Our Team

The Power of the Dream is guided by a working board, comprised of lifelong advocates, community volunteers, and professionals. Many haveĀ  first-hand experience of the challenges persons with Autism/IDD face. Find out more about our dedicated and passionate board members by clicking on the FULL BIO buttons.

Rita Faust

President

Rita is the mother of an adult son with intellectual disabilities and has been a strong advocate for him during his entire public school education.

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Anna Cunningham

Secretary
Mother of three wonderful daughters; one of whom has autism and IDD

Anna has made a positive difference in lives of many people with disabilities for over 20 years.

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Bruce Kirschenbaum

Vice-President
Grandfather of granddaughter with autism

After graduating Columbia University Law School, Bruce joined the staff of the senior U.S. Senator from New York.

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John Wadman

Treasurer
Father of son with rare genetic immune deficiency disorder

John is the treasurer and portfolio manager of a Boston-based investment firm.

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Christopher Accola

Board Member
Community Volunteer

Chris is a young entrepreneur and leader with a desire to remove barriers to gainful employment for all.

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Sarah Epting

Board Member
Community Volunteer

Sarah Epting is passionate about making a difference in her community.

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Samir Trivedi

Board Member
Community Volunteer

Samir is an accomplished business professional with over 12 years of experience in general management of product portfolios and product development operations and marketing.

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Orah Raia

Board Member
Mother of son with IDD

Orah entered the field of disabilities after her son Brian was born with fragile x syndrome.

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Marsha Merola-Salmon

Board Member
Entrepreneur

Marsha has used her strong leadership and project management skills to enjoy career success in the corporate world, as an entrepreneur and in the non-profit sector.

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