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

See the latest Impact Report and Form 990.

Our Staff

Executive Team

Colleen Allen, PhD
President and CEO


Carla O'Malley
Chief Operating Officer

Program Team

Tacarra Andrade
Project Analyst

Heather Eckner
Education Specialist

Denise Ervin
Program Assistant

Susanna Ickes
Navigation Specialist

Jennifer Jager
Navigation Specialist

Karah Ley
Navigation Specialist

Joanna Lofton
Adult & Community
Resource Specialist 

Jill Matson
Clinical Specialist &
Navigator Manager


Program Team cont.

Dennis McElhone
Navigation Specialist

Kathleen Osborne
Navigation Specialist

Hetal Patel
Community Education
& Outreach Specialist

Erica Scotford
Navigation Specialist 

Emma Tryson
Resource Navigator

Chaunta Tsegaye
Insurance Specialist 

Sharon Valente
Navigation Specialist

Employment Team

Kelly Blakeslee
Vocational Manager 

Mikhail Flipovitch
Employment Program Coordinator 

Stuart Segal
Training & Assessment Coordinator

John Steudle
Human Resource Specialist 

Morgan Ziegelhofer
Vocational Rehab Counselor

Development Team

Doug Czajkowski
Vice President of Philanthropy

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
Sponsorship Officer



AAoM Board of Directors

Colleen Allen, Ph.D.
President & CEO,
Autism Alliance
of Michigan

Laura Athens
Attorney & Mediator

Elisabeth Berry
Young Professionals Board Representative

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

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.

Jonathan Witz
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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