Improving K-12 education for students on the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, MD


If you are interested in joining or chairing a committee, please contact Laura Gordon.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee produces all communications from xMinds to our membership, stakeholders, and the greater Montgomery County community.

Chair: Monica Martinez

Events Committee

The Events Committee organizes xMinds events, including regular speaker meetings, social events, and assists the Executive Committee in planning and executing the annual xMinds in MCPS forum.

Chair: Melissa Egan

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee organizes xMinds fundraising events, which include the annual Bike to the Beach, as well as other fundraising activities as needed from time to time

Co-Chairs: Sue Keisler, Rick Gordon

MCPS Liaison Committee

The MCPS Liaison Committee collaborates with MCPS administrators to find solutions to systemic problems facing autistic students in MCPS and promotes teacher and staff understanding of autism by funding targeted trainings and other means.

Chair: Carolina Harp

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee works to engage xMinds members and help connect them with beneficial resources and tools.

Chair: Sue Keisler

Nonspeaking Autistic Students Committee

The Nonspeaking Autistic Students Committee works to provide parents and educators of non– and minimally–speaking autistic students with beneficial resources and tools. 

Chair: Maria Ott

Parent Advocacy Committee

The Parent Advocacy Committee works to provide resources, guidance and trainings to parents, primarily through the xMinds website and the xMinds team of Volunteer Education Advocates. 

Chair: Sue Keisler

Spanish Language Outreach Committee

The Spanish Language Outreach Committee seeks to increase xMinds resources available in Spanish and to increase representation of Spanish speaking individuals in the xMinds membership and on the xMinds Board.

Co-Chairs: Carolina Harp, Coni Nepomuceno
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