Our Team

21andAble_image721 and Able is convened by United Way of Allegheny County. We’d like to thank our partners and the members of our advisory committee and working group for their time and dedication to helping young adults with disabilities make the transition to adulthood.


For more information or to contact 21 and Able, please contact us at info@21andable.org or 412-456-6866.


21 and Able Advisory Committee Roster | 2014


Susan Acquaro
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Office of Intellectual Disability


Joyce A. Bender
Bender Consulting Services, Inc.


Kenya Boswell
The BNY Mellon Charitable Foundation


Judy Cohen


Ilene Rinn
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh


Mary Ann Eisenreich
SW Governor’s Office


Lori Guttman


Duffy Hanna
Barristers Land Abstract Company


Mary Jo Lincoln
MAA & Associates, LLC


Susie Lovejoy


Leslie Merrill
Community Advocate


Ann McGuinn
Community Advocate


James Palmiero, Ed.D.
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

Alexandra Robinson


Joni Schwager
Staunton Farm Foundation


Ms. Maxine Shangold


Cindy Shapira (Founder)
Community Advocate


Jeremy Shapira
Giant Eagle, Inc.


Lisa G. Silverman, Esq.
Parent/Community Advocate


Carol Tabas (Chair)


Kathy Testoni
Community Advocate


Kristy Trautmann
FISA Foundation


Mary Esther Van Shura
Office of the County Rich Fitzgerald
Allegheny County


Susie Williams
Community Advocate


Ms. Jillian Zacks
Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC




Working Group


Heloise Abraham
Community Advocate


Shawn Butler
Director of Programs
The Pittsburgh Promise


Mary Jo Alimena Caruso
Carebreak Coordinator
The Watson Institute


Lynn Carthy
Community Advocate


Josie Badger, PhD
Coordinator of Family Health Information
PEAL Center


Judy Barricella
Parent; Director
Allegheny County DHS – Disability Connection


Mr. Rick Boyle, M.S.Ed.
Special Projects and Program Director
Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA


Nina Butler PhD.


Tina Calabro
Parent; Disability Issues Writer


Sheila Cannon
Parent; Program Coordinator
Children’s Hospital – Down Syndrome Center


Aurelia Carter-Scott
Parent; Family Support Specialist
Allegheny County DHS
Office of Behavioral Health


Adele Duffy
PAExecutive Director
Spina Bifida Association of Western.Pennsylvania


Francine Eden
Adult Service Coordinator
Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA


Debbie Efkeman
Crystal Evans, M.S., CRC
Transition Facilitator
Pittsburgh Public Schools


Cheryl Fogarty
Chief School Administrator
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh- Day School


Elliot Frank
Parent; President
Autism Housing Development Corporation
of Pittsburgh


Deborah Friedman
Executive Director
Jewish Residential Services


Susan Grant
Supervisor, Career Development Program
Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) 3


Mary Jo Guercio
Director of Community Training & Development
Community College of Allegheny County


Liz Healey
Executive Director
Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center


Marci Katona M.Ed., CRC
District Administrator
Pittsburgh Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services-PA Department of Labor & Industry


Rachel Kallem


Shani Lasin
Fisa Foundation


Michelle Lubetsky, M.Ed., BCBA
IDEA Training and Consultation Coordinator


MEverett McElveen
President & CEO
Life’sWork of Western PA

Mary Ann McGuirk


Michelle McMurray, MSW, LSW
President and CEO
Mental Health America Allegheny County


Ashli M. Molinero, DSC
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology


Racquel Montgomery


Nancy Murray
Parent; President
ARC of Greater Allegheny; Achieva

James Noschese (retired)
PA Society for the Advancement of the Deaf


Holly Opatick
Director of Transition Services
Goodwill of Southwestern PA


Karen Power


Lynn Pulkyo


Luciana Randall
Executive Director
Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD


Codie Mcgeever
Youth Coordinator and Advocate
Rivers Center for Independent Living


Bonnie Rubin
Executive Director
Project For Freedom


Mark Sieg
Executive Director
St. Anthony School Programs


Venita Smith
Self Advocate


Anne Sourwine
Parent; Attendant Care Service Coordinator


Lucy Spruill
Director of Public Policy & Community Relations


Terry Steinberg
Special Education Services
Agency for Jewish Learning


Michael Stoehr
Educational Consultant
PA Training & Technical Assistance Network


Valerie Strosser


Barbara Sieck Taylor


Kathy Testoni
Community Advocate


Judy Wein
Community Advocate


Shannon Williams
Parent; Program Director Workforce Development
Center for Inclusion


Jillian Zacks
Attorney, Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC

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