Maedi Tanham Carney
Executive Director, Founder and Board Member
Maedi founded ILO in 2014 and as the Executive Director participates with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
In addition, she fosters effective team work with the staff, acts as the spokesperson for ILO and represents the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile.
Community Life Coordinator
Sherita is ILO’s Community Life Coordinator (CLC). The CLC The Community Life Coordinator’s is responsible for the management of all aspects of the independent living support services offered to ILO participants. Responsibilities include elements of program design and delivery; staffing, staff recruiting, training and support; participant tutorial; financial management; family communication; family recruiting; and professional network. The goal of the CLC is to ensure that excellent services are provided meeting the needs of the individuals and families who are participating members of ILO.
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director
Maria is a native Washingtonian with a background as an Executive Assistant in the nonprofit sector. Maria specialized in supporting the executive team as well as Member Services as a registrar assisting with meeting/convention registrations.
She is inspired by her husband and three grown children. In her free time she enjoys outings with her dogs, fitness and cooking.
Director of Member Services
As the Director of Member Services Jan helps plan and coordinate fundraising events, serves self-advocates and their families, manages communications through social media and outreach, and works to help grow ILO into a sustainable organization.
Jan has a background in: working for non-profits, technology – as a web developer and webmaster, and has a degree in business development/marketing. Experience in these three areas helps her provide support and expertise in building strong and productive organizations.
She previously worked for the American Association of State Colleges & Universities, The National FFA Organization, and USA TODAY. She also volunteered for 15 years as a trainer, leader, and Board member of GSCNC – Girl Scout Council of the Nations’ Capitol.
Jan attended Virginia Tech, and holds a BS in Business/Marketing from Strayer University.
Justoniea (Jae) is the non-residential community builder for Rockville and Gaithersburg MD. Jae has been serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities for more than 6 years. The past 3 years have been spent working with individuals in the Washington Metropolitan area, since relocating from Buffalo, New York. Jae joined ILO because she has a passion for the work she does and loves helping people achieve their full potential.
Janet Bojan is the community builder for the Crossings in Gaithersburg MD. She has been working with people with disabilities for over 35 years. Janet was a group home counselor for over 10 years and then became a Group Home Manager for about 7 years. In addition, Janet has been a job coach with individuals with disabilities out in community.
For over 20 years now, Janet has been a Personal Support Counselor and In-Home Support/Apartment Counselor with an agency in Montgomery County. Janet truly enjoys her work and loves building strong relationships with the people she serves and their families. Janet especially enjoys helping people gain their independence and become part of their community.
In Janet’s spare time, she likes to travel and spend time with family and friends. Janet looks forward to sharing her passion with ILO team.
Sandra Chinoingira is a life coach for ILO working one on one with the self-advocates to further their independent living skills. Sandra began her career in Senior Care in 2012 working as a Private Aide/Caregiver. She has worked with individuals with different disabilities and in the process acquired extensive knowledge and continues to this day. She enjoys and loves helping people to the best of her ability. Sandra is a mother to an amazing son who has taught her that life is very colorful just like crayons and tries to use every color to color her rainbow every day.
Shanta Stroman is a life coach for ILO working to assist the self-advocates further their independent living skills. She has a B.S. in Health Systems Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and has many years of experience providing services for those who require mentoring, social services, or government assistance. She has previously worked as a small business coach and advocate, and finds great satisfaction working to achieve her client’s goals to reduce stress and grow healthy habits.
Shanta is a mother to two wonderful children and that experience has expanded her compassion, patience, organization, and ability as a multitasker. She joined ILO because she has a passion for working with people and loves to explore and teach about the world around us.
Master Consultant for Skills Inventory
Janice Ginsberg is a Master Teacher and Educational Consultant specializing in the teaching and learning of students with complicated learning profiles. Janice is an expert in crafting educational plans that meet the needs of all learners. She also works to train teachers on how to identify and interpret data to support the successful creation and execution of differentiated instructional plans and practices.
As an experienced educational tutor and consultant located in Bethesda, Maryland she works with both individual students and teachers. She holds both a Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts in Teaching from American University in Washington, D.C.
Prior to embarking on her consulting work, she held a variety of positions at the Kingsbury Center in Washington, D.C., where for 15 years she was the Lower School Director, Director of Tutoring and Student Data Coordinator and an Elementary and Special Education teacher.
She is a certified Elementary and Special Education teacher and Wilson Reading Dyslexia Practitioner, currently tutoring students of all ages.
Skills Inventory Administrator
Sarah Klotz, M.A., is a Maryland certified school counselor and a licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC). As an experienced educator and school counselor, Sarah has worked in both public and private elementary and middle school settings in Maryland. Sarah has expertise in behavioral techniques and social-emotional learning strategies and has a special interest in working with students with disabilities, particularly individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Sarah speaks Spanish and is knowledgeable about multicultural issues in education. She has studied social justice movements abroad in Spain, Argentina, Columbia, and Costa Rica. In addition, Sarah has received a Master’s in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies from the College of William & Mary. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking and playing the banjo.
Skills Inventory Administrator
Samantha Maglinao is a Masters of Sustainable Urban Planning candidate at George Washington University, with a strong focus on creating sustainable and accessible communities. As an Urban Planner, she creates more inclusive spaces, equitable housing and development that are safe and environmentally healthy within the DC community. Prior, as a Peace Corp Volunteer, she worked at an Elementary in Botswana, helping students to develop literacy and Life Skills, and working with administrators to create inclusive school policies to better support children with learning disabilities.
Samantha has 6 years of experience working with students aged Pre-K to College, in a both a Life Skills and tutoring capacity. Additionally, while pursuing her undergraduate Public Health degree at the University of South Carolina, she worked as Crisis Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and a Youth Violence Prevention educator. In her free time, Samantha enjoys cooking, exercising and spending time with loved ones.
Skills Inventory Administrator
Erin Weymer, MS, OTR/L, is certified by the National Board for Occupational Therapy (OTR) and licensed (L) to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. She has been working as a School-Based Occupational Therapist in a DC charter school with upper elementary and middle-school students for 2.5 years. Erin also has experience from her clinical fieldwork in the community-based setting, travel training older adults with developmental disabilities. Erin has received training in Interoception-bringing awareness to body signals, connecting them to emotions, and choosing an appropriate action. Erin is particularly interested in executive functioning strategies, assistive technology, and building functional independence beyond the school setting.
In her free time, Erin enjoys reading historical fiction books and traveling. Erin received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Temple University (2018) and an undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University (2014).