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Leadership

Cynthia Carroll, CFRE | Executive Director
director@autismns.ca
Cynthia manages the organization's administration, programs, community outreach, and advocacy. Cynthia's other key portfolios include: fund development, marketing, and events. If you would like to set-up an appointment with Cynthia, please connect with her Executive Assistant, Mariann Peters.

Mariann Peters | Executive Assistant
mpeters@autismns.ca
Mariann supports the Executive Director in her day-to-day administrative tasks related to programs, community outreach, advocacy, fund development, marketing, and events. All requests to connect with the Executive Director can be sent to Mariann.

Brian Foster | Operations Director
bfoster@autismns.ca
Brian oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization's front-line services, programs, projects, and supports. He also coordinates the organization's research and it's growing training division, Exploring the Spectrum.

Administration 

Yeri Jang | Office Coordinator
yjang@autismns.ca
Yeri is the first point of contact for the Halifax office and is responsible for the reception of visitors to Autism Nova Scotia. She assists staff by coordinating administrative activities; this includes maintaining office supplies, managing vendors, and evaluating the emerging office/facility needs of the organization.

Jade Ok, MBA, CPA, CMA | Finance Officer (maternity leave) 
jok@autismns.ca

Paymaneh Salehi | Finance Officer
finance@autismns.ca
Paymaneh monitors and maintains the fiscal health of Autism Nova Scotia. This includes tracking cash flow, budget preparation, managing Grants and accounts allocations, accounts payable and accounts receivable, preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and statements, and conducting daily banking activities.

Glenna Paynter-Parsons | Human Resources 
glenna@autismns.ca
Glenna is the primary contact for all payroll and human resources processes. As a member of the finance team, she handles restricted grants and budget reporting, as well as other duties as required.

Autistics Aloud

Patricia George-Zwicker | Editor
autisticsaloud@autismns.ca
Patricia is the Editor in Chief of the decade-old grassroots newsletter turned magazine, Autistics Aloud. They/she is responsible for overseeing calls for submissions, as well as gathering, editing, and assembling qualifying submissions. She also manages the distribution of the magazine both online and offline.

Chapter Support

Vicki Harvey | Chapter Coordinator
vharvey@autismns.ca
Vicki is the main contact between the provincial office and the eight chapters of Autism Nova Scotia located throughout the province.  As Potential Programme Coordinator, she helps the provincial chapters increase outreach and services by providing support to the chapter board and staff and by linking provincial resources to the chapters.

Development and Communciations

Robyn Bradshaw | Development Officer
rbradshaw@autismns.ca
As part of the fund development team, Robyn shares the countless stories of Autism Nova Scotia with individuals and organizations alike, so they understand the difference their support makes. With a focus on donations, major gifts, and planned giving, she curates relationships with valued donors and seeks out new opportunities to ensure the sustainability of the organization.

Colin MacDonald | Marketing & Events Coordinator
cmacdonald@autismns.ca
Colin is responsible for planning and organizing fundraising events for Autism Nova Scotia. This includes our annual Walk the Walk for Autism, Best of Local Gala Dinner and open houses. Colin also assists external parties in promoting their events and cultivates partnerships with local businesses and community groups to reach our fundraising goals.

Marc Muschler | Communications & Public Relations Coordinator
mmuschler@autismns.ca
Marc works with head office and chapter staff to engage the autism community across the province and connect them to the programs, supports, and resources offered through Autism Nova Scotia. Through digital and conventional marketing, he ensures that our message of understanding, acceptance, and inclusion reaches as many people and organizations as possible.

Family, Respite, & Community Support

Melissa Myers | Supports & Respite Coordinator
mmyers@autismns.ca
Melissa supports families seeking respite solutions by connecting them to screened and trained respite workers from our Respite Support Database. The database supports individuals of diverse abilities. She is also the first point of contact for adults with autism and their families.

Victoria Ettinger  | Supports & Respite Coordinator
vettinger@autismns.ca
Vicky provides support for families, individuals and professionals who seek navigation to services within community, support in advocacy needs and support in general.  

Jenny Tyler | Community Outreach Coordinator
jtyler@autismns.ca
Jenny is responsible for community outreach, membership, and event volunteer management. She connects with community partners to promote the message of understanding, acceptance, and inclusion throughout the HRM.

Employment & Post-Secondary Support

Autism Works Entrepreneurship / Autism Works Launch Pad
Stacie Johnston | Education & Employment Coordinator
sjohnston@autismns.ca
Stacie coordinates Employment Coach supports for autistic employees and provides training and supports to inclusive employers. She is the coordinator and primary facilitator of the Autism Works pre-employment program, LaunchPad, as well as the Autism Works NOW program.

