Andrea Myhaver - President,

Andrea is a longtime resident of Portland, Maine, and is an IT Project Manager by profession.  She resides on Munjoy Hill with her teenage son, and was an active member of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization for several years, having served as both Secretary and President of the Organization.


On the home front, she has advocated for her own son, who has dyslexia, on issues of special education within the school system.  

Danielle Whitehouse - Treasurer,

Danielle is a Targeted Case Manager for children with developmental disabilities. Her whole career has been dedicated to children on the autism spectrum and empowering them and their families. 

She lives in Gorham with her husband and young son.  She is passionate about her family, dance, and her work, and changing lives through SPECIAL.

Diane Russell - Board Member,

Diane served the people of Portland, Maine in the Maine State House of Representatives for several years. She is an unapologetically working-class populist progressive who has championed weatherization to address Maine’s heating crisis, while also being one of the nation’s clearest state political voices for the responsible end to to marijuana prohibition. She often partners with organizations across the country to oppose anti-choice and anti-voting movements. The nation named her the Most Valuable State Representative in its Progressive Honor Roll.  Diane is currently running for Governor of the State of Maine.

Stephanie Lay - Founder and Board Member,

Stephanie has been an Autism activist since her son Bryce was diagnosed at two and a half.  She founded  SPECIAL as a way to help other parents navigate through the often challenging world of Autism.   In late 2014 she started a salsa company, Maine-Tex Salsa.  Maine-Tex is currently run out of Stephanie's home, but she is working hard to move into a commercial kitchen. Once that happens, SPECIAL will be able to start our work program, and Stephanie's dream of making a big difference in the lives of those impacted by Autism will become a reality.


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