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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Board Members

  • President: Carmina Cirioli, Co-Executive Director, PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut
  • Vice President: Michelle Crawford, Senior Specialist, Family Leadership Initiatives, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
  • Past President: Mary Castro Summers, former Program Director, Family TIES of Massachusetts
  • Secretary: Crystal Bell, Coordinator, Missouri Family to Family
  • Treasurer: Consuelo Puente, Co-founder, Lo Que Puede Venir
  • Kara Adams
  • Amy Holbert
  • Fiona Patrick

Carmina Cirioli, PresidentCarmina

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, Vice PresidentMichelle

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.

Mary Castro Summers, Past 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.

Crystal Bell, SecretaryCrystal Bell

Crystal Bell is the mother of three children, two of whom have a developmental disability. Crystal has served as Family Partner for the Bureau of Special Healthcare Needs as well as an active volunteer at Missouri Family to Family, before joining the team full-time in November of 2016. She is an active, trained, Sharing Our Strengths Peer Mentor as well as a graduate of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking Program. She also provides the family perspective on various state and national boards and committees. Show MoreCrystal is a lifelong learner whose education and trainings span all life stages and domains and include training on Wrightslaw, Tools of Choice and Care Coordination and Advocacy as well as being a Certified Charting the LifeCourse Trainer, specializing in Family Leadership and Education. She is passionate about parent support and connection and believes that through this education and connection, parents and families can not just survive, but thrive.

Consuelo Puente, TreasurerConsuelo Puente

Consuelo Puente is a retired attorney and is currently working as a consultant with several agencies and organizations that support individuals with disabilities and their families. As a consultant Ms. Puente has a real talent in developing and presenting training sessions which engage and inform families on various disability related topics. Ms. Puente has used her legal skills in helping to form two not for profits, Grupo Salto and Lo Que Puede Venir. Ms. Puente continues to contribute her energy to enable both organizations to serve Spanish speaking families that have family members with disabilities in the Chicago area. Working collaboratively, Grupo Salto and Lo Que Puede Venir have offered disability related conferences that provided all sessions in Spanish. Show MoreMs. Puente’s passion for her work comes from her two sons that have been identified to be on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her sons are truly gifted in enriching the lives they touch.

Kara Adams, MemberKara Adams

Kara Adams is the Director of Family Voices of Tennessee. Kara’s 16 yr old son, Kael, was born with rare, complex congenital heart disorder. Kael had his first open-heart surgery at 8 days old. To date, Kael has had over 30 surgeries and procedures, including a 3rd open heart surgery in January 2014. Kael’s journey is not over and will require a lifetime of care. He is also diagnosed with ADHD. Becoming a parent advocate and proactive leader for her son was just the beginning. Kara volunteered her time as a Peer-to-Peer coordinator for families of children with congenital heart defects. Kara is the Past Chairman of the Monore Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s Family Advisory Council. Kara is on the Board of Directors for Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children and serves on Tennessee’s Committee of Pediatric Emergency Care. Show MoreAdditionally, Kara serves as Co-Chair of the Cumberland Pediatric Foundation/ Vanderbilt SOCKS Community Advisory Council. In 2014, she was one of six in the nation for the AMCHP’s Family Scholar program. In 2015, Kara was awarded the Tennessee Hospital Association Award of Excellence’s Meritorious Service Award for her work with Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital. Currently, she is the Family Faculty for the LEND (Leadership, Education in Neurodevelopment and related Disabilities) program. Kara has a passion to ensure every family has a voice and no one feels they have to walk this journey alone.

Amy Holbert, LISW-CP, MSW, MemberAmy Holbert

Amy Holbert is the Chief Executive Officer of Family Connection of S.C., a statewide, nonprofit providing families that have a child with a disability, chronic health condition, or behavioral health concern with peer-to-peer support, information, and education to help them navigate the early intervention, healthcare, and special education systems. Under Ms. Holbert’s leadership, Family Connection of SC became S.C.’s Parent Training and Information Center, more than doubling the organization’s capacity to serve S.C. families. Ms. Holbert brings over twenty years of experience working in the maternal child health field as a licensed, clinical social worker, health administrator, advocate, and mother, to her position as Board Member for Parent-to-Parent USA. Show More Ms. Holbert is passionate about improving the lives of children and their families and has been recognized as a “Hero in the Field” by the SC March of Dimes for her work in helping to reduce infant mortality in the state of SC, as well as the “Catalyst Award” presented by PASOs, for her “initiative, advocacy and support to Latino families in SC”. Amy has two wonderful sons, both are diagnosed with asthma and ADHD. The life lessons of being a parent to two children with special medical and behavioral needs, have shaped her career path and choices.

Fiona Patrick, MemberFiona Patrick

My name is Fiona Patrick and I have had the honor of serving as the Program Director for the Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania program for the past 14 years and have worked in all capacities within the program for the past 24 years. My journey to my current career started when my youngest daughter, Megan was born with spina bifida. Initially my support came from my mother because my youngest sister was born with Down Syndrome and she was a fantastic listener, but as my daughter’s health was impacted by her diagnosis and the need to schedule multiple surgeries to correct her hydrocephalus and mobility issues were pressing, I was encouraged to attend the local Spina Bifida support group. Show MoreI balked at first because my parents had successfully modeled inclusion, patience and unconditional love, but I eventually acquiesced to attend a local Spina Bifida picnic and from that point on I was hooked on the power of parent support. I was now connected to other parents who completely understood my particular situation. My need to help parents understand the impact that emotional support could provide to them was a driving force in moving from my former position as a medical technologist to working part-time to help with the start-up of the first Parent to Parent of PA program in 1996. With the help of the Parent to Parent of PA Leadership team and staff, the program has grown from providing an average of 550 matches a year to our 7th consecutive year of providing over 1,000 matches per year. Of course we could not provide this kind of support without the over 1,000 selfless volunteer Peer Supporters (mentors) across the state of PA that are willing to listen and share their experiences.
As a newly elected Board member I am passionate about helping other state programs increase their capacity to offer support and information to families whose child/adult have a disability or special need. I feel strongly that parent support should be an essential component of all the services that parents need to navigate and can be provided by a Parent to Parent program.
My down time includes doting on my three children and three grandchildren, who have a very special place in my heart and traveling with my loving husband of 41 years!

Former Board Members

We have been fortunate to have talented individuals serve on our board for many years to support our efforts to promote access, quality and leadership in parent to parent support across the country.