Board of Directors
Geana started her career at Misericordia 24 years ago after graduating from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, with a bachelor’s in Psychology. She received her master’s in Psychology with a specialty in Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Geana currently is the Administrator of Clinical Services, Strategic Development and Quality Assurance at Misericordia. She acts as a liaison, advocating for choice for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. She also serves as Chairperson for the Intersect for Ability Network in the Chicago metropolitan area, striving to move services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled population forward. Through her coordination and leadership, Misericordia held its first national conference in October 2015, “Together for Choice,” which included more than 100 participants from 25 states.
Scott M. Mendel is a parent of a daughter with a developmental disability who lives at Misericordia. He is a retired partner of the international law firm K&L Gates. At K&L Gates, Scott concentrated his practice in complex antitrust litigation, including class actions, the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, and counseling clients on antitrust compliance with respect to pricing, distribution and other matters. He also counseled the firm’s healthcare clients on antitrust matters. During his 40 years of practice, Scott has been involved in a number of pro bono matters involving individuals with disabilities, indigent clients and incarcerated individuals.
Tracy Brown-May serves Opportunity Village, and people with disabilities, as the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her role, she oversees Advocacy, Human Resources, Marketing, Volunteer Engagement, and Family Outreach. She has an Associate’s Degree from the College of Southern Nevada and a Bachelor’s from Northeastern University. Tracy has spent the last 20 years engaged in disability support services and systems advocacy. Public policy is her passion and she has often shared her love of the government with the people she serves. A founding member of the A Team Nevada, Tracy believes grassroots initiatives, that engage people, are at the heart of good policy. A proud member of the Nevada Assembly, Tracy represents the residents of Assembly District 42 and was appointed to the seat in February 2021. Her legislative focus has been to bring the issues important to our community forward.
Tracy is a weekly volunteer at The Crossing Church. She has three adult children, all of who were born and raised in Nevada. She and her husband Jeff can often be found cycling around the city. A passionate advocate, Tracy is a champion of the people.
Ashley Kim Weiss
Ashley is an entrepreneur and disability advocate who currently serves as the National Coordinator for Together for Choice. She is also the President & CEO of Elevare Community, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create supportive communities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to Elevare, Ashley was the co-founder and Executive Director of Villa de Vida, a non-profit organization building an affordable housing community for adults with developmental disabilities in San Diego.
Ashley is a National Certified Guardian and licensed California Professional Fiduciary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Business.
Rep. Allison Tant
Representative Allison Tant currently serves as the Representative of District 9 in the Florida House of Representatives. A native Floridian, she was born in Jacksonville and graduated from Florida State University in 1983.
Along with being a State Representative, Representative Tant is the Anti-Defamation League of Florida’s regional representative. She is also an active member of the Tallahassee Rotary Club, Capital Women’s Network, Tiger Bay, and Temple Israel’s Social Action Committee. She has served as president, treasurer and advocacy chair of the Children’s Home Society in Tallahassee, secretary of the Tallahassee Community College Foundation, chair of Holland & Knight’s Opening Doors for Children fund, and board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is a former member of the Leon County Schools Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee and District Advisory Committee.
Representative Tant also worked with Leon County Schools and Lively Technical College to found an acclaimed summer institute teaching life, social, and independence skills for 60 disabled young adults. Additionally, she founded KEYS (Keys to Exceptional Youth Success), a scholarship program for students with disabilities. The organization provided instructional supplies to students, endowed a scholarship at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) for students with disabilities and worked with TCC’s Board of Trustees to create Eagle Connections, a college curriculum for students with cognitive disabilities. Furthermore, Representative Tant helped launch Tallahassee’s Independence Landing, an innovative, exciting, and affordable housing option for adults with a range of cognitive and physical disabilities.
Adam C. Pomeranz joined Annandale Village in 2004 as its Chief Executive Officer. A widely respected leader in the developmentally disabled sector, Adam oversees Annandale’s strategic direction and daily operations including the delivery of programs and services, finance, development, health services, and community outreach. In addition, Adam also serves as the Executive Director of The Annandale Foundation.
Immediately prior to joining Annandale Village, Adam served as Director of the Access Center at Ridgeview Institute, a $30 million a year psychiatric and substance abuse hospital in metro Atlanta. In this role, he directed a high volume psychiatric and substance abuse emergency room that triaged over 700 emergent patients a month. Prior to his tenure at the Ridgeview Institute, Adam held several senior-level positions for The Devereux Foundation, managing the daily operations of the 125-bed residential component of the network, supervising five programs, including 120 staff and a yearly operating budget of $5 million.
Adam holds a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. In 2013, Pomeranz graduated from Emory University’s Executive MBA program. Though he no longer practices, Adam is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Adam and his wife, Veronica, live in Peachtree Corners with their two children, Lily and Evan.