives such as Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness, MAC Aids Fund, and Aveda Earth Month.
 
Russ earned his MBA at Brigham Young University. He was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. Russ currently resides in New York City.
 

Major General Peter S. Cooke, USA (Ret.)

Major General Peter Stryker Cooke (Ret.) rose to the Rank of Major General during his 39-year career in the Armed Services. He was the Commanding General of the U.S. Army 96th Regional Readiness Command from 2005 to 2009 spanning seven states including Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, California and Utah, making it the largest geographical Command in the Army Reserves.
 
In 2009, Peter won the Army Community of Excellence Award for the best managed command in the United States Army Reserves. General Cooke, was also awarded the United States Army Distinguished Service Medal in 2009.


 

Travis Stratford

Travis Stratford is the founding partner of Case, a New York City-based brand consultancy. He focuses on developing end-to-end marketing solutions for clients such as Estée Lauder, Pepsi, Bloomingdale’s, Johnson & Johnson, and Starwood Hotels. Prior to founding Case, he was Interactive Creative Director for Estée Lauder’s Gloss, where he helped grow the online business for top Estée Lauder prestige-beauty brands including Bobbi Brown, Clinique, MAC, and Origins. Travis began his career as an interactive strategy consultant working with Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
 
Travis holds a Master’s in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University. Travis and the Case branding developed the brand strategy and visual identity for Madison House Autism Foundation.
 

Lori Mitchell-Keller

Lori Mitchell-Keller is Co-President of Industries at SAP, the global market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best and improve people’s lives. In her role, Lori leads SAP’s global sales and partner Go-To-market strategy and execution for all industries.
 
Lori brings to her current role 30 years of experience in the software, B2B and consumer business networks, including more than twenty years as an executive driving business strategy.


 

Aruna Miller

Maryland Delegate Aruna Miller has devoted her adult life to public service to pay it forward. She immigrated to the United States from India when she was seven-years old and is indebted for the opportunities that were afforded to her. She began serving her community as a transportation engineer, where she spent over 25 years implementing roadway/transit/bicycle-pedestrian facilities for Montgomery County.
 
Aruna was first elected to the Maryland General Assembly in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, where proudly served the people of Maryland’s Legislative District 15 which includes the regions of Boyds, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Germantown, North Potomac, and Potomac.


 

Sherrell Nicholson

Sherrell Nicholson is currently Vice President of Business Development with Optum, a leading health services innovation company, and subsidiary of United Health Care, which provides transformational solutions in data analytics, pharmacy care services, healthcare operations, healthcare delivery, population health management and advisory services. Ms. Nicholson leads Optum’s federal capture and proposal management and has overseen the overall growth strategy and business development activities for key accounts including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and other select Federal agency accounts.


 

Michael Moran

Michael Moran has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® from 2004-2019. In this role he directed a staff of 20 and was responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives and value proposition.
 
Mike has spent his entire career in the Real Estate Industry, serving as Controller and Financial Vice President for Shannon and Luchs Company, Regional Controller for Weichert Realtors in the D.C. area, and Chief Financial Officer of Coldwell Banker Stevens, and NRT Mid-Atlantic prior to joining the Association.


 

Elizabeth L. Morris, Esq.

Elizabeth L. Morris, Esq. is a founding partner of Adams, Morris & Sessing. She attended the University of Baltimore School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Following graduation, Ms. Morris served as a law clerk for the Honorable G. Edward Dwyer in the Circuit Court for Frederick County. Ms. Morris is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, the United States District Court for Maryland, and the United States Tax Court.
 
Ms. Morris focuses on the following practice areas: General Civil Litigation, Family Law, Adoption, Guardianship, Short Sale Negotiation, Loss Mitigation, Lien Negotiation, Foreclosure Defense. Ms. Morris is also regularly appointed by the Circuit Court for Frederick County to represent children in contested custody cases.
 

Peg Mancuso

Peg Mancuso is a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry. Licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia, Ms. Mancuso has been a top producer for multiple major real estate companies over her distinguished career. For the past 24 years, she’s been a member of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, now Christie’s International Real Estate/Long & Foster, having started The Daly, Mancuso Group over a decade ago.
 
