Members of our Board of Directors are:
Robert Beckett. Robert, his spouse, Laurie Gibson, and his 40-year-old son with Down Syndrome, Thomas, came to Massachusetts in 2016. Robert is a licensed attorney in Arizona and maintains an active practice there. Since coming to Massachusetts, Robert and his family have joined organizations providing services or advocacy including the Arc of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Special Olympics, and Brookline Recreation Therapy. Robert’s experiences with his law firm in Arizona, along with volunteer roles with organizations serving persons with impairments, provide great insight and expertise to 3LPlace. Robert’s legal practice in Arizona has included special needs trusts, guardianship, special education, Medicaid long term eligibility and services, and Social Security matters. Robert has consulted with or served on the board of directors of at least 10 organizations ranging from $200,000 to $20 million in revenue. Robert was President and Treasurer of the Arc of Arizona in the 1980s and was a board member of the Arc-US in the early 1990s.
Liz Beckhardt. Liz has a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. After college she worked with children and adults with disabilities, first as a case manager and later as a service coordinator for Massachusetts Department of Retardation, and subsequently as a teacher to autistic children at the New England Center for Autism. Liz then worked in product management and marketing for several Boston based technology companies including Lotus Development Corporation. Liz lives in Boston with her husband Steve and her 12-year old daughter.
Deborah Flaschen. Deborah, a founder and CEO of 3LPlace, is a parent of a son with developmental disabilities. Previously, she helped found and served as president of the Floortime Foundation. Deborah's business background includes over a decade of experience as an investment banker for Lehman Brothers in New York and San Francisco and Morgan Stanley International in London. Deborah earned a BA in Political Science at Tufts University and an MBA in Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, David Flaschen.
Bern Haan. Bern is a 1984 graduate of Brown University who began his career in high tech. After founding a start-up that eventually became a leading provider of email systems for internet service providers. In 2000, Bern created the Astra Foundation to support children. He serves as executive director of the foundation, which does both grant-making and its own project work. Bern also serves as the board chair of ICDL – the organization founded by Dr. Stanley Greenspan to promote the DIR/Floortime approach, and of Parenting Journey, an organization focused on helping parents build stronger families.
Carrie Normand. Carrie is a member of the Somerville school committee and a long time advocate for students with special needs. A resident of Somerville for 25 years, she's the mom of two sons. During her time on the school committee, she's worked to draw attention to the strengths of students with special needs and to build inclusive learning environments. She's a graduate of Wesleyan University.
The 3LPlace Advisory Board is comprised of multidisciplinary educational and clinical experts in the field of disabilities.
Our Advisory Board members are:
Tal Baz, MS, OTR/L, Instructor, ASTRA Foundation, ICDL, Profectum
Catherine Boyle, Founder of Autism Housing Pathways and an advocate for families and individuals seeking post-secondary solutions
Shira Greenland, MSW, Director Sinai Schools High School for Individuals with Developmental and Learning Disorders, Director, Sinai Special Needs Institute, Transitional Residences
Alexandra Harrison, MD, Pediatric/Adolescent, Adult Psychiatry, Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Cynthia Harrison, MS, Speech and Language Pathologist, ICDL, Profectum
Jan Hollenbeck, OTD, Transition Coordinator, Medford Public Schools
Colin J. Killick, Former chair of the Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities and policy advocate at the Disability Policy Consortium
Jessica Kramer, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Boston University
Karen Levine, PhD, Developmental Psychologist
Dusya Lyubovskaya, member and non-profit liaison for the Autism Self-Advocacy Network, Regional Citizens Advisory Board member, Harvard student
Robert Naseef, PhD, Psychologist
Ann Neumeyer, MD, Neurologist, Medical Director, Lurie Family Autism Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Monica G. Osgood, BA, Doctoral candidate, Executive Director, Celebrate the Children, Executive Director Profectum
Lori Jeanne Peloquin, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Ricki G. Robinson, MD, MPH, Pediatrician, Clinical Professor at University of Southern California School of Medicine, Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Board, Author, Autism Solutions
Sally Savelle, MEd, MPA, Special Education and Clinical Psychology, ABD
Stephen Shore, EdD, Assistant Professor Special Education, Adelphi University, autism consultant, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Joshua D. Sparrow, MD, Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Supervisor Inpatient Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital
David Stevens, EdD, Developmental Psychologist and Director for Research and Design, Symphony Learning
Lauren Weeks, PsyD, RDI Certified Consultant
Amy Weinstock, Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center and Chair of the Insurance Committee of Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts
3LPlace Leadership Council
Tracy Campion. Tracy has been Massachusetts's number-one selling residential real estate broker consecutively for the past seven years. Named one of “the 50 most powerful women in Boston” by Boston Magazine in February of 2011, Tracy has recently earned the additional distinction of being named the ninth-ranked real estate sales professional in the country by REAL Trends and the Wall Street Journal.
Kelsey Grousbeck. Kelsey has been passionate about enriching the lives of people with disabilities since her younger brother, Campbell, became blind around the age of two. She has been involved for over a decade with Camp Jabberwocky, an overnight summer camp for people of all ages with disabilities, and from working there she has celebrated the many accomplishments of her friends and campers, but has also seen some of the barriers facing them as they grow older. Kelsey holds an MBA in nonprofit management from Boston University, intent on fusing her passionate opinions with sound business grounding to improve and develop transition programs for people with disabilities seeking more independence. Currently, she works as Membership and Annual Giving Manager at Maine Audubon, and previously worked at Perkins School for the Blind as a market research analyst, working specifically on programs transitioning young adults into college or employment. Kelsey also enjoys painting, photography, and cooking, and she lives in Boston with her boyfriend, Matt, and her cat, Panda.
Lisel Macenka. A graduate of Wellesley College and Washington University School of Law, Lisel is a former corporate lawyer and mom of a son with autism. She currently serves as Board Chair of the New England Center for Children. Lisel is one of the founders of the Coalition of Brookline Autism Parents, a support and advocacy group for parents of children on the autism spectrum, and is a former PTO Co-Chair of Brookline's William H. Lincoln School.
Ricki Robinson, M.D., M.P.H. Ricki is co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Canada, California and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC. She has been in private pediatric practice for nearly forty years, specializing in children with autism and developmental delays for over twenty-five years. Dr. Robinson received her MD degree in 1973 from the University of Southern California. She trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, having served as Chief Pediatric Resident for CHLA in 1976, and is board-certified in pediatrics. In 1988, she received her MPH from the University at Berkeley School of Public Health. She has been actively involved in the field of autism since 1990, developing multidisciplinary educational and medical programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and devoting endless hours in education, legislation and research efforts on a national level. A nationally sought-after expert, she has appeared on the Today Show, The Talk, Larry King Live and Good Morning America Health in support of the needs of children and families with autism spectrum disorders. She is an internationally recognized speaker addressing the needs of children with autism and other developmental delays to parent, professional and lay audiences worldwide for the past two decades. She is also the author of the acclaimed book Autism Solutions – How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child. Ricki was a longtime member of the 3LPlace Board of Directors.
Serena Wieder, Ph.D. Serena is a clinical psychologist who has pioneered the foremost approaches to diagnosing and treating infant mental health and developmental disorders from infancy to young adulthood. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Profectum Foundation which offers advanced training to multidisciplinary professionals and parents using a state of art internet platform. Previously, she was the co- founder and associate chair of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and Director of the DIR Institute. She also serves on the Board of Zero to Three. Serena has written and co-authored several books.