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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2020

Easterseals Welcomes New Board Members

Amias Gerety of QED Investors, Jack McDougle of Greater Washington Board of Trade, Kristin Saboe of Boeing, Linda Singh of Kaleidoscope Affect and Tiffany L. Taber of The Education Trust

Silver Spring, MD — Easterseals DC MD VA is thrilled to announce the election of the five new members to our Board of Directors:

“It is an honor to welcome these new Board members,” said Jon Horowitch, President and CEO of Easterseals DC MD VA. “The diverse professional experience and passionate commitment to our mission that our Board brings enables Easterseals to create a hopeful, inclusive community where all individuals realize their potential and live meaningful lives. With their leadership, we can continue to make profound, positive differences in the daily lives of children, adults, and seniors with disabilities, special needs, military backgrounds, and their families.”

Amias HeadshotAmias Gerety is a Partner at QED Investors, where he focuses on finding new investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies with a focus on back office technologies and infrastructure companies.

“I’m excited to join Easterseals to support their vision of true inclusion for people of all abilities. I’m continually impressed by their dedication to their clients and to their creativity in responding to the challenges we face in this pandemic.”

Before QED, Amias served as the President’s nominee and as Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, he was the lead advisor to the Secretary on policies affecting financial institutions.  He also oversaw a number of programs focused on supporting small business lending and community development. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Financial Stability Oversight Council, an interagency group of financial regulators charged with monitoring and mitigating potential threats to financial stability.  Prior to Treasury, Amias was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. He also served in a number of policy roles and worked in East Africa for Save the Children. Amias is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton award, the Treasury’s highest honor. 

Amias graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in social studies from Harvard.

Jack McDougle HeadshotJack McDougle is President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a nonpartisan business organization representing all industry sectors across the region. Under Jack’s leadership, the Board of Trade’s diverse member community works together to improve the region’s business environment and make its economy more inclusive, equitable and sustainable. He is a champion of innovation-friendly and collaborative cultures; working with business, government and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years to develop and implement breakthrough ideas that create sustainable competitive advantage.

“I am excited to join the Easterseals DC MD VA Board at a critical time for the organization and the region. Many people with special needs, especially children and veterans, are even more vulnerable today requiring significant support to be fully empowered. Easterseals stands ready to provide that support yet must adapt and grow to meet the many challenges ahead. I look forward to using my experiences to help Easterseals become even stronger since everyone deserves the chance to lead a full and independent life.”

Prior to the Board of Trade, Jack founded Blutre Strategies to drive innovation and improve quality of life through economic capacity building, both in the U.S. and globally. He also served as Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Industry Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he worked collaboratively with government agencies and companies to minimize the negative impacts of proposed regulations to the aerospace, energy, manufacturing and construction industries. Jack also led global strategy and communications planning to advance U.S. export programs; directed analyses leading to Congressional approval of various trade agreements and supported trade missions ranging from Azerbaijan and Kuwait to China and India.

Jack holds a Master of Business Administration in strategy and finance from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts from New England College.

Kristin Saboe HeadshotDr. Kristin Saboe is the Senior Manager of Employee Listening and Talent Strategy in HR at Boeing. In this role, Kristin provides oversight for the company's survey and listening efforts, advanced organizational research projects, and enterprise talent strategies. She also leads the company’s talent strategy for veterans and military spouses.

“I am excited to join the Easterseals' Board for the opportunity to be part of community-based solutions that make real and sizable impacts for mental health, veterans, and disabilities or special needs. As we are all faced with so many unknowns and stresses adapting to a pandemic and significant changes in our lives, Easterseals provides light by providing caregiving, mental health, and employment services that are needed now more than ever. I am proud to join an impressive Board of leaders sharing in my passion to make our communities a better place.”

Prior to Boeing, Kristin served in the U.S. Army as a research psychologist and officer, where she conducted psychological and organizational research, oversaw the Army’s research and science integration into the U.S. Army’s programs, polices, and strategies addressing risk-taking behaviors, resilience, and performance optimization, and served at the Pentagon as an advisor to top government leadership. Before putting on combat boots, Kristin was a university lecturer, researcher, and consultant. She is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves. 

Kristin is a class of 2019 Veteran Leadership fellow of the George W. Bush Institute and is the recipient of early career psychologist awards by both the Society for Military Psychology (2019) and Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2020). 

Kristin holds both a Master's and Doctoral degrees in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from Austin College. 

Linda Singh HeadshotDr. Linda Singh (Major General, Ret.) is the Founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Affect, a consulting company focused on leadership development and strategic advisory services. 

“It’s an honor to rejoin the Easterseals Board after my time in Afghanistan and serving as the Adjutant General of Maryland. I’m amazed by the growth in services since I last served on the Board, and will be honored to help continue meeting community needs to enhance inclusion and social justice to ensure we have a truly hopeful community.”

Linda served as the Interim CEO/Executive Director of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation to support the transition to a new CEO.  Prior to that, she was 29th Adjutant General of Maryland, responsible for the daily operations of the Maryland Military Department, which includes the Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland Defense Force. In this role she was a senior advisor to the Governor, responsible for the readiness, administration, and training of more than 6,700 members of the military department, as the official channel of communication between the Governor and the National Guard Bureau, and as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.

She was previously a Managing Director in Accenture’s Health and Public Service North America Operating Unit.

Linda’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal, among others. 

She holds numerous degrees and certifications, including Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master’s Certificate in Six Sigma, a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology, Commander’s Course Graduate of the United States Northern Command Joint Task Force. She is also a fellow of the International Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard University/INSEAD. 

Tiffany Taber HeadshotTiffany L. Taber is the Senior Adviser to the President and CEO at The Education Trust, a national nonprofit education and civil rights organization where she works to ensure all students receive an excellent education, from preschool through college. In this role, Tiffany leads the organization’s strategic planning efforts; serves as a chief message strategist; and utilizes extensive experience in education practice and policy, communications, and management to provide counsel to the executive team and achieve the organization’s mission.

“Our communities are stronger when the people within them receive the supports necessary to access opportunity. I am inspired by Easterseals’ multi-generational approach to ensure all members of our community—particularly our youngest learners, military veterans and their families, and individuals with disabilities at every age—receive quality services that can help them thrive. I’m humbled and honored—particularly as an individual with a physical disability, myself—to contribute to this work through service with Easterseals’ Board of Directors.”   

Prior to her current role, Tiffany was Chief of Staff for communications development at the U.S. Department of Education where she set the vision for the agency’s messaging and outreach, advised on elementary and secondary education policy, and served as a Cabinet-level speechwriter for three U.S. Secretaries of Education across two Presidential administrations. Previously, Tiffany was a site director at a nonprofit tutoring program in Washington, D.C., and a high-school English teacher with the Baltimore City Public Schools in Maryland.

Tiffany holds a Master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree in English and certification in secondary education from Connecticut College. 

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Easterseals DC MD VA – For more than 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for children, adults, families and veterans living – and thriving – with disabilities and special needs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Through the innovative, inclusive and person-centered work we do, we are strengthening our community and changing the way the world defines and views disability. We are committed to making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. www.eseal.org

Contact: Jenny Chang
jchang@eseal.org

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