Rob Ferber - Board Member / Treasurer
Robert is a recently retired physician whose career has spanned private office practice, hospitalist work, and roles in hospital administration particularly focused on electronic medical records, quality, and innovation. As the father of an adult daughter with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Robert has long tried to envision a safe and supportive living situation that will promote the best life for her in the community. Robert knows that there are many other people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would benefit from available and affordable housing that promotes both independence and community and is excited to work with IndependentWorks to help make such dreams a reality.
Carolina Matt - Board Member / President
Carolina has a B.S. in Special Education and General Education. She has been involved in the education field as a teacher and as a resource specialist for over 10 years. She is now a consultant working to help families with neurodiverse young adults. As the parent to a young adult with autism, she has spent the last 4 years working to improve transition experiences for her son and many other neurodiverse adults in the tri-county area. Through her summer camp program (CAMP IRL) and collaborations with other non profits in the area, she continues to impact the live of the community in a positive way. She sees IndependentWorks as a bridge for families and young adults looking for a long term housing solutions that has meaning.
Suzanne Altobello - Board Member
Suzanne is a professor of marketing and entrepreneurship for the past 20 years. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions to neurodiverse housing because her best friend has a teenage son with autism. She has seen her friend struggle with education issues, therapy, and medical challenges, and now, future housing options. She is hopeful that Smart technology can be integrated into this community to address some concerns about interdependent living. Her goal is to share IndependentWorks' solutions with other communities across the country.
Mary Beth Bobek - Board Member / Secretary
Mary Beth received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan afterwards founded the clinical pharmacy services at both the Cleveland Clinic and New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She later received her MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in entrepreneurship and innovation during that time she became the founding President of TransitionsFoundation-NC. This non-profit helps students with autism transition to community college in hopes of gaining employment. Her passion for autism services stems from her son and she knows with the right services they can flourish as adults and be productive members of society.