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Board of Directors


  • Keri Schoenbrun, Founder and President
  • Meredith Kopit Levien
  • Alisa Rulnick
  • Andrea Vavonese


Keri Schoenbrun, Founder and President


Keri Schoenbrun is the founder and Executive Director of Developmental Connections. Ms. Schoenbrun is a parent of two boys, one who experienced serious developmental delays as a young child.  Like so many other parents, to support her son’s journey, Schoenbrun had to put her career as a marketing and sales leader aside.  She and her husband spent countless hours conducting research and networking to find the right interventions for their child. Through intensive early intervention, Ms. Schoenbrun’s son achieved impressive gains and is now nearly indistinguishable from his peers across almost all developmental categories.  As a result, Ms. Schoenbrun is passionate about helping families expedite their search for help.  She is committed to sharing information and generating financial assistance for families who cannot afford these life-changing therapies.  

Prior to establishing Developmental Connections, Ms. Schoenbrun worked for over 15 years as a Consultant and Sales and Marketing professional for organizations such as Washington, DC-based Corporate Executive Board, American Express, and Accenture.  She holds an MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business (1997), Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (1997), and received a B.S. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park (1993).  Ms. Schoenbrun and her husband, Michael, reside in Loudoun County, Virginia with their two children. ​



Meredith Kopit Levien


Meredith Kopit Levien was named chief revenue officer for The New York Times in April 2015. Ms. Kopit Levien oversees the generation of all advertising and subscription revenue from The Times’s multiplatform products and services.


Before joining The Times, she was the chief revenue officer at Forbes Media, where she led the North American and European revenue operations for Forbes.com, the Forbes Magazine Group and Forbes Conferences since 2011.


Ms. Kopit Levien began her professional career in 1993 at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. From 1999 to 2001, she served as an account manager and director of new business for the digital advertising agency and web site development firm, I33 Communications. Before joining Forbes in 2010 as vice president and publisher of ForbesLife and ForbesWoman.com, she held various senior and strategic advertising sales positions at The Atlantic Media Company from 2001 to 2008.


Ms. Kopit Levien received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1993.


Alisa Rulnick


Alisa Rulnick, a child welfare policy consultant, works as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues, focusing on U.S. implementation of the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention.  Prior to her work at the State Department, Ms. Rulnick was a policy analyst and research manager for the Council on Accreditation.  Ms. Rulnick also practiced Employment & Labor law.  Ms. Rulnick received her law degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Honors Program with a B.A. in Government and Politics. She currently resides in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and two children. 


Andrea Vavonese


Andrea T. Vavonese is Corporate Counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation's Information Systems sector. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2015, Ms. Vavonese served as Senior Counsel with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.  Ms. Vavonese has represented government contracting firms on all aspects of dealing with the federal government, including procurement, contract negotiations, protection of intellectual property, changes and compliance. She also represented clients on litigation matters relating to claims against the US Government, contract disputes, intellectual property disputes and construction disputes.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Vavonese served as litigation counsel for VeriSign, Inc., where she defended and prosecuted lawsuits, governmental investigations and subpoenas for the company and its subsidiaries worldwide. She handled patent, trademark, domain name, unfair competition, earnout and employment litigation. She also worked closely with senior management to develop litigation strategy and mitigate litigation risk.

Ms. Vavonese received her B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1991, where she remains actively involved in the Alumni Council Career Committee. She became a certified public accountant in 1993. She received her J.D. magna cum laude in 1997 from the Catholic University of America, where she was a member of the Catholic University Law Review.

She is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and various federal trial and appellate courts.

Ms. Vavonese is committed to supporting the needs of children. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Developmental Connections, she also serves on the board for the National Council For Adoption, a non-profit adoption advocacy organization