Meet our Staff and Board of Directors

Our Staff

Aurelie Brown, Co Executive DirectorLily

“I self-referred to Parent to Parent: my support parent shared a single, beautiful picture of her family, that said with more power than a thousand words: ‘It’s going to be okay.’ This is not just a job for me – it is my calling: helping those who want to help others.”
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Marsha Quinn, Co Executive Director Marsha

“When autism came, my personal and professional lives both shifted towards helping others in a similar situation and I started a support group. Parent, then provider and all along my passion has been the gift of paying it forward.”
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Janice Fitzgerald, Advisor Jan

Janice first came to parent to parent in NYS as Executive Director from 2002 – 2013. She is the parent of a young man who has intellectual and developmental disabilities and has worked to support her son, John, to reach his potential.
Janice has often asked one question: how do I know what John can do unless I help him try? To help John create and live a comfortable life, she has kept a focus on his abilities and strengths including helping John learn by life experiences.

Board Members

  • President: Mary Castro Summers, former Program Director, Family TIES of Massachusetts
  • Secretary: Robin Dodds, Ph.D, Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Treasurer: Candi Bush, Director of Family Center for CYSHCN, Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Past President: Moe Schroeder, Parent to Parent Coordinator, Family Voices of North Dakota
  • Carmina Cirioli, Co-Executive Director, PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut
  • Michelle Crawford, Senior Specialist, Family Leadership Initiatives, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
  • Lisa Maynes, M.Ed., Director of Family Support, Vermont Family Network

Mary Castro Summers, PresidentMary

Mary joined the P2PUSA Board of Directors in October 2015 and brings her strong interest in ensuring that all families have opportunities to receive and offer support to others, to validate their personal experiences and enrich the emotional context of parenting a child with special needs. Areas of interest include building strategies for supporting families from diverse communities and families managing life with rare genetic conditions. In terms of programmatic focus, she strongly encourages the P2P community to foster peer support among P2P programs, to learn from each other and provide technical assistance in sharing program resources; in a sense, P2P programs can model for the parents they support. Show More Mary is the parent of three adult sons, the youngest of whom has complex health issues. She currently is a Patient and Family Resource Specialist in the Medical Case Management Unit at Franciscan Children’s in Brighton, Mass. Previously, Mary served as the Statewide Director of Family TIES of Massachusetts, which provides emotional support and information and referral services to families and professionals supporting children and youth with special health care needs. The Family TIES Parent-to-Parent Program is a proud Alliance Member of P2P USA.

RobinRobin Dodds, Ph.D, Secretary

Robin is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her doctoral degree in Special Education, Disability and Risk Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2015. Robin is a credentialed early childhood special education teacher and developmental therapist with nearly 20 years of experience working with young children and their families. Robin is the mother of two talented children, one of whom has Autism. Her experience as a parent of a child with a disability revealed the importance of connecting parents with each other for information and emotional support. Show MoreRobin values the expertise of parents and it is her mission to support them as they work toward positive outcomes for their children and families. She conducts research as head of the Parent Education and Support lab at Cal State LA.

CandiCandi Bush, Treasurer

In 2014, Candi Bush was hired as the new Director of the Michigan Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center). Candi is responsible for leading and implementing a statewide comprehensive family resource center utilizing a family-centered care model. Her professional and personal experiences as a parent of two children with special health care needs has prepared her with the necessary skills and passion to lead the Family Center. Candi’s youngest son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2, and then with a primary Mitochondrial Disease at the age of 12. Her oldest son also has a primary Mitochondrial Disease, an mtDNA Mitochondrial Disease, and a Connective Tissue Disease. Show More Candi currently serves on multiple boards and committees throughout the State of Michigan, as well as the national Parent to Parent USA Board of Directors. Candi was accepted into the 2015-2016 Leadership Lab through the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Family Leadership Cohort. In 2014, Candi was named as the Family Delegate for the State of Michigan. Prior to 2014, Candi served as the Executive Director for Parent to Parent of Southwest MI. Candi was also the recipient of the 2012 Exceptional Parent of the Year through the Michigan Council for Exception Children. In 2006, Candi obtained her B.S. from Western Michigan University in Family Life Education and is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.

Moe Schroeder, Past PresidentMoe

Moe is currently the Parent to Parent Director at Family Voices of North Dakota. She is the mother of two children. With her family’s second pregnancy, they were given a prenatal diagnosis that their child would be born with Congenital Heart Disease. Through parent to parent support, Moe and her family were able to make educated, informed decisions about their child’s birth, ongoing care, and supports that were available to them within their community. Moe is a 2013 graduate of the AMCHP Family Scholars Program, and a current member of the ND Children Special Health Services Family Advisory Committee and the AMCHP Family and Youth Leadership Committee.

Carmina Cirioli, MemberCarmina

Carmina is the Co-Executive Director of PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices CT, which is an Alliance Member to Parent to Parent USA. She is a wife and mother of 3 young adult boys. Her middle son Carl was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. Carmina became involved in PATH when Carl was in the Birth to Three Program. Her family was not a recipient of PATH’s parent to parent services and doesn’t want other families to feel the isolation that her family felt. Carmina’s professional interest is to make sure that all families are given the supports and resources that will help empower them and reduce isolation. In her role as a board member, she is hoping to help expand the parent to parent program to those states/counties where there isn’t one. Show More Carmina has served on a variety of state councils, committees and boards. She was a 2013 graduate of Partners in Policy Making. Outside of work, Carmina enjoys time with family, friends, baking, puzzles, and ceramics.

Michelle Crawford, MemberMichelle

Michelle is the senior specialist for family leadership development initiatives at AMCHP. In this position, Michelle contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health programs through planning and program implementation, research, advocacy, education and evaluation projects related to family engagement and leadership development. Prior to joining AMCHP, Michelle’s experience includes assisting in the drafting of and passing legislation for fair and equal coverage for individuals with autism, grant development, leadership in developing trainings, public information, policy research, coordinated supports and services for individuals with special health care needs and their families, as well as delivering trainings to diverse audiences. Show More She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in human services from Springfield College, graduating summa cum laude.

Lisa Maynes, MemberLisa

Lisa is the Director of Family Support at Vermont Family Network. Lisa graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1987 with a B.S. in Business. In 2012, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Vermont in Education Leadership. This program is designed for leadership not only in education but also human service fields. Lisa is the first family fellow graduate from the Vermont LEND program (formerly VT-ILEHP), completing this program in 2007. Lisa has many years of experience with various boards and committees in Vermont. She served two years on the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, one year as President. She continues to offer the consumer and family voice as a member of the Medicaid Exchange and Advisory Board of which she has been a member for over 10 years. Show More Lisa’s past employment includes the University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion – Vermont’s UCEDD and Vermont’s Homeless Children and Youth Program. She is the former Chair for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Family and Youth Leadership Committee. Lisa is the parent of two children: Meghan, age 26, and Patrick, age 21. Meghan battled depression and anxiety and subsequent opioid addiction that she bravely rallied back from and has been clean for over 6 years. Patrick was born with a rare genetic condition which involves global developmental delays and a complex array of medical needs. She spent ten years working from home as a medical transcriptionist while he was young.