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.
Daniel R. Rajczyk
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.
Josiah Morrow is President of the Asperger Works Board of Directors. He joined the board in June 2020 and was unanimously elected President in March 2021.
For many years, Josiah has been an active community member in his beloved City of Haverhill, where his family has ties dating back many centuries. He is a Downtown Parking Commissioner for the city, having been appointed to help revitalize the parking plan from a downtown resident’s viewpoint; operates a multimedia platform covering positive news in the city, Today in Haverhill, and has also held high positions in several political campaigns. Josiah additionally serves on the board of Eammon’s Heart Foundation which focuses on the drug addiction crisis. He has previously been an active member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill, for which he served as Secretary, Treasurer, on the Executive Board, and oversaw several events and committees.
Josiah has a keen interest in helping further the mission of Asperger Works due to close relationships with several family members who have Asperger’s. His passion for providing opportunities for all to succeed drives him in his participation with the organization.
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.
Marion Therese Donahue
Marion Therese Donahue 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 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 graciously accepted.
Karen Merrill has 17 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. In the last 9 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.
Lisa S. Rajczyk
Lisa Rajczyk, Mr. Rajczyk’s sister, is also a founding member of Asperger Works, Inc. and is our Volunteer Coordinator. She has been painfully aware of her brother’s employment-related difficulties and is completely committed to the success of this organization.
Ms. Rajczyk graduated from The Evergreen State College (Olympia and Tacoma, Washington) with a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Education and Law. She has also earned a number of certifications, including the National Paralegal Certification from WOLI. Lisa is very socially conscious, a fact that is demonstrated by the many volunteer projects and activities she has been involved in over the years. She has been tireless in promoting Asperger Works both in-person and as our organization’s Social Media go-to person. For more on Ms. Rajczyk, please visit the Volunteer Coordinator page.
She is a twice graduate of Merrimack College, North Andover, earning her BA in Business Management ‘12 and her Masters in the Science of Management ‘13. Susie also minored in Women & Gender Studies. Susie often enjoys spending her time volunteering. Annually, she participates in the Eversource Walk for Children’s Hospital in honor of her nephew Joseph (Team Joe) and most recently in the Professional Center for Child Development’s 5k Fun Run in honor of her nephew Jackson (Team Tuna). Susie is bilingual; speaking English and Portuguese fluently and on occasion Spanish.
She is of Portuguese descent and enjoys spending her free time learning new recipes and traveling. Some bucket list destinations include France, Australia, Egypt, and a Cross-Country Road Trip through the US.
Although new to Asperger Works, Susie is excited to work with the Board and contributing to this amazing organization and, as of May 2020, is our newsletter editor.
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 that have prevented him from driving. 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!
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