Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council (BAC) is a group of local business and community professionals whose mission is to advance and increase employment options and opportunities for local residents who have developmental disabilities. Council members serve as mentors and ambassadors to promote the diversification of the workforce through the inclusion of workers with disabilities. They also provide job seekers opportunities to practice workplace skills, holding mock interviews, job “trials” and give job seekers feedback on how to present themselves in a professional manner.

For more information on joining the Business Advisory Council, contact Steve Blanks at

Members include:
Lisa Barrett, Montgomery College
John Bogasky, Advancier LLC
Stacey Butler, CVS Health
Daniel Campos, Campos Financial Group
Eric Cole, NIH Clinical Center
James Dean, Department of Rehabilitation Services
Matt Hardwick, ResInnova Laboratories
Lennie Gladstone, The Ivymount School
Cynthia Grissom, Worksource Montgomery
Karen Hochberg, Montgomery County Department of Human Resources
Mike Houston, Takoma Park Cooperative
Venus Jordan, Congressional Country Club
Ken Karbeling, American Reprographics
Arlene McCrehan, SEEC Board
Lu Merrick, The Ivymount School
Maristela Monteiro, Pan American Health Organization
Karla Nabors, Montgomery College
James Poore, Montgomery Parks and Planning
David Posin, Soldier Fit
Patricia Taylor, Seasons 52 – North Bethesda
Jed Seifert, Jakprints Inc., Stakes, LLC
Michelle B. Smith, 1st Choice Staffing
Andy Williams, Old Line Bank
Bart Yablonsky, Dawsons Market
Rebecca VanGuilder, The Ivymount School