In addition to her many distinguished awards, including being the #1 team in Potomac for most of the past 21 years, she’s totaled sales in the billions over the course of her illustrious career.


 

Joan Barclay

Joan Barclay has more than 25 years executive level experience leading the development, growth, and strategy of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She is highly skilled at solving complex problems and has worked extensively with nonprofit Board of Directors and executive leadership across the healthcare, education, environment, and agriculture sectors.
 
Prior to her current position as Senior Director at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Joan managed her own consulting firm and provided strategy and program evaluation services to a wide range of clients.


 

National Board of Advisors

Members of the Madison House Autism Foundation Advisory Board bring exemplary credentials in medicine, scientific research, advocacy, the arts and education to the challenges faced by adults on the spectrum and their families and veterans.

 

Dr. Gregory A. Prince, Chair

MHAF Co-Founder Dr. Gregory A. Prince was born and reared in Los Angeles, California. He attended Dixie College, graduating as valedictorian. He attended the UCLA School of Dentistry, again graduating as valedictorian. He received a Ph.D. in Pathology from UCLA in 1975, studying respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia worldwide. Over a period of fifteen years at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University, he and his co-workers developed the thesis that RSV disease could be prevented by administering antiviral antibodies to high-risk infants. He co-founded Virion Systems, Inc. to commercialize this thesis, and served as its President and CEO.


 

Dr. Kay A. King, Co-Vice Chair

Dr. Kay Atkinson King worked for the U.S. Congress for 25 years. In 2007, she was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be the Director of the Office of Interparliamentary Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives. Focusing on American foreign policy, she coordinated the Speaker’s meetings with foreign dignitaries and assisted Members of Congress with official international travel and parliamentary exchanges until she left Capitol Hill in 2010.

 
Prior to that, from January 2001 – March 14, 2007, Kay was Democratic Senior Policy Advisor for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Ranking Democratic Member and Chairman Tom Lantos.


 

Dr. Brad Clark, Co-Vice Chair

Collaborative pianist and music administrator Brad Clark founded Maryland Lyric Opera where he currently serves as the President & Artistic Director. Mr. Clark earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Music in Musicology and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in collaborative piano from The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America. He has worked on the staffs of Summer Opera Theatre Company, National Symphony Chamber Players, The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, and has performed extensively in recital and with numerous chamber ensembles.
 

Dr. Val G. Hemming

Dr. Val G. Hemming had a distinguished career in military medicine. After graduating from the University of Utah College of Medicine, he joined the United States Air Force and spent twenty-five years as a pediatrician caring for dependents of military families. After retiring from active duty, he became the dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Maryland, serving in that capacity for seven years. In addition to practicing clinical medicine, Dr. Hemming had a distinguished career in medical research, publishing over one hundred papers in the field of infectious diseases.


 

Admiral Paul A. Yost, Jr., USN (Ret.)

A native of St. Petersburg, FL, Admiral Paul Alexander Yost Jr. became the 18th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on 30 May 1986. He was nominated to that position while serving as Commander of the Atlantic Area, Commander Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic and Commander Third Coast Guard District in New York City where he was assigned in 1984.
 
Admiral Yost’s management and operational positions included Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations for Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Alaska in 1975. He was also Commander, Task Group 115.3, a combat command in Vietnam, in 1969.


 

Dr. James Giordano

Dr. James Giordano is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program, Scholar-in-Residence, leads the Sub-Program in Military Medical Ethics, and Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics; and is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly 2011-2012 JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor of Neurosciences and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.


 

Capt. David Cooper, USN (RET.)

Dave Cooper graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1957 and started a twenty-seven-year career in the Navy. After earning a masters degree in electrical engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School in 1964, he was selected for nuclear power and submarine duty. Dave commanded a nuclear attack submarine in Hawaii for four years and subsequently, for two years, commanded the largest squadron of operating nuclear submarines in the Atlantic fleet.
 
After retiring from the Navy as a Captain, Dave was employed by TRW for ten years as a program manager.


 

Dr. Gonzalo Laje

After completing his medical education at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Dr. Gonzalo Laje moved to the U.S. and worked at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Columbia University. He completed his training in general psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and his training in child and adolescent psychiatry through the combined program NIMH/Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
 
Dr. Laje has a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University.