Sheila Pearson | Education & Employment Coordinator (maternity leave)
spearson@autismns.ca

Hannah Teeple | Employment & Supports Specialist
hteeple@autismns.ca
Hannah is responsible for supervising Employment Coaches and provides supports to employers through educational sessions. She also supports participants in the pre-employment program, LaunchPad, in the development of valuable employment skills.

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA)
David Paterson | Employer Coordinator
dpaterson@autismns.ca
David manages employer relations and develops employment opportunities for autistic job seekers. David also connects autistic entrepreneurs to business development supports and supervises the Autistics Aloud publication.

Holly MacLellan | Autism Employment & Outreach Coordinator
hmaclellan@autismns.ca
Holly is the first point of contact for job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) looking for employment supports. She connects job seekers to the employment support system, auxiliary supports, and job opportunities created by the Ready, Willing & Able initiative.

Worktopia
Jamie-Lynn Hill | Clinical Supervisor 
jhill@autismns.ca
Jamie is the supervisor for EmploymentWorks Canada, CommunityWorks Canada, and TRAACE. She is involved in intakes, assessing skills, building person-centred intervention plans, monitoring the progress of the plans, and supervising program objectives. She is also an Exploring the Spectrum trainer who conducts behavioural consultation in the community with involvement in residential settings, school age, and employment.

Charli Miller | Program Facilitator
programfacilitator1@autismns.ca
Charli supports high school students and adults by providing clinical support to participants in the CommunityWorks Canada (CWC) Program and the EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC) Program. She also supports individuals in post-programs including Career Quest and CommunityWorks Canada Socials.

Jessica McKee-Mitchell | Program Facilitator
programfacilitator2@autismns.ca
Jess supports high school students and adults by providing clinical support to participants in CommunityWorks Canada (CWC), the EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC), and the Transition Readiness and Autism Community Employment (TRAACE). She also supports individuals in post-programs, which includes Job Prep Club, Career Quest, and CommunityWorks Canada Socials.

Transition Readiness & Autism Community Employment (TRAACE)
Marcia MacInnis | Education & Employment Manager
mmacinnis@autismns.ca
Marcia facilitates and supports employment readiness programs for adults with autism and manages the Transition Readiness & Autism Community Employment (TRAACE) program. She works with students, schools, and employers across Nova Scotia. 

Post-Secondary Autism Support Services (PASS)
Chrystal Tushaus | Post-Secondary Autism Supports Manager
ctushaus@autismns.ca
Chrystal supports post-secondary students and faculty through the Post-Secondary Support program, PASS. The PASS program provides individualized, one-to-one support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in non-academic areas to help students successfully transition in and out of their post-secondary career.

Social & Community Inclusion Programming

Yevonne Le Lacheur | Program Director
programs@autismns.ca
Yevonne leads Autism Nova Scotia’s programs team, overseeing all social, education, and recreation programs. She is responsible for conducting gap analysis, curriculum/program development, and evaluation using best practices and evidenced-based strategies for our current programs and those under development.

Chrissy Pace | Program Coordinator
programcoordinator@autismns.ca
Chrissy is responsible for running and planning our social, education, and recreation programs. She also coordinates recruiting, training and managing our program volunteers.

Reece Chang | Autism Arts Coordinator
autismarts@autismns.ca
Reece is responsible for running and facilitating the Autism Arts program by ensuring each participant has a positive recreational experience exploring different art mediums.

Social Enterprise (The Pearl)

Jacqueline van der Burg | Social Enterprise & Cause Marketing Director
jvanderburg@autismns.ca
Jacqueline is the main point of contact for Autism Nova Scotia's social enterprise, The Pearl. She handles all questions about The Pearl's products, coordinates Pop-up events, and facilitates inquires regarding wholesale and retail purchases and the website: www.supportautismns.ca.

Holly Nauss | Program Assistant
programassistant@autismns.ca
Holly designs and produces jewelry for The Pearl, an Autism Nova Scotia social enterprise. She takes pictures of The Pearl’s jewelry and uploads photographs on Instagram to promote products to customers. She also supports customers and participants of Autism Nova Scotia employment programs.

Adelle Marshall | Digital Media & Design Specialist
amarshall@autismns.ca
Adelle develops and creates all digital and print collateral for The Pearl, some of which includes signage, packaging, promotional materials, website design/maintenance, and managing social media platforms.