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.

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

See the latest Impact Report and Form 990.

Our Staff

Executive Team

Colleen Allen, PhD
President and CEO


Marita S. Grobbel, CFP, JD
Chief Operating Officer

Marc Berke
Chief Development Officer

Program Team

Tacarra Andrade
Project Analyst

Brittany Drews
Navigation Specialist

Rebecca Drzewicki
Human Resources Manager

Heather Eckner
Director Of Education Initiatives

Kimatha Greer
Navigation Specialist

Susanna Ickes
Navigation Specialist

Jennifer Mues
Navigation Specialist

Karah Ley
Community Outreach Navigator


Program Team cont.

Joanna Lofton
Adult & Community
Resource Specialist 

Jill Matson
Clinical Specialist &
Navigator Manager

Julia McCarter
Navigation Specialist

Dennis McElhone
Navigation Specialist

Kathleen Osborne
Navigation Specialist

Hetal Patel
Manager, Community Education and Outreach

Emma Tryson
Resource Navigator

Chaunta Tsegaye
Insurance Specialist 

Sharon Valente
Navigation Specialist

Employment Team

Rebecca Allard
Vocational Support Ally

Noel Baril
Employment Specialist

Kelly Blakeslee
Vocational Rehabilitation Manager 

Mikhail Flipovitch
Employment Program Coordinator 

Stuart Segal
Training & Assessment Coordinator

John Steudle
Human Resource Specialist 

Morgan Ziegelhofer
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Development Team

Mary Bucher
Annual Fund and Donor Relations Manager

Sherri Fresorger

Luke LaBenne
Graphic Design Coordinator 

Heidi LeHue
Foundation and Principal Gifts Officer

Alexis Ridener
Event Coordinator

Lauren Todaro
Manager of Development Operations



AAoM Board of Directors

Colleen Allen, Ph.D.
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

Stephen 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

Ronald Fournier
Truscott Rossman

Paul Glomski
CEO, Detroit Labs

Alec Hagen
Young Professionals Board Representative

Nicole Hamp, M.D.
Fellow, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Annmarie Hawkins, CRC
Community Mental Health for Central MI (CMHCM)

Ronald Hodess
Principal, Miller Canfield

Melissa Howell
Chief Human Resources OfficerKellogg Company

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

Mark LaNeve
Vice President
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.

Paula Patterson
Account Director,

Colette Rizik
Client Accountant,
Apparatus Solutions, Inc.

Carla Walker-Miller
CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Jonathan Witz
President, Jonathan
Witz & Associates


Young Professional Board

Elisabeth Berry

Amy Hillier
Mott Children’s Hospital

William McDowell
Detroit Labs

Jamie Chapoton

Andrew Cauzillo

Abigael Davis
YMCA-Ann Arbor

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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