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.
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 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.
Tom Kulesa, the youngest member of our organization, joined our Board in October of 2018. He is an investment banker at Alantra in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Drexel University receiving a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance, magna cum laude.
Tom has close familial ties to Asperger’s Syndrome and is an advocate to help those with AS. He brings many years of experience working with non-profit organizations specializing in strategic planning, fundraising and event organization. Tom hopes to bring a strong voice to the Board of Directors and help lead the organization to accomplish its goals of helping those with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Karen Merrill has 16 years’ experience dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome. Her grandson was diagnosed with AS in early childhood. He spent a great deal of time with her through the years as he struggled with developmental, behavioral, and social interactions in his home and at school. He now resides with her. She is committed to helping him navigate the world as an adult, teaching him the life skills required to be independent.
Karen has over 20 years of experience in various office positions from Receptionist to AP Manager. The last 8 years she has been employed at Concert Pharmaceuticals as an Accountant. She has also worked at an assisted-living facility working with the elderly living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. She has worked as a hospice volunteer, was Chair of Fellowship and a member of the Christian Education Committee at Trinity Lutheran Church, Chelmsford, and cooks and delivers meals to the elderly.
Thomas C. Wood
Honorary Board Member
Thomas C. Wood, “Woody,” was with our organization almost as long as members of the Rajczyk Family. He brought 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 still an active member of the local New England Working Group of ASAN, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and other disability advocacy organizations.
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. Unfortunately, Tom decided to resign from the Board due to complications caused by Cerebral Palsy. He has not left us completely. He still contributes ideas that are greatly valued by others on the Board.
It also must be noted here that Woody was 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! Interested?
Asperger Works, Inc. values diversity and is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all background, including people with disabilities, are encouraged to to apply for our Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Please contact us directly with any questions you may have.