The Board of Trustees
Stephanie and David Long
Stephanie Long has a history of working with young people in a private school setting first as a house parent, then in Development and event planning, and finally as an Archivist for the better part of a decade. More recently she had co-owned a designer fabric line. However, her true calling, as a mother of two children with neurological challenges, is as a committed and relentless advocate and a passionate philanthropist for those on the Autism Spectrum.
She and her husband David helped develop, build, advance, and support Aspire, a Massachusetts General Hospital initiative for 20 years, raising $20 million over that time. Aspire aims to provide social, therapeutic support to members of the ASD community. Programs range from summer camps to after school through college boot camps and career internships. It is a wonderful organization, but there has to be more to life than programs.
The idea of The Common Room is a dream the Long family has to create a space that would enhance the lives of young adults with ASD, to provide a safe, fun, peer-driven, social, non-clinical space to combat the crippling isolation that haunts many on the spectrum as they become adults.
The Common Room will make this dream a reality.
Tom Harrington is an attorney with Miyares and Harrington LLP. He focuses his practice on municipal law and serves as Town Counsel in the Towns of Wellesley, Littleton, Norfolk, Carlisle, and Templeton. He assists municipal boards with governance practice and has particular expertise in contracting, conveyancing, permitting and litigation matters. Tom lives in Wellesley with his wife Lee and has two daughters.
Tom has also served on the Board of Directors Roxbury Community College Center for Environmental Education. He was formerly an elected Town Meeting Member in the Town of Wellesley and formerly served as elected member of the Wellesley Recreation Commission.
Ann Marie Gross
Board of Trustees
Ann Marie Gross is a former financial services executive with 25 years of experience. While working for a Boston based investment company she held various positions to include project/systems management, client services and head of client operations. She has served on the board of the Asperger’s Autism Network (AANE), the Town of Wellesley Advisory Committee and board of the Wellesley Council on Aging. Ann Marie is currently a member of the MGH ASPIRE Gala Committee and the Vice President of the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation. Ann Marie lives in Wellesley with her husband, son (who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at nine years old) and daughter.
The Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Cauley has been a psychologist for nearly 40 years. His interests include working with neurodiverse populations specifically autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit disorder. His focus has been on developing effective interventions and program development for children and young adults. He has had clinical appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital, Judge Baker Guidance Center and Children’s Hospital. He remains active consulting and providing therapy to individuals, programs and schools with autism spectrum disorder. He’s a former director of Youthcare and Camp Bunker Hill.
Carol Stern, with more than 35 years of experience in the field of special education and program development, is currently a Consulting Director of Special Education for a Charter School in Lawrence, MA.
Previously, she was a founding member of one of the first charter schools in Massachusetts. This urban school district received a national recognition for its success in closing the achievement gap for students. She was also the Founding Administrator of community based special education programs, including the establishment of programs for children with autism. Through her work at Educational Collaborative she provided programs for children with special learning needs. As a Psycho-Educational Evaluator at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Carol worked as part of an interdisciplinary medical team, evaluating young children.
Carol holds her certification as an Administrator of Special Education, received her BA from Boston University, and received her master’s in education from Northeastern University. Carol is also a volunteer for Horizons for Homeless Children, based in Lawrence.
Tracey is the Executive Director of The Common Room. Previously she was the Founder and Executive Director of Learning Solutions ; a Social-Emotional Learning Center located in Norwood, MA. As an Educational Consultant, Tracey offers more than 20 years professional experience and is professionally licensed in Special Education PreK-9/ Elementary Education 1-6. She has accomplished study in Speech Communication, Therapeutic Recreation, Masters of Education (Special Education), Board Certification in Special Education, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. Tracey has completed clinical training in differentiated instruction, inclusive best practice, social-emotional development and Social Thinking®.
Tracey is the Creator of Social Fit (R) Program for social-emotional learners (SEL) who strive to integrate into their recreational community for increased health and overall social competency. This 3 component social learning program focuses on strengthening Body, Mind and Self through supportive social executive function instruction (S.N.A.P. Social Notes about People® templates).
Her work and programs have been awarded DCF Community Partnership Award, the #1 Family Favorite Best of Boston: Boston Parents’ Paper ™; and Outstanding Early Intervention Provider Margaret L. Bauman, M.D. Award for Excellence.
Prior to college, Josh worked summers as a camp counselor and commissioner at the Curtis S. Read Scouting Reservation in Upstate NY, which instilled in him a passion for helping others, an early exposure to team management, and a love for creative problem solving.
Josh Hauser is a 2017 graduate of the School of Engineering at Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems. After graduation, Josh worked at Curriculum Associates as an Account Specialist, providing onboarding and technical support to to schools across Pennsylvania, Delaware, Louisiana, and Arkansas for the critically acclaimed i-Ready learning platform primarily helping students K-8.
In 2020, Josh started his own web design and development business with the specific intention of helping small businesses while also volunteering with the Nashua, NH Conservation Commission, in addition to some work as an SME for The Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE.
Josh has also spent time volunteering as a Virtual Game Night host for The Common Room before accepting the position of Program Manager in August 2022. For this role, Josh draws on his experience as a web developer, and his former experience as a camp counselor to come up with accessible, and engaging activities for the Members of The Common Room