Chief Executive Officer
Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Abilities Network, formerly the Epilepsy Association of Maryland. She started her career as a family and individual counselor for the ARC of Baltimore; she then worked as a social worker for Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1980, Lee was hired as the Director of Clinical Services for the Epilepsy Association of Maryland and later promoted to the position of Executive Director in 1983.
Throughout her career, Lee has served as a member and/or officer of various professional organizations, including the following: National Association of Social Workers; National Society of Fund-Raising Executives, now called the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); the Maryland State Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities, and the Maryland Association of Community Services for individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, Lee has worked as part of a leadership group at the Epilepsy Foundation National Office. She continues to take part in work groups related to services provided by Abilities Network.
Lee graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Washington University. She received her Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America as well as her Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland.
Lyn Elliott, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Human Resources
Lyn has overseen the Human Resources function at Abilities Network since 1999. Lyn’s works closely with Abilities Network’s program staff to ensure recruiting, training, performance management, compensation and legal compliance meet Abilities Network’s standards. With over 20 years of experience in HR in the human services, automotive and property management industries, Lyn enjoys partnering with management and operations staff to find creative solutions to ensure Abilities Network fulfills its mission and achieves its strategic goals.
Lyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indian University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland. Lyn has been certified by HRCI as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) since 2001. She is also a long standing member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the Chesapeake Human Resources Association.
Kathy Naviasky, M.S.
Director of Program Administration
Kathy began her career at Abilities Network in 1989, providing one-on-one supports in the community. Through the years, Kathy has taken on other roles within the organization, including oversight of the Annapolis office and supervision of program-related activities and staff. Kathy’s experience as owner/operator of Moving Solutions provides her with a unique combination of business and non-profit practices. In her current role, Kathy is an active participant on the leadership team and monitors the budget for the Community and Employment Partners program. Kathy is also an integral part of the expansion of the Senior Services program.
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Maryland College, now known as McDaniel College, and a M.S. in Human Resource Development from Towson University.
Director of Program Services
Betsy oversees our Community and Employment Partners (CEP) program, funded by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), as well as Healthy Families Baltimore County and Project ACT (All Children Together). Providing supervision and programmatic oversight, she works closely with a team of directors to promote and develop avenues of fiscal expansion. With 38 years of experience, she is a business leader, skilled in preparing and managing employees to be engaged as mentors and advocates for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities and their families. Betsy is knowledgeable in industry trends, closely monitoring regulatory compliance and agency structure to provide quality programming tailored to the needs and preferences of each individual served across Maryland. As a liaison to state funders, she provides continued visibility for Abilities Network while promoting a service delivery system that supports common sense changes to ensure children and adults of all abilities are a valued part of their homes and work communities.
Betsy received her Bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University in Psychology and Recreation Administration.
Joseph “Joe” Hughes, Jr.
Director of Employment Services
Joe began his career at Abilities Network in 1996. Joe has held various positions ranging from direct supports as a Resource Counselor to overseeing direct support staff as a Program Director.
In 2009, Joe began building and overseeing employment services. Joe works closely with CEP program staff to ensure that Abilities Network provides the highest quality of services to adults with developmental disabilities in locating and maintaining competitive employment in their communities. Joe has initiated, built and maintained productive partnerships with many collaborators including: DORS, DDA, The Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), TransCen Inc., The Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative (MSTC), Student to Employment Program (STEP) and Baltimore County Public Schools.
Joe graduated from Towson State University, now Towson University, with a B.A. in Psychology in 1995.
Director of Epilepsy Services
Mary joined Abilities Network/The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region (EFCR) in 2001 as the Epilepsy Education Coordinator. Now the Director of Epilepsy Services, Mary directs all of the agency’s epilepsy education programs, manages the scholarship and volunteer programs, facilitates support groups, seeks grant funding for epilepsy programs, organizes epilepsy advocacy programs and staffs the Epilepsy Professional Advisory Board.
As EFCR’s liaison for the Epilepsy Foundation, Mary has worked on national committees with the Epilepsy Foundation to develop a teen epilepsy education program and a volunteer plan that is used nationwide. Mary represents EFCR on the Maryland Community Health Charities committee; Veterans Administration/Epilepsy Center of Excellence; NE Community Advisory Board, and the Maryland Chapter of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.
Mary graduated from University of Baltimore in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration. Her education continued with course work in Elementary Education at Towson University. Most recently, Mary has completed continuing education programs in Project Management, Grant Writing, Volunteer Management and Resource Development. Mary also attends American Epilepsy Society conferences and National Institutes of Health, Epilepsy Education sessions to keep up with current developments in the epilepsies.
Tomeaka Jupiter, LCSW-C
Director of Program Development
Tomeaka has worked to enrich the lives of children and their families for over 16 years; she has experience providing a variety of direct and administrative support services including case management, psychotherapy and program management. Tomeaka began working at Abilities Network in 2005 and has provided support with program development, training, seeking grant funding and program evaluation. She serves as the Director for Healthy Families Baltimore County, a nationally accredited home visiting program. Tomeaka works closely with the Baltimore County Local Management Board to assess and meet the needs of families that reside within Baltimore County and serves as the co-chair for the Baltimore County Early Childhood Advisory Council. She maintains involvement with a variety of groups and committees that work to support families, including the Maryland Home Visiting Alliance.
Tomeaka attended the University of Richmond and received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Women’s Studies and Elementary Education. In 2000, she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Radford University. In 2012, she received her Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapy from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. She is certified by Healthy Families America as a Peer Reviewer and is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a supervisor for social workers that are seeking licensure.
Sharon Huffman, MS, LCPC
Director of Project ACT (All Children Together)
Sharon is a licensed professional counselor with experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. She has been with Abilities Network since 2007 and currently directs the Project ACT program.
Sharon collaborates with entities around the state of Maryland, including the following: Baltimore County Local Interagency Collaboration Committee; the Maryland State Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee; the Education Advocacy Coalition; the Early Childhood Advisory Councils in several jurisdictions; Ready at Five; the Judy Centers, and other non-profit and educational institutions to promote the inclusion of all children in settings.
Through networking, outreach and the successful completion of numerous projects, Sharon has worked to increase Project ACT’s services to meet the needs of low-income children, children who are English language learners and children with special needs.
Director of Move Management Services
Heather has been with Abilities Network since 2011. She directs the Move Management Services program, which assists senior adults with downsizing, organizing and transitioning into retirement living.
Heather is a member of various local groups, including the following: COGS (Howard County), SPG (Anne Arundel County), SPIN (Carroll County), Baltimore County Provider Council, NARC Baltimore, and Life Planning Resources. Heather also serves as vice president on the board of GAIN (Harford County) and is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). She has received training on “Safety in Senior Move Management” and “Ethics and Accountability in Senior Move Management” from NASMM’s Cornerstone Training. Additionally, Heather has received training from eSMARRT on proper packing procedures. Though not required by her profession to attend additional courses or training, she finds it very helpful and educational to attend many CEU events in the area geared towards social workers and nurses in the field of senior care.
Heather graduated from Goucher College in 1998 with a B.A. in Psychology.