Board of Directors
Daniel Finn, Chair
Henry Clarke, V. Chair
Levi Brandriss, Treas.
Rachel Chung, Sec.
Jenn Lynn E.D.
Ms. Al-Kawas is the mother of 3 daughters, and a grandmother of two children. After raising her children, she went back to school and earned her degree from the University of Maryland. She has been with The Arc, Montgomery County for nearly a decade, focusing on Vocational and Day Services. Ms. Al-Kawas has a heart for volunteerism and believes deeply in giving back to the community. She was a Girl Scout Leader for 8 years, held every position on the PTA, including President of the elementary and middle school PTA’s. She also has been involved with SAWA, the Syrian American Women’s Charitable Association, since 1995, holding seats as Vice President and President for several years.
Dan Finn, Chair
Deacon Finn has Chaired two Pastoral Councils, and is a current member of Maryland Soccer Foundation Board of Directors. His vast experience includes 26 years at Marriott International culminating as Vice President of Business Process Outsourcing and Executive Director of Human Resources for the Archdiocese of Washington. He chose Diaconal Ministry of Charity and Justice to assist in the replication of Potomac Community Resources. Grandparent of child with special needs.
Henry Clarke, Vice Chair
Mr. Clarke is an attorney in private practice, who has practiced for 38 years. His practice, Henry C. Clarke, Jr., P.A. is located in Gaithersburg, but he practices throughout Maryland. His practice focuses on estate planning, wills, trusts, special needs trusts, Advance Medical Directives, and, additionally, small business creation, contractual, sale and succession matters. Mr. Clarke is active on various boards including the non-profit Rockville Nursing Home and the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund. He is the sibling of a special needs adult.
Levi Brandriss, Treasurer
Mr. Brandriss is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Bethesda, MD, in practice since 2004. He focuses on helping individuals and small businesses with comprehensive and holistic financial planning advice and services. He has served on various corporate, industry and non profit councils and boards locally and nationally. He is committed to helping all in the community where he lives and works.
Rachel Chung, Secretary
Ms. Chung has been working for nearly 20 years supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of ways. This support has included job placement for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, developing new initiatives such as retirement options for adults with developmental disabilities, and training for special education teachers in a Cambodian orphanage. She is currently the Disabilities Coordinator for the Department of Special Needs Ministries with the Archdiocese of Washington. Rachel has a BA in Social Work from the University Maryland Baltimore County. She is married and has two children.
Ms. Hanson comes to us from National Institutes of Health / Fine Arts Collection program where she specializes in producing programs for the Center’s fine art collection, creates signage and tour programs.
She used her multiple degrees in Communications and experience from an internationally acclaimed public relations company, to create her own freelance marketing design and communications firm serving several national clients in addition to Montgomery County Schools.
With a degree in journalism we look forward to her insight and experience as UCR grows into its own and develops a more recognizable brand.
She resides in Rockville.
UCR is a Maryland non-profit, 501(c)(3). We offer innovative programs, events, and social opportunities for adults with developmental and intellectual differences.
UCR’s program leaders are experienced professionals who work with our staff to ensure each member's experience is a success. Some programs run as drop-in and some run for several-sessions over consecutive months. Some activities are perfect for anyone; others require a particular interest or skill.
Mr. Duncan currently serves as the Program Director of Potomac Community Resources, a position he has held for 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, holding an undergraduate degree in Organizational Sociology, a Masters of Nonprofit and Association Management, and an MBA. He is the father of three girls; MacKenna, Siobhan, and Ainsleigh.
Mr. Rajagopal has worked in the Information Technology (IT) field, with different organizations including IBM, MITRE, IITRI, and others, for 35 years. He has an M.B.A in Finance and IT from G.W.U and an M.S. in Computer Science in addition to Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Electronics. He is currently a Chief IT Architect at MITRE Corporation, a nonprofit, Federally Funded Research and Development Center. He represents his company at IT Industry standards organizations. He is the author of a number of books published by McGraw-Hill, CRC Press, etc. He has authored a number of patents and has published several IT related articles in professional publications.
Raj is a very active member of the Indian community in the Washington metro area (WMA). He has been the President / Chairman of different Hindu Temples in the WMA. He is on the Board of Hindu American Community Services Inc. He is also on the Board of OASIS, a group founded by of parents with special needs children to promote the advancement of special needs individuals. His wife is a well-known Oncologist in Montgomery County. They have a son with special needs and have purchased a farm in Gaithersburg to provide work opportunities for members of the population.
Ms. Jones is a strong, independent woman who happens to have Down Syndrome. She works two jobs, serves as a lecturer, usher and altar server in her church and is also a member of leadership council for the Church Youth Group. She is an active volunteer for Upcounty Community Resources helping to coordinate social events. Meghan attended Magruder High School, is a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Corps earning the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Presidential Award for community Service through volunteering over 500 hours. She is a graduate of the Transition Training for Independence Program at Montgomery College. Meghan completed internships with Project Search at the National Institute of Health as well as an internship at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. While working at Target, she met several customers with hearing issues who struggled to be understood and she resolved to make a difference so she taught herself American Sign Language. Meghan has testified before Maryland legislators, and the US Dept. of Labor Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Competitive Integrated Employment of Individuals with Disabilities and has been a presenter at the Techniques for Success Conference.
Sylvia Jones, Social Activities Coordinator
Ms. Jones is an active contributor to community outreach & support for parents of children with Down Syndrome. She was a PTA volunteer and fundraiser. She has worked in science / technology field for over 30 years, as well as marketing & sales. She is the parent of young adult with Down Syndrome.
Ms. McGinnity is the National Executive Director of Ignatian Volunteer Corps whose mission is to provide mature men and women the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor and to work for a more just society. She serves on Boards of Directors for Outreach Ministry, Inc., and Rosaria Communities, Inc. Previously she had served as Senior Executive Assistant to the Director Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
Ms. Andruscavage has dedicated her career to the education of students with special needs. She has been a special educator, media specialist, and is currently a reading intervention teacher at the Ivymount School. She has engaged in continuous professional development opportunities offered through the rich resources of the DC metro area including the Smithsonian Institutes and the Kennedy Center. Holly is passionate about the arts and is an avid amateur artisan with particular interests in pottery and jewelry making.
Jenn Lynn, UCR Executive Director
- Jenn Lynn is passionate about helping all families dealing with Autism. She is mother of a teenage son, Jake, with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Mood Disorder NOS, and Executive Function Disorder. Lynn serves on the Commission for People with Disabilities of Montgomery County, All Clear Education Services, the Arc US Diversity Committee, Humana Behavioral Health and collaborates with I/DD professionals and doctors. Ms. Lynn strives to educate, enrich, and empower parents and community members by sharing what she's learned from 4 years training Law Enforcement, 2 years as an ABA technician, experience with PBIS training, first-hand behavior training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, her work in special education (public/private schools), and her job with adults with special attributes. The former TV news producer speaks and writes uplifting and encouraging stories of living on the spectrum at theworldaccordingtojake.com, is a published author, adoption advocate, is a Director on the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild for Sainthood and performs professionally as a flute/piccolo player.
Emeritus Board members & advisors