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

Director of Programming

Sherita is ILO’s Director of Programming. The Director of Programming 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; navigating families and self-advocates through the transition process and providing guidance for each self-advocate’s development.

The goal of the Director of Programming is to ensure that excellent services are provided to meet the needs of the individuals and families who are participating members of ILO.

Jan 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.

6:00 pm B/DC – Bethesda Summer Concert S... @ See Activity List or GroupMe
B/DC – Bethesda Summer Concert S... @ See Activity List or GroupMe
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Bethesda SA’s- Meet at Glen Dora apartments or downtown Bethesda (call Gabby to coordinate meeting location) Please RSVP if you are interested in attending this event by no later than Wednesday, May 18th by[...]
1:00 pm GB – Hiking at Seneca Creek Stat...
GB – Hiking at Seneca Creek Stat...
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Please RSVP to Sam at sjoe@ilonow.org by Thursday, May 19 @ 4pm
9:00 am ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
**ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED** Everyone welcome: Fully Participating Families, Community Group Families, Self-Advocates, Friends, Family, Supporters $40 per person includes all the food you can eat plus a colorful ILO T-Shirt.    
1:30 pm ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
May 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
ALL/CG Virtual Yoga - Create Calm @ Zoom
(Attendance is Highly Recommended) – You will receive the Zoom link by email shortly before the event. (All Pod) (All are Welcome to Attend) For full details and scheduled dates go to: https://www.ilonow.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/AutismSpeaks-CreateCalm-ILO-Grant-Flyer.pdf
1:30 pm ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
Jun 5 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
(Attendance is Highly Recommended) – You will receive the Zoom link by email shortly before the event.  
7:00 pm FAM-POD UMC Family POD Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
FAM-POD UMC Family POD Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Family POD Meetings take place every other month, allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.

Maria Morel

Administrative Assistant

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.

Gabby DiPasquale

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.

Shelisa Kingston

Community Builder

Shelisa is the Community Builder for the Rockville and Germantown MD Pod. She has over 7 years of experience working with individuals that have developmental disabilities. Her goal is to help in making the world a more inclusive place for individuals with varying abilities. Shelisa is merging her experiences in the human service field with the tech world of user experience design and psychology. In her spare time, she loves going to the beach, waterfront, as well as hiking, and dancing. Shelisa believes in finding balance in life to do the things that are most important as a means to protect one’s mental health.

Sam Joe

Community Builder

Sam Joe is the community builder for the Crossings in Gaithersburg MD. For the past 6 years Sam has had the pleasure of working in the disability and mental health fields. Sam attends networking events and volunteers at charities for which he has a passion for. Sam finds great success in being dependable and available when needed. Staying in contact with people is the best way to ensure success. He is flexible scheduling and conducting meetings in person and via zoom. Sam enjoys life and loves working with individuals with disabilities.

Maia Chameides

Community Builder

Maia is a Community Builder for the DC pod. She is currently studying Psychological and Brain Sciences at The George Washington University. She is very interested in the connection between physical health and mental wellbeing and is double minoring in Public Health and Nutrition Sciences. Maia has spent the past few years working closely with individuals with developmental disabilities and prioritizes personal connections and support to facilitate growth. She is very passionate about physical health and adequate nutrition and enjoys hiking, going on walks to the monuments, cooking, journaling, and dancing to fun music. Maia feels it is a priority that everyone feels comfortable in their skin and confident in what they do.

Dwala Willis McCray

Life Coach

Dwala Willis-McCray is an ILO Life Coach.  Dwala was formerly employed at the Mental Health Executive Office at the Washington DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. She worked serving veterans and their families. During her tenure, she found her passion helping others, especially women veterans. She began a woman’s SIR (Still I Rise) group. This group empowers women to maintain a vigorous and productive lifestyle.

She completed undergraduate training at Colorado Technical University (Associate of Science in Health Administrative Services) and Domestic Violence training with the DC Coalition against Domestic Violence and National Prevention of Crimes.

Dwala has fulfilled many accomplishments including being an avid traveler, author, and songwriter.  She has completed two CDs and co-authored a book “God Never Wastes a Struggle.”  She is a mother of five and grandmother to twelve.

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.

Tiffany King

Life Coach

Tiffany brings a wealth of experience to ILO with a degree in psychology and having previously worked as a Registered Behavior Technician, In-home Therapist, Family Consultant, and Coordinator of Community Services. She has worked with children and adults with mental illness and autism and has held jobs at Ivymount, Kennedy Krieger, and with Celebrate Ability.

She has worked with individuals on goal setting and their choices of natural and community supports to enhance their lives. That experience includes exploring and accessing alternative support and or funding sources to meet identified individual needs.

Her strengths include encouraging independence, teaching life skills, and promoting healthy living. “Life is already full of obstacles, but when you have someone next to you, cheering you on, that obstacle becomes easier to overcome.”

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.

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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