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Our staff bring their deep autism expertise to our programs and services. Their lived experience and extensive professional work with Autistic individuals make AANE’s offerings uniquely practical and authentic.


Brenda Dater, MSW, MPH

Executive Director

Janet Barbieri, MSW, LICSW

Director of Programs

Michelle Major

Director of Finance

Janeka Melanson, MBA

Director of Human Resources & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Annalisa Barrett

Operations Manager

Whitney Miller

Administrative Coordinator

Patricia R. Schissel, LMSW

New York Director

Mary Ann Medlar

Database Manager

Jenny Fann

Staff Accountant

Carla Brigham, JD

Volunteer Coordinator

Individual and Family Services

Ilia Walsh, M.S.Ed, MBA

Director of Individual & Family Services

Maggie Bowlby

Assistant Director of Individual & Family Services

Nancy Parker, MSW, LICSW

Senior Manager of Individual & Family Services

Nancy Schwartz, MSW

Senior Manager of Individual & Family Services and MRC/Employment Project Coordinator

Kelly Urban, MA, LMHC

Senior Manager of Individual & Family Services

Grace Myhill, MSW

Director of the Neurodiverse Couples Institute and Couples and Partner’s Services

Stephanie Loo, M.Ed.

Senior Family Support Specialist

Aaron Levinger

Administrative Coordinator for Individual & Family Services

Amanda Bailey

Family Support Specialist

Yesica Hickey

Especialista de Apoyo y Servicios Para Familias que Hablan Español, Family Support Specialist for Spanish-Speaking Families

Leslie Feinberg

New York Resource & Referral Specialist

Christa Flanagan, M.Ed.

Consultation Specialist

Olive Gallop

Adult Services Facilitation Specialist

Allyson Linehan

Consultation & Coaching Specialist

Pam Palmucci, MSW

Program Manager, Simpatico Mentoring Program

Jay Eveson-Egler

Program Manager, Simpatico Mentoring Program

Mina Fonze

Administrative Coordinator and Facilitation Specialist

Livia Cheung, MA

Family Support Specialist


Erica Rémi

Director of Development

Jim Murray

Associate Director of Development

Abigail Holstein

Associate Director of Development

Alex Burke

Development Assistant

Allison Knowles

Grant Writer


Nataliya Poto, MA

LifeMAP & Autism Professional Coaching Association Program Director

Cynthia DeFerrari

LifeMAP Coordinator

Jennifer Green, MSW

Clinical Process Manager

Jean Sandler, MSW

Senior Clinical Supervisor

Nicholas Haslam

LifeMAP Program Manager

Jessica Cohen, JD

Associate Director of LifeMAP

Dawn Stahlberg, M.Ed

LifeMAP Coach & Client Recruitment & Support

Aaron Lubogo, OTD

LifeMAP Multi-Regional Systems Manager

Sarah Perkins, M.S., J.D.

Intake Specialist

Nicole Kloss, OTD, OTR/L

Coach Supervisor

Jennifer Forehand

LifeMAP Business Manager


Jay O’Brien, MPA

LifeNet Program Director

Melissa Regan, MS, OTR/L

LifeNet Associate Program Director, Clinical Case Manager/Personal Advocate

Megan Winderbaum, LICSW

LifeNet Senior Clinical Supervisor

Betsy DeLorenzo

LifeNet Support Partner

Marion Calabro

LifeNet Support Partner

Catie Ryan, MS, OTR/L

LifeNet Clinical Case Manager/ Personal Advocate

Sam Bromfield, LCSW

LifeNet Clinical Supervisor

Prafulla Patil, MS, OTR/L

LifeNet Clinical Case Manager/ Personal Advocate

Brendan Stock

LifeNet Support Partner

Bob Waters

LifeNet Client Support/Admin Coordinator

Yezmin Alamanza, LMHC

LifeNet Clinical Case Manager/ Personal Advocate

 Julie L’Heureux

LifeNet Support Partner

Allie Everest

LifeNet Support Partner

David Robinson

LifeNet Support Partner

Marketing and Communications

Cathy Aikman, MBA

Director of Marketing and Communications

Sonia Janks

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Samantha Halliday Diez

New York Director of Programming

Stephanie Birkdale

Program Manager

Miyako Miki

Website Specialist

Christine Odom

Marketing Coordinator

Training and Education

Becca Lory Hector

Director of Training

Ryan Walsh

Neurodiversity Training Specialist

Molly Gammon

Training Coordinator

For a list of our Group and Activity Facilitators, please click here.

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