There are many ways to get involved in the MSSN. Our volunteers help organize meet and greets, present workshops, participate on sibling panels, and more! Contact us to get involved today!
Meet Mara Quinn! Our Head Volunteer
Growing up alongside her sister on the Autism Spectrum, Mara had a passion for disability justice and inclusion catalyzed at a young age. She has subsequently immersed herself in the disability sector, and has been involved in various pursuits related to sibling advocacy and inclusion. She has been involved with Siblink in Rhode Island, done research on individual’s with Autism Spectrum Disorder use of the internet, and currently works as a Mental Health Specialist at the McLean-Franciscan Inpatient Unit. She has a bachelors in Health and Human Biology from Brown University and is enrolled in Harvard University’s Post-baccalearate Premedical Program.
Meet Monica Gordillo!
Monica Gordillo is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Boston University. She is interested in researching the cultural health disparities affecting individuals with disabilities and their families and is currently working on developing a future planning program for siblings of adults with autism. Before attending BU, she received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Princeton University and subsequently worked for 2 years at NYU Child Study Center. Monica is a native speaker of English and Spanish.
Meet Winta Haile!
Winta is a nursing student at Simmons University, working toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. She looks forward to working as a primary care provider to optimize the health and wellbeing of all her future patients, especially that of patients with disabilities. She has a younger sister with Down Syndrome with whom she shares a love of song and dance.
Meet Olivia Ward!
Olivia is an undergraduate student at Tufts University pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Child Studies & Human Development. Olivia has a passion for researching the experience of siblings living with a brother/sister with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with a focus on how siblings report their brother/sister's emotions and behaviors. Olivia's passion sparks from growing up alongside her brother, who is on the Autism Spectrum.