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Members of our Board of Directors are:

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 Developmental Services, 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.

Catherine Breen. Catherine has worked at Harvard University for the past two decades, in various senior executive roles. She currently serves as the Managing Director of Harvard Online & Advances in Learning at Harvard, overseeing the University’s online learning strategy and operations for certificate programs. Prior to that role, Cathy served as the Chief Operating Officer for Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health care systems innovation that is part of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and worked on health care systems innovation with Dr. Atul Gawande. Before Harvard, Cathy worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, managing privatization projects across multiple regions in Russia. Breen is a member of the Board of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard and also sits on the Board of the Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. She and her husband have four adult children and live in Brookline, MA.  

Deborah Flaschen. Deborah, a founder and CEO of 3LPlace, is a parent of an adult 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.

Ann Guay. Ann Guay attended George Washington University as an undergraduate and graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 1988. Over the years, Ann has worked as an attorney in private practice, served as a securities enforcement attorney for the Commonwealth and was a policy analyst and board member at Mass Advocates for Children. Her work at Mass Advocates was featured on Good Morning America. Quite active in her community, Ann was appointed to the Bedford School Committee in March 2013 and then elected in 2014. Ann was one of the Volunteer Coordinators of the Bedford Housing Task Force, a group which helped met the needs of homeless families living in Bedford. She also serves on the Executive Committee of Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts and is on the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative Partnership Leadership Team at Middlesex Community College. Ann received the 2014 Bedford Chamber of Commerce Diversity Award. Ann and her husband Marty live in Bedford with their children and a goldendoodle named Gretzky.

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.

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.