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.
Donald M. Barrick
Having done business in and around Howard County for more than 20 years, Don is well aware of the resources available in the area for the HCAS constituency. He has been involved in Commercial Real Estate and Business Brokerage throughout that time, but his previous experience was in Health Care Management and Marketing. Don is attempting to bring all of that experience together in an effort to contribute in an aggressive manner, for the benefit of HCAS.
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.
Alisa Kobrinetz Chernack
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.
William “Bill” Cheuvront
Bill Cheuvront is a lieutenant in the Howard County Police Department and commander of the Operational Preparedness Division. He has served for more than 25 years in law enforcement. A former watch commander and sergeant in the Special Operations Division, he was directly involved in serving individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and co-occurring conditions. As the police department’s liaison to the autism community, Bill was trained on Project Lifesaver and subsequently managed the Rapid Return tracking program to assist those at greatest risk of wandering or elopement. In collaboration with HCAS, he developed Maryland’s first 911 Address Flagging Program for people with developmental disabilities, a program that has received statewide and national attention, and he continues to advise other agencies on the program’s implementation and management. Bill has served as a consultant to the Maryland Commission on Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, providing input on training materials for mandated recruit and veteran officer trainings. He is a member of the Crisis Intervention Team program within the Howard County Police Department and teaches the CIT and recruit courses on autism, as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bill is a member of Athletes Serving Athletes and volunteers his time with the Beyond the Badge Foundation. His significant other, Beth, has a young adult son with autism.
James W. Curran, III
Jim is a Certified Financial Planner who, with his partner, Monty Knittle, has a focus on Special Needs Financial Planning. While he does not have a child with autism, he served as a trustee for a close friend’s Special Needs Trust. He is also currently a board member of Make Studio, an art studio for adults and individuals in transition with autism. Jim lives in Lutherville with his wife, Andi. They have three grown children and two grandsons.
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.
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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.
Erik Kristopher Myers
Erik Kristopher Myers is a filmmaker based out of Baltimore, MD, and an accomplished writer and film theorist. His first feature film, ROULETTE, is an award-winning thriller that was released in 2013. His follow-up, the faux-documentary horror film, BUTTERFLY KISSES, is currently touring the festival circuit, and is due to be released in the fall of 2018. In addition, Myers has been a popular online writer on the subjects of film and genre theory for over a decade.
Following his son’s diagnosis in 2014, Myers became actively involved in the autism community. He has mentored filmmakers on the spectrum, guiding them toward realizing their vision for receptive and inspired audiences. He has also been a volunteer for HCAS since 2015, MC-ing the 2017 One Step Closer Walk & 5K, and directing the 25th anniversary video retrospective.
A native of Great Britain, Donna 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, as well as being a patron of the new pavilion at HCGH. Donna 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, Md. She and her husband were instrumental in the development of the new school for which the Linwood School Lobby is named after. In 2017, she was nominated to the board of directors for The Howard County Autism Society. Donna is also a ballet choreographer and has an impressive resume which spans the globe. 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 all over the US. She is a contributing writer for Dance Mogul Magazine. Donna lives in Clarksville 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. ”