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 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.

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.

Gabby DePasquale

Community Builder

Gabrielle (Gabby) is the non-residential community builder for the Bethesda and DC pods. Gabby has a background in music, leadership, Psychology, and Neuroscience. She has a passion for music, science, and nature, and spent several years as a singer-songwriter before returning to school. Gabby spent the last few years studying Neuroscience and has a particular interest in vestibular-behavioral correlations, neuroplasticity, and alternative treatment modalities. In her other work, Gabby enjoys utilizing her knowledge of the central nervous system to help others focus their personal talents, interests, and attributes towards achieving their goals while recognizing their full potential.

Dante Daniel

Community Builder

Dante Daniel serves as a non-residential community builder and life coach. Dante has eight years in the human services field serving in a variety of roles with Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, D.C. Public Schools and D.C. Department Human Services. Prior to this he served seven years in the U.S. Army. Dante is passionate about serving in the social services field and believes customer service is the priority for those who serve. In his spare time, Dante enjoys exercising, reading, and watching sports. Dante received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia State University (2015), Master’s Degree from Howard University (2017) and a Doctoral in Law and Policy from Northeastern University (2021).”

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.

Shanta Stroman

Life Coach

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.

Jason Crowe

Life Coach

Jason Crowe is a life coach for ILO working one on one with the self-advocates in all areas of independent living. Jason has always had a passion to help others since he was young. Jason worked for Germantown Community Recreation Center offering his time teaching the youth how to play different sports. He also worked directly with individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities with the goal of integration. Jason always goes by the motto, “It does not matter how long it takes for the goal to get accomplished, just as long as it is accomplished.” Now that Jason has been working in this field for some time, he honestly cannot see himself doing anything else. Jason receives so much joy seeing his self-advocates grow in their jobs, their self-esteem, and in building relationships.

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.

Erin Weymer

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).

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