Staff

 

Casey Gold is the Operations Manager at the Autism Science Foundation. Casey assists with the implementation of the brain tissue donation campaign in addition to other ASF events and programs. She has three years of teaching experience in special education, working mostly with children with an ASD. Casey graduated from Skidmore College with a BS in educational studies and will soon be receiving a masters in early childhood special education from the George Washington University.

 

Meredith Gilmer is the Community Relations Associate at the Autism Science Foundation. She works to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders, share the latest research in the field, and engage and inspire members of the community to support autism research. Meredith graduated from James Madison University where she majored in Sociology.

 

 

Carol Koch is the Director, Special Projects at the Autism Science Foundation. After a career in corporate law, including over twenty years in the legal department of Citigroup, Carol joined the Autism Science Foundation to work on various initiatives and programs, including the launch of the Autism BrainNet. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, has a JD from the New York University School of Law, and represents families in special needs planning and guardianship matters. Her youngest son has autism.

 

 
Dawn Crawford is the Events and Media Relations Manager at the Autism Science Foundation. Her main functions are to develop and implement the communications, social media and fundraising events for the organization. Dawn has nearly 10 years of nonprofit communications leadership experience from her positions at the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, Exempla Healthcare and the Kempe Foundation. She is a proud buffalo from the the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a degree in journalism.

 

Jason Ross joins ASF as Part-time Program Associate. Jason is a seasoned advocate for people who are often misunderstood and have suffered abuse as a result of their disabilities. He is a frequent contributor to the field of autism education and has helped others to self-actualize through oral presentations, blogging, artwork and creative writing. He continually strives to inform and defend those in the autism community who wish to better stand up for their rights and to improve the quality of their lives. Jason has appeared on a PBS special, This Emotional Life, and has served as a keynote speaker at the 2010 Autism Society of America Conference. His Drive Mom Crazy blog is widely read and often elicits responses on a variety of topics dealing with autism. He has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in Biology with a minor in Psychology.

 

 

2013 Summer Interns

 

Stephanie Millman graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Psychology. She is now a graduate student studying Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University. Stephanie first decided to pursue a career in translational autism research after attending the 2010 International Meeting for Autism Research with the assistance of an Autism Science Foundation travel grant. As the older sister of a very sweet 6-year-old boy with autism, Stephanie understands the needs of families who have been touched by autism, and is honored to be able to reach out to the larger autism community as a Science Community Relations Associate this summer.

 

Jesse Eaton is the Web Development Associate at the Autism Science Foundation. He is currently attending Tufts University where he is pursuing a BS in biomedical engineering with a minor in computer science. He has worked on several research projects under Professor Irene Georgakoudi including the "Optical Detection of Epithelial Cancer" and working on an "Enhanced Imaging Laparoscope for Improved Detection of Peritoneal Metastasis." He also has experience in Tufts' FOCUS program where he worked with seniors with special needs.

 

Stefan Hansen is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he is studying Religion and Chemistry with hopes of attending medical school after graduation. He serves as the Director of Social Activities for a non-profit in Chapel Hill called Extraordinary Ventures. There he runs weekly social events and works directly with young adults with developmental disabilities. Stefan is also an active member of the Board of Directors for the Arc of Orange County in North Carolina. In his free time Stefan enjoys playing and watching sports, especially soccer.