Marjorie Madfis founded Yes She Can Inc. in November 2013, inspired by her daughter, Isabelle who is a teen 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, program manager and Girl AGain boutique manager. She also is responsible for communications and fundraising.
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.
In her retirement, Pat has completed the Master Gardener Program, enjoying all aspects of sustainable gardening and floral design. She is a certified yoga instructor.
Pat serves as strategic adviser and grant writer for Yes She Can.
Allan Friedman, MBA
Allan Friedman is President of ABFFAB Inc, a new management consulting firm that specializes in focused, agile, business development to help its clients grow their businesses. Clients range from start ups, small businesses, large enterprise, and non-profits.
Previously Allan was Global Ecosystem Manager for IBM’s Industry Solutions Financial Services Sector working with IBM business partners. Allan began his career in financial services including The Toronto Stock Exchange, The London Stock Exchange and Canolamic Systems developing trader workstation applications.
Allan is proud to be part of the Yes She Can Inc. Board of Directors. Having met and worked with Marjorie Madfis at IBM, he was excited to hear of her vision, is excited to see how it is already delivering on that vision and looking forward to being part of scaling it up. Allan serves as strategic adviser for Yes She Can.
In his free time, Allan is an active cyclist and leader of the Five Borough Bike Club (5BBC) in New York.
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 received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science Degree in Leadership & Management from Manhattanville College. Randi is an active member of NYSACRA’s policy committee as well as OPWDD’s ICF Transition workgroup. 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 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.