Advisory Board

Advisory Board

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 dedicated individuals leading our volunteer and internship programs.

Katalin M. Baltimore

Advisory Board Member

Katalin M. Baltimore was born in Hungary and came to the States in 1959. She received a BS in Biology from Tufts University; MS Ed in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University; Certificate in Multicultural Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University; and Master of Library Science from Long Island University. She was the Librarian at New Haven Free Library and is now the Librarian at the Jewish Community Center Library in Woodbridge, CT.

She serves on the boards of the Orange Foundation and the Library Commission in Orange, CT and is Shelter Chair for the Connecticut Emergency Response Team in Orange, Connecticut.

Mrs. Baltimore is a resource development professional. She is also the aunt of our Executive Director and has been a major go-to person for information about Asperger’s and Autism.

E. Philip Brown

Advisory Board Member

E. Philip Brown is a history teacher at Haverhill High School and also teaches networking courses for the University of Phoenix. Previously, he was in the telecom industry for over 22 years.

His educational background consists of a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MS in Applied Management from the Lesley University, and certificates in Voice and Data Communications from RIT. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public History at American Public University. Phil is a board member of Merrimac Heights Academy, a Rotarian, and secretary of AHEPA Acropolis Chapter #39. He is also a member of the Haverhill Democratic City Committee, Haverhill Historical Commission, and the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame Committee.

He lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife Chrisi and has two sons, Zachary and Daniel. Phil has been a staunch supporter of Asperger Works since it has become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a major force in securing funds for our organization.

Rachel McMeen

Advisory Board Member

The common thread in Rachel McMeen’s career is leadership, relationship building, and strategic planning. Her jobs included sales and marketing management positions in technology companies and in local non-profits. The non-profits she works with support causes she cares deeply about, such as children facing medical challenges or families working towards becoming self-sufficient. She likes the challenge of organizations in start-up or re-start mode, hence her involvement with Asperger Works.

In addition to providing business consulting to non-profit organizations, she works as a real estate broker with Purple Finch Properties, LLC. She lives in Nashua NH with her husband Phil McMeen. Phil is a retired commercial airline pilot who spends much time on his hobby of rehabbing antique homes. Rachel and Phil enjoy their extended family, especially their four-year-old granddaughter who lights up their lives.

Richard Rodriguez

Advisory Board Member

Attorney Richard Rodriguez is a product of Special Education and an advocate for people suffering from disabilities. His childhood experience can be best described by a recent Eagle Tribune article, “Local lawyer overcame obstacles to get college education.” This article states that when he was growing up in a housing project in New York City, “other youths teased and ridiculed [him] because of his speech and hearing difficulty.” Today Richard is an attorney practicing law in the Merrimack Valley area and serves as President/Chairperson of the Lawrence Commission on Disability. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Paralegal Certificate with Honors from Long Island University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy from the CORO Foundation in Public Policy, and his J.D. Degree from Massachusetts School of Law. As a role model to people suffering from disabilities, Attorney Rodriguez was selected to serve as Alumni Speaker at John Jay College where he presented a speech to motivate and inspire similarly disadvantaged students.

Linda Thomson

Advisory Board Member

Linda is a Realtor with Keller Williams serving families in greater Middlesex County with their real estate needs. Growing up in a large military family, Linda lived in various locations in the US, as well as abroad; but with parents born and raised in Boston, she has always considered Massachusetts her “home base”.

Prior to joining Keller Williams, Linda worked at one of the nation’s largest banks helping clients with their savings and lending needs. Earlier in her career, she held marketing and public relations positions in various industries including technology, banking, and fashion.

Linda currently lives in Wilmington with her two youngest children, Sam and Elisabeth. Her son was diagnosed with autism as a toddler and, with the support of many dedicated professionals, he earned a BS in Graphic Design in 2014.

Andrea Watson

Advisory Board Member

Andrea Watson is the mother of three now-adult children, one of whom is living with Asperger’s Syndrome. She is also a grandmother with one grandchild on the spectrum. She has devoted decades to not only ensure that her son gets services that are needed in school and elsewhere but that others do so as well. Ms. Watson believes that a parent of a child on the Spectrum must be an advocate for her child and her family. She says that until she got involved with Asperger Works, she did not feel like she fitted in anywhere. Andrea is happy to become a member of the AWorks family because she is surrounded by people who understand and support both her and her son. She says that it is an honor to serve in any way.

According to David Driscoll (Former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Education), “Andrea Watson is one of those rare people who always keeps the needs of children front and center. A tireless haunt on assuring proper services for children at risk, Andrea will not be denied when she sees injustice or apathy towards a population of young people who need help and very often are not able to help themselves. Because of Andrea, hundreds if not thousands of Massachusetts students with special needs have received improved services.

Diana Figarella-Zawil

Advisory Board Member

Diana Zawil is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a freelance graphic designer with over 20 years as an art and Spanish teacher at all levels, teaching both subjects at Andover High School for the last four years before retirement. You may see samples of her work at and on her website.

She decided to join Asperger Works because of her son, Ramses, who is an Aspie and who is 25 years-old. He is currently a student of sleep technology.

Beside being an artist, Diana is also a yoga enthusiast who loves to travel. She has a creative mind that is ready to inspire and to be inspired.

Everyone in our organization works hard to ensure the success of our program. But we also need you!

Can’t make the necessary commitment to become a member of the Board of Directors but would still like to help?

Volunteer or join our Advisory Board by using our contact form.

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.

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