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 Copeland is the Founder and Executive Director of Main Street in Rockville, Maryland, a first-of-its-kind inclusive, accessible and affordable apartment building and community center serving people of all abilities. Prior to starting Main Street, she spent 10 years as an educator, staff trainer and technology coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools before founding The Diener School for children with learning differences in 2007. Jillian served as the Head of School from 2007 to 2013, was Chair of the Board of Trustees for six years, and now serves as a member of the board. Jillian and her husband, Scott, reside in Rockville and are the parents of Danny (28), Jack (26), Nicol (24) and Ethan (22). They are excited about their latest initiative, The Epilepsies Action Network (EAN), created to support surveillance, research and funding for those with epilepsy. Read Full Bio

Sharon Cichy

Sharon Cichy

Sharon launched her career as an educator, with a master’s degree in early childhood special education, spending more than 10 years focused on children before pivoting into the world of entrepreneurship. Several adventures later, Sharon joined Main Street, where her role includes spearheading development, raising critical funds, and brokering creative and strategic partnerships. Sharon envisions and executes unique, memorable events and programs—including the Conversations Matter series and Bake with Sharon—and works with partners locally and nationally to advance advocacy efforts for affordable, inclusive housing.

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. As office administrator, MaryAnn focuses on the business infrastructure – accounts payable, accounts receivable and bookkeeping – for both Main Street Connect and Soulfull Cafe. She oversees implementation of employee benefits, manages product inventory for the Main Street store and coordinates all space rentals at Main Street.

Julie

Julie Ryan-Silva

One of Main Street’s first team members, Julie has supported the organization’s growth in critical areas including communications, membership, fundraising, community outreach, and research and evaluation. She currently supports other Main Street staff with special projects related to the website and communications, data management, development and safety education for residents. 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 B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Cindy Rich

Cindy Rich

A Montgomery County native, 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 longform 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 staff in The Monthly Connect and the annual report, captures compelling moments to share on social media, promotes programs and events, and works to increase Main Street’s visibility locally and nationally. This past spring, she led a new program for members called Telling the Story: An Introduction to Reporting and Writing.

Media inquiries may be sent to cindyr@mainstreetconnect.org.

Laura Boyajian

Laura Boyajian

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Laura moved to the DMV in 2018 and attended the University of Maryland, where she earned two B.A.s—in Psychology and Disability & Advocacy Studies—and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership & Social Innovation. After finishing undergrad, Laura spent a year abroad in her homeland of Armenia where she taught English to children in remote villages, supported mental health initiatives for individuals recovering from PTSD and war-related trauma, and developed meaningful programs at homes for orphans with disabilities. At Main Street, Laura works alongside members and volunteers to ensure that their experience is meaningful and positive. She does everything from leading tours to onboarding new members and overseeing volunteer engagement. Outside of Main Street, Laura can be found baking, going on hikes, or enjoying time with her nephews, family and friends!

Isabel | Main Street

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 has a special interest in sharing and practicing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills. In her free time, Isabel enjoys spending time with her FIVE cats and making jewelry for her Etsy shop. At Main Street, Isabel assists in the behind-the-scenes aspects of member events and facilitates a variety of programs, including Sunday Social, Game Day and Creativity Club. She also leads Main Street’s social skills program, Get Social.

Evan Scheinberg

Evan works with the communications and programming teams on event planning, website maintenance, marketing and social media, while also supporting staff at Main Street’s Soulfull Cafe and helping to promote the cafe’s mission. A graduate of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, 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 and 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.

Abby

Abby Feitel

A Rockville native and graduate of Thomas S. Wootton High School, Abby holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and minor in Disability Studies from Miami University. While earning her degree, she spent a summer interning at Main Street, where she enjoyed being able to help facilitate programs such as Space of Belonging and Community Coaching. In the fall of 2023, Abby returned to Main Street as a member of the programming team. In her current role, she leads Friday Vibes, Main Street hangs and Saturday outings, supports weekend programming, and helps with new member outreach and event planning. When Abby’s not at Main Street, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching movies and exercising.

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 painting, playing the saxophone, swimming and cycling. At Main Street, David always makes sure to greet everyone who arrives warmly and ask how their day is going.

Faith McLuckie

Faith McLuckie grew up in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Ivymount School in 2018. Faith is an artist at the VisAbility Art Lab in Rockville, where she creates paintings and ceramic sculptures. She is a Special Olympics athlete (her favorite sport is golf), and a Certified Athlete Leader. Faith enjoys volunteering at Comfort Cases and being a very active Main Street Connect member. As a front desk associate, Faith shares her welcoming smile with every individual that walks through the doors. She enjoys working at Main Street because she loves being with people and helping out, and she gets to learn new skills and apply them to her other activities.

Interested in joining the Main Street team?

Check here for position openings. Learn about summer internships here and volunteer opportunities here.

Main Street Board of Directors

Jillian Copeland
Jillian CopelandBoard Chair
David Astrove
David AstroveFounding Board Member
Donté Brown
Donté BrownBoard Member
Karen Beveridge
Karen 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