AAoM Staff

AAoM Staff

Colleen Allen, President and CEO

Colleen Allen joined the Autism Alliance of Michigan on June 1, 2012 as their full time President and CEO after acting in this role on an interim capacity during 2011 and 2012.

Colleen was instrumental in drafting and supporting the autism legislation bills that became law in March. She provided expert testimony during legislative hearings and is now following through on the implementation of the service model for the insurance benefit. She maintains oversight of the Michigan Autism Safety initiative which has resulted in thousands of Michigan law enforcement, fire/rescue/EMS, educators, community members, and families being trained in autism safety. Colleen is also facilitating the creation of the Autism Navigator program that is currently being developed to support families maneuver services in Michigan. Additionally, she is a part of the team advising on the Michigan State ASD Plan, oversees the AAoM Advisory Committee, administered the very successful First Annual Autism Gala, and has been responsible for developing vital relationships and partnerships on behalf of AAoM throughout Michigan and the U.S.

She joins AAoM after being employed at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) where most recently she was the founder and Director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Pediatrics. Additionally, she was a Senior Staff Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Science & Disorders, and Department of Neurology at HFHS. She also serves as adjunct faculty to Oakland University and Wayne State University. She has developed numerous programs around autism diagnosis, given multiple workshops and trainings, and is recognized as an autism expert who is highly sought out in our state.

Colleen is married to Wayne County Circuit Court judge David Allen and they have three sons, Thomas, Joseph, and Francis.

Contact Information: colleen.allen@aaomi.org

Stacie Rulison, MS, M.Ed, BCBA

VP Programming & Operations Director

Secretary, Michigan Autism Council

Previous to working for the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Stacie spent the first half of her career working for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a global service delivery manager and numerous other roles during her tenure with the company.  Upon her son’s diagnosis with Autism in 2008, she made a significant career change to become a clinician in the field, pursuing a master’s in education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism, and recently was credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Stacie now works for the Autism Alliance of Michigan overseeing operations and developing programming for the organization.

Formerly, Stacie worked as a behavior therapist for Henry Ford Health System and independently for various private organizations implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) protocols to children with autism.  She maintains responsibility for the AAoM Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST) program with over 8,000 individuals in Michigan being trained in autism safety and awareness.  Additionally, she developed the AAoM business model supporting community-wide education of autism, providing direct supports to businesses.  She leads the Michigan Autism Navigation initiative, and was involved with the legislative activities of the Michigan autism insurance benefit legislation and its subsequent rollout to families across the state. Stacie regularly presents on ABA and other autism topics at conferences and workshops throughout Michigan.

Over the past several years, Stacie worked on the development committee for the Michigan Autism State Plan; serves as secretary on the governor appointed Michigan Autism Council; is the chair for the Transition & Adult Services Subcommittee, a key focus area of the Michigan Autism State Plan; and is a member of the Central Michigan Autism Collaborative (CMAC) as part of the STatewide Autism and Resources Training (START) project. Stacie served as the Mid-Michigan Autism Association board secretary from 2009-2013 and is the president of her school district’s Board of Education.  Stacie also chairs the Michigan 4-H Horse Judge’s Advisory Committee for the State of Michigan.

Stacie is married to Robert, and has a neuro-typical 14-year old son (Mason), and a 9year old son with autism (Ryder).  She lives in St. Johns, MI, just north of Lansing.

Contact Information: stacie.rulison@aaomi.org

Rhonda McGrath, Financial Director


Rhonda’s information will be coming soon!


Contact Information: rhonda.welday@aaomi.org

Suzi Macaluso, Operations Support and Financial Specialist

Suzi Macaluso joined the Autism Alliance of Michigan in July 2012 as the operations support specialist. She has a background in business, education, and non-profits and has excellent organizational skills and has a very diverse skill set. In the job of operations support specialist Suzi serves many roles. Suzi works with the coordination of safety trainings, has taken a lead role in planning AAOM’s 2013 gala, works with volunteers, and also serves as the office administrator. Suzi lives in Howell with her husband Pat. They have two daughters and 2 granddaughters.


Contact Information: suzi.macaluso@aaomi.org


Scott Schuelke (Ret. Lansing Police Dept), Autism Safety Specialist

Scott Schuelke is the Autism Safety Specialist for the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) and has been instrumental in the autism safety training movement in Michigan. His dedication and efforts have resulted in high-quality training for law enforcement, emergency services, and communities (local organizations, families, schools and educators) and has trained over 5,000 individuals. Sgt. Schuelke retired from the Lansing Police Department in 2010. At the Lansing Police Department he served as a supervisor in the Investigations Division, Special Operations Unit, Special Tactics and Rescue Team, and Road Patrol. Sgt. Schuelke was a committee member that developed Ingham County Safe Schools, a training that taught Ingham County school employees lock down procedures in case of an active violence incident. He was also was instrumental in developing Active Violence Incident Response Training for all law enforcement in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. Sgt. Schuelke was also the Lansing Police Department liaison to the Lansing School district. He is a Ferris State University graduate.

Contact Information: scott.schuelke@aaomi.org

Anthony Ianni, AAoM Anti-Bullying Public Awareness Advocate

The Autism Alliance of Michigan sends out a big welcome to Anthony Ianni, self-advocate for autism in Michigan!

AAOM feels so fortunate to have Anthony on board…and he is already making an impact on the autism community in Michigan. Anthony was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old while living in Ohio. At that time his parents were told by medical specialists and professionals that he would never be successful academically, that he would likely not graduate from high school much less go to college, and most likely would live in a group home in the future—and that being an athlete was out of the question. HE PROVED THEM WRONG! Anthony’s family relocated to mid-Michigan when he was a young child where he graduated from Okemos High School. He went on to graduate from Michigan State University in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in sociology. He is a former MSU basketball player for MSU and Tom Izzo and receiving an athletic scholarship in 2011-2012. He was a member of the 2010 and 2012 Big Ten Champion and Tournament Championship teams in addition to being part of the 2010 Final Four Team. He is the 2011 MSU winner of the Tim Bograkos Walk-On Award Winner and 2012 MSU Unsung Player Award Winner. Anthony also played basketball at Grand Valley State University for 2 years prior to transferring to MSU and went undefeated in the regular season.

Although Anthony has many accomplishments in his life, it has required his hard work and committed parents. Anthony endured significant bullying as a child. He has also met a number of challenges along the way and continues to face obstacles—but is determined to overcome them. Anthony is scheduling speaking engagements with schools, state and national conferences, and other venues to deliver his message of hope, inspiration, and dedication. Anthony is extremely personable and immediately draws kids and adults alike to his message! Contact info@autismallianceofmichigan.org to schedule Anthony for your event!

Contact Information: anthony.ianni@aaomi.org