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Autism Ad Hoc Committee


The Autism Ad Hoc Committee meets frequently in-person and via teleconference. Members include parents of individuals with disabilities, service providers, self advocates, public community members, and others involved in agencies that provide Autism services to people in Alaska. The Purpose of the workgroup is to develop a shared plan and common set of priorities, foster coordination and communication, and optimize available talent and resources to make positive and lasting improvements tot he Autism continuum of care in Alaska.

What does the Autism Ad Hoc Committee do?

Priority issues and activities are related to improving early screening, diagnosis, and outcomes; increasing access to comprehensive, coordinated care for children and youth with Autism; and addressing the unique issues for adults experiencing Autism. The workgroup members may be involved in conducting:
  • research
  • planning
  • monitoring
  • advocacy

Efforts are focused on striving to support the development of a service delivery system that includes Autism-specific intervention and service delivery to meet the needs of individuals who experience Autism and their families across the lifespan.

Committee Members

Jill Burkert, Chair
Heidi Kelly, Co-Chair
Elena Markova, Staff
Amy Sundheim
Anne Paley
Annette Blanas
Anthony Cravalho
April Kyle
Ashley Christopherson
Austin Schwartz
Beckee Edge
Blane White
Brandy Raby
Carmen Wenger
Carrie Silvers
Catlin Rogers
Chelsea Dorman
Chris Sadler
Christie Reinhardt
Christy Knight
Clayton Holland
Danielle Tesson
Dave Parish
Deb Etheridge
Dennis Collins
Don Enoch
Dr. Randy Zernzack
Dr. Siv Fasci
Dr. Kristi Fuller
Dr. Matt Hirschfeld
Grace Gray
Heidi Haas
Ian Miner
Jimael Johnson
John Barrowman
Joni Stumple
Karen Andrews
Karen Ward
Kathleen Karimi
Kim Burnett
Lanny Mommsen
Laurel Searcy
Laurie Lopez
Margaret Lanier Kossler
Mary Middleton
Maureen Harwood
Megan Clark
Melissa Merrick
Mollie Fallon
Mychal Machado
Patrick Pillai
Phil Tafs
Rachel White
Randal Burns
Rebekah Morisse
Roy Scheller
Sandra De-Hart Mayor
Scott Sidell
Sydney Kresbach
Terese Kashi
Veronica Howard