The Board Members
KATE DEVANE, President
Kate is the mother of ten-year-old boy/girl twins. Her son is on the autism spectrum. She has lived year-round on Martha's Vineyard for 20 years. She and Marcy Bettencourt founded the Island Autism Group when their boys were in Project Headway preschool together. Kate is the landscape coordinator for Donaroma's Nursery and Landscape. She attended Cornell University where she earned her BFA and she also attended Scotland's St. Andrews University and taught at The Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut, for five years.
Kate, her husband, two children and two, large dogs live in West Tisbury.
MARCY BRONZINO BETTENCOURT, Treasurer
Joanie holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and Education. She has been employed as a middle school guidance counselor at the Tisbury School in Vineyard Haven since 1999. As a guidance counselor she especially enjoys her work with both regular and special education students facilitating social skill development, and supporting academic and personal success. Joanie lives in Edgartown with her husband, Tim, and their two children, Ethan and Sara.
Kim is a parent who lives in West Tisbury with her 10-year-old twin boys.
Lea has been an OTR for 13 years, working with children ages birth through 22 years. She co-developed an after-school sensory program, has presented a variety of topics to the community, has assisted with the sensory lending library and has worked with Head Start consulting with parents. Using a sensory integrative approach when working with many children, Lea has excelled in her ability to develop sensory diets as well as work with teachers to embed sensory input directly into their classroom routine.
Jenny has been teaching preschool special education for sixteen years. She received her B.S. in Psychology/Sports Medicine from Marietta College in Ohio and her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education/Moderate/Severe Needs from The University of Kentucky. She has also worked two years in administration as the director of Southern Preschool and Child Development Center in Frankfort, KY and as the Early Childhood Coordinator here on Martha’s Vineyard. She enjoys working with children at all ability levels and finding out how they learn and adapting the curriculum to meet those learning styles. She lives in Oak Bluffs with her husband Chris and two children, Brody and Alex.
Connie is a mother of three adult children who lives in Vineyard Haven with her husband Chris. She was pursuing a degree in special education before changing her track to writing and editing. Her youngest son, Dan, has autism and enjoys making pottery and walking the beaches on the Island.
Kevin is the librarian at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. He lives in Oak Bluffs with his wife Cynthia and 11-year old son Connor.
Julia is a family physician at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She is a graduate of Brown University, B.A., 1996, and The University of Pittsburgh Medical School, M.D., 2001. She completed her residency at the ALbany Medical Center in Family Medicine (2002-2005). She was Board Certified in 2005. She currently cares for island residents of all ages in outpatient and inpatient settings. She is involved in IAG because of the patients and families in her practice who are affected by Autism, and her desire to help all affected island residents get the information, resources, services, and support that they need to meet the challenges presented by ASD.