Meet the S.I.B.S. Leadership team (listed in alphabetical order by last name):
Maureen Aidasani: Board Member
Maureen Aidasani is a corporate attorney and an adjunct legal writing professor living in Chicago. She enjoys speaking and writing about her experiences growing up with her older brother Donny, who has autism. Aidasani has presented at a number of Chicago-area conferences about the importance of support for siblings. She joined the SIBS board because she enjoys connecting with other siblings who have shared a similar experience. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys playing basketball, music, and caring for her sweet shelter dog Jasmine.
Christine Becker: Board Member
Christine Becker, MA., LPC, has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has taught and lectured on a variety of topics related to transition, adult services, and self-determination. She counsels families about long term planning for individuals with disabilities.
Tara Conley: Vice President, Founding Member
Tara Conley is an Individual Service Coordinator (ISC) with Service of Will, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties. Motivated by her brother with developmental disabilities, Tara dedicates her time enhancing services for people with disabilities in Illinois and their families. Tara has been a certified Sibshop Facilitator since 1996 and has helped others create their own sibshop programs. Tara created the listserv AdultSibsNet, and co-founded Family Sibday. She serves on the Sibling Support Project’s Advisory Committee, UIC’s Consumer Advisory/LEND committee, and is a member of the Arc of IL board. Tara received the Arc of IL Outstanding Family Advocate Award in 2005. She is an advocate not only for families in IL but her brother Nick as well; she shares her family’s experience in the published work, Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities.
Nora Fox Handler: Treasurer, Founding Member
Nora Fox Handler is a committed sister to her three brothers with intellectual disabilities. She is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and their families and shares her family’s experience in the published work, Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities. Handler serves on multiple governing boards including the National Sibling Leadership Network and the Arc of Illinois. Handler is on the Advisory Committee of the Sibling Support Project and is an advocate advisor of the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD) and the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Amy Halm: Secretary
Amy Halm is inspired by her younger sister, Emily, whose love for people, life, and learning are never-ending. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with children of all ages. She loves facilitating Sibshops and meeting fellow siblings.
Benji Rubin: President, Board of Directors
Benji Rubin is an attorney and shareholder at Rubin Law, a firm which limits its law practice to Special Needs Legal & Future Planning for Illinois families of children & adults with special needs, including all required “traditional” Estate Planning & Estate Administration. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law after receiving his undergraduate degree in Economics from Northwestern University. His brother, Mitch, has Autism and lives in a Clearbrook CILA.