Executive Director: Melissa 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 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 with autism.
Resource Manager and Event Coordinator: Madhu Thibaudeau
HCAS is delighted to welcome Madhu Thibaudeau as Resource Manager and Event Coordinator. Madhu lives in Howard County with her family, and has volunteered for HCAS for over ten years. She has two sons, Roger, who is a sophomore at Reservoir High School and Ryan, who has autism and is in eighth Grade at Murray Hill Middle School. She has chaired the Annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala and Program Committee for many years, and is excited to be working in the HCAS office.