Jillian Copeland, Board Chair and Founder of Main Street

Chair of the Board

Jillian was an educator, staff trainer and technology coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools for several years prior to founding The Diener School in 2007. Since Diener’s inception, they have worked with over 250 families. Jillian served as the head of school from 2007 to 2013, board of trustees chair for the following six years and now serves on the board of trustees.

Jillian’s latest and greatest endeavor, Main Street, is a joint initiative with her husband, Scott. Main Street is a model and a mindset – the first of its kind – an inclusive and affordable apartment building and community center serving people of all abilities.

Jillian feels honored and humbled to work with vulnerable populations. She has volunteered in many different capacities for several organizations including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Montgomery County, Children’s National Medical Center and Bullis’ 5K Buddy Run benefiting children and adults with special needs in our local community.

Currently a member of the board of directors for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Jillian also serves on the disability inclusion committee of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Developmental Disabilities Administration Task Force and Jubilee’s Housing Task Force.

Jillian received the 2009 Community Leadership Award from Jewish Women International (JWI), the Abe Polin Humanitarian Award from the Bender JCC in 2016 and the 2018 Bullis School’s Community Leadership Award. In 2018, she and her husband, Scott, received the Melvin Cohen Humanitarian Award from The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and, in March of 2020, they received ADAPT’s Humanitarian Leadership Award which was to be presented in New York City. Additionally, Jillian will receive the 2020 Trailblazer award from the VisArts community in October of 2020. She is also a proud graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2013.

Jillian and Scott reside in Rockville, two miles from the exciting Main Street building, and are the proud parents of Danny (25), Jack (23), Nicol (21) and Ethan (19).