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. Named after her beloved grandfather, Jack Diener, The Diener School serves students with learning and other challenges from kindergarten through 6th grade. Since Diener’s inception, they have worked with over 200 families. Jillian served as the head of school from 2007 to 2013 and is currently the chair of the board of trustees.

Jillian has volunteered in many different capacities for several organizations including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Montgomery County, Children’s National Medical Center and Bullis’ 5K Buddy Run benefiting special needs children and adults in our local community. Additionally, Jillian served in several capacities at The Green Acres School including co-chairing their Capital Campaign, working on several development committees and serving on their strategic 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 Community Leadership Award. She is also a proud graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2013.

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

In 2014, Jillian created Teens Like Us, a weekend and summer inclusive social program designed to meet the needs of teens with and without disabilities in the Greater Washington area. Jillian and her husband, Scott, have joined forces to create their next project – the first of its kind – inclusive life experiences for all, Main Street!

Jillian and her husband Scott reside in Rockville and are the parents of Danny(23), Jack(21), Nicol(19) and Ethan(17).