Members of ASAN’s Board of Trustees
Sarah Schneider, ASAN’s Board Chair, works as a graphic designer and new media communications organizer for SEIU. She has worked as a labor, community, and political organizer for more than 20 years. She is active in many movements for economic justice and disability rights.
Sarah advises ASAN on communications strategy and designs many of its online and print materials. She has also worked with ASAN on organizing training and leadership development in the ACI summer leadership academy. She joined the board in 2012.
Sarah lives in Portland, OR with her family.
Katie Miller, ASAN’s Board Vice-Chair, is an Autistic adult based in Maryland. She was involved with ASAN informally for many years before joining the board. Katie also served on the Maryland Commission on Autism, including the Adult Services Subcommittee of the Commission. She was on the Maryland State team of the 2012 Allies in Self-Advocacy Summit. Katie has given public testimony at the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and has spoken at several public events, including Autreat.
Katie developed and taught the art program at Towson University’s Hussman Center for Adults with Autism from 2012 – 2014 and occasionally guest lectures about autism and disability rights issues.
Katie works full-time as an artist. She earned her BFA and MFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Katie has exhibited widely and her paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections. Her work can be seen on her website: www.artistkatiemiller.com
Meg Evans, ASAN’s Board Secretary, is employed in the legal publishing industry. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Meg has written many articles for ASAN’s websites and publications, including the essay that inspired the title for ASAN’s 2013 e-book “And Straight On Till Morning.”
She belongs to a multigenerational Autistic family, is married, and has two grown children. She envisions a world in which respect for human rights and diversity can flourish. Among her interests, she has long found it fascinating to explore how our cultural narratives change over time and shape the development of social structures and expectations. Her stories and musings on modern life can be found at http://megevans.com
Carol Quirk, ASAN’s Board Treasurer, is the Co-Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE), an organization devoted to including ALL of the children in neighborhood schools through advocacy services for families and professional development for schools. Carol has worked primarily in Maryland, but also in several other states, as well as in developing countries that want to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in their communities and have the same rights and responsibilities as others. Carol is a Past President of TASH, an international organization devoted to advancing the community inclusion of ALL people through research, advocacy, and training. Through her partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, Carol has helped to shape state and local education policy and practice, and has implemented systemic reform in a number of Maryland school systems. Carol is also working with the SWIFT Center for Inclusive Education Reform as a team leader and a State Facilitator.
From 2011 to 2013, Carol served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. She is a graduate of Leadership Maryland, and named one of the Top 100 Minority Business Entrepreneurs of 2008 for the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia region. Carol was named the 2012 Distinguished Alumna by the Johns Hopkins University, and in 2013 received the Brava! award from SmartCEO as one of Baltimore’s top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community.
Carol received her Ed.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut. Previously, she was a Teacher of students with developmental disabilities in Connecticut, a Psychologist in a residential facility in North Carolina, a Technical Assistance Director for early intervention programs in North Carolina, a Consultant to the Philadelphia School System, and the Executive Director of a Baltimore agency providing supported employment services to adults with disabilities. Carol is passionate about promoting inclusive education, and has been working to promote quality inclusive practices for the last 25 years. Carol has 2 grown children and lives in Baltimore with her husband. When she is not working, she is trying to develop her drawing skills.
Ari Ne’eman is the President and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, an advocacy organization run by and for Autistic adults seeking to increase the representation of Autistic people across society. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ari to the National Council on Disability, a federal agency charged with advising Congress and the President on disability policy issues. He was confirmed by the Senate in July 2010 and currently chairs the Council’s Entitlements Committee. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a public member to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services concerning autism. Ari also served as an adviser to the DSM-5 Neurodevelopmental Disorders Workgroup convened by the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a member of the National Quality Forum’s Workgroup on Measuring Home and Community Based Services Quality.
Ari was recently appointed by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to serve as a member of the Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities. He previously served as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force, where he represented autistic adults in reviewing the state’s autism services. He also previously served on the New Jersey Special Education Review Commission, where he authored a minority report on the topic of aversives, restraint and seclusion. He is also a board member of the American Association of People with Disabilities. In addition, he was named by the New York Jewish Week as one of their “36 by 36″ in 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he studied political science in the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program.
Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic activist who loves words and writes free verse poetry. Amy also blogs regularly for Ollibean and Autism Women’s Network, and guest blogs for several websites. Amy serves on the Board of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) and the Autism National Committee (AutCom) and has presented in several conferences, in the US and Canada.
Amy uses AAC, FC and RPM to communicate. The right of individuals to communicate in any form that works for them is an important issue for Amy, as is the right of everyone to be totally included in the larger community. As a multiply disabled, non-speaking activist, Amy wants to reach out to young Autistics and their families, showing them that everyone should be heard because everyone has something to say.
Amy lives in Florida with friends, who are also her support staff. But mostly, they are friends. Amy’s links to published articles can be found on her blog: http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com
Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
American-born to immigrant parents, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is an Autistic woman in multicultural, neurodiverse, serodifferent family of color. Morénike, a community advocate, writer, Christian, mom, and educator, is a firm believer in neurodiversity, inclusion, and racial justice. A parent of two Autistic children, has several years of program management experience and is involved in a myriad of social justice activism endeavors including including HIV-related advocacy, disability rights, technology and learning, research, gender and racial justice, and promoting inclusion. In addition to Respectfully Connected and her blogs “Just Being Me…Who Needs ‘Normalcy’ Anyway?” and “Advocacy Without Borders” Morénike has also written for and/or been featured in numerous blogs, magazines, and other platforms.
Morénike’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are in International Relations and Education. She also has a post-graduate certificate in neurodevelopmental disabilities leadership. Morénike serves as a Board Member on the Autism Women’s Network, Families for Justice, and the AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth, and Families and is flappingly happy to join the ASAN board.