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 Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University where he has previously led efforts to reform school-based mental health within underserved communities of 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 disabilities. 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.
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
Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences University of Vermont
Principal at Bellwether Education Partners
Seth H. Wohlberg
Senior Managing Director at Far Hills
New York, NY
Chief Financial Officer of Dorian LPG Ltd.
New York, NY