Our Team

The Power of the Dream is guided by a working board, comprised of lifelong advocates, community volunteers, and professionals. Many have  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.

Anna Cunningham

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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Nichole Brownlee

Executive Director

Nichole Brownlee is a certified Human Resources professional known for providing leadership in the recruitment of top talent, development of optimal staff performance, policy development, and consultation on general HR issues of varying complexities.

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Tirthna Badhiwala

Employment and Outreach Coordinator

Tirthna strongly believes that sustainable employment for individuals with Autism/IDD is a public health solution, as it addresses a root cause of healthcare access inequity.

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Bruce Kirschenbaum

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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Jeff Pike


Jeff is the Controller for a local Healthcare Software company that specializes in patient/provider communication.

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Taryn Oesch

Board Secretary

Since she was a child, Taryn has had a passion for helping others, especially individuals with disabilities.

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Tanika Giles

Board Member

Originally from NC, Tanika graduated from the University of NC at Greensboro with a degree in Psychology and earned a Graduate Degree in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta, GA.

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Gil File

Board Member

Gil is actively involved in a variety of community endeavors, all of which complement his dedication to serving those with the greatest need in our local community.

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