Director Sheri Gordon is an attorney, a community activist, and a mother to a teenage daughter with autism. Sheri began her career as an attorney in New York City, working for a large, international law firm focusing on intellectual property. When her daughter was diagnosed on the spectrum, Sheri focused her time and energy on finding the right mix of therapists, schools, and environments for her daughter. This focus took her family out of New York into Connecticut, where Sheri became involved with local government, serving on the Westport Zoning Board of Appeals and the Westport Board of Finance for over a decade. In addition to her role on the Yes She Can Board, Sheri serves on other boards in Westport, CT, and recently became a member of the Connecticut Bar. Sheri holds a Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. Sheri joined the board in 2021.
Jessica Markowitz, MPA
Interim Board Secretary
Jessica Markowitz is Senior Director of Finance, Data, and Administration at Footsteps, a nonprofit organization that assists individuals who are contemplating leaving ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. Previously, Jessica was the Director of Finance and Administration at Pro Bono Partnership and is a
Westchester-based nonprofit organization that provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Purchase College and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College. Jessica joined the board in 2017.
Amy Gravino, M.A.
Director Amy Gravino is an autism sexuality advocate and Relationship Coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University. She is also the President of A.S.C.O.T Consulting, which offers autism consulting, college coaching, and mentoring services for organizations, schools, individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Amy is an international speaker who has given TED talks, spoken twice at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day and presented worldwide to audiences on a variety of topics related to autism, with a dedicated special focus and research on the subject of autism and sexuality. Ms. Gravino obtained her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University in 2010 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Yes She Can, Inc. and the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research (SPARK). She is an award-winning writer who has co-authored a chapter on autism and sexuality in the Handbook of Quality of Life for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and her work has been featured in Spectrum, the leading online news source for autism research, and other outlets. Visit www.amygravino.com to learn more. Amy joined the board in 2017.
Debra K. Solomon
Director Debra K. Solomon is a New York University-certified Life & Career Coach working with young adults with Autism and other learning differences. She is an advocate for these individuals and wants to raise awareness of their abilities and challenges, as well as educate employers and other professionals. She started her company, Spectrum Strategies, to help create a level playing field for these individuals. As a parent of a young adult with Asperger’s who is successful in his personal and professional life, Debra now shares what she learned on her journey with her son with others facing similar challenges. At Spectrum Strategies, Debra works with both the individual and the family to facilitate the transition from high school to the vocational world, college, or the workplace. 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 chosen as one of the 2017 Long Island Business News Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, recognizing Long Island’s top women for their business savvy, influential work, mentoring, and community involvement. Debra joined the board in 2018.
- Marjorie Madfis, Founder
- Patricia Salner
- Charles Biener
- Randi Rios-Castro
- Sheri Baron
- Allan Friedman