Aaron Rakow, Chief Executive Officer. Aaron is a clinical psychologist and co-founder of College Steps. He has devoted his career to improving educational accessibility for students living with disabilities across a variety of categories. Aaron is also an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and co-founded InSite Solutions, a school-based mental health consulting and direct service non-profit serving communities of poverty in Washington, DC. Collectively, Aaron has fifteen years of experience working within the behavioral health field including at the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Children’s National Health System, The Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Vermont. Aaron oversees all aspects of College Steps strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder relations.
Lauren Merritt, Chief Operating Officer. Lauren is a founding member of College Steps and has overseen the growth of College Steps partnerships from a single college program in Vermont to a comprehensive model featuring partnership sites throughout the northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. Lauren is identified as a national leader in post-secondary education for individuals living with disabilties. Lauren’s professional memberships include the Post-Secondary Education Consortium, Autism Advisory Council for Connecticut, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts (Chairperson), Ability Now (Chairperson), Waitsfield Children’s Center (Board of Directors), Green Mountain United Way (Board of Directors), Autism Speaks, and Connecticut Association on Higher Education and Disability. She leads and manages all aspects of College Steps operations, human resources and community relations.
Lead Instructional Coordinator
Director of Admissions
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Workforce Development
Human Resource Manager
Maria Coviello Gould
Dean Emeritus of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks
Long Island, NY
Pediatric Speech Pathologist, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President at University of Vermont
Partner at Bellwether Education Partners
Chief Financial Officer of Dorian LPG Ltd.
New York, NY