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  • Barb Gruber, Ph.D.
    Professional Learning Facilitator

    Barb Gruber received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Alderson-Broaddus College, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University, and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to MCIE, Barb worked at the May Institute in Massachusetts, providing behavioral interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and was an instructor at the University of Maryland, College Park, teaching a course on inclusive practices in the Department of Special Education.


  • Nichole Parthemore
    Office Manager

    Nichole Parthemore performs a key role in the successful organization and day-to-day operations of our organization. Prior to coming to MCIE, Nichole worked in an administrative capacity at W.B. Harris Builders, Builder Resource Supply Corporation, and American Lumber Company.


  • Carol Quirk, Ed.D.
    Executive Director

    Carol Quirk is one of the founders of MCIE. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and her Ed.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to MCIE, Carol was the Executive Director of an adult services agency in Baltimore City, a consultant to Philadelphia Public Schools, Early Intervention Specialist for MSDE, Director of Technical Assistance to Early Intervention Programs in North Carolina, and a special education teacher in Connecticut. Carol served on the TASH Board of Directors and the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumna Award, the Top 100 MBE Entrepreneurs, and the Brava! Award for Baltimore area executives who give to their community. Carol serves on the Executive Team for the SWIFT Center, a National Inclusive School Reform Center funded by the US Dept. of Education in partnership with the University of Kansas.


  • Elissa Lockman Turner, M.S.
    Professional Learning Facilitator

    Elissa Turner received her B.A. in Education from Pepperdine University and her M.S. in Education from Portland State University. Prior to MCIE, Elissa was a teacher at the Chime School in California, where she collaborated to educate students with severe disabilities in inclusive classrooms. She has worked as a special education teacher in a variety of instructional settings.


  • Elizabeth Tornquist, Ph.D
    Professional Learning Facilitator

    Betsy Tornquist received her B.A. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, her M.A. in Special Education from the University of Maryland, and her PhD in Special Education from George Mason University. Betsy worked as a transition specialist in two school districts in the Washington Metropolitan area, assisting students and families with the transition planning process. Prior to MCIE Betsy was a Professional Development School Coordinator at the University of Maryland, where she coordinated with local school systems to provide student teaching internships and supervised University of Maryland students in their internships as well as taught in the College of Education.


  • Kit Mead
    Communications Specialist

    Kit Mead is an Autistic disability rights advocate who has a B.A. in history from Agnes Scott College. They have a particular interest in inclusive education as a framework for students with disabilities to access postsecondary education. Their work for MCIE includes managing social media, updating the website, writing blog posts, and developing communications strategies. In addition, Kit works as the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Kit has also been a social media volunteer for Autism Women's Network (AWN) since February 2015. They previously led a chapter of ASAN, worked as a student assistant in the Agnes Scott Disability Services office, and interned with ASAN in communications and policy.


Who We Are


Join Our Board!

Would you like to join our Board of Directors? MCIE is looking for applicants who are passionate about inclusion! Please call 410.859.5400 or e-mail  mcie@mcie.org  for more information.  To apply, review the job description and complete and return the application.

Board of Directors

  • President

    Gabrielle Shirley

    Assistant Public Defender,
    Maryland Office of the Public Defender, CINA Division

  • Vice President

    Alisha Dixon

    Senior Manager, Operations and Technology
    Fannie Mae

  • Treasurer

    Dee Vaccaro

    Director, Business Planning and Analysis, Inovalon, Inc.

  • Directors

    Heather Welzant

    Executive Director,
    Quality Assurance,  Institutional Quality and Integrity
    Laureate Education, Inc.

  • Fernada Orsati

    Associate Clinical Researcher, Hussman Institute for Autism

  • Jacques Smith

    Consultant, Jacques Smith, LLC

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