President: Theresa Ballinger
Vice-President: Patrick Boxall
Treasurer: Eric Cha
Secretary: Jennifer May
Immediate Past President: Roger E. Thibaudeau Jr.
Theresa is a longtime member of HCAS. She is a CPA and MBA and brings accounting and auditing expertise to the Board’s finance committee. Theresa also helps the public relations committee with autism awareness activities. Theresa and her husband reside in Ellicott City with two sons. Her oldest is on the spectrum and currently attends Wilde Lake High School.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Patrick has lived in the United States since 1985 and Howard County since 1997. Patrick’s two youngest sons are both on the spectrum and currently attend Glenelg High School. Patrick is VP & COO at KRA Corporation, a workforce development services firm based in Fulton. Patrick has been a board member since 2007. He currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee.
Eric is the father of three boys, the oldest of whom is on the spectrum. Eric is a CFA charterholder and is employed as an equity analyst for Brown Advisory, a Baltimore-based financial services firm. He and his wife Kate have been Howard County residents since 2007 and HCAS members since 2011. Eric joined as a board member and treasurer in 2016. He is an avid pro football fan and enjoys playing basketball in his spare time.
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Alisa lives in Howard County and is a mother of two boys, one who has autism. She currently has a law firm located in Ellicott City, which concentrates in areas relating to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. She sought to serve on the HCAS Board to help families “navigate the maze” as Howard County children age out of the public school system. She has been a member of the HCAS for many years and looks forward to continuing her involvement as a board member.
Debbie has been an active member of the Howard County Autism Society for the past 13 years, and was a prior Board member for 7 years before re-joining in 2016. Over those previous years, she served as Co-Vice President, and Co-President, and served on various committees. Debbie has an MBA and works in corporate benefits administration. She and her husband, John, live in Columbia with their two children. Their youngest child, Matthew, is age 17, and is on the spectrum.
Nora is the mother of a son named Danny who has autism. As a member of the Howard County Autism Society, Nora has become familiar with the organization’s mission and her family has enjoyed participating in HCAS events. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mother, her work experience was as a fundraising and development professional for non-profit organizations. During her career, she worked at a teaching hospital, a think tank, and a historic home. Nora grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.
Victoria Martin will graduate from Towson University in May 2017 with a major in Family and Human Services. She works with individuals with autism through various companies; Howard Country Recreation and Parks, Trellis, Richcroft, and Kennedy Krieger. Victoria has background in American Sign Language as well as supporting the Deaf community. She hopes to bring a unique perspective to the board through her experiences thus far as a student and exposure to people of different cultures. In her spare time she loves to read and spend time at the beach during the summer.
Donna Pidel, a native of Great Britain, has called Maryland her home for the past 30 years. Her passion for philanthropy is a family affair and one that has a particular niche in her life. She began volunteering on the human relations committee for Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) and is a patron of the new pavilion at HCGH. Ms. Pidel was chosen to join the Local Children’s Board where she served for one year, before joining the board of directors of the Linwood Center, in Ellicott City. She and her husband were instrumental in the development of the new school for which the Linwood School Lobby is named. Ms. Pidel is a ballet choreographer with an impressive international resume. Currently, she is a freelance artist who also works for American Ballet Theatre in NYC on the board of examiner’s for ABT’s National Training Curriculum, traveling throughout the United States. She is a contributing writer for Dance Mogul Magazine. Ms. Pidel lives in Clarksville with her Family.
Jennifer was raised in Howard County and now lives in Highland with her husband and two sons. Her older son is on the spectrum. She is a CPA and healthcare consultant. Jennifer enjoys travel, running and hiking, cooking and photography. She likes to attend Orioles, Ravens and UMD basketball games with her family.
Sabina lives in West Friendship with her husband and 2 boys, the older of which is on the spectrum. Trained at Johns Hopkins where she received her masters degree as a nurse practitioner, Sabina has taken a break from practice to advocate for her son and volunteer at his elementary school on a regular basis. She looks forward to continuing to work with the gala planning committee and further promoting HCAS.
(Photo coming soon!) Heather received her Undergraduate Degree at Salisbury University and Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist (ACAS), working in her own private practice in Catonsville, Maryland. Heather also lives in Catonsville with her husband and two sons. Her 10 year old son was diagnosed with Epilepsy at 15 months and then Autism at the age of 3. Her six year old son also has Epilepsy. Heather has a particular interest in awareness and acceptance of Autism as well as how Autism affects family members. In her spare time, Heather is an avid runner and Baltimore Ravens fan.
Roger is an engineer originally from Dundalk, Maryland. Roger currently lives in Laurel with his wife and two sons, the youngest of whom is on the spectrum. When not shuttling the kids around to various activities, Roger enjoys running and playing softball as well as attending Ravens and WVU football games.
Lisa Wilson, RDH, MS Clinical Dental Hygienist originally hails from just outside the Boston area. She and her husband Stephen live in Fulton, Maryland and have two children. Their youngest son who is on the spectrum. Lisa is an avid runner and enjoys her career as a clinical dental hygienist at the University of Maryland. Lisa looks forward to increasing the community presence for the organization and creating meaningful opportunities for the youngest of our members. ”