Meet Mara Quinn! Our Head Volunteer
Growing up alongside her sister on the Autism Spectrum, Mara‘s passion for disability justice and inclusion was catalyzed at a young age. She has subsequently immersed herself in the disability sector and has been involved in various pursuits related to sibling advocacy and inclusion. She has been involved with Siblink in Rhode Island, done research on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder’s use of the internet, and worked as a Mental Health Specialist at the McLean-Franciscan Inpatient Unit. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Biology from Brown University. She eventually wants to pursue a career in medicine treating individuals with ASD and their siblings.
Meet Monica Gordillo!
Monica Gordillo is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Boston University. She is interested in researching the cultural health disparities affecting individuals with disabilities and their families and is currently working on developing a future planning program for siblings of adults with autism. Before attending BU, she received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Princeton University and subsequently worked for 2 years at NYU Child Study Center. Monica is a native speaker of English and Spanish.
Meet Kylie Graves!
Kylie is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying neuroscience with a minor in Autism Spectrum Disorder on the pre-medical track, hoping to pursue a career as a developmental pediatrician. Kylie’s passions include disability rights and advocacy, as well as genetic disorders. Kylie is the president of Boston University Best Buddies and the co-founder and content director of Special Needs Advocacy Community (SNAC) at BU. She is also the co-captain of the Boston University Women’s Rowing Team. Kylie’s passion for working with people with disabilities comes from growing up with her younger brother Braden, who has Down Syndrome.
Meet Winta Haile!
Winta is a nursing student at Simmons University, working toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. She looks forward to working as a primary care provider to optimize the health and well being of all her future patients, especially that of patients with disabilities. She has a younger sister with Down Syndrome with whom she shares a love of song and dance.
Meet Olivia Ward!
Olivia is an undergraduate student at Tufts University pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Child Studies & Human Development. Olivia has a passion for researching the experience of siblings living with a brother/sister with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with a focus on how siblings report their brother/sister’s emotions and behaviors. Olivia’s passion sparks from growing up alongside her brother, who is on the Autism Spectrum.