Marjorie Madfis, MBA
President, Executive Director
Marjorie Madfis founded Yes She Can Inc. in November 2013, inspired by her daughter, Isabelle who is now a young woman with autism. Marjorie realized that her daughter and other teens with autism transitioning from high school to the adult world, need specialized coaching and training to be able to join the workforce. From her observations and experience with her daughter, she believed that people with autism particularly needed to have an immersive experience to prepare for the competitive work place: learning about business, executing tasks, and practicing social skills in an authentic setting.
In her leadership role at Yes She Can, Marjorie serves as the executive director, supervising the Girl AGain boutique manager, Director of Training Programs, and volunteers. She also is responsible for strategy, development, and communications.
Previously Marjorie had a successful 30-year career in corporate marketing with expertise in branding, strategy, and interactive marketing. In 2013 she retired from IBM after 17 years of service where she held leadership roles in digital and social media marketing.
She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS from University of New Hampshire. Marjorie serves as a member of the Westchester County Autism Advisory Committee, she founded the White Plains School District PTA Committee on Special Needs, and has been a fundraiser for autism research including NAAR, Autism Speaks and Autism Science Foundation.
Patricia Salner recently retired after a successful 30 year career in nonprofit management and development and municipal finance. She led several education and health organizations in board governance, fundraising and community relations. Pat also has extensive experience in strategic planning and event management. Prior to her joining the not for profit field, Pat worked in the banking and insurance industries.
In addition to her role on the board of Yes She Can Inc., she serves on several nonprofit boards in Hartford, CT and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Pat holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Hartford and a Bachelors degree from Wheaton College. She is a Master Gardener. Pat is certified yoga instructor and leads classes with a special focus for cancer patients.
Pat serves as strategic adviser and grant writer for Yes She Can.
Randi Rios-Castro, MS
Randi Rios-Castro is passionate about the field of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD); she has dedicated 20 years to serving this population in a variety of capacities. Currently, Randi is the Chief Operating Officer at Opengate Incorporated, a voluntary provider in Westchester County that serves adults with IDD, which specializes in those with behavioral challenges. Randi is a strong advocate for this population and has enhanced the quality of the services provided through implementation of person centered planning and the use of Personal Outcome Measures.
Randi is an active member of NY State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA)’s policy committee as well as NY Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)’s Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) Transition work group. Randi also serves as the New York Integrated Network (NYIN) Business Council representative for Opengate on the Managed Care board for the IDD population.
Since 2004 Randi has served on the New York State Surrogate Decision-Making Committee as a volunteer panel member. Randi also volunteers her time as a Team Member for The Carmel Cardinals, a group of local individuals that raise money to help fight cancer. Through their efforts and coordination they have raised over $60,000. Randi has been a Girl Scout Leader since 2008 and has been actively involved with local fundraising events. Randi has a natural inclination towards human services.
Randi received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science Degree in Leadership & Management from Manhattanville College.
Randi serves as strategic adviser for Yes She Can.
Jessica Markowitz, MPA
Jessica is the Director of Finance and Administration at Pro Bono Partnership, a Westchester-based nonprofit organization that provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Partnership recruits and mobilizes hundreds of attorneys from major corporations and law firms to donate their time and expertise on behalf of its nonprofit clients. Jessica joined the Partnership in 2000 as its second employee.
Jessica volunteers for NonProfit Westchester, an association of nonprofit organizations serving as the co-chair of the Human Resources Affinity Group.
Jessica holds a Bachelors of Arts from Purchase College and a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College.
Amy Gravino, MA
Amy Gravino, M.A., is a Certified Autism Specialist and the president of A.S.C.O.T. Coaching where she offers autism consulting, mentoring, and college coaching services for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Amy was diagnosed with Autism when she was 11 years old. She shares her personal experiences and professional expertise as a national speaker. Amy has given two TED talks and presented to numerous audiences about autism and sexuality; preventing and ending bullying; issues related to girls and autism; growing up on the spectrum; and autism and transitioning to secondary education.
Amy’s writing has been published in a variety of outlets, including the textbook Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, the Reader’s Digest book The Best Life Stories, “Autism Spectrum Quarterly” magazine, the official blog of Autism Speaks, and more. She is now authoring The Naughty Autie, a memoir of her experiences with dating, relationships, and sexuality from the firsthand perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum.
A resident of New Jersey, Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City and co-facilitates the Morris County chapter support group meetings for ASPEN-NJ.
Amy received the Advocates for Adults with Autism Award from Yes She Can in 2017.
Debra K. Solomon is an New York University-certified Life and Career Coach and founder of Spectrum Strategies, working with young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other learning differences.
As a parent of a young adult with Asperger’s Syndrome who is successful in his personal and professional life, Debra now shares what’s she learned on her journey with her son with others facing similar challenges.
Debra earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Syracuse University and has extensive experience in retail marketing, commercial real estate, and sales.
She was selected as one of the 2017 Long Island Business News Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, which recognizes Long Island, NY, women for their business savvy, influential work, mentoring, and community involvement.
Charles Biener, Esq.
Charlies Biener is Senior Counsel, Litigation in the PepsiCo Law Department where he is responsible for the company’s commercial, intellectual property, insured and legacy litigation legal matters. In addition to managing litigation, he heads the law department’s pro bono program and is a PepsiCo Ambassador.
Charles serves as President of ACC Westchester/Southern Connecticut, a local chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. For his contributions to local non profit organizations, Charles received the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award from Pro Bono Partnership.
Charles has been practicing law for more than 30 years. Prior to PepsiCo, he held legal positions at CIT Group and International Paper, and spent 20 years in private practice with several New York City law firms. Charles received his J.D. from Cornell School of Law. He and his family reside in Westchester County, NY. He has a family member who is on the autism spectrum and who has become successfully employed through the support of a job skills program.