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

Tacarra Andrade
Project Analyst

Barbara Brish
Education Specialist

Susanna Ickes
Navigation Specialist

Karah Ley
Navigation Specialist

Joanna Lofton
Community Resource Specialist 

Jill Matson
Clinical Specialist Navigator Manager

Dennis McElhone
Navigation Specialist

Program Team cont.

Hetal Patel
Communication Specialist 

Christie Qayed
Navigation Specialist 

Rana Ramouni
Navigation Specialist 

Erica Scotford
Navigation Specialist 

Emma Tryson
Navigation Specialist

Chaunta Tsegaye
Insurance Specialist 

Sharon Valente
Navigation Specialist

Employment Team

Kelly Blakeslee
Vocational Consultant 

Cutrina Claxton
Vocational Support Ally

Mikhail Flipovitch
Employment Program Coordinator

Meaghan Karafa
Assessment Coordinator 

John Steudle
Human Resource Specialist 

Morgan Ziegelhofer
Vocational Rehab Counselor

Development Team

Mary Bucher
Annual Fund and Donor Relations Manager

Sherri Fresorger
Development Assistant

Luke LaBenne
Graphic Design Coordinator 

Megan Williams
Events and Volunteer Coordinator


AAoM Board of Directors

Colleen Allen
President & CEO,
Autism Alliance
of Michigan

Laura Athens
Attorney & Mediator

Julie Bullock
Parent Advocate
& Philanthropist

Brian Calley
Small Business Association of Michigan

Bruce Dall
MotorCity Casino Hotel

Steve D'Arcy
Quantum Group LLC

William 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
CEO, Detroit Labs

Ron Hodess
Principal, Miller Canfield


Amy Hillier
Young Professionals Board

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

Tisa Johnson-Hooper, M.D.
Medical Director,
Henry Ford Health System Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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,

Kathleen 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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