Asperger Works Board of Directors
Asperger Works, Inc. is very fortunate in having really caring and talented people as members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board. We are equally fortunate to have a dedicated person to lead our volunteer and internship programs.
Daniel R. Rajczyk
President & Executive Director
Daniel was diagnosed with Learning Disability when he was a child. At the time, LD was a catchall name for any neuro-developmental disorder that the medical community was not able to define. It was not until the early 2000s, as an adult, that the appropriate diagnosis was finally made.
He is totally dedicated to aiding adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (aka High-functioning Autism) in their quest for jobs commensurate with their abilities. He is equally committed to the education of employers about the desirability of employing and retaining people on the Spectrum.
Presently, Mr. Rajczyk wears the additional hat of Board President.
Adam Rajczyk is a founding Board Member of Asperger Works, Inc. and is its Treasurer. Mr. Rajczyk is a government professional, who has been working as a part-time consultant since his retirement in 2002.
He received his education in Poland (a country he left in 1968) and in the United States.
Mr. Rajczyk has made himself completely accessible to Asperger Works. He has been extremely supportive of Daniel as he grew from a child to a man and is proud of all of his achievements.
It is because of Daniel’s difficulties in acquiring and maintaining employment that he wants to help others on the Spectrum succeed.
M. Eva Rajczyk
M. Eva Rajczyk is a founding Board Member of Asperger Works, Inc. and is its secretary. Mrs. Rajczyk is a retired mathematics/computer teacher, who spent much of her career at Lawrence High School working with teenagers who were behind the rest of their classmates scholastically. She also worked with students with special needs.
From the moment her son announced his plans to start a nonprofit to benefit adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, Mrs. Rajczyk made herself available in any and all capacity. She and her husband, Adam Rajczyk, fought hard to get the appropriate services for Mr. Rajczyk when he was a child – at a time when no one knew about Asperger’s. She has witnessed the difficulties her son faced getting and sustaining employment and is anxious to help others avoid the stresses looking for and retaining employment can bring to a person on the Spectrum.
In early August 2014, our Webmaster resigned due to health problems. As a result, Mrs. Rajczyk has agreed to take over the work of Webmaster as well.
Andrew DeCarlo has over 14 years experience working in research and development in academia and industry. He has been diagnosed with Autism in early childhood and understands deeply and personally the issues that Autistic people face in the workplace. He is committed to helping Autistic people find appropriate and fulfilling employment. It is for this reason that he joined our organization.
He is an active member of Autism organizations including GRASP New England and the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). He was the chapter leader of the Southwest Ohio chapter of ASAN from 2007 to 2008, and of the Boston chapter from 2009 through 2015. He works ceaselessly to break down barriers, end stigmas and stereotypes, and ensure that Autistic people are treated with dignity and respect.
He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Engineering, with additional graduate coursework in Psychology and Statistics.
Marion Therese Donahue
Marion Therese Donahue, our newest Board member, has more than 30 years of Banking experience. She is currently an Assistant Vice-President and Senior Branch Manager for Pentucket Bank in North Andover.
Marion received Pentucket Bank’s Community Service Award in 2013 and is an active participant in various community organizations. She currently sits on the Board of the North Andover Historical Society and the Essex Art Center of Lawrence.
Marion attended Rivier College of Nashua, NH and received an Associate’s degree in Art and Fashion Design. She then continued her schooling at Hesser College of Manchester, NH earning her degree in Business Management. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening. But her greatest passion is oil painting at which she excels.
Marion also likes to volunteer her time to local nonprofit organizations. Initially, she joined the Advisory Board of Asperger Works to share her to invaluable service as the organization’s go-to person for financial matters. But once it was noted that she spent a considerable amount of time doing the work of Board members, she was invited to join our Board, which she gracefully accepted.
Eric Janowski is the youngest member of our organization. He is an Associate Accountant with LitmanGerson Associates, LLP and is in the process of becoming certified as a CPA. He received his education at Merrimack College (Bachelors in Business Administration) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Masters in Accounting). He brings to our Board his experiences as a Teen Parent Program Volunteer, a volunteer for Target; an accounting graduate teaching assistant at Merrimack College, and as an accountant with LitmanGerson Associates, LLP, with prior experience at Stephen E. Paolini, PC. Eric hopes that his experiences in the accounting field will allow him to “enhance the prosperity” of our organization.
Thomas C. Wood
Thomas C. Wood has been with our organization the longest aside from family members. He brings to our Board his knowledge about difficulties faced by disabled adults in general and those with Asperger’s in particular through his experiences working in the High Technology sector of the economy. He is an active member of the local New England Working Group of ASAN, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.
As a member of ASAN, Mr. Wood has volunteered to act as a go-to person to keep the local ASAN chapter informed about what is happening at Asperger Works. He joined our organization because he is passionate about the need for equal employment opportunities for those on the Spectrum and for public recognition of the value that every individual adds to society.
Woody, as he likes to be called by his friends, is also the facilitator for our support group, Watercooler Live!
Everyone in our organization works hard to ensure the success of our program.
But we also need you!