Our Team

Gary M. Carter, Board of Directors President
Gary Carter has been interested in special education and developmental disabilities for over 30 years. He has volunteered for the Howard County Public School System and the ARC of Howard County. He joined the Board of Adaptive Living Incorporated in 2008 and became the Board President in 2017. He is also Professor of Electrical Engineering at UMBC where he has been since 1988.



David Donovan , Board of Directors Vice President
David is a 20-year resident of Columbia, MD and a parent of a son with special needs. He has also been a 15-year volunteer with Special Olympics Maryland-Howard County gaining valuable perspective while getting to know hundreds of disabled and special needs individuals along with their families in our community. Read More




Karen Carter , Board of Directors Recording Secretary
Karen has been a resident of Ellicott City, Maryland for the past 30 years. As Recording Secretary she is responsible for maintaining ALI policies and helps in other areas as needed. Read More

Robin Phillips , Resident Services Chair, Board Member
Robin has worked in the healthcare industry for over 38 years. She has been involved with individuals with developmental disabilities since 1994. She enjoys advocating for her son and daughter who have developmental disabilities. Her hobbies include close involvement with Special Olympics, taking long walks and working in her flower beds.



Susan Fauceglio, Program Director
Susan has worked with individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities from the ages of 3 to 70, and has been providing the services for the past 30 years. Her expertise at adaptive living has helped this organization grow over the past 24 years. She provides a strong mentoring program for all of our new resident advisors.


Lisa Emmerling
Lisa Emmerling, Fundraising Chair, Board Member
Lisa Emmerling is a native of Baltimore and has lived in Howard County for 32 years. She was an advertising art director for a number of advertising agencies in Baltimore City. She began her own graphic design firm when she moved to Howard County. Read More

Sharon Powdrill
Sharon Powdrill, Board Member
Sharon Powdrill lives in Columbia Maryland. Her back ground by profession is Social Work. She has heart and mind to serve the vulnerable population which includes the elderly, developmental disabilities and the homeless population. Read More

Claude de Vastey Jones, Board Member
Claude de Vastey Jones is an attorney at Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, LLP in Columbia, Maryland.  Her practice focuses on cases involving litigation before federal and Maryland courts and administrative agencies, including business, commercial and personal injury matters. Read More

Karen Callison, Housing Chair, Board Member
Karen Callison is a retired Nurse with 39 years in the medical field.  She is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland and has lived in Howard County for 37 years. She is married and has a son and daughter and a dog. Her daughter has special needs and lives in an Adaptive Living home to help her become as independent as she can with her disability. Read More

Duke Silvea, Board Member
Duke has been involved with Special Olympics as a coach and volunteer for many years. He initiated and manages ALI’s vehicle donation program.