Autism Alliance of Michigan

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What Drives Us Forward

True North
People with autism will lead lives that meet their greatest potential.

We lead efforts to raise expectations and expand opportunities for people touched by autism across the lifespan.

Core Values
Collective Impact


A life-long guide with professional help and answers for anyone touched by autism.


Create a community with awareness and high expectations in schools and at large to prepare for a safe, successful, and inclusive life.


Maximize employment opportunities for individuals of all abilities across industries, through innovation and partnerships.

Independent Living

Drive initiatives that allow individuals with autism to attain the independent or supported living they choose.

How We Invest In The Mission

The Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) is leading efforts to make Michigan a better place to live for people with autism and their families. Our impact on families, communities, lawmakers, and service providers is not possible without the generous support of our corporate, foundation, and individual donors.

Financial Reports

Our Staff

Executive Team

Colleen Allen, PhD
President and CEO


Tammy Morris
Chief Program Officer

Carla O'Malley
Chief Development Officer

Program Team

Barbara Brish
Education Specialist

Susanna Ickes
Navigation Specialist

Joanna Lofton
Community Resource Specialist 

Jill Matson
Clinical Specialist Navigator Manager

Dennis McElhone
Navigation Specialist


Kat Nelson
Program Assistant

Hetal Patel
Communication Specialist 

Rana Ramouni
Navigation Specialist 

Emma Tryson
Navigation Specialist 

Sharon Valente
Navigation Specialist

Employment Team

Kelly Blakeslee
Vocational Consultant 

Cutrina Claxton
Vocational Support Ally

LaShonda Hampton
Vocational Support Ally

Meaghan Karafa
Assessment Coordinator 

John Steudle
Human Resource Specialist 

Development Team

Mary Bucher
Annual Fund and Donor Relations Manager

Sherri Fresorger
Development Assistant

Luke LaBenne
Graphic Design Coordinator 

Lauren Lewis
Events and Marketing Manager, Media Relations 

Megan Williams
Development Intern


AAoM Board of Directors

Colleen Allen
President & CEO,
Autism Alliance
of Michigan

Laura Athens
Attorney & Mediator

Elisabeth Berry
YPB Liaison

Julie Bullock
Parent Advocate
& Philanthropist

Bruce Dall
MotorCity Casino Hotel

Steve D'Arcy
Quantum Group LLC

Bill Ernzen
Managing Director,

Amy Fangboner
Executive Assistant,
PVS Chemicals, Inc.

Michelle Fecteau
Executive Director,
Wayne State University
Chapter of the American
Association of University Professors

Ron Fournier
Truscott Rossman

Paul Glomski
Detroit Labs

Ron Hodess
Miller Canfield

Melissa Howell
Senior Vice President &
Global Human Resources,
Kellogg Company

John Koppin
Assurance Partner,

Mark LaNeve
VP U.S. Marketing,
Sales & Service,
Ford Motor Company

David Meador - Chairman
Vice Chairman & Chief
Administrative Officer,
DTE Energy Company

Raj Nair
President & Chief
Operating Officer,

Kathy Oswald
Director & Chief
Administrative Officer,
H2O Energy Ltd.

Colette Rizik
Client Accountant,
Apparatus Solutions Inc.

Jeff Stafeil
Executive VP & CFO,

Jon Witz
Jonathan Witz & Associates

Young Professional Board

Elisabeth D’Arcy

Amy Hillier
Mott Children’s Hospital

William McDowell
Detroit Labs

Jamie Chapoton

Andrew Cauzillo

Abigael Davis
YMCA-Ann Arbor

Lauren Lewis
Autism Alliance of Michigan

Alicia Naser
DMC-CHM Autism Center

Rachel Schilling
Children’s Center for Growth

Calvin Gee

Julie Rauch

Katee Welte

Julie Welch
Amaze Travel

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