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

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 as well as 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 advocacy comes from her son who arrived 15 years ago with an extra chromosome. Julie holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Daniel Friedman

Daniel Friedman

Daniel graduated from Indiana University in 2016 with degrees in Operations Management and Entrepreneurship. He started his career working with So What Else, a Rockville-based non-profit, running free afterschool programs for young children. In 2020, Daniel trained to become a Meditation, Breathing and Yoga teacher – at the same time he began working with Main Street, originally as a Community Coach.

Isabel Garcia

Isabel Garcia

Isabel graduated from Wesleyan University in May 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Writing. Isabel is passionate about mental health awareness and education, and is currently developing a mobile app that will assist users in learning Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills. She loves working with adult learners, students and peers, and hopes to continue to do so as her career progresses.  In her free time, Isabel enjoys meditating, baking, making accessories and jewelry for her online shop and playing with her cats, Max and Hermione.

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.

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