Executive Director: Melisa Rosenberg
Melissa joined the HCAS staff in December 2016, a nonprofit specialist with over 15 years of experience in grant writing, fundraising, community outreach and arts management. She is welcomes the opportunity to work with the HCAS board, volunteers and community partners to move the organization forward and offer additional opportunities for meaningful employment, independent living, friendships, arts experiences, social interactions, respect, inclusion and acceptance for individuals on the spectrum.
Most recently Melissa had her own consulting business, The Resource Collective, joining with other professionals to provide an array of affordable services for growing small businesses and nonprofits. Clients included arts organizations, an animal rescue, a community development corporation, youth development programs and therapeutic riding center. Melissa served as Director of Development for 2-1/2 years at Joe’s Movement Emporium, a performing and community-based arts center in Mount Rainier, MD, working to build a solid development program, adding new streams of revenue and creating the organization’s first reserve funds. Prior to that, she spent 10 years with the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, first as Director of Development then Executive Director. While there, she helped develop and fund a Theater Outreach Program that served 25,000 Baltimore City students and over 100 individuals of differing abilities here in Howard County.
Melissa received an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland University College. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Howard County. Melissa and husband, Jim, live in Silver Spring and are devoted Terps basketball fans. They have two grown children and a nephew on the spectrum.
Resource Manager and Event Coordinator: Janet Dabu
Janet lives in Howard County and is a graduate of Hammond High School. Involved with the visual and performing arts since she was young, Janet earned a BFA in animation from the Art Institute of Washington. She has volunteered through school and on her own in the community. Janet enjoys reading, cooking, and playing video games in her spare time.