BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President / Executive Director
Beth Allen is the mother of three children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Her family has experienced first hand the challenge of socializing in conventional public venues with someone who has trouble with sensory processing.
Since 1984, Beth has worked in an administrative capacity among a variety of industries, including continuing education and accounting; run her own successful bookkeeping and administrative business; managed the Howard County Autism Society office; organized business,
non-profit, and school events with consistent accolades; and served in church administrative, teaching, and supervisory capacities.
Her business has been recognized by both the Howard County Public School System and the Howard County Commission on Disabilities for her participation in the work study program, promoting an inclusive workforce for people with disabilities.
Beth firmly believes in providing a supportive community where the neurodiverse can interact / socialize in a place that is comfortable and welcoming to them, and that everyone should be encouraged to identify their passion or calling in life, making what they do on a daily basis not a chore, but a pleasure.
Treasurer / Director
Serap Bastepe-Gray, a performer, lecturer, consultant and pedagogue, holds a medical doctor degree from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, a masters of music in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and a masters degree in occupational therapy from Towson University. She performs as a soloist and in duo with renowned classical guitarist Julian Gray and has enlarged the guitar ensemble repertoire through her many arrangements and compositions.
Serap has collaborated with Peabody faculty in projects using interactive media targeting early instrumental pedagogy. Her articles have appeared in various journals including Soundboard Magazine, Communitas, and Journal of Emergency Nursing and Chemical Neuroanatomy.
She is the co-founder of Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine and serves as part of the Performing Arts Rehab team at the JHRN Peabody Clinic for Performing Artists.
As a researcher, she collaborates on various interdisciplinary projects with colleagues from Peabody, Departments of Neurology, Radiology, Engineering and Film and Media Studies. She lectures and consults on health and wellness issues for performing musicians and has participated as a panelist and presenter in forums including the American Occupational Therapy Association, National Guitar Workshop, International Society for Music Education, and American College of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She serves on the MedChi Performing Arts Medicine Committee, Research and Education Committees of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), Musicians’ Health and Wellness Committee of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and the Executive Committee for the Society for Peabody Alumni. Serap is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory with a joint appointment at the SOM Neurology Department. She directs the guitar ensemble program and the Peabody Occupational Health and Injury Prevention (POHIP) program.
Serap has three children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.
Secretary / Director
A mother of two girls ages 17 and 21, Lindsay Allen graduated from Ohio University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education
of the Multi-handicapped K-12 and Early Education of Handicapped (Pre-K validation). She attained a Master of Arts Degree from
Ohio State University in 2001 in Early Childhood Education.
Lindsay is currently in her 25th year teaching at Worthington City Schools in Worthington, Ohio. Over the last 10 years, she has specialized in teaching children on the Autism Spectrum. She opened the Structured Communication Learning Center 10 years ago and provides intervention services for students in grades K-2 who are diagnosed with Autism. Lindsay has extensive training in Crisis Prevention Intervention and continues to work closely with staff at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Autism Clinic.
Ron Goldstraw has been doing volunteer work with teens periodically since 1986 through various church programs. It was while assisting with Sunday School classes that Ron was first impacted by two special needs teens. That experience was a first step on the path that has led him to his work today.
Ron was working as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter when he decided to switch career paths and pursue commercial diving.
It was during the diving "off-season" that Ron really discovered his passion for working with special needs children. His part-time work as an aide in the Anne Arundel County Public School System took him to Ruth Parker Eason, a special needs center for children with various disabilities. Since working at Ruth Parker Eason, he has volunteered time with Special Olympics and coached students in Unified Bocce.
Over the years, Ron has had a number of close friends whose children have autism at varying degrees of the spectrum. When he heard about the vision of Kaleidoscope and the opportunities it would provide for relationship building, having fun, and feeling safe and welcomed, Ron wanted
to become an integral part in making the vision a reality.
Ron has two adult sons and currently works at Signature Flight Support.
Julie Whalen was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. She has worked in the legal, banking, and education industries. However, it was her many years of experience in the construction industry that led to her passion for lighting, specifically cost-controlled solutions for commercial facilities. Julie is currently an Maryland Dept. of Transportation certified lighting designer, specifier, and provider.
Julie has one adult son and is owner of Lighting with Vision, LLC. In addition to her support for The Kaleidoscope, she is actively involved with the National Stroke Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. She is a state certified Emergency Medical Technician.