Executive Director, Co-Founder
Brenda has a BA in psychology and special education with a graduate diploma in administration. She has more than 40 years’ experience in social service administration, most recently as director of north shore operations for a Chicagoland nonprofit.
Throughout the years, Brenda has successfully worked collaboratively to develop and implement innovative programs to meet urgent community needs including Camp STAR, an evidence-based summer treatment program for children with ADHD, ASD and related disorders.
Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
After serving as a lieutenant in the Israeli infantry, Moshe earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University. For more than 20 years, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry where he published more than 100 scientific papers and more than 15 patents.
Since retiring from Abbott Laboratories, Moshe joined National Louis University where he taught Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics. He was certified in software testing at SigmaSoft. At the end of 2009 Moshe joined his wife Brenda, who founded Aspiritech.
Ann B. Brownell
Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer
Ann Brownell is a mentor, a coach, a partner, an educator, and a leader. She has 20+ years of experience in software development and quality assurance and even more in personnel and program management. Ann is not afraid to ask or answer difficult questions. She helps teams increase quality, efficiency, productivity, and pride.
Ann has worked in many different industries including education, learning, training, and knowledge tracking systems; statistical analysis and data services; property, planning, and document management; and social engineering and networking.
Chief Marketing Officer
After 30 years as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and 10 years serving in the Board of Directors at Aspiritech, Brad proudly joined the company to build the client base and help Aspiritech grow its employment mission.
Brad is also the managing partner of Snippets Mini Cuts, a small chain of kid’s hair salons since 1999, and Surfside Palmas Resorts, a rental management company in Puerto Rico since 2015. He also has served on several educational boards including District 112 Foundation and is a Trustee of the Palmas Academy.
Joan brings more than 16 years of Human Resources Management experience to her role at Aspiritech. She has a BA from the University of Delaware, and was previously certified as an SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). Having worked in a variety of fields such as Banking, Social Services, Manufacturing, HR Consulting, and Recruiting, Joan brings a passion for helping companies find the best people, creating the best environments for employees to thrive, and helping companies find the best ways to work efficiently and effectively. Having a family member on the Autism spectrum herself, Joan understands the importance of providing meaningful employment for this population, and is so proud to be a part of this important mission.
Bonny joined the Aspiritech management team in January 2017. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her undergraduate and then her Masters in social work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Bonny provides direct services and also oversees the support team (autism specialist, counselor, job coaches) that assists Aspiritech’s neurodiverse staff members and helps them succeed at their jobs. She also consults with the management staff on effective strategies to use in the workplace.
Board of Directors
David Rappaport, Chairman
David is a Co-Founding Partner of Rappaport Reiches Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor in Skokie. He has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and is a CPA. David lives in Deerfield, with his wife Karen. One of their daughters is on the Autism Spectrum.
Ester Stein, Vice Chair
Ester Stein is Director of Corporate Reimbursement at Abbott. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is responsible for ensuring that there is appropriate coverage, coding and payment by public and private insurers for Abbott diagnostic products in the United States. Ester worked in healthcare economics in the area of oncology, specifically breast and bladder cancer. Ester earned her M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. She lives in Highland Park with her husband Bruce and has two sons that are on the autism spectrum.
Alan Berkowitz, Treasurer
Alan is a retired business executive with 30+ years of experience in finance and operations. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School). Alan has served in multiple volunteer positions including as a CBO mentor and as Chair of the Deerfield, IL village caucus where he lives with his wife Andrea.
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Ron retired from the William Wrigley Jr., Co. where he worked for 19 years in the Corporate Engineering area. Before that, he spent eight years as a FORTRAN programmer in the material handling business. Ron is on the autism spectrum.
Michael is a collaborative enterprise leader in Financial Services Technology, passionate about business alignment, systems improvement, and team development. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He received his Masters from the University of Chicago’s Executive MBA program.
With extensive leadership within the content of Merger and Acquisition, Michael is a resilient and adaptive agent for change and integration. After ten years in technology consulting (surrounding software development), Michael joined the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group in 2003, and has been there since. He currently manages a large global team responsible for software development and testing of Market Regulatory applications, and a Project Management Office.
After co-founding and managing his own marketing agency for 17 years, Jay, and his firm became part of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. As a result, Jay spent 12 years as the CEO of their Promotional Marketing Division in North American. His 40 years of experience has also included brand marketing stints at P&G and Alberto-Culver.
Bud Glick has over 40 years’ experience as a software development manager, quality manager, process improvement consultant, and hardware/systems/software engineer. He has expertise using the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Software Compatibility Maturity Model Integration (CMMITM). He also has extensive experience providing training related to Process Improvement, CMMI, CMMI-Appraisals, and specialized tutorials on related topics. He is an SEI SCAMPI High Maturity Lead Appraiser and SEI Introduction to the CMMI Instructor.
Rachelle Jervis is president and CEO of the Executive Service Corps (ESC), a 41-year-old consultancy with a mission to help make nonprofits successful. Before leading the ESC, Rachelle served in multiple roles for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Rachelle was a founding member of the board of the Chicago Friends School. She has also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Park Foundations, Aspiritech, and the Camelot Host Committee benefiting Cherry Preschool’s Inclusion Program. Rachelle earned an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and a certificate in nonprofit leadership from the United Nation’s Mandated University of Peace.
Her proudest accomplishment is helping her late daughter overcome epilepsy and autism to learn how to speak. Her blog on the grief surrounding the sudden loss of her daughter, Want My Baby Back, has been read by thousands. Rachelle has extensive public speaking experience, including speaking at the dedication in her daughter’s memory at her alma mater, Cherry Preschool.
Steve is a retired technology executive with over 35 years of software development experience in a variety of domains including business intelligence, equipment finance, electronic publishing, e-learning, manufacturing, and oil & gas. His sweet spot has been product development, where he directed day-to-day design, coding, and testing of complex software systems. He also orchestrated major architectural transformations, directed technology acquisitions, and helped manage companies through significant growth and modernization. He now volunteers for World Relief, a refugee resettlement agency.
Jerry is a retired business owner with over 35 years of experience in finance, sales and operations. He earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Jerry has volunteered and mentored at a number of organizations including CPS, Thresholds and at the Park District of HP. He is also the treasurer of the Phyllis & Perry Schwartz Foundation.
Ben is a highly motivated IT Leader in Systems Integrations and Change Management Consulting with over 10 years of proven success in engaging and managing highly-skilled technical teams to design and deploy innovative application solutions, tools and processes across operations. He currently works as a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting.
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Beverly is a retired social worker who worked for 41 years as a supervisor, administrator, and assistant executive director at a Chicagoland social service agency. In those roles, she provided staff training, led seminars, chaired a variety of committees, provided consultation outside of the agency and was involved in the development of a variety of special projects.
After serving as a lieutenant in the Israeli infantry, Moshe earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University. For more than 20 years, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry where he published more than 100 scientific papers and more than 15 patents. Since retiring from Abbott Laboratories, Moshe joined National Louis University where he taught Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics. He was certified in software testing at SigmaSoft. At the end of 2009 Moshe joined his wife Brenda, who founded Aspiritech.