The Main Street team is a dedicated group of professionals committed to creating dynamic opportunities for people of all abilities. Meet our staff and board below.

Main Street Staff

Jillian Copeland

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. The school has served over 250 families since inception. Jillian served as the Head of School from 2007 to 2013, was the Chair of the Board of Trustees for six years and now serves as a member of the board. Jillian’s latest and greatest endeavor, Main Street, is a joint initiative with her husband Scott. Jillian and Scott reside in Rockville, MD, two miles from the Main Street building, and are proud parents of their adult children Danny, Jack, Nicol and Ethan.

Sharon Cichy

Sharon Cichy

Sharon launched her career as an educator, with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, spending 10 years focused on children before pivoting into the world of entrepreneurship. Several adventures later, Sharon has honed in on her expertise in business development, raising critical funds, brokering creative and strategic partnerships for businesses and non-profits alike. Sharon is skilled at building strong and long-lasting relationships with her large and growing network.

Stacey Watson

Stacey earned her MSW, specializing in Management and Community Organizing with a concentration in Families and Children, from the University of Maryland in 2010. Stacey’s professional experience has focused on creating and strengthening communities through enriching and award-winning programming. Prior to joining the Main Street Connect team, she worked as the Director of Engagement for a synagogue in Washington, DC and spent many years as the Director of Lifestyle and Leisure for Charles E. Smith Life Communities.

MaryAnn Hanley

MaryAnn Hanley

MaryAnn has worked in offices of locally owned businesses, small and large. For over 11 years she worked at the corporate office for a rapidly growing national company in progressive roles. She had the opportunity to support senior and executive leaders in various departments, giving her an understanding of cross-functional ways businesses thrive. She has also served as the Executive Assistant to multiple CEOs and Board of Directors.


Julie Ryan-Silva

Julie has worked with Main Street since soon after its founding in 2017 and has supported the organization’s growth in critical areas including communications, membership development, fundraising, community outreach, data management and research and evaluation. Prior to joining the Main Street team, Julie worked in the policy department of the National Down Syndrome Society. Julie has also been active in special education advocacy in Montgomery County. Julie’s passion for furthering Main Street’s mission comes from her children, one of whom has Down syndrome. Julie holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Isabel Garcia

Isabel Garcia

Isabel holds a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Writing from Wesleyan University. While earning her degree, Isabel volunteered her time as a reading and writing tutor for non-native English speakers, disadvantaged adults, and fellow students. Isabel is an advocate for mental health awareness and education, and she has a special interest in sharing and practicing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills. In her free time, Isabel enjoys her daily meditation practice and creating resin art.

Cindy Rich

Cindy Rich

Cindy Rich spent most of her career as a journalist before joining the Main Street team in October 2022. Most recently, she worked as senior editor at Bethesda Magazine, where she wrote and edited long-form narratives about youth, education, health, social issues and community leaders. Prior to that, Cindy served as director of communications at the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) and spent 10 years as a writer and editor for Washingtonian. At Main Street, she shares the inspirational stories of residents, members, families and more. She leads a new program for members called Telling the Story: An Introduction to Reporting and Writing. 

Evan Scheinberg

Evan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English with focuses in writing, rhetoric and publication from the College of Charleston. While pursuing his degree, Evan gained extensive experience writing for several different online publications, as well as helped to write a book about Traumatic Brain Injuries. Evan also developed a passion for advocating for mental health awareness during his time working and creating content for Active Minds and TimelyMD. In his spare time, Evan loves to go on walks with his dog named Blue and read any book he can get his hands on.

Max Tishler

After graduating from West Virginia University with a dual degree in Adolescent Psychology and Secondary Education, Max worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for 5 years teaching music/theatre and creative writing. He then moved on to working privately with children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Max believes in finding creative ways to bring all types of programs, support and experiences to those with learning difficulties and any disabilities. In his free time, Max is an avid reader and enjoys writing short stories, as well as spending time cooking and baking for his friends and family.

David Godoy

Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, David moved to the US in 1997 and earned his certificate in General Education in 2001 from Montgomery College. David recently became the first Latino Ambassador for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (Special Olympics, MD)! In his free time, David enjoys playing the saxophone and cycling.

Faith McLuckie

Faith McLuckie was born in Washington DC.  She graduated from Ivymount School in 2018.  Faith enjoys working at Main Street because she loves being with people and helping out. Faith is an artist at the VisAbility Art Lab in Rockville where she creates paintings and ceramic sculptures. She is a Special Olympics athlete, and a Certified Athlete Leader. Faith enjoys volunteering at Comfort Cases, working at Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Georgetown, and being a very active Main Street Connect member.

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Main Street Board of Directors

Jillian Copeland
Jillian CopelandBoard Chair
David Astrove
David AstroveFounding Board Member
Donté Brown
Donté BrownBoard Member
Karen Brown Beveridge
Karen Brown BeveridgeFounding Board Member
 Andy Friedlander
Andy FriedlanderFounding Board Member
Lisa Friedlander
Lisa FriedlanderFounding Board Member
Rob Granader
Rob GranaderFounding Board Member
Jeni Stepanek
Jeni StepanekBoard Member