Our Staff

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.

Sherita Mason

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.

Maria Morel

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.

Janis Brown

Director of Marketing and Business Development

As the Director of Marketing and Business Development, Jan will help plan and coordinate fundraising events, serve self-advocates and their families, manage social media and outreach, and will work 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.

Jan
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1:30 pm All POD Fitness Sunday – Yoga wi... @ Zoom
All POD Fitness Sunday – Yoga wi... @ Zoom
Jan 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
All POD Fitness Sunday - Yoga with Spirit Club (Attendance is Highly Recommended) @ Zoom
Please SIGN-UP for participation in ILO’s Spirit Club Activities (you need only sign up ONCE to participate in ALL of ILO’s 2021 Spirit Club Activities: https://forms.gle/4A8AVDL5HbxjpoYj7 You must be an ILO Community Group member to[...]
Jan
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7:00 pm Main Street – Conversations Matt... @ Free Virtual
Main Street – Conversations Matt... @ Free Virtual
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street - Conversations Matter Series: Local Black History @ Free Virtual
We seek to understand the experience of people of color throughout our local history and how that has shaped where we are today.  Link to register: https://mainstreetconnect.org/conversations-matter/

Dee Lucas

Community Builder, Employment Specialist, Social Media Professional

Dionne is ILO’s DC/Bethesda community builder, Employment Specialist and Social Media Professional.

Dionne has over twenty years facilitating people with disabilities, and helping self-advocates attain their short- and long-term person-centered goals.

Dionne is a graduate of Contra Costa Community College with several degrees, however her degree in Sociology inspired her to start volunteering in the community, discovering that she thoroughly enjoys working with people. Dionne later graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Business Administration and Management. Dionne also received her Teaching Permit and is certified to teach Pre-K through Adult with extensive experience with inclusion students. When not working for ILO Dionne fills the gap for local Middle and High Schools.

Dionne hopes to start a non-profit organization that will provide Mediation and Restorative Justice services to youth, the disabled, and the aging of the Washington Metropolitan Area including Maryland.

Dionne loves to read, watch movies, swim, hike, and spend time with family and friends. Overall, Dionne is passionate about providing services to people in the community and loves seeing them thrive.

Jae Johnson

Community Builder

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

Community Builder

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

Life Coach

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.

Janice Ginsberg

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.

Sarah Klotz

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.

Samantha Maglinao

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.

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