 

Dr. Christopher Manente

Dr. Christopher J. Manente is an accomplished practitioner, educator, and advocate who has dedicated his career to helping adults on the autism spectrum succeed within their homes and communities throughout the lifespan and across the contexts of school, work, relationships, leisure, and transportation.
 
Dr. Manente is the Founding Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services, he is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, and is a prior special education student.


 

Dr. Daniel Fairbanks

Daniel Fairbanks is an accomplished scientist, artist, author, and teacher. He currently is Dean of Science & Health at Utah Valley University, and has been a professor at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, Southern Virginia University, Brigham Young University, and Fulbright Professor at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil. He is a geneticist with a wide breadth of expertise in evolutionary genetics, international scientific development, science education, and the history of genetics. His most recent book is Everyone Is African, published in 2015 by Prometheus Books.


 

D. Paul Monteiro

Paul Monteiro is currently the Chief of Staff at Howard University. Prior to that, President Obama designated Paul Monteiro as the Acting Director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Relations Service (CRS) on February 29, 2016. Authorized by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and expanded by the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, CRS serves as federal mediators in areas of local community conflict rooted in race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, or national origin. CRS currently plays an important role in DOJ’s ongoing effort to strengthen relationships between local communities and law enforcement.


 

Dr. Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Stephen Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until 4, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a full time professor at Adelphi University and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, focusing on aligning best practice in supporting autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
 
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy.


 

Dr. Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto

Dr. Shartle-Galotto is the former Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Montgomery College (MC) serving as the chief academic officer of the College’s three campuses.
 
In addition, Dr. Shartle-Galotto served for four years as the Rockville Campus instructional dean for humanities and social sciences and as an acting instructional dean.


 

Dr. Faith E. Frankel

Dr. Faith Frankel is a pediatrician with special interests in autism and pediatrics. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC where she teaches physical diagnosis.
 
Dr. Frankel received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University (1987) where she was a member of the Ho Nun De Kah Honor Society. She received her medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine (1991) where she graduated Cum Laude and received a Woman in Medicine Award.


 

Dr. Douglas Frankel

Dr. Douglas Frankel trained as an internist and is board certified in emergency medicine forensic medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University (1980). Dr. Frankel completed his medical degree and residency training from the University of Mexico America, New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens-New York and the State University of New York at Buffalo, respectively. Dr. Frankel has been in practice in since 1989 and specializes in emergency medicine, internal medicine and professional sports-injuries and rehabilitation in Rockville, Maryland where he is in active clinical practice.


 

Vanessa Casteñeda Gill

Vanessa Casteñeda Gill is the CEO and Co-Founder of Social Cipher. Social Cipher makes video games to empower autistic youth– we imagine a future in which a diagnosis isn’t viewed as a deficit, but a superpower. Using the magic of gameplay and roleplay, Social Cipher give neurodiverse players a safe space to practice social skills and self-advocacy. Social Cipher is currently working on Ava, another video game about an autistic protagonist who ventures into a world of feuding space pirates, exploring a vast fantasy universe, but also the closeness of human connection and emotion.
 

Dr. Daniel Heifetz

Daniel Heifetz is the Founder of the Heifetz International Music Institute. In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Heifetz has dedicated himself to the art of communication through performance and education.
 
Mr. Heifetz is renowned on five continents for his extraordinary virtuosity, profound artistry and charismatic stage presence. His numerous appearances include recitals and solo performances with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Berlin. His concert tours have taken him throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America.


 

Shaun Tirrel

Shaun Tirrell is the co-owner of Piano Craft, one of the country’s pre-eminent businesses for piano restoration and sales. Located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the company has restored pianos for, among others, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks.
 
Shaun is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Peabody Conservatory. He has enjoyed a long career as a concert pianist, performing in such venues as The Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Jordan Hall (Boston, Massachusetts), Great Hall (St. Petersburg, Russia), National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland), and the Stradhalle and Alta Aula (Heidelberg, Germany).


