Our Misson

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

Our Vision

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

Our History

AAoM was founded in 2009 out of a need to address significant service and reimbursement barriers for individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


We believe that every family should have access to services to assist with education goals, to create a safety plan to keep their child from wandering, to enjoy resources and entertainment venues in their community, and to access housing, transportation and employment for independent living. In short, we believe no family member should be limited because they have autism.


Through our three Pillars of Work, AAoM has served over 40,000 people throughout the state and continues to lead efforts to raise
expectations and expand opportunities for people touched by autism across the lifespan.


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



We drive initiatives that address systemic barriers to education, focus on student-centered advocacy and educate families on related topics.

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Maximize employment opportunities for individuals of all abilities across industries.


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Our Events

Autism Hero Walk

Our annual Walk enables Michigan’s autism community to come together in celebration of their loved ones at the Detroit Zoo.

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Michigan Shines for Autism Gala

Our Gala raises awareness and funds for Michigan-based families affected by autism and honors those making an impact across Michigan.

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Navigating Autism Today Conference

Our spring Conference and fall RegionalConference connect the autism community with local vendors and expert speakers.

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AAoM offers many online and in-person trainings. See which trainings are coming up.

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AAoM Board of Directors

Colleen Allen, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Autism Alliance of Michigan

Ronald Fournier


Truscott Rossman

Sweta Alberta


Still Waters Counseling

Laura A. Athens - Emeritus Board

Attorney & Mediator

Julie Bullock

Parent Advocate & Philanthropist

Brian Calley - Chairman


Small Business Association of Michigan

Stephen D'Arcy

AAoM Founder

Quantum Group LLC

Bruce Dall


MotorCity Casino Hotel

William Ernzen

Managing Director


Amy Fangboner

Executive Assistant

PVS Chemicals, Inc.

Jeff Gebhart


Ford Motor Company

Michael Griffie

Senior Managing Director, External Affairs

Teach for America-Detroit

Alec Hagen

Young Professionals Board Representative

Nicole Hamp, M.D.


Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Kristen Harrison, Ph.D.

Richard Cole Eminent Professor, Hussman School of Media & Journalism

University of North Carolina

Ronald Hodess - Emeritus Board


Miller Canfield

Melissa Howell

Chief Human Resources Officer

Kellogg Company

Tisa Johnson-Hooper, M.D.

Medical Director

Henry Ford Health System Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Kim Kerwin

Community Leader

David Meador

AAoM Founder
Retired CAO

DTE Energy

Mark Miller

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development

JACK Entertainment

Raj Nair

President & Chief Operating Officer


Paula Patterson

Account Director


Matt Paul

Executive Vice President of Distribution Operations

DTE Energy

Colette Rizik

Client Accountant

Apparatus Solutions, Inc.

Carla Walker-Miller


Walker-Miller Energy Services

View the members of our Medical Advisory Board.

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Our Leadership

Colleen Allen

CEO & President

Marita Grobbel

Chief Operations Officer

Marc Berke

Chief Development Officer

Want to Work for AAoM?

You can view our open job positions and apply today!



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.

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