As a high schooler, Jessica babysat for and fell in love with a little boy with autism. She’s been passionate about the cause ever since. She is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and joined CA in 2003. In 2018, she became president and CEO. In this role, she provides strategic direction and support, so the team can accomplish its mission.
“We focus on improving systems,” explains Jessica, which is exactly what she watched that little boy’s parents try to do. “When systems work the way they’re supposed to, CA can go away,” she adds. Until then, Jessica leads CA’s efforts to impact capacity development in human service systems through strategic public-private partnerships, leadership and collaboration.
After graduating from college, Jessica immediately began working in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) field. She worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute while earning her master’s degree.
Jessica has taught coursework in autism and applied behavior analysis as an adjunct instructor and served on a number of statewide advisory councils and workgroups, including the Virginia Autism Council. In 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell appointed her to the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, and she served on its Executive Committee.
Jessica expects big things from her team and they deliver. “My favorite thing about my job is solving problems with other passionate people who won’t settle,” she explains. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys Richmond’s restaurant scene and spending time with her children, especially when they’re behaving. She loves weight lifting, salsa dancing and playing—and winning—board games.
- President, Board of Directors, SupportOne
- Virginia Autism Council
- Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
- Adjunct Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Adjunct Instructor, University of Mary Washington
- Licensed Behavior Analyst
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
- Nonprofit Learning Point, Certificate
- Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program
- University of Maryland (Baltimore County), Master of Arts, Human Services Psychology
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor of Science, Psychology