 

Madame Fran Ichijo

Frances Drayton Ichijo began her dance training in 2nd grade in the suburbs of Philadelphia in1960. She was also able to train in the equestrian arts through the local Bridlewild Pony Club and graduated with her “B” rating, fostering a lifelong love and appreciation of horses. After getting a degree in Dance and Art at Hamilton College and performing with Kirkland Dance Theater, she continued her classical ballet training in NY under Patricia Wilde, Michael Maule, and Nancy Clemens at the then American Ballet Theater School. After auditioning for Adrienne Dellas in New York, she went on to become a founding member and soloist with the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, Korea, from 1978 -1986, while also assisting her mentor, Mme Dellas, as Ballet Mistress of the company.


 

Staff

John Solberg | Executive Director

John Solberg is the Executive Director of Madison House Autism Foundation (MHAF) which seeks to provide more support, more opportunities and more hope to adults with autism and their families. We accomplish this by partnering with passionate individuals, organizations, and governments to bring about creative, dynamic and effective solutions that reshape possibilities for adults with autism.
 
John joined the MHAF organization in 2019 with 17 years non-profit experience and 13 years as the Executive Director of Rawhide, a residential program in Wisconsin for at-risk and neurodiverse youth which was co‐founded by NFL great Bart Starr and his wife Cherry.


 

Mark E. Robbins, CAE | Associate Executive Director

Mark Robbins has spent his entire career in the non-profit sector. Starting as a college admissions officer, where enrollment records were regularly set, he transitioned to trade associations where he focused on membership recruitment and retention, developing and overseeing chapters and their operations, and dabbling in magazine publication, editing, and advertising.
 
Mark was executive director of the Yellow Ribbon Fund for eight years. YRF’s mission was to assist injured service members and their families.


 

Desiree Kameka | Director, Autism Housing Network

Desiree Kameka has been working with children and young adults on the spectrum for over ten years. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Miami in psychology, emphasizing psychobiology, with a minor in psychological and educational studies. During her time at UM, she developed a program for the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM CARD), which brought together teens on the spectrum and undergraduate students to work on social and life skills through experiential learning and interaction with multidisciplinary university resources.


 

Ronald Woods | Finance and Office Manager

Ron Woods joined Madison House Autism Foundation in July 2014 after spending over ten years as an Office and Business Manager in the nonprofit sector and three years working on the business & circulation side of publishing. Ronald hails from Richmond, Virginia, but was raised primarily in the Northern Neck area of Virginia in the small boatbuilding and oysterman community of Hartfield.
 
At Madison House Autism Foundation Ronald works as the Office and Business Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation as well as assisting on a number of projects and initiatives.


 

Steve Robinson | Deputy Director

Born in Washington, DC, Steve Robinson has lived in Montgomery County, MD for over 35 years. He attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he earned his B.A. in History. He joined Madison House Autism Foundation in summer 2015 and quickly became dedicated to serving individuals with autism and other disabilities. Steve cultivates local relationships by participating and representing Madison House Autism Foundation and Madison Fields at many of the mission-related county meetings and was appointed to the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities.


 

Jessica Simpson | Program Manager, Madison Fields

Jessica Simpson has over 18 years of experience working with horses. Her family owns and operates a boarding facility located in Mt. Airy, MD where she grew up caring for horses, and learning the business. While in college, Jess participated in the Equestrian Team and volunteered with a local horse rescue. During the summers, she managed a facility in Frederick, MD, where she cared for 25 horses, managed their summer lesson and camp program, and taught beginner lessons.


 

Kerry Harding | Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Kerry Harding is a graduate from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning and earned an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Kerry’s professional career has ranged from executive level positions with some of the nation’s most prominent design firms to board-level leadership on a wide variety of academic, civic, charitable and non-profit organizations. A passionate advocate for the forgotten, overlooked and disadvantaged populations of society, he has devoted much of his adult life to fundraising for initiatives surrounding youth, employment, foster care, human trafficking and autism, giving equal attention to entire communities as well as a personal, compassionate focus on “the one.”


 

Sarah Meehan | Director of Strategy and Organizational Development

Sarah Meehan provides executive counsel and marketing and fundraising strategy to universities, business, and non-profits in the areas of branding and positioning, fundraising, crisis communications, board development, organizational development and strategic marketing. Her work with Madison House Autism Foundation includes capacity building, program development, communications, and fundraising.
 
Sarah’s clients include universities, state-wide systems of higher education, the arts, independent non-profits, boards, and for-profit businesses in the Mountain West and the East Coast.