Since 2004, Cullen Ryan has served as Executive Director of Community Housing of Maine, the largest housing provider for homeless and special needs populations in the state. He has a MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University (Minnesota), and a background as a direct service provider for homeless and special needs populations for 29 years. Formerly a licensed clinician, Cullen has provided case management, family therapy, and individual/group psychotherapy to homeless adults, families, and adolescents in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings in three states. He has continuously been a leader in local, state, and federal advocacy and policy development. Cullen currently chairs the Board of the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Board, the Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services, and was a recent past chair of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.
J. Richardson (Jay) Collins
J. Richardson Collins, MTS, MSW, is a consultant to the Autism Research Institute (ARI), serving as Managing Editor of the Adults with ASD eBulletin. He holds an undergraduate degree in Special/Elementary Education and Psychology and graduate degrees in Theology and Social Work. Prior his work in the area of research, Jay was in direct service delivery; first as a public school special educator and then as a case manager in adult social services. He works on a number of projects related to best practices and improving service delivery for adults and youth with I/DD. His particular areas of interest are Person-Centered Planning (PCP) and its application to both post-secondary transition and employment planning as well as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the application of accessible technology. His publications include:
- Co-author of a forthcoming publication of the Integrated Self-Advocacy ISA™ general curriculum (JKP).
- Contributing author and editorial team member for the development of the AGI Daily Living/Residential Skills Curriculum & Training for Direct Support Providers to Adults with Autism
- Co-author of a training curriculum, Quality Employment Practices for Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Jay currently serves as Board President of the Autism Society of Maine; a member of the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Board (MDSOAB); and a member of the Maine State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), serving as its representative on the Employment First Maine (EFM) Coalition.
Rachel Dyer is our representative from the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, where she is the Associate Director.
Ann Marie Mayberry
Ann-Marie Mayberry is the Executive Director of Group Main Stream in Westbrook, and is our MACSP representative on the Board. She is also the parent of a child with a disability,
Jennifer Putnam is the Executive Director of The Progress Center, located in Norway, Maine. The agency employs 125 people across eleven programs, serving over 275 individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency also provides over 15,000 meals annually to low income families. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Maine and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Joseph’s College. In addition to serving on the Maine Developmental Services Oversight Advisory Board, Jennifer serves on the United Way of Oxford County Board of Directors and as Vice-President of the Maine Association of Community Service Providers (MACSP).
Rory Robb is currently the Director of Clinical Services at Community Partners, Inc., where she has been employed since 1979. Rory was a ten-year member of the Consumer Advisory Board, and has served on the MDSOAB since its inception. She brings the experience of growing up with a family member with disabilities, and acting as her guardian. She also serves as the MDSOAB representative on one of six district Three Person Committees, and is a member of the Maine Association for Community Service Providers. Rory has a degree in Special Education and previously taught children with developmental disabilities.