Myrna received her Ph.D. in Education (Reading/Writing/Literacy) from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at its Graduate School of Education. For 34 years, she provided the leadership, management and supervision of Penn’s services and programs for academic support while also working closely with undergraduate and graduate students who sought to improve their academic skills. For the last 18 years, ending in January 2019, Myrna oversaw the University’s support for students with disabilities. Additionally, she was a member of the senior staff of the College of Arts and Sciences, partnering with the advising staff and faculty to develop innovative programs for excellence in teaching and learning.
Carolyn is passionate about developing solutions for individuals with disabilities. In addition to her role with CampLauncher, she has devoted over 10 years to serving on boards of educational institutions. Carolyn left a successful career as a civil litigator to found and direct BroadFutures, which provides holistic training, mentoring and meaningful paid transitional work experiences for young adults with learning disabilities.
Alyson has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 20 years, focusing on communications strategy and board governance for organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, local farms, the Sustainable Weston Action Group, Massachusetts Audubon Society, and AANE (Asperger Autism Network), where she serves on the board. Alyson is a film and commercial actor, and the mother of four kids, one of whom has Asperger’s – and all of whom love camp! She attended Macalester College, studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is committed to making environmental and social change in her local community, and improving access for services and opportunities for neurodiverse children and adults from all backgrounds.
Brian is the CEO of House of Moves, a motion capture and animation studio in Los Angeles, California. His professional expertise is the end-to-end production of games and cinematics, and Brian’s work can be seen in franchises and popular titles such as Tron, God of War, Call of Duty and Halo. Most importantly, Brian is a husband and father. He and his wife have two amazing kids, including a son with a non-verbal learning difference.
Amy has over 20 years of professional healthcare experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2002, a master’s degree in Public Health and Epidemiology in 2007 and continued her education in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Oklahoma in 2015. Amy was raised as a third culture kid and grew up oversees as part of a missionary family, living in over 40 countries during the first half of her life. She is the parent of an autistic daughter and was also diagnosed with Autism at age 36. Amy is a tireless advocate for autistic people everywhere and is very active in the disability rights movement including advancing Neurodiversity inclusion in the workplace.
Eric has nearly 40 years of camp experience, at some of the Northeast’s finest camps. He has been a full time camp professional for over 20 years and is an active member of the American Camp Association. Eric earned a BA in Math from Haverford College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. In 2008, Eric and his wife, Debbie, started Camp Akeela, a community designed as a second home for "quirky" campers to thrive socially.
Janet graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, with plans to pursue a career in fashion. A short break to give birth to her first son, Andrew, turned into a long journey as the parent of a child with autism, and a professional in the field. Janet spent 10 years as a volunteer on autism organization boards, task forces and committees. She then became the Family Outreach Associate for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital's autism center. She believes that no childhood is complete without summer camp and is excited to help CampLauncher send more neurodiverse kids to camp!
Linda has spent her 30-year career helping young people recognize and meet their potential. Following college and a life changing thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, she started out working with struggling youth in a therapeutic wilderness program. As executive director, and now co-owner, of Talisman Programs, she has developed and led summer camp programs and a residential school especially for children and young adults with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Linda earned a BA in Religion from Davidson College and an MS in Child and Youth Care Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She considers camp an ideal place to learn and grow, and works to make it possible for all children to attend.
Jeffrey is a former senior global strategist at Goldman Sachs and managing partner at Buttonwood Capital Partners, a London investment firm. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1970 and in 2003 gave back to the school by helping to establish the Weingarten Family Program for Student Disabilities Services. He is passionate about helping young people with learning differences and social challenges.
Elise has more than a decade of experience working with the neurodiverse population, their families, and professionals in both the public and private sectors. Elise currently serves as the Program Manager for Child Services with MGH Aspire, a program within MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Elise oversees services and supports for individuals ages 5-16, including group programming, parent coaching, school consultation, and professional development for providers. Elise received her Master’s from Lesley University and continues to find passion for building inclusive communities that foster self-awareness, social competency, and stress management for all.