3LPlace’s team includes our multidisciplinary staff as well as a talented and committed group of other staff, and individuals contributing pro bono services.
Our senior staff:
Deborah Flaschen. Deborah is a founder of 3LPlace, and its Chief Executive Officer.
Deborah is a parent of a young man with developmental disabilities. Deborah has more than 30 years of high-level project management in private and public sectors: Senior Vice President, Investment Banking, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley (12 years); Founder, president, or chair of three autism-related nonprofit organizations, 1997 to present; and parent advocate for a child on autism spectrum for 26 years. Deborah earned her MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, and a BA from Tufts University.
Meghan Montgomery. Meghan is 3LPlace Clinical Director, and an Expressive Therapist.
Meghan received her Master's degree in Expressive Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2012. She was an adjunct professor at Wheelock College before Wheelock's merger with Boston University. In addition Meghan has worked with individuals with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delays, 17q21.31 Microdeletion Syndrome, Movement and TIC Disorders, Nonverbal Communication and Learning Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Sanfilipo Syndrome, Selective Mutism, and Sensory Processing Disorders. She guides and supervises individuals, families, and staff towards better practices for meaningfully educating, interacting, and including people with disabilities. Meghan taught a nationally recognized hybrid educational model for 4 years under the direct supervision and mentorship of Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. Meghan’s previous educational background includes a BA in Studio Arts from the University of New Hampshire and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Using the arts and adventure as well as other sensory modalities—such as water— to connect with people of all backgrounds and abilities is Meghan’s professional underpinning and joy.
Dr. Margaret Bauman. Dr. Bauman is Medical Director to 3LPlace.
A child neurologist, Dr. Bauman was for many years the Founding Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital LADDERS program in Lexington, a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate, treat and advocate for children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Bauman is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Boston University School of Medicine where she continues her research on the underlying neurobiology of the autistic brain. She is also the Founder and Director of The Autism Research Foundation and the Autism Research Consortium, as well as the Medical Director of the Children’s Services Center at the Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona, California, medical consultant to the Giant Steps School in Fairfield, Connecticut, and clinical specialist at the Integrated Center for Child Development in Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Bauman has a growing number of patients who are reaching or have reached their late teens or have become young adults and who require appropriate housing, meaningful employment and opportunities to further their education. She looks forward to the continued development and growth of 3LPlace, which she believes is a critically needed program for this age group.
Michael Bowman. Michael is a 3LPlace Senior Developmental Specialist.
Michael brings over eighteen years of experience as an educator and advocate. His background includes seven years at the LABBB Collaborative in Arlington and Haggerty School in Cambridge, as well as eight years as an Inclusion Specialist in Andover and Lincoln Public Schools. Over his career, Michael has gained extensive skills utilizing Social Thinking, Executive Function strategies, Relationship Development Intervention, Sensory Integration, DIR Floortime, and positive behavioral interventions while teaching well over one hundred students who have complex special needs. Michael is passionate about helping people with developmental disabilities gain the skills and confidence they need in order to feel successful in their lives and in their communities.
Andrew Haan. Andrew is a 3LPlace Developmental Specialist.
Andrew recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from Eckerd College with aspirations of establishing a career as an Occupational Therapist. Andrew’s passion for helping others started and evolved throughout summers during high school and college working as an adaptive water sports instructor with AccesSportAmerica. Implementing DIR Floortime, he developed a knack for this relationship-based approach while teaching windsurfing and other various water sports to children and young adults with varying abilities, primarily those on the spectrum. That passion carried Andrew throughout college through his work in assisting daily programming for neurodiverse artists at Creative Clay in St. Petersburg, FL, and as a Social Skills Camp Counselor at the Big Apple Day Program, a summer camp behavioral program in NYC for children ages five through twelve. Andrew brings his energy and positivity to the 3LPlace learning space, to help members with realizing their self-worth and potential in their communities.
Jason Harmon. Jason is a 3LPlace social worker.
After many years in the film and video industry, Jason returned to school to pursue social work. He got his BSW from Salem State and worked for five years at the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery. He then got his MSW from Boston University, specializing in trauma therapy. Jason lives with his family in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.
June Peoples Mallon. June is 3LPlace’s Director of Communications and Development.
