Lauren Beader

(Co-founder, President)

Lauren is Maya and Dragon's human. She's also a Special Olympics gymnastics coach, a copywriter, and an AVID ice cream fan. Lauren started coaching Special Olympics when she was 12. Now, over 15 years later, she runs her local program, coaching the same team. Inspired by them (and the cats, of course), Lauren wanted to start AllWorthy to help make a bigger impact. 

Lauren Beader, AllWorthy Co-Founder

Meet our board of directors

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Harrison Makofsky 

(Co-founder, Secretary)

Having grown up with Type 1 Diabetes, Harrison understands the challenges that come when your body doesn't work the way it should. And when Harrison adopted Maya, he was thrown into the world of disability advocacy, and he couldn't be happier! Harrison is the illustrator for all our books, and he works in product research for a big website, with a background in customer success that definitely helps our organization run. 

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David Romero 

(Treasurer)

David grew up with cerebral palsy, which has given him an appreciation for accessibility. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and works in high yield credit investments at an asset management company. He enjoys playing video games with his friends in his free time. And even though he has an accessible Xbox controller, he never actually uses it.

Felicia Hayden

Felicia, also known as Maya and Dragon's catsitter and BFF, has served as a motivator and sounding board for everything we do. She has a background in psychology and healthcare and brings a mental health perspective to the team. Since 2015, Felicia has co-facilitated mindfulness based stress reduction workshops for children, teenagers, and adults. She loves spending time with her dog Noodle, doing crafts, and eating tacos. She eats so. Many. Tacos.

Kayla Snover

Born with Down Syndrome, Kayla experiences this world with a unique perspective and lets nothing get in her way. She is a competitive Special Olympics gymnast, a mentor to younger athletes on her team, an artist at Gateway Arts, and a spectacular dancer. She even once received an award at the State House for fulfilling her dream to attend college and pursue a future in the arts. Kayla does everything she sets her mind to, and is so excited to be able to be a part of this organization.

 

Gabrielle D'Avolio 

Gabby is a first grade teacher in Stoneham, MA. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders from UMass Amherst and a Masters in Elementary and Special Education from Wheelock College. Outside of teaching, she loves traveling, running, hiking, and photography.

Brooke Mele

Brooke has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Education, Reading Specialist, and is a licensed mild/moderate special education and reading specialist. For the last 4 years, Brooke taught first grade in an inclusive classroom in Springfield, MA. She currently currently works as a K-4 reading interventionist and school librarian. She also has a very playful cat named Penelope at home, and a horse named Ellie in her nearby barn.

Adrienne Cytto

Adrienne is a K-6 Special Education Teacher in Cambridge, MA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and is dual licensed with Special Education, Students with Moderate Disabilities, PreK-8. She is currently pursuing a masters in English as a Second Language. 

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