Shannon Speake, Fundraising Chair
Shannon is a Special Education Teacher with Howard County Public School System working with Transition Students ages 18-21 in the Community Connections Program. As a former Life Skills Special Education Teacher at Glenelg High School, she worked directly with members of the Camp Inclusion Leadership Team in the beginning of the camps development. Shannon’s commitment to helping ensure that all young men and women are able to enjoy the positive experience of camps began during college as a camp counselor for a camp for students with emotional disabilities. She looks forward to continuing her work through Camp Inclusion Board of Directors.
Dave Fagan, Camp Inclusion President
David (Dave) Fagan, retired after 27 years active service as a military officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, and 13 years working as a Program Manager with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), a technical services corporation. Since retirement, Dave has been active supporting his son Kevin, a Camp Inclusion graduate, in programs supporting Kevin’s cognitive and physical development. Over the past 15 years Dave has served as a parent volunteer, program coordinator, coach and management team member with Howard County Special Olympics (HOCO). In these capacities, he has worked and coordinated directly with Maryland State Special Olympics and is very familiar with Special Olympics programs and venues. For the past 5 years, Dave has served as the Director for HOCO’s annual state-wide Spring Softball Invitational – the county’s largest single Special Olympic sports competition. Partnering with Howard County’s Parks and Recreation Department, the County Police, and local vendors, the tournament regularly attracts some 550 special athletes, coaches and volunteers from around the state.
Sue Kay, Financial Chair
Sue is a retired manager in Land Department at Winchester Homes. Professional skills include contract management for land acquisition, budget preparation for homeowner associations, communication with internal and external customers including State and County governments in Maryland and Virginia. Active in community service working with ReLeaf Fairfax, USO Metro, Capital Area Food Bank, and Camp Inclusion.
Thomas Kay, Camp Inclusion Vice President
Tom is a retired senior sales executive in the Hospitality and Apparel Industries, with careers at Marriott International and Discus Athletic, supporting clients including Disney, Nike, the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. Demonstrated professional skills include organization structure development, team building, sales and partnership marketing. Active since high school in community service working with Muscular Dystrophy, USO, Capital Area Food Bank, Foundation for Hospital Art and Camp Inclusion.
Alex Fitzgerald, Board Member
Alex is a senior at Glenelg High School in Howard County. Alex brings a unique perspective to the board as he has participated in Camp since 2012, originally as a camper. Alex was diagnosed with Riboflavin Transporter Deficiency, a progressive disorder that left him with a number of physical disabilities. His intelligence level has
remained normal, and he has found great success academically and through other forms of expression such as artwork and music.
This past summer, Alex served as a volunteer at Camp Inclusion. He brought his love for drama and the arts to Camp Inclusion and directed the first ever Camp Inclusion play.
Alex plans to attend HCC in 2018 and is looking to pursue a degree in digital and graphic design, as well as math and special education.
Desi Wyatt, Treasurer
Desi is currently Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Manager at Citi Personal Wealth Management where he oversees the delivery of wealth management solutions to families, small business owners, professionals and non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Washington, DC market. A US Army veteran, Desi has a passion for helping families with special needs, and sees his involvement with Camp Inclusion as one more opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these special families. Desi first encountered Camp Inclusion at a Camp Fair at Cedar Lane School in Fulton, MD. The next summer, his then 12 year old daughter (whom is diagnosed with Autism) was able to enjoy her very first summer camp experience…all thanks to AJ, Dallas , and the entire Camp Inclusion team!
Justin Guy, Program Development Chair
Justin Guy is the owner and operator of the 4th Quarter organization. Justin graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Towson University and recently went back to get his teaching certification. Motivating people to become the greatest version of themselves is Justin's passion. He firmly believes every child has a gift and is capable of great things in this world.
Justin's life motto is, " fall down seven times stand up eight. Never give up on your dreams---you will fail your way to success."
Heidi Shoemaker, Secretary
Heidi is currently employed at Howard County Public Schools working as a special educator and team leader at the elementary level. Heidi works directly with AJ supporting their students at school to be as inclusive as possible. Heidi became interested in Camp Inclusion after many discussions with AJ about the program and is excited to be part of the team. She understands the importance of the program and believe strongly in Camp Inclusion's mission to "build supportive and inclusive friendships." In addition to teaching, Heidi also owns and manages a local bakery called "Once Upon a Crumb."
Ryan Ferrera, Board Member
Ryan is a Senior Consultant in Deloitte Consulting's Federal Strategy & Operations practice where he partners with Federal agency leaders to improves the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizational performance. Ryan specializes in strategic visioning, facilitation, business model development, and using data to drive impact for his clients. As a former high school classmate of co-founder, AJ Rosenthal, Ryan has watched Camp Inclusion grow from its infancy and is dedicated to helping the leadership team achieve their vision to positively impact the lives of children in Howard County and beyond.