June has developed, produced and/or advised research, outreach and social marketing projects on a wide range of human rights and health issues. She has senior management level experience in non-profit governance and fundraising as well as development of non-profit boards. An award-winning communications professional with broad experience in traditional media strategies as well as interactive and emerging media, June has worked in newspapers as well as in public broadcasting, and was executive producer of the public radio program "The Infinite Mind," which aired on NPR stations across the country. She's also mom to a very cool young woman with autism.
Erin O'Connor. Erin is a 3LPlace Senior Educator and Counselor.
Erin has worked for the last six years in the Newton public schools. She's also worked with young adults and their families doing in-home therapy. She has a master’s degree in mental health counseling with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling from Cambridge College. "I have a passion for creating curriculum that fosters independence, empowerment, self-advocacy, and promotes social-emotional learning and development," Erin tells us. She's worked with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, and Misophonia, and has a special interest in enhancing life and prevocational skills to encourage personal autonomy and purpose. Her work at 3LPlace includes career counseling and vocational training.
Cassy Wilson. Cassy is 3LPlace Director of Operations and a Senior Developmental Specialist.
Cassy joined the 3LPlace team as a senior developmental specialist, bringing with her an array of experiences working both directly and indirectly to support individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has a degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University and takes pleasure in bringing her own artistic touch to all that she does. Cassy feels strongly that there is no limit to what we can all accomplish and enjoys supporting others to identify what brings them joy and to then work toward that.
Katie Wilson. Katie is the 3LPlace Program Manager.
Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lesley University in 2007 and her Masters from Lesley in Environmental Education in 2009. Prior to her work at 3LPlace, Katie worked at the Park School where she developed and directed her Farm-to-Table summer camp program. She looks forward to creating a garden here at 3LPlace and incorporating food origin and healthy living into the everyday lives of our young adults.
Consulting to 3LPlace:
Andrea MacGilpin. Andrea is a former clinical director at 3LPlace and continues to consult to the program.
Andrea received her Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Prior to becoming the Clinical Director at New Canaan High Schools Alternative program, she was the Clinical Director at Links Academy, a 1:1 academic setting for high school students with a range of academic and social-emotional differences. Andrea has worked with a broad range of children, adolescents and young adults with autism and other neurodevelopment delays in schools and developmental settings. She helped develop the transitions program at Rebecca School in New York City, offering program support to students 14 to 21 years old, staff and parents. In addition Andrea developed social skills groups, peer programs, provided students with individual and group counseling and led parent and sibling groups. She is certified in DIR Floortime™, and is a CPI certified instructor.
Elana Himmelfarb. Elana was lead writer and concept developer for the 3LPlace Curriculum Project, and is a clinical consultant to our program.
Elana is a learning specialist, autism consultant and transition coordinator. Elana consults with post-secondary educational programs and state-wide autism service delivery programs across the country on program design and implementation, as well as curriculum development. In her private practice she works with individuals and families with a concentration in individual assessment, transition planning, career/internship development and executive function. Elana has a MA in psychology, with extensive post-master's training and education in neurodevelopment, clinical interventions and autism. She's trained and experienced in counseling people with autism on dating and sexuality.
Glenn Mallon. Glenn is 3LPlace Technology Lead.
A graduate of Newcastle College and Portsmouth University in England, Glenn joined 3LPlace in 2011 with the creation of the 3LPlace website. He is 3LPlace’s lead advisor on systems planning and installation. In his “day job,” Glenn is an IT Operations Specialist and coder for Harvard University.
Goodwin Procter LLP Intellectual property and human rights legal consultation.
Stephen Charkoudian, Esq.
Erin Claywell, Esq.
William Collins, Esq.
Martin Healy, Esq.
Julia Holczer, Esq.
Eric Labbe, Esq.
Mark Macenka, Esq.
Allyson Maur, Esq.
Michael K. Murray, Esq.
Jeffrey Simes, Esq.
Bruce Tribush, Esq.
David Zimmer, Esq.
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP Legal consultation on education and disability law.
Jennifer Gallop, Esq.
3LPlace Volunteers and Interns.
Webteam. Website design and development.
June Peoples